Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Oily skin: building your skincare routine

Your Skin Type:

Wash your face and leave it for an hour, don't touch it. After an hour, with clean hands, touch your face and assess how it feels.

Normal  no oil or dryness to the touch. If you have this skin type you have my envy.

Oily feels greasy, enlarged pores, and a sheen to the skin

Dry skin will feel tight, rough, there may be flakes or eczema type patches of dryness too

Combination a little oily in the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and normal/dry on the cheeks.

Care for Oily Skin

Cleanser: If you can get used to the idea of using oil as a cleanser, then cleansing balms are the way to go. Think of it not as adding oil, but putting back the hydration. Emma Hardies moringa cleansing balm is a beautiful, natural oil balm, slightly cheaper is the Clinque take the day off balm, cheaper still is the Boots botanics cleansing balm which for the price point is amazing. To apply cleansing balms, rub the balm into dry skin, then run a muslin cloth/flannel under hot water, and buff the product away.

Cream cleansers are another great option for the morning. The Liz Earle cleanse and polish is refreshing and soothing on irritated spots, half a pump is all you need for the entire face, rub the cream all over, its safe to go over eyes, and then rinse a flannel or muslin cloth under hot water, wipe the cream away. Say yes to tomatoes clarifying cleanser is an equally refreshing gel and doesn't strip the skin. For a cream cleanser you can rinse off, the Burt Bee's Intense hydration cream is amazing. Avoid cleansers that target the spotty teen market, most of them are drying and if you dry out your skin, it will produce even more oil to compensate. 

Acid Toner: Optional, but one you should seriously consider because this step will do the hardest work out of all your products (besides masks) a gentle acid wiped all over the face will help change the texture of your skin and buffed over spots will reduce them. First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads are a brilliant place to start. If your skin - and your purse - can handle it, then the Alpha H liquid gold is the best you can get, very strong, very effective - apply it to a cotton pad and wipe all over the face after cleansing as the last step in your routine. To find out more about the benefits of acid toning and more amazing suggestions for products at all price points, watch Caroline Hirons video on it here.

Serum: A serum containing Benzoyl Perozide, Glycolic or Salicylic acids in them will work wonders. Great ones for oily and spot prone skin include La Roche Possay Effaclar Duo, a gel cream that contains Benzol Perozide to minimize spots (I'm on my fourth tube, its usually on offer at Feel Unique or Boots). Nip and Fab's Glycolic fix serum locks in the hydration and allows your moisturizer to sink in better,the glycolic acid works as a gentle exfoliate, smells of oranges too. The Elemis skin clear overnight serum is moisturizing and spot fighting.

Moisturizer: If you have oily skin you still need moisture. A light moisturizer for the day time will sit well under make-up. The Neals Yard Remedies purifying palmrarosa daily moisture is amazing, its a light weight lotion that penetrates the skin almost instantly, leaving you hydrated yet matte. Because you'll be going to bed anyway (and therefore don't care about being shiny), night is a good time to really inject some moisture into your skin. You don't have to spend a lot here, Boots Botanics radiant youth replenishing night cream is light weight and leaves skin incredibly soft, its behaves like a much more expensive product than it actually is, and a little goes a long way.

Treatments: Face masks go on after you've cleansed and before your serum/moisturizer. They're often forgotten about, but every time I do one I wonder why I don't do them more. They honestly make a big difference and over extended time, some do as they claim. The Sanctuary 5 minute thermal detox draws out the impurities and de-congests the skin, a little more pricey (but worth it) is the Aesop Chamomile concentrate - a clay mask that firms skin whilst sucking out the dirt, and doesn't leave skin dry like many other clay masks.

Any kind of mud mask will also be beneficial, Superdrug do some great ones, as do Boots. The balance me radiance face mask is an amazing triple action wonder, it contains fruit acids and walnut spheres for deep exfoliation, clay to draw out dirt from pores and essential oils to soften/nourish.

Side Note: 

If using products with acids (during the day) always use an SPF no matter what time of year. 

Targeted spot creams: If you're in England and still in education, you can get free acne cream prescribed from your GP, lucky you. For us older folk, there are many options available but at a price. 

General tips:

You may be oily but I bet you're still dehydrated. Don't confuse dehydration with dryness. Dehydration is a lack of oil, and dryness is a lack of water. Drink more water and choose night creams aimed at the aging or dry demographic. 

Always, always take make-up off at night, no matter how tired you are. Your face ages 9 days for every night you sleep in it. Do a double cleanse, one to take the surface layer of make-up off, a mi-cellar water will do if you can't be bothered to get to the sink, and the second cleanse to remove the dirt, grease and make-up that has seeped into the pores, use a face wash or cleansing balm/oil for that

.Don't touch your face if you're hands aren't clean

Don't use physical exfoliates (cleansers with beads in) until your spots have gone down to the point where there is no head (a 'head' is when you can see white or black in the surface) if you do, your fragile spots will break, and possibly become infected/definitely leave a scar. For more specific advice on how to deal with spots read my blog on it here.

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