Sunday, 5 June 2016

Oily Skin Skincare Routine

Hello! Boy it has been a while since my last post, hasn't it? Things have been a little bit crazy in my personal life, but I thought it would be fun to do a little update to my very outdated oily skin skincare post I made back in 2014. I keep saying that 2016 is the year of skincare, hoping that people will eventually start using this phrase (they haven't yet, six months in), but even if it doesn't you can tell by looking at current makeup trends that a glowy, fresh-faced look is very 'in', and the heavy, matte base is out. Of course it's important to take care of your skin all the time, regardless of what's fashionable, but it's certainly a lot easier now with everyone having this renewed focus on skin! Before we begin, here's a quick rundown on my skincare situation, and an unedited photo of myself in the most unforgiving light imaginable: bathroom lighting (thunderclap, lightning bolt, etc)! My eyes are so dark I can basically do an everyday smokey eye just by not using concealer. I'm wearing no face makeup here - I did my brows and basic eye and lip makeup, but my on face I only have moisturiser.
Skin type: Oily, all over
Skin colour: Fair, with warm/yellow undertones
Skincare concerns: Oil control, sun protection, scar reduction
That dark spot on my right cheek is cystic acne scarring. It's gotten so much better in the last few months!
I also want to note that in my last skincare post, my concern was almost entirely blemish prevention. In 2015 I undertook a course of Roaccutane, which was probably the best medical decision I have ever made in my life - I am naturally so oily that my skin dried to normal, and I had none of the common side effects aside from occasionally chapped lips. I have now been off Roaccutane for around six months, and my skin has returned to its original oily state, but without any of the chronic acne that was such an issue for me. While before it was everything I could do to prevent blemishes, now my skin is far less sensitive, and my aim with my current routine is, as I said, to control oil, protect my skin from sun damage, and minimise the scars that my past acne left me with. Okay, let's get started!

  • The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is cleanse my skin with Simple Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton round. I love this stuff. It leaves my skin clean and smooth without that tight feeling, and dries to a non-tacky finish that you don't need to rinse off. After applying this over my face, I let it dry for about a minute before I put on my moisturiser.
  • I then apply my SPF moisturiser, Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with Helioplex, SPF 30. I have recently switched to this from my last facial moisturiser, and I love it! It's a very thick, non-oily product that absorbs very quickly and leaves no greasy residue or white streaks. 30 SPF is fine for me on a daily basis, as I spend most of my day inside, but if I'm going to be spending much time in direct sunlight I will apply La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid underneath my moisturiser.
  • I let this dry, then apply my daily makeup. In terms of complexion makeup, what I generally wear is a concealer under my eyes to hide my dark circles (I am not a morning person) and a mattefying powder to minimise shine. I don't wear foundation on a daily basis, and don't really conceal anything on my face besides my under-eye area.

  • When I get home from work, I remove the bulk of my makeup with Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. I go to the gym several times a week, and I make sure to always take my makeup off before working out, both because wearing makeup while exercising can clog your pores and lead to skin problems, and because it feels super gross to me to be sweating a bunch while wearing makeup! I run as part of my workout, and when I wipe my face I don't want to have to be worried about raccoon eyes.
  • When I shower, I wash my face with plain, non-moisturising, bar soap. I know that for a lot people that seems super harsh, but it works really well for me! My skin doesn't feel squeaky or stripped afterwards, and anything else just isn't as effective for me. I am definitely not an SLS-free person.
  • Immediately after showering, I use Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, applied with a cotton round. I use this to reduce acne scarring, make my pores appear smaller, and improve my overall skin texture. So far I have noticed a big reduction in the size of my pores and my scarring is healing! I let this sit anywhere from half an hour to an hour while I go drink a cup of tea and relax. It dries to a fairly tacky finish on me, so I wouldn't use this in the morning, but at night it's great.
  • For my night-time moisturiser, I use TONYMOLY Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel. I. LOVE. THIS SNAIL GEL. Okay. I jumped on this bandwagon originally because it seemed like everyone and their mom was using snail gel, and then one of my friends recommended this gel specifically, and it was so cheap and you get like, a Ben and Jerry's ice cream container of it, so I thought I would give it a try. Well, it turns out this is the best stuff in the world. I massage as much of this on to my face as I can without leaving a residue (which is a very small amount; a little goes a long way) and the next morning my skin is soft, smooth, and NON-OILY. It is honestly a miracle. If I am willingly using and recommending something to do with snails, you know it's good (snails are a devil creature and I hate them).
  • Under my eyes I use RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I only started using this a few weeks ago so I cannot give it a firm recommendation either way on its permanent anti-ageing claims, but I am definitely noticed less puffiness under my eyes in the morning. I am a big squinter (sensitive eyes, glasses-wearer, etc) so I am always on the lookout for anything to minimise fine lines, which is why I initially picked it up!

There are a few products that for various reasons I don't use every day, but think they're very good as items for occasional use!
  • About once or twice a week, I will use The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask. I wouldn't use this too much more often than that, since it is really good at removing oil, but my goodness after I've used this my skin is so smooth and clean feeling! I like this a lot.
  • When I want an especially effective lip moisturiser, rather than reaching for my trusty tube of Burt's Bees I'll use Sans [ceuticals] Lip Aid. This is a bit of a faff to apply, as you need to squeeze some out of the tube then rub it into your lips, but it really is very moisturising and lasts for hours. I'm also going to take a moment now to say if your lips are regularly very chapped and you use EOS lip balm, be super careful: that stuff really messed with my lips, and has something in it that people apparently pretty regularly have an allergic reaction to.
  • When I need hand cream, I either use Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy in Citron, Honey & Coriander, which was a gift and smells amazing; or TONYMOLY Peach Anti Ageing Hand Cream, which I keep at work because it's cute and smells like peach gummy candy :D Both are fast-absorbing and non-greasy formulas, which is vital to me because I hate feeling like I have greasy, wet hands for hours after applying lotion. I wash my hands basically constantly so they can get very dry, and these all combat that effectively.
  • When I'm doing my nails, and I remember, I'll use NCLA So Rich oil in Peach Vanilla. You apply it with a little dropper so you can only get a little bit at a time and aren't left with a huge oily mess. I got this from a site that had a promotion where if you spent X amount you'd get 50% off, and while I like this, I don't really think it's worth $18 and probably won't repurchase. 
  • I have a little collection of various sheet masks that I like to use as an occasional treat. The reason I don't use these every day isn't because I think they're too harsh on my skin, but because I find them a little bit wasteful as an every day product. They're individually packaged and single use, and I don't want to generate that much plastic waste every day, but every so often they're super fun! Here are a few of my current collection:

I know this might seem like a lot, but I really don't spend more than probably ten minutes a day on my skincare, twenty if I'm doing a mask. Do you have any skincare tips you'd like to share? Let me know! p.s., I've made a couple layout changes to the blog - what do you think?

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