Like many of us beauty fanatics, I have probably spent hundreds of thousands of pounds buying expensive face washes, moisturisers and face masks in the quest to combat my oily and acne prone skin. It has only taken until now to realise that the best remedies for oily skin don’t necessarily need to have a popular brand name attached to them.
Oily skin seems to be a trend at the moment with most girls going for the ‘dewy’ complexion but if you have oily skin, you will know how frustrating it can be to look after this skin type.
As much as I don’t believe that diet and exercise is the route cause of oily and acne prone skin, I do believe that in order to maintain it as best as you can, it does start from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and if possible, try to exercise outside in the fresh air. Exercise will get the blood flowing and the fresh air helps to rejuvinate the skin. I can’t tell you how many times I have went out for a run in the fresh air and my skin feels amazing afterwards. Remember to remove your make up beforehand.
Steam rooms and sauna’s are also healthy for the skin. This is a great way to sweat out all of the bad toxins and clean the pores. If you dont have access to any of these, fill a bowl with boiling water and steam your face this way, making sure you cover your head with a towel so the steam doesn’t escape.
I learned the hard way that forking out loads of money for expensive creams, cleansers and face scrubs doesnt make a difference. There would be many occasions where I would read all the five star reviews on a product and within a few weeks of using it my skin would actually be worse than what it was to begin with. I now use clean & clear blackhead clearing scrub and I find a lot of the ‘Simple’ products are very effective without irritating the skin. These are all drug store products and cost under £5 each to buy. A huge saving and they actually work!
When it comes to moisturiser i think it’s extremely important to invest in a good one that agrees with your skin type. I mentioned my moisturiser in my previous post about my favourite beauty products. I use Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel and the key tip here is to always buy a moisturiser that is oil free and one that is a gel rather than a cream. It took me a while to get the right moisturiser as a lot of experts were telling me to use certain products and they would end up leaving a sticky layer on the surface of my skin that would stay there until I washed my face again. Everyone’s skin is different but one myth that couldn’t be further from the truth is that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to use moisturiser. Wrong! Your skin will actually produce more oil if it isn’t hydrated. I learned this one the hard way.
On to make up. If you have oily skin, you will understand the struggles of keeping your make up on all day. One sure way to help keep your make up in place throughout the day is by using a good primer. Recently I have been using Bare Minerals Prime Time and similar to my moisturiser, it is a clear gel texture. This is so sensitive on the skin and a little goes a long way. For daytime make up, I have been using Bare Minerals Matte foundation. This is powder based product and although it doesn’t banish my oily skin completely, I do find that a powder based foundation helps to moderate the oils throughout the day. It provides light to medium coverage so probably not suitable for a night time look but suits me perfectly for work. Try to buy foundations which are oil free. I have also noticed a massive difference when I use setting spray. Any type of setting spray will be suitable. This will keep everything in place and prevent your make up from smudging.
With oily skin slowly becoming a trend we should be proud of our shiney T Zones but there’s a few things I have learned along the way and I hope my suggestions help you as well.
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