Struggling with oily skin? We know, it’s tough. And it doesn’t help that we’re fast approaching peak heat and humidity now that it’s summer! If your face is looking extra greasy, you may want to try some summer-friendly product alternatives to help your skin cope. Here, we share 5 ways you can tweak your current regimen to keep your skin shine-free, even under the sun. Scroll to see!

INSTEAD OF REGULAR CLEANSING FOAM…

TRY: ANTIBACTERIAL WASH

WE USED: Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Soap, P150

Start off your routine with an antibacterial cleanser, which are ideal for fighting off the bad germs that often thrive on oily skin. The change in season will make your skin an easy target for dirt, oil, and allergens. A bacteria-fighting formula should take care of any excess buildup and impurities for cleaner skin that’s less likely to break out.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: 3W Clinic Charcoal Soap, P109, Zero Basics Charcoal Face and Body Soap, P120, Leiania House of Beauty Aloe Tea Tree Soap (135g), now on sale at P152 (limited time only)

INSTEAD OF STICKING TO ONE BALANCING TONER…

TRY: ROTATING IN A TONER WITH SALICYLIC ACID

WE USED: Some by Mi Miracle Toner, now on sale at P890 (limited time only)

These days, most people opt for hydrating toners and there’s nothing wrong with that! But if you want your routine to work double time, try rotating it with a salicylic acid toner to really cut through grime. Salicylic acid works like magic on oily skin because it penetrates deep into the pores (not just the surface!) and dissolves oil. By swapping toners 2-3 times a week, not only will it keep your oily skin balanced, you’ll unclog your pores, reduce sebum secretion, and lessen the chances of acne, too.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, P800, Purito Centella Green Level All In One Mild Pad, P1,200, Innisfree Bija Trouble Skin, now on sale at P810 (limited time only)

INSTEAD OF VITAMIN C SERUMS DURING THE DAY…

TRY: COOLING, HYDRATING SERUMS

WE USED: Dear Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum, P1,200

While Vitamin C can make your skin photosensitive, you can always layer your SPF on top to cover your sun protection. So, what’s the big deal? Well, since your skin produces more oil when it’s robbed of moisture, the brutal summer heat can throw your skin’s hydration levels off balance. To give it a boost, treat your skin with a moisturizing serum. This will help keep your skin cool and hydrated all day, every day.

But don’t toss out your Vitamin C serum just yet! You can still save this for your nighttime routine to counter all the sun and free radical activity your skin’s exposed to. Just our two cents!
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Sooper Beaute Baby Skin Snail Serum, P180, Lauren & Co Beauty Skin Vitamins Anti Oxidant Serum, P599, Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum (100ml), P1,350

INSTEAD OF CREAM-BASED MOISTURIZERS…

TRY: GEL-TYPE MOISTURIZERS

WE USED: Cosrx Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion, P1,040

As the weather gets warmer, we’re willing to bet you’ll want to cut ties with your cream-based moisturizer. Sure, it’s great for cool seasons, but it can run a little sticky and greasy in the summer. Instead, opt for oil-free and gel-based formulas. These are perfect for this time of year because they provide moisture without feeling heavy. Plus, these formulas tend to absorb quickly, so you can bet there’s no extra shine on your face.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Tube, P295, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, P550, Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream, P879

INSTEAD OF SUNSCREENS WITH A DEWY, GLOWY FINISH

TRY: NON-GREASY, LIGHTWEIGHT SUNSCREENS

WE USED: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, P488

Sunscreen might have a bad rap for that dreaded white cast and thick, goopy feel, but there’s no denying it: you need sun protection. Luckily, there are more lightweight choices nowadays that leave little to no trace on your skin. (Doesn’t clog pores, too!) Needless to say, these will help keep your complexion as grease-free as possible. And, as a rule of thumb, make sure that your sunscreen has at least SPF30 and UVA/UVB protection. Better safe than sorry!
YOU CAN ALSO TRY: Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk, P1,071, Dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, P1,200, Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel, now on sale at P1,300 (limited time only)

Think you’ll be switching up your routine this summer? Share what you’ll be swapping out in the comments, below!

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