This is my face after being out all day. I didn't touch up anything! I know, it's that amazing!
Summer means two things, poufy hair and a super oily face. I'm thinking my hair is a lost cause, hence it will always be in two-strand twists or an updo during the summer, but I may have found success with preventing an oily face. I was going through my hair products to de-clutter and noticed that I have a lot of clay, specifically red and bentonite clay. I tried clay during my no-shampoo phase, but it didn't really bode well for my scalp, so I nixed it. I never threw them away because I figured I could use them as a face mask, but I never got around to it. Last Sunday, I was applying my makeup and decided to just randomly try the red clay. I mixed it with my cacao powder and applied it to my face with a foundation brush. It actually added a little bit more coverage than with just the cacao powder. It went on really smooth and didn't make me look pale or ashy, so I figured I would rock it for the rest of the day.
I spent a good chunk of my day out and about in DC, and if you don't know, DC is very hot and humid right now. It was almost 100 degrees on Sunday and extremely muggy. Surprisingly, my face remained matte and my makeup intact, which has never happened in this weather. I'm always dripping sweat and really oily after only 30 minutes, so four hours and still matte is beyond amazing.
I would definitely recommend red clay if you are having problems with oily skin; it can easily be found at a health food store, like Whole Foods, or on Amazon. While red clay definitely works better for black women and darker skin tones, there are a variety of clays varying in color from white, beige, and even dark brown to black, so you aren't limited. It's a great natural alternative for commercial mattifying sprays and powders, and even better, clay is a natural sunscreen. So try it and let me know what you think!