Shine away

Dewy skin is great, but sweaty skin? No thanks. Lucy Wild­man tells you how to stay shine-con­trolled in the sear­ing heat of a UAE sum­mer

Friday - - Living -

Heat and hu­mid­ity? We of­fi­cially hate you. Nev­er­the­less, in the mid­dle of a long and sweaty sum­mer, the daily beauty bat­tle to stay in con­trol of shine can be a chal­lenge. Your skin needs an arse­nal of beau­ti­fiers to cope with cli­matic change, and since there’s no deny­ing that the sum­mer swel­ter has well and truly kicked in, now is the time to up­date your sk­in­care regime, and turn your at­ten­tion to hot-weather com­plex­ion perfection.


Soar­ing tem­per­a­tures and high lev­els of hu­mid­ity are all part and par­cel of a UAE sum­mer. Liv­ing in a hu­mid cli­mate gives skin a hydration ad­van­tage, since the air that sur­rounds us is full of wa­ter, and our skin ab­sorbs the mois­ture from the air through­out the day. Great news for drier skins, but if your skin type is com­bi­na­tion, nor­mal or oily, skin that is al­ready flush with mois­ture can be­come over­loaded and leave you bat­tling an al­most con­stant shiny-skin sit­u­a­tion. But fol­low­ing sim­ple sk­in­care and make-up steps can en­sure you glow for all the right rea­sons when the mer­cury‘s ris­ing.

CLEANS­ING Since air conditioning is a nec­es­sary evil when out­door heat is un­bear­able, your skin not only has to bat­tle with ex­treme tem­per­a­ture changes and dry­ness, but ex­cess oils (caused by de­hy­dra­tion) and bac­te­ria (from in­side AC units). Wash twice a day with a gen­tle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its es­sen­tial oils – any­thing too harsh will sim­ply en­cour­age it to pro­duce more oil to com­pen­sate for the loss, which will make your skin even greasier.

Morn­ing cleans­ing helps to re­move the oil and dead skin cells that build up while you sleep, while cleans­ing at night dis­solves make-up residue, per­spi­ra­tion and pol­lu­tants, clears dead skin cells and stim­u­lates nat­u­ral cell turnover. It also al­lows your skin to bet­ter ab­sorb serums and mois­turis­ers, so you can get the most out of them.


Since you’ll be sweat­ing a lot more than usual, a light­weight moisturiser is your first de­fence in com­bat­ing de­hy­dra­tion. Un­less your skin is ex­tremely dry (we’re talk­ing lizard-like here), ditch heavy day­time mois­turis­ers in favour of a light­weight gel cream, which will give your skin all the es­sen­tial mois­ture it needs with­out over­load­ing the pores and mak­ing it too greasy.

Don’t ne­glect your night­time sk­in­care regime. Your body goes through a nat­u­ral restora­tive cy­cle at night, and since you shouldn’t be wor­ry­ing about hav­ing a shiny face while you’re sleep­ing, it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to deeply hy­drate your skin with a heavy-duty moisturiser loaded with an­tiox­i­dants and anti-age­ing properties.


Mat­ti­fy­ing prod­ucts are es­sen­tial weapons in the fight against shine ex­cess. Look for light­weight for­mu­la­tions de­signed specif­i­cally to con­trol ex­cess sebum, and layer your kit of oil-con­trol­ling skin savers for your best shot against glow­ing for all the wrong rea­sons.


Ac­cord­ing to Lon­don-based Mac Se­nior Artist Rebecca But­ter­worth, “The se­cret to stay­ing im­mac­u­late in the sun is all in the prep and your prod­uct choice.” First things first; you need an oil-con­trol­ling primer un­der your foun­da­tion – al­though th­ese re­duce shine like mat­ti­fiers, primers may also hy­drate or add a dewy glow, de­pend­ing on the for­mula. Best of all, “They make any foun­da­tion or tinted moisturiser in­fal­li­ble,” she says.

Ditch­ing foun­da­tion com­pletely is, ac­cord­ing to But­ter­worth, the best way for­ward in the sun. “Switch to a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC [colour con­trol] cream will con­trol oil, mois­turise, smooth fine lines and stay put all day.” And con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, we shouldn’t be top­ping-up with pow­der dur­ing the day – “In­stead use blot­ting pa­pers,” says Rebecca. “They ab­sorb oil and sweat with­out mov­ing or over­load­ing make-up like a brush with pow­der would.”

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