How to: Combat oily skin effectively
So here goes, my first official blog-post.
Unfortunately, I have been suffering with oily skin for the majority of my teenage, and now adult, years. Whilst this has been a bit of a nightmare to overcome - and get my makeup to stay put for that matter - it does mean that I have tried and tested many of the raved about products specifically for oily skin.
Today I'm going to share with you my morning and night-time routines which keep my face looking lovely and matte all day.
First thing's first, face wash:
The face wash which I am currently using is called 'Neutrogena VISIBLY CLEAR® Pore & Shine Daily Wash'.
I cannot commend this product enough! I now start every day with a matte, but not overly dry face, the perfect base for my everyday makeup.
Next up is moisturiser:
I'm currently using a day-cream from The Body Shop, which I've actually re-purchased a number of times - quite rare for me as I am always on the hunt for the perfect light, slightly mattifying day-cream. This is the 'Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream', which has the perfect balance between moisturising (as you need to lock moisture in the skin before applying makeup - especially important in the winter months) and mattifying the skin.
A staple product for all with oily skin, 'Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pure Primer'. For skin that is soft to the touch, with minimal shine this primer is wonderful! I have previously tried Smashbox, L'Oreal, No7 and 17 primers to name but a few - this is so far my ultimate favourite.
On my eyelids I use the 'Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: Original'. I find this works as an eyeshadow base simply because our eyelids aren't moisturised (duh) so do not get as oily as the rest of the face during the day.
Then, I apply my makeup - which I won't go into detail about for now (!)
(As a quick side note, using a setting powder and setting spray can help your makeup stay during the day. I use 'Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder' and 'Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray'. I also keep a 'MAC Blot Pressed Powder' and 'Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder' handy in my bag).
In terms of my night-time routine, I remove my makeup with a multitude and assortion of Garnier makeup removers. A few of my favourites are 'Essentials Simply Essentials Soothing 2-in-1 Make-Up Remover', 'Essentials Softening Cleansing Lotion Goodbye Dry…' and 'Essentials
Express 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover'. These are really soft on the skin - great if your skin is a little sensitive.
I follow up with a toner, 'Garnier Essentials Softening Toner Goodbye Dry...' to ensure my face is properly clean before treating and moisturising.
The final steps involve moisturiser and night gel (occasionally a treatment gel also).
Firstly, I use 'Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Night Gel' which is amazingly cheap at £2.99, and I love the smell of Tea Tree oil! This is perfect as oily skin is more often than not spot prone skin. The saying goes that prevention is better than cure, so this overnight gel works wonders fending off bacteria.
Following this, I use a moisturiser from Freederm, the 'Perfecting Moisturiser'. I use this daily moisturiser as night creams tend to sit too heavily on my skin, causing break-outs overnight.
If I have a spot I use a spot treatment gel - such as 'Freederm Fast Track'. This sits like film over the spot, drying it out - it is usually gone by morning!
I realise that this post is a bit of a long winded skin care routine, however I hope that I managed to give anyone with oily skin some guidance on how to combat it relatively cheaply! I've linked all products so please feel free to click through on any of the products to their websites where all the prices will be available.