Living with oily/ combination skin for the majority of my life has been a roller coaster ride. We, my skin and I, have seen good and bad days. but, mostly bad.
Due to the many struggles of troublesome skin I’ve picked up a few tips. These tips could be helpful for those of you in a similar situation. However, I’m in no shape or form an expert. It’s always beneficial to seek the advice of a certified dermatologist first and foremost. But enough of that, let’s get to the good stuff:
In essence, Oily skin is a skin condition in which the glands in your face produce excess sebum. Serum’s function is to keep your skin and hair from drying out and also to protect it from bacteria. However, it can become problematic when there is too much oil.
Naturally, as you go about your day you’re exposed to dirt, bacteria and pollutants. You also end up touching your face. The bad bacteria can mix with the oil on your face and clog your pores.
Keeping this in mind, there are important things you can do or habits you can change to prevent breakouts.
Throughout the years I’ve developed certain habits and rituals that help me clear my skin. However, the important thing to note here is that consistency is key. Results don’t come overnight.
Also, I’ve learned a lot about the secrets (or science) of skincare from Felicia and Rowena through watching their YouTube channel: Beauty Within. Throughout the post, I’ve inserted their videos which gives specific explanations to the importance of some products, ingredients or processes.
My daily routine consists of the following:
- I wash my face by gently massaging my cleanser with lukewarm or cold water over my skin.
- After, I apply toner and pat it dry.
- Then, I apply moisturiser (which includes sunscreen).
- If the day calls for it I apply makeup (usually consisting of mascara and lip balm.)
- If I wore makeup I remove it with Micellar water.
- I then wash my face with a Cleanser.
- If I feel like it, I use a Face Mask.
- After, I apply a Toner.
- Next, I use a Moisturiser.
- Finally, if my skin is being particularly troublesome, I use a spot treatment.
- The act of taking some extra time and massaging in my Cleanser helps to thoroughly clean my face – Beauty Within has a video (at the 5:20 mark) that talks a bit more about this.
- A lot of people believe they don’t need to use Toners but it’s actually an essential part of anyone’s skincare regimen – Beauty Within also explains this in the above-mentioned video (at the 8:30 mark). Toners help moisturise the skin and have other benefits too – depending on the products specific ingredients.
- I can’t stress how important Moisturisers are – especially for oily skin
(at the 11:00 mark). When we cleanse we remove the oil that helps keep our skin moisturised – not moisturising after cleansing can lead to your body producing even more oil to prevent your skin from drying out. By adding toner and moisturiser we hydrate the face – among other great things explained in their videos.
- Face Masks aren’t essential but they can give your skin that little boost it needs by having ingredients in that you probably don’t put on your face daily.
- I, personally, never use exfoliants as my skin is very sensitive, but you can always incorporate exfoliating into your skincare routine if you need it.
Micellar Water hit the skincare community by storm last year. Its been around for ages, apparently, and is one of the core products in the majority of french woman’s self care routines. Some accredit their youthful appeal exclusively to this product. Amy Hutchen’s, a contributor to Amber Fillerup Clark‘s blog: Bare Foot Blonde, posted about her experience in France and of the secrets she learned from the local french women. Her article convinced me to invest in Micellar Water. You can read about it here.
The first Micellar Water I used was Bioderma’s Michellar Water – as it was on promotion at Clicks. Once I ran out I started using Eucerin’s Oil Control Micellar Water. It’s super gentle and thoroughly removes your makeup. This step is very necessary before I cleanse my face. Simply cleansing doesn’t remove all makeup – leaving behind residue which can cause breakouts.
I’ve been using a glycerin soap for many years now. One of its benefits is that it retains the natural moisture of the skin, It’s very gentle and suitable for oily, combination and/ or acne prone skin. The one I use is the Pure Soap from Reitzer Pharmaceuticals. You can purchase this from Clicks or Dischem.
I’m relatively new to the Toner game, but thus far nothing negative has come from me incorporating it into my skincare routine. I use the Clarifying Toner from Eucerin. I didn’t do any research before I purchased this. I bought it when I was restocking on my other Eucerin products, because if you buy 3 Eucerin products from Clicks you get 3 for 2. The Moisturiser I use is from Eucerin and so I decided to make use of the deal.
Eucerin’s Aquaporin Active SPF25 Deep Long Lasting Hydration Cream is pretty great. I’ve also used this for years. It gives just enough hydration without being too heavy and also includes SPF – which is very important. Eucerin was recommended to me by my dermatologist and I’ve used it ever since.
I also have Eucerin’s sunscreen, which has never broken me out and it good if you have sensitive skin.
Using a Face Mask was a game changer for me. In order to receive free shipping on my Mario Badescu order I purchased the Healing & Smoothing Mask along with a spot treatment. I’ve never heard anyone rave about this product and don’t under why because I solely accredit my now clear skin to this product. It is simply Amazing. I now have a healthy glow to my skin that’s never been there before. The hormonal breakouts I get before my period starts are either nonexistent or so minimal I’m not even phased by them.
This is a bomb product. It’s won awards and been recommended by almost every beauty guru out there for a reason. It zaps zits – simple as that. And you know what’s the best thing? They disappear overnight. The key to the product is not to shake the bottle before use, but to put your cotton bud into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle and apply it to your pimples. This ensures that the product is concentrated and has the maximum impact.
Along with the products and process I’ve adopted there are a few little things that made a big difference in my journey to clear skin.
I don’t think I’ve ever watched a skincare related video where someone didn’t advice me to drink more water. Often, skincare problems are a signal of internal concerns and as your skins barrier needs to remain hydrated to function its best – drinking more water is a great place to start.
Reduce your Dairy Intake
This is also commonly advised. Dairy products, due to the mass production processes of the dairy industry, can or does contain a multitude of hormones – including growth hormones. This isn’t always good for your skin’s health and so by eliminating or reducing your dairy intake you can improve the condition of your skin. Some people see results by doing this and some people don’t – it’s all dependent on what your body needs or reacts to.
Hair Care Products
Have you considered other products that unintentionally come into contact with your skin? Sometimes the use of very creamy or moisturising shampoo’s and conditioners can lead to breakouts – not just on the face but on the body as well. I’ve experienced this and so I made sure to use products that were not heavily moisturising. I also ensure to first wash and condition my hair and then wash my body so that I wash off any residue of the conditioner that came into contact with my skin.
Clean Your Phone
This is something I’ve become a lot more aware of since I started university. At universities you come into contact with so many germs it’s actually crazy to think about. And after you do so you, highly likely, will end up touching your phone or face. This allows bad bacteria to be transferred to your skin and cause breakouts. I’ve seen a significant difference to my skin after I stopped unintentionally touching my face throughout the day.
To clean my phone I use a dab of methylated spirits on a paper towel. I also make sure to wash my hand after this process.
Wash Your Hands
This one’s obvious but in case you do end up touching your face it’s better to do so with clean hands. So, it’s never a bad thing to make sure to wash your hands a few times a day.
To apply Toner you can either use a cotton pad or, if you want to be environmentally conscious, you can simply apply it to your hand first and then pat in onto your face. This doesn’t reduce acne, but can help you reduce waste and spare using products unnecessarily.
These are some of the videos, which I’ve also mentioned above, that have educated me on the importance of skincare. Everything is explained so well, researched and very educational.
Overall Skincare Routine
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