Though it took me a while to start appreciating my skin type, as I got older, I really started seeing the benefits of oilier skin. Fever wrinkles, thicker & smoother skin that actually requires fewer skin-care products, once you figure out how to find that balance between too much oil and the right amount of moisture. I tried a lot of different products, philosophies and approaches, and now I can honestly say that when it comes to oily skin, diligence, routine and gentle approach is the way to go.
I tried oily skin cleansers and noticed that harsh/deep cleansers seem to make my skin oilier overtime (makes sense since skin tends to produce more oil when it gets dry), so now I opt for gentle cleanser such as Rose Gold Foaming Cleanser by Bliss. Masking is a must! I actually use a mask every night (since I wear foundation everyday, I want to make sure my skin is really clean before I go to bed). Currently I’m using the Photos Please Brightening Mask by Versed. Love it because it’s a clay-based mask, so it gets my skin really clean yet my skin never feels dry or tight after. Toner is another must when it comes to oily skin! Love the Rose Gold Rescue Mist because it is both calming and nourishing, so it helps to soothe the skin and prep it for the next step. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in oily skin-care routine. Oily skin tends to have a build-up of dead skin and exfoliation is best way to remove it to prevent clogged pores. I tried a lot of different exfoliants and once again, gentle is the way to go. A harsh exfoliant can trigger an increased oil production which is the exact opposite of what you actually want, so I find that gentle retinol serums tend to work best. The one I am using right now is Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum and the reason why I am definitely sticking to this one long-term is because it’s non-irritating (my skin never gets red or starts flaking or peeling) yet it gets the job done.
Specialized Treatments: When breakouts happen, and unfortunately they do, I haven’t found anything that works better than EradiKate Acne Treatment. I usually use it as a spot treatment overnight and wake up to a noticeable difference! Another downside of breakouts: they can leave unsightly dark marks on your skin. One of the best ways I found to deal with this problem is using a stronger retinol serum as a spot treatment. Currently using Retinol 1.0 and loving every minute of it! Last but certainly not least are anti-aging products. Most of them are very heavy and make me break out, which is why I was so happy when I found RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream and Deep Wrinkle Serum. Love them because they make my skin look smoother and brighter yet feel lightweight and absorb fast!
Moisturizers are also an important step in oily skin-care routine. The trick is to find ones that are light-weight, oil-free and won’t clog pores. Moisturizing Gel-Cream by Versed is what I use on daily basis and switch to a Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream when my skin is irritated because this one is particularly calming. Speaking of irritation and redness, I tried a lot of redness treatments and the one that works really well for me is Pineapple-C Brightening Serum. Normally I apply it overnight and wake up to a much calmer, less red, smoother and brighter looking skin. Love that!
I also started using Matte Skin by Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream and I absolutely love it. I use Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder on top and I can really see the difference. Finally, I suggest cleaning your brushes regularly and replacing them every 3 months!
Bliss Rose Gold Foaming Cleanser and Rose Gold Rescue Soothing Toner Mist | Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream, The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, Photos Please Brightening Tightening Face Mask, Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum | Lancome Long Time No Shine Loose Setting Powder | NARS Studio 54 Brush Set | Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For Natural Matte Skin Perfecting CC Cream SPF 30 | Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream and Pineapple C Brightening Serum | Kate Somerville EradiKate® Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment | SkinCeuticals Retinol Face Cream | RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream and Deep Wrinkle Serum