Skincare Routine: A Full List Of Products For Acne-Prone Oily Skin
I’ve attempted to conquer my acne for the last ten or eleven years, and even now that I’ve come off the pill, I’ve established a skincare routine that actually works to keep my skin clean and relatively clear. And for what I can’t fix, there’s always make-up 😉 Hopefully this post will help some of you still suffering out there, or you can leave any suggestions that you think might help me out below!
Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion
After over a decade of having acne and sensitive skin (a horrific combination, might I add), I went to a beauty therapist for some guidance on skincare. Her advice was to bring it back to basics, and stop using products aimed towards treating acne. All these products did was dry out my skin. Causing it to produce twice as much oil to replenish what was being taken away. And blocking my pores and causing even MORE spots and irritation than what I started with. The cleanser that I use now is very similar to the Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion, which is what she recommended at my skin appointment. It contains a small list of basic ingredients, which keeps my skin calm and prevents it from freaking out. And the squeaky clean feeling that comes with it is just a bonus!
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
The first thing I have to say about this stuff: It. Is. Amazing. Just like your hair needs a deep condition every once in a while, your skin needs a deep cleanse, and this is perfect for that. I only use it once or twice a week though, as I think it could be quite harsh if used on a daily basis. I actually bought this because Essie Button mentioned it in a favourites video, and I’m so glad I did! And on top of everything else, it smells incredible. What’s not to love?
Garnier Essentials Micellar Cleansing Water for Oily/Combination Skin
I’m one of those people who as soon as they come home from work/a day out, the make-up comes off, hair goes up, and pyjamas are front n’ centre! I find this does the job immaculately, I originally used the regular Micellar water, until they came out with one that targets oilier skin, which I couldn’t have been happier about! I use this purely to take off my make-up, and then clean my skin afterwards, using the Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion.
L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
I switch between this and the Garnier Essentials Micellar Cleansing Water for taking off my make-up, but I use this when I’m not in a rush before bed, or on lazy days when I’m giving myself a little TLC. I find that if you use this liberally and leave it on for 3 – 5 minutes before rinsing, it really breaks down the make-up and makes it much easier to remove. I’ve been known to wear quite a dark, dramatic eye, so I should know! Because of this reason, I think cleansing oils are going to be huge this year, and I’m surprised I wasn’t more influenced to buy by hearing about them rather than on a whim after seeing this one on offer!
Simple Clear Skin Oil-Balancing Moisturiser
Simple..? Clear skin..? Oil-balancing..? SIGN ME UP! In all seriousness though, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It keeps my skin hydrated and keeps me matte until I have to top up my make-up again, which is about 4 – 6 hours later. The fact that this moisturiser can provide both ends of the spectrum is amazing. And once again, it keeps my skin calm with no reactions. 10/10, wouldn’t change a thing. In the evenings before bed, or on no make-up days, I use the Nivea Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream, as it’s a bit more heavy duty and hydrating, which makes my skin feel much more refreshed come morning.
Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub for Dry or Normal Skin
Every skincare routine needs exfoliation at least once a week, and if yours is lacking one, you’re doing it wrong. I know it says dry skin on the bottle, but the cold weather we Irish experience about 300 days out of the year means I need something that works a bit harder to take away the dullness and make my skin that little bit more polished. Plus, that smooth, regenerated new-skin-feeling never gets old! I use this with clean hands, or with my little manual exfoliating brush, which is essentially a Magnitone for a twentieth of the price. My skin is super sensitive and I don’t want to over-do it, so I use it maybe once a week. I also use my DIY vanilla and cinnamon lip-scrub for that little bit of extra buffing. If you’d like to know how to make your own with ingredients you’ll already have at home, click here.
Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream SPF15
Unfortunately, at the age of only 22, I’ve had to start using an eye cream for the lines around my eyes. Okay, okay I lied, I started when I was 21! (*insert monkey-hiding-head-in-hands emoji here*) I like this one because the vitamin E hydrates my under-eye area, and I was surprised to see that my constant dark circles were noticeably brighter after several weeks of use! It also brightens the area and makes a great base for when I’m applying my concealer. Overall, no complaints here!
Quick Fix Facials Anti-Blemish Mud Mask
For every acne-sufferer, there’s a face mask to the rescue! I’m quite lazy when it comes to face masks, as more often than not, I prefer to have a no make-up day to let my skin breathe instead. My skin has been quite well-behaved over the last year or two, so I haven’t had a huge need for them. But I know they’re necessary to draw out imperfections, etc. So if I’m having a particularly bad skin day, I’ll apply this liberally and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes. When I rinse it off, my skin feels noticeably tighter and cleaner, and my blemishes usually have gone down in redness too. I find that this speeds up the process of clearing blemishes, yet it doesn’t dry out the skin. Both affordable and readily available in Boots, this is one to get your hands on!
Tips to keep acne-prone skin at bay:
- Drink lots of water. At least two litres a day! I try to drink plenty in the morning before work as it wakes me up and prevents me from getting bloated throughout the day.
- 2 – 3 cups of green tea daily. Packed full of antioxidants, green tea is pretty essential for keeping my skin clear and staying hydrated. I admit, I HATED the stuff when I first started drinking it. I thought it tasted like dirt. But now I look forward to each cup. If there’s hope for me, there’s hope for you!
- 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night. An obvious one. Your skin needs a rest to regenerate, just like you!
- Find a skincare routine that works and stick to it. Literally just that. I established the roots of my skincare routine maybe three or four years ago? And it’s still working to this day!
- Avoid dairy. Cutting it from my diet was how I found out I was lactose-intolerant, as my skin calmed down and I no longer felt ill after eating. Whereas I did when I ate meals that contained a lot of dairy. Substitutes that I’ve tried that I can recommend are almond or soy milk. A little tip: chocolate soy milk is the BEST chocolate milk I have ever tasted. IT’S SO GOOD!
- Use a foundation primer. Putting a barrier between your skin and your make-up can make all the difference in the world! And it keeps your face in place for longer, bonus.
- Take off your make-up before bed. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. Do you really want to risk blocking all of your pores out of pure laziness over something that would take five minutes to do? Yeah, didn’t think so.
- Give your skin a break. What are a few days with no make-up? Your skin needs a break from time to time, even if it’s only once or twice a week. And trust me, it’ll thank you for it!
What are the staples in your skincare routine?