Friday, 17 October 2014
Oily Skin 101
If you have oily skin or combination skin, I hear your pain. It can be an absolute nightmare. Different companies tell you one thing and which products you should be using whereas your skin is telling you a whole other story.
CLEANSER: Step away from the foaming cleansers. Even step away from the gel based cleansers. Oh, and before I forget, what do you even think you're doing with that face wipe?
Cleansing balms are every skin types best friend, even us oily ones. They melt down to an oil which will re-balance your skins natural oils. Plus they are nourishing and leave your skin feeling and looking incredible.
My pick: MeruMaya Melting Cleansing Balm
TONER: I don't know about you but this is a step I've always struggled with. Finding a toner that's suited for oily skin has been such a mission, until I found this beauty from LUSH. Treat a toner like you would for your moisturiser - something that is perfect for your skin type. I guarantee once you find the right toner, your skin will thank you. Refreshing on the skin and gives your skin an extra boost of rebalancing. the perfect step before you apply serum, oil and moisturiser.
My pick: LUSH Tea Tree Water
SERUM: This is where you can treat what is concerning your skin at the moment. For me, I also have blemish prone and hormonal skin so need something that's going to keep those pesky, under the skin volcanic eruptions at bay.
Often blemish focused serums are also great for us oily skinned ladies (and gentlemen) as they have ingredients that will balance out the skins natural oils and reduce any excess sebum.
My pick: Estée Lauder Clear Difference Serum
OIL: Oil for oily skin? GO WILD WITH IT! Well, not too wild, but a couple of drops of your favourite facial oil will be like a God-send for you. Once again, it encourages the skin to rebalance and adds a bit of luxury to your skin care regime.
My pick: The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-Oil (sleep in a bottle)
MOISTURISER: Ignore whatever your skin concerns are right now, go back two steps and rethink your serum. Instead this is where you need to know your skin type. For oily skin, you want something that's light and refreshing that still hydrates your skin but isn't too rich.
Despite the fact the Origins GinZing is for all skin types, it works exceptionally well on oily skin due to its light texture. It absorbs well into the skin and acts as a well needed drink for the skin, without encouraging more oiliness and really perks up the skin.
My pick: Origins GinZing Moisturiser OR The Body Shop Seaweed Day Cream
MASKS: Once or twice a week you'll need to give your skin a bit of TLC so choose something that's going to help detoxify your skin and give it a deep cleanse. You want your face mask to be able to clear out excess sebum and really nourish your skin, without stripping the skin.
A clay mask will be perfect as it will also draw out any impurities from your pores.
My pick: LUSH Cupcake OR Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
HYDRATE: No matter what skin type you have, hydrate! Water flushes away what your body doesn't want and will keep the skin looking plump and youthful.
MAKE-UP: Half of the foundations out there these days promise glowing, dewy skin. Of course, we all want that however if you have oily skin, unless you want to look like a sweaty mess, please choose a mattifying foundation that still encourages glowing skin. If not, a mattifying powder is a MUST. The Hyaluronic Hydra Powder from By Terry is currently on my wish list, promising an invisible matte finish.
My pick: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Le Teint Encre De Peau Foundation
ACCEPT: It's taken me quite a while to accept that I have oily skin. Back in my early teens I was very combination, one day I was oily, the next I was tight and dry (that's years of not understanding skin care/wrong products being available therefore aggravating the skin for you!). When I turned 16 it became incredibly oily all of a sudden. Skin changes, as your way of living changes or your surroundings change. However, as silly as it may be, accepting your skin type means you're half way there. Finding the right products for your skin type will make your skin thank you.
Hopefully this post was helpful to those of you out there who question the Universe on a daily basis as to why we have such a shiny face 24/7.
Please let me know in the comments, and if you have any tips or tricks, shout them out and share them!
PS. You know those pesky things called wrinkles? Due to the excess sebum on our faces, our skin will struggle to make the fine lines on our face for quite some time. Or so I've been told. I'll let you know in 20 years.
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