Once the temperature starts creeping up, you may notice your skin looks a little, shall we say, on the shiny side. Your first thought is probably to ditch the moisturizer but using a hydrator will actually go a long way towards keeping your complexion balanced. This spring and summer, think about swapping heavier moisturizers for lightweight facial oils. We know: Facial oils often get a bad rap—and those with oily or acne-prone skin usually think they can't use them—but it's all about finding the right one. A lightweight oil may even help curb the amount of oil your skin makes, says celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin.
If your skin is oily or breaks out easily in warmer weather, check the label for geranium oil, which helps control oil production, says Irwin. Tea tree oil (which is antibacterial) and argan oil (which reduces oil production over time) are also good bets. Other oils Irwin recommends for lightweight hydration are jojoba and squalane. On the flip side, Irwin suggests skipping anything formulated with olive, avocado and coconut oil, which are all comedogenic—meaning, they clog pores.
Ready to add oil to your warm weather skin care routine? Read on for the best lightweight facial oils that are perfect for spring and summer.
Facial oils are often thought of as luxe products (with prices that fit the bill) but this one gets the job done without breaking the bank (and better yet, without breaking you out). Squalane is a non-greasy oil that improves skin texture and tone while it hydrates.
A facial oil that fights acne? Sign us up, especially because pimples run rampant in the summer. This facial oil has a medicated, quick-dry formula that clears congested pores and prevents acne—all while also targeted wrinkles. The secret weapons are salicylic acid and tea tree oil to clarify. Since both can be drying, the formula also contains milk thistle and cucumber oil to soothe.
For skin on the drier side, try this super-moisturizing facial oil that still has a lightweight finish. Featuring a combo of rosehip, jojoba and evening primrose, this facial oil keeps skin hydrated all day long and protects against free radicals, which can be triggered by the sun and cause damage.
Talk about a triple threat: This extra light facial oil with squalane primes, highlights and provides all-day moisture. On those hotter-than-hot humid days, apply it to bare skin and skip the foundation. You'll still look dewy without a whole lot layered on your face.