[By Anna Landis]

As we moved into early summer, there are bound to be changes in our skin that some of us can identified with. Our skin can swing from dry to normal in the winter to outrageously oily as the days get warmer towards summer. Sometimes my face gets so shiny that you could hurt your eyes from the glare! The long term solution for those requiring oil control all year round would be a proper skincare regime with the appropriate products to curb sebum over-production. For the rest of us who gets that annoying shine only when summer comes round, we’ll be thankful for quick fixes that de-grease RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Here’s our list of top 5 mattifying products that are guaranteed to make your life a little less sweaty, to clear up your skin for just that glimpse of shimmer to rock the latest summer trends without the overwhelming shine bundled with sweltering temperatures and high humidity in the coming weeks.

Murad Oil-control Mattifier

Your usual moisturizer that works like a dream in the colder and drier months might be the cause of your annoying summer shine. Switch to a lighter option such as a serum or a mattifying moisturizer which is a great way to get your skin matte and shine free before there’s even a chance for it to get oily. Murad Oil-control Mattifier hydrates the skin while keeping oil build up at bay, an absolute must-have for my summer beauty arsenal.Clinically proven to control oil for up to eight hours while effectively reducing breakouts, it is formulated without harmful parabens, sulfates and phthalates, mattes complexions immediately while regulating oil throughout the day with added UVA/UVB sun protection to top it all.  If you prep your skin right at the beginning of the day, chances of looking flawless without a midday shine are way higher.

Available online from www.sephora.com

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SW1 CLEAR TONIC Mint-Infused Clarifying Facial Toner

Formulated with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients, the SW1 CLEAR TONIC Mint-Infused Clarifying Facial Toner is the perfect summer companion to help you achieve blemish free skin to match the clear, cloudless skies. Treat your stressed-out skin to a deep dermal detox with this anti-bacterial, pore-purging liquid salve. A couple of spritz per day is all it takes to stop blemishes in their tracks by targeting breakouts at all stages, working in overdrive to stabilize oil balance, clear clogged pores, hasten cellular turnover and reduce inflammation. Harness the therapeutic effects of this ‘sebum fighter’ by using it in place of your usual toner or pre-serum add on. If your skin tend to get really oily as the days get warmer, you can even use it as a standalone product without the need to add on a moisturizer.

Available online from www.sw1shop.com

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Mac Prep & Prime transparent finishing powder

When it comes to makeup, less is probably more to minimize the risk of running streaks and melted faces as the temperature soars. This humidity friendly makeup gem from MAC is a silky finishing powder that provides an invisible way to set your summer bronze and shimmer. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of pores, lines and imperfections, it is available in one universal color that suits all skin tones. You think because it’s white that it would show up pale on your skin, but it doesn’t. You have to use the right brush to apply it, and when you do so over bare moisturized skin or makeup, all those annoying shiny areas become matte in a jiffy.

By utilizing a special injection technique known as Micro-Refine, miniscule doses of Botox are introduced intra-dermally or shallow in the skin to cause shrinkage and atrophy of the oil producing sebaceous glands and sweat glands, leading to a barrage of complexion-refining effects without compromising the movement of major facial muscles. Pore size is noticeably reduced and skin appears matte or ‘airbrushed’ secondary to decreased oil production. Apart from the reduction of dreadful midday or summer shine, there’s diminished appearance of acne scars too!

Available online from www.maccosmetics.com

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Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissue

The beauty insta-fix that should be in every girl’s bag is a pack of blotting papers. This is a summer’s BFF that helps soak up oil and combat sun wanted shine without messing up your makeup. There’s probably one offered by every makeup brand, from froufrou high end ones to no frills drugstore staples. After sampling those from Chanel to Dior to Estee Lauder, none comes close to those under Palladio. Available in 3 choices of translucent, natural and warm beige, they are made from natural rice with a light perfume of the hardy grain. These unique blotting tissues each comes with a dual surface— use the matte side to blot away shine throughout the day and the powdered side for occasional touch-ups. It doesn’t hurt that they come packaged in a pretty, retrolicious case that slips easily into the smallest purse or pocket, to give you a quick refresh, anytime, anywhere!

Available online from www.palladiobeauty.com

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Starbucks recycled napkins

Now there’s more reason to drop by Starbucks during summer apart from getting an ice-cold coffee or seek temporary refuge from the sweltering heat. I can’t remember who dished out this godsend tip or when, but thank you, thank you, thank you! Starbucks brown recycled napkins really are handy suckers when you’ve forgotten or ran out of blotting tissues or just need to dab away the sheen on the cheap. It’s the slightly rough texture and all but they can absorb oil like none others! White napkins just ain’t cutting it— I’ve tried so don’t bother.

I don’t think you can purchase them online, but if you do pop by your friendly neighborhood SBux, just at least purchase a small beverage or a banana!

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