I have struggled for a number of years to find a combination of skin products that suit my skin and keep most of my acne at bay. If I don't use what I do, I usually have a visibly oily skin type, and I struggle with makeup giving me pimples and blackheads. Remember I'm not saying this routine will work for everyone, and it certainly won't work for someone with a dry skin as the amount of product will be too harsh and dry up the skin even more.
I start off by washing my face with Clarity's Active Cleanse by Lamelle (pictured below). It is a light foaming facial wash that contains tea tree oil. I get mine at the salon for about $24. It works best with warm water. This cleanser usually lasts me about 6-8 months as I only have to use a pea-sized drop of the cleansing gel. I use this both in the mornings and at night.
Next I use a toner by Dermalogica's Clear Start Range (pictured below). What I really love about this toner is how light it is. I spray on 2-3 spritzes (you do need to close your eyes obviously) and it dries in about a minute or two. It doesn't have a funny smell so it doesn't ever irritate my nose or skin- my number one rule is if something is perfumed or smells 'nice' in a sweet or unnatural way, I don't buy perfumed products because they are a major irritant to many people and it usually indicates a low quality product - no matter how much you are paying for it.
After my toner, I use Active control, again from the Clarity by Lamelle range. It's really light and dries quickly. The gel is great for removing pimples and you only need a very small amount to cover a large area. I use it on my T-zone as well as spots (if I have any) to remove excess oil. The gel dries up the area and removes that inflamed, red appearance which is great and I find that if a spot appears and I apply the gel to the pimple four to five times that day, it will be gone by the next day!
When my acne gel has dried and sunk in, I moisturise. I never used to do this because a lot of moisturisers make my skin even more oily than before, but my aunt (who is a beauty specialist) introduced me to Dermalogica's Matte Moisturiser in their Clear Start range. It works so well, because it removes all excess unnecessary oil while moisturising my skin and hydrating. It dries really quickly and leaves a matte finish. What I also love is that I'm not left with that weird thick wet layer after a couple of hours, because most other moisturisers do that to my skin. If you are looking for a more affordable version of this which also works surprisingly well, try Nivea's Shine Control Moisturising Day Cream.
If I plan on applying a foundation then I use Maxfactor's Facefinity Primer, which is really nice. It leaves your skin feeling super super soft and I find it keeps my foundation set for the day. You can buy it at any drugstore that stocks Maxfactor and it costs around $17, which is affordable for a good primer.
I hope this helps anyone who was struggling with their routine or maybe needed some tips for oily skincare, because I have heard that people struggle a lot with oily skin when they can't find the right product combination for them. I would advise you to experiment with different products that are especially for your skin type and don't be scared to try something new if your old routine doesn't work or stops working (it can happen due to weather changes and hormone levels rising or fluctuating). I will be doing another post soon about my extended routine (masks, exfoliates and makeup) so watch this space.
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster