Averting Oil Slick Face
Hot damn! There's a heat wave in NYC! My air conditioner is putting in overtime. All my outdoor plants have wilted. My water intake has doubled concurrently with my sweat stains. The city smells like sautéed garbage. The incessant heat and humidity have left my face in a perpetual greasy slick. Not just sweat. OIL. Sound like you? Not to fret. There are scores of us. Most of the time, it feels like a curse. At best it feels detrimental and neutral, like sharks or tsunamis.
There are perks:
- We will wrinkle significantly less than our peers with dry skin.
- Winter is our time. Look, Ma! No flakes!
But, how do we make it through Summer? No one product is capable of handling this on its own. It takes some doing and an arsenal of goods, but you (yes, you!) can immolate shine. Even in this heat. [Ed. Note: Anyone with "normal" skin, or dare I say it, dry skin should not follow this regimen. Lucky ducks.]
Moisture is not the enemy
Seems counterintuitive, I know. It's all a part of a long con. The trick is to provide yourself with enough moisture that it stops producing excess sebum. This mindset takes some unlearning of what we're taught. This includes steering clear of "oil controlling" facial washes. They strip your skin of necessary oils and only work immediately after washing your face. If you wash your face at night your skin will overcompensate and you'll end up being just as shiny (or shinier) in the morning. Pick a gentle cleanser, then lotion thoroughly. I like Ole Henrickson's Aloe Vera Gel Cleanser and Dr. Jart's Water Drop in the summer.
Use Milk of Magnesia
Trust me on this one. If you're unfamiliar, Milk of Magnesia is a liquid antacid. It has the color of chalk and the viscosity of cough syrup. The idea seems bananas, but this is an old drag queen trick. If history is any indicator (e.g. contouring, baking, carved eyebrows, overlining lips, stacked lashes, white eyeliner on the waterline, strobing, I could go on...) they know what they're talking about. It's slightly clay-like in composition and acts to absorb excess oil throughout the day. Science! Give the bottle a shake, put a little on a cotton pad, smear on T-zone. If it's left a whitish cast, you've used too much. A splash of water on another cotton pad will take it right off, though.
No cream products
For Heaven's sake.
Don't use anything with talc. Talc, when mixed with oil, will form a roux on your skin. This flotsam paste will quickly give you pancake makeup when out in broad daylight. Hiss! HD powders instead use silica, which looks like skin, no matter how many times you blot throughout the day. Purr.
Sound like a lot of steps? Sure. Think of it this way: a few minor "lifestyle changes," and a glistening midday forehead will be a thing of the past. Plus, Fall will be here sooner than you think.