EEEK! I’m Melting! Why Does My Skin Type Change During The Summer!?

K-Beauty Now Skin Type Changes in Summer

Does my skin type really change with the seasons?

Yes! It really does! During the winter months our skin usually gets dry because of cold temperatures and wind that occur during these months. Often we have to apply moisturizers or emulsions at least twice a day. Using hand cream and lip moisturizers also help in combating dry skin during the cold winter months. However, what about summer?

It’s no secret that during the summer it usually gets hot and sometimes humid depending on where you live in the world. Have you also noticed that your skin type sometimes changes during this season as well?

Editor’s Experience: More heat and humidity means extra oily skin

I usually have normal-oily skin. I tend to have excess oil on my nose and chin, but everywhere else I’m normal. It gets so bad you could almost fry an egg from using the oil on my nose and chin due to the hot, humid, and scorching summers here in South Korea.

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Yes, that was a disgusting analogy, but at least you understand the dramatic change in my skin that occurs during the summer months. Along with extra oil, my pores get bigger where oil and dust gets trapped causing me to also break out more. I hardly breakout unless it’s during “shark week,” but now it’s even worse as the temperature goes up.

Wow! I’ve noticed that my skin gets more oily too in the summer! What should I do to control it?

1. Cut back on moisturizers and emulsions

That doesn’t mean to stop. Just limit how you use them everyday. I used to wear emulsion in the morning and at night; however, now it’s getting hot in South Korea I’ve cut back to only using it at night. Beauty assistants at shops here in South Korea will also tell you not use emulsion because of the hot and humid weather and the combination of emulsion could cause more oily skin and breakouts. Also, if you’re adding moisturizer on top of emulsions, you might become an oily, sticky, sweaty mess in the summer. Once again, this all depends on where you live in the world.

2. Primer

Primers help smooth out your pores to give you a cleaner look when applying makeup. With the primer that I have, it doesn’t contain any extra moisturizer so it gives me a more matte look, which I love! It’s “No-Sebum Blur Primer” from Innisfree.

Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer

Image: Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer

3. No-sebum powder touch-ups

Products like these are amazing! I usually apply no-sebum powder after finishing my main face makeup i.e. any foundation, concealer, or blush. It helps keep my face shine free and gives me a matte look. Some Koreans like having a more “dewy skin” so they use compacts or foundations that give them a more wet look, but that’s not my style. I tend to only use it in the beginning of the day, but sometimes if it’s really hot and I’m out of the house for long hours I’ll stick it in my purse for later usage. The one I use is “No-Sebum Blur Powder” from Innisfree.

Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder
Image: Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Powder

4. Buy oil blotting sheets

These help by absorbing excess oil on specific parts of your face. Like I said before, my nose and chin are very oily so I use these sheets once or twice a day. They’re one of my favorite things in the world! I never leave home without them! They’re also super easy to find because almost every cosmetic shop in South Korea carries them.

5. Wash your face

Obvious, right? However, if and only if it’s getting oily I would suggest making sure to wash your face at least twice a day. If you’re already doing that, maybe you need to change up your daily face wash. Also, if you’re worried about drying out your skin by over washing, try to treat the main oily areas. Perhaps you might have to consider changing your face wash as well for it might not be working with your skin. Usually at night I just wash my nose and chin with water and a daily face wash.

So do I throw out all my moisturizers and emulsions then?

NOOO! Don’t do that! Even if your face become more naturally moisturized in the summer, your skin could still have an off day. Skin is already sensitive and one day you might notice that your skin is getting a little dry. That actually happened to me last summer when my cheeks started to get red and dry. I just treated that area more specifically and like stated before.


This is NOT the solution for everyone, but rather suggestions based off of my own experiences with summer skin change. Even if it summer time, your skin could still be dry. It all depends on many factors like location, age, and your own natural skin.

Does your skin type change during the summer? Have you had any similar problems with your skin like this before and how did you resolve them? We’d love to hear your thoughts & experiences in the comments below!

This review is based on Rebecca Choi’s editor review. Her review is based on real usage & review with her skin type as listed.

Skin Type: Normal to Oily
Skin Color: Natural Beige
Skin Undertone: Olive undertones