having oily skin is a blessing and a curse. to everyone dealing with this skin type, you know and understand the struggle. having to pack blotting sheets everywhere you go, the creasing of foundation near the nose area, larger than normal pores? i get it. don’t stress, because i am in the same boat. there are upsides to this though. you don’t need to drop $36 for that new becca highlighter since you already have that natural highlight peeking through your matte foundation, or worry about wrinkles by the time you’re 40 years old because that oil will continue to nourish your skin, allowing it to appear supple and youthful.
for the past two years, i have struggled to find the best skincare routine for my oily and acne-prone skin. unfortunately, this came with a dent in my poor wallet, but i think i found what works best for my skin!
step one | removing – yes to tomatoes detoxifying charcoal micellar cleansing water
this works decently. i’m on the hunt for something more oil-based, and will purchase farmacy’s makeup melting cleansing balm but in the meantime, i’ll stick to micellar water. it takes about 3 cotton pads to remove all means of makeup. sometimes i’ll have to use my almond oil to take off my eyeliner and mascara, but besides that, this works decently well for it’s price.
step two | cleansing – olehenriksen find your balance oil control cleanser
gel based cleansers are the most effective for this particular skin type. by deeply cleansing, reducing oil, and purifying pores, this cleanser’s blend of green tea, eucalyptus, algae, irish moss extracts, and need seed oil unclogs and purifies pores without stripping the skin, while it’s eucalyptus-peppermint scent helps me wake up at 7am in the morning.
step three | purifying – olehenriksen balancing force oil control toner
using toners that do not have any form of alcohol in the ingredients list is crucial, no matter what skin type you have. this toner has a gentle clarifying action that unclogs, purifies, and minimizes the appearance of pores. it allows your skin to appear matte, yet healthy-looking and not overly dried out.
step four | moisturizing – olehenriksen counter balance oil control hydrator
gel hydrators are wonderful for oily skin, and i had the opportunity to try clinique’s moisturizer surge hydrating supercharged concentrate but i had to set that down because clinique is not a cruelty-free brand. therefore, i opted for olehenriksen’s version, and i am thoroughly impressed. the first time i tried this on, it stung my face a little, which had me quite concerned. after a couple more times of using this, my face got used to the propriety blend of potent active botanicals – green tea, eucalyptus, algae, and irish moss extracts – and the oil in my skin is kept at bay!
step five | correcting – osea essential corrective complex
i don’t typically use this product every day. i only use it when i’m breaking out more than usual. the amalgamation of tea tree, white thyme, and juniper help with minimizing pores, breakouts, and oily shine. it can be used as a spot solution or an all-over treatment for a very hydrated and refreshed look.
step six | exfoliating – lush mint julips mint scrub
i didn’t know the importance of exfoliating lips until just recently, when i watched reviews on this particular scrub. this vegan concoction of castor sugar, organic jojba oil, vanilla extract, and peppermint oil exfoliates and moisturizes your lips at the same time. plus, it tastes great!
step seven | moisturizing – lush ultrabalm
one of my biggest skin issues is also dryness, but only on the lips. i suffer from extremely chapped lips almost every second of the day, and the application of chapstick at least once an hour is a necessity. the ultrabalm is the perfect alternative to vaseline. there are no mineral oils or petroleum jelly, but rather rose wax, candelilla wax, and jojoba oil. this one is a life changer.
and there you have it. my seven step skincare routine. though the last three steps are personal to me, these products have done my skin very well. i rarely suffer from breakouts, and when i do, i will use tea tree oil as a spot treatment or the osea essential corrective complex. my troubled spots usually disappear by the next day!
of course, no matter how expensive your skincare products are, there are other factors that play into how clear your skin is, including how nutrient-dense your diet is, whether you are drinking enough water, and the amount of times your face is touched by a contaminant (especially those hands). as long as you are conscious of what you put into your body and what goes onto your face, you are in control of your own skin.