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The weather in the last couple of weeks has been beyond blistering with temperatures rising to 40 degrees and even higher in many parts of the country, leaving most of us struggling with the heat, which doesn’t even abate at night.

The whole situation is made worse by the poor power situation as the sweltering heat is affecting our skin as well as our fashion choices. Much as the weather isn’t favourable, it shouldn’t be an excuse for you to let your skin go or dress poorly. Instead, see it is an opportunity to make use of new fabrics, colours and style and step up your skin game.

The heat is not great news for people with oily skin as the heat worsens oil production, causing breakouts, rashes and so on. While you can never make the skin stop producing oil altogether, there are definitely things you can do to slow the flow.

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Watch your Cleanser
Always use a gentle cleanser to wash your skin. Avoid strong, dehydrating cleansers that cause the skin to produce even more oil. Any cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tight and dry afterwards is an absolute no.

Skip the Alcohol
Some toners seem great and will give you an immediate ‘tight’ feeling as well as temporarily removing the oil on your skin, but then create a backlash hours later with an increase in oil production. The key is to avoid the ones with alcohol. Use an alcohol-free toner on damp skin before applying oil-free lotion.

Moisturize
For all of you oily skin people reading this, wearing moisturizer will actually make you produce less oil. Shocking, but it is true. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to reduce oil production. Oily skins don’t need additional oil (which is why oil-free lotions are suggested) but you still need water in the skin. When the skin doesn’t have the moisture it needs, it attempts to balance itself by producing more oil (by stimulating the nerve endings) to compensate for the lack of water. Avoid the ingredients Mineral Oil, Petroleum and Petrolatum in your moisturizer as these may suffocate the skin and clog the pores. Some people avoid using night creams to let their skin “breathe.” First, a night cream is no different than a moisturizer without sunscreen. So you don’t have to use something called a night cream as anything without sunscreen will work well at night as long as it’s right for your skin type. At night when your skin is at rest, the skin’s permeability is at its highest therefore allowing the action ingredients of a moisturizer to absorb deeper within the skin.

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Use Blotting Paper
Blot your skin throughout the day with blotting papers or tissue paper. Truly, it’s the fastest and easiest way to get rid of oil.

Cover up quick
Never leave your skin bare for longer than 60 seconds after washing, otherwise necessary water will evaporate out of the skin. After cleansing, you must immediately use an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected and avoid the tight, dry feeling. If you can, use a well-formulated salicylic acid serum to remove surface dry skin cells that can keep the skin more balanced and less oily. Since salicylic acid has the capability of getting into the pore lining to remove clogged pores, it will reveal a newly refined smoothness and clarity in the skin.

For clothing, Lightweight Fabrics and Clothing is best this period. The perfect fabrics now are natural materials made from linen or cotton that are lightweight. You should make sure that the material is lightweight as light and natural fabrics dry faster, don’t retain moisture as much and feel less constricting.

Breathable Clothing
You will feel uncomfortable when high humidity combines with high temperature. The easiest way to ease off is by perspiring heat away. You should maintain a cool body temperature by allowing air circulation. This is what fabrics can help you achieve. Breathable fabrics are the ideal materials during the hot season. Fabrics that are breathable will be able to allow perspiration happen without trapping moisture and creating unpleasant odours. Cottons can absorb sweats and allow the body breathes freely. However, that a material is lightweight does not mean that it can be breathable. Silk is not perfect because it retains heat.

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Protective Clothing
One of the things you should check when shopping for hot weather is the protective nature of a cloth.  A cloth that cannot protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays should not be used.

Lighter Colour Materials
It is a general knowledge that dark colours absorb more light compared to light colours.  The dark coloured materials tend to be hotter during the hot season.  Dark shades of green, purple and blue can generate thermal energy when they are exposed to hot weather. Whether you are an office person or not, light coloured materials are preferred during this time.

For cotton materials, you should go for 100% cotton. Oxford cotton, Herringbone and twill should not be your option during the hot season. Being comfortable during hot weather is a priority. You can achieve this with light coloured breathable and lightweight fabrics that are constructed with the right materials. Style should not be sacrificed when dressing for the weather.

Don’t forget to drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated and your skin supple. Regular bathing at least twice a day also helps to keep your skin cool.

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