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Fighting The Summer Oil Slick

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With Summer continuing to swelter here on the east coast, the Boston Globe has some advice for keeping your face from “resembling a Gulf of Mexico oil slick.” Experts say, avoid using pressed powder, drink lots of fluids and avoid caffeine which will keep the shine to a minimum. More after the jump……

The heat of the summer has arrived, and with it skin that looks like it’s been slathered in baby oil. And not in a good way. Nicole Vitale, senior director of spa at Equinox fitness clubs, was plagued by oily skin, which gave her a preternatural summer shine. The skin care specialist started researching ways to minimize the shine and has learned a few tricks for keeping her skin from resembling a Gulf of Mexico oil slick. Here are a few of her suggestions — all of which will help keep the rest of us looking cool, even if we don’t feel that way.

1. Don’t overpowder

“I get these complaints from women all the time. They say ‘I’m shiny, should I powder more?’ The first thing you need to stay away from is too much powder,’’ Vitale says. “When you use too much powder, oil builds and then it gets worse. You should absolutely stay away from adding more powder — or any powder.’’

2. Do drink lots of water

“Keep yourself extremely hydrated. When you’re hydrated, your skin isn’t fighting to get moisture, so that’s a key factor. Water or fruit juice is fantastic.’’

3. Do get regular facials

“One every three or four weeks is very helpful. You’re cleaning out the pores and you’re cleaning out the oil. You’re giving your skin room to breath, and it’s going to help to keep down that shine.’’

4. Don’t stop using a moisturizer on your face

“People think, ‘I’m not going to moisturize, and I’m going to wash with a harsh abrasive cleaner.’ That never works,’’ Vitale says. “What it does is it makes your oil glands overproduce, and that’s the last thing you want to do. What you want to do is keep your skin hydrated, keep it balanced, use a moisturizer. You’ll notice during the day that you won’t get that shine. Will you get a little shine? Perhaps. Will you get a slick of oil? Absolutely not. You don’t want to strip the oil from your skin, because that will make your face overproduce.’’

5. Don’t drink a lot of caffeinated beverages

“Caffeine is the killer. It will dehydrate you, which will make your skin in need of more hydration, which will end up producing more oil. Sodas, coffee, and heavily caffeinated beverages aren’t going to be the best for you. Especially when you’re trying to beat the heat.’’

6. Do use sunscreen

“You don’t even know you’re getting UVA damage to your skin when you’re out walking around. So if you’re using sunblock, that’s going to really help keep the shine down. I can go to the beach all day and come back and I don’t have a shine on my face if I use a good SPF 45 sunscreen. And I’m sweating, moving — and nothing is shining.’’

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