The Best Skincare Routine For Oily Skin
I KNOW. Long time no blog, right? Tbh, i've been busy adulting and I just haven't been feeling like blogging after a long day at work. But, i've been working on this post after work for forevs so i'm happy to finally be posting it for you to read. 😊
Today I'm going to share with you the best skincare routine for oily skin. If you follow me on Snapchat you know that I have an intense skincare routine to manage my oiliness. This routine has worked best for me at night since that's when my skin repairs itself. Keep reading if you want to know how to better manage your oily skin using my skincare routine.
Before I get started I have some important skinformation (see what I did there? 😭) to share with you. I have normal to oily skin and I normally break out on my cheeks. In the last few months i've been experiencing painful breakouts along my chin and jawline. Most of these breakouts don't grow heads; they just turn into red, dry, bumps. 😩
I've been using teenage acne treatments from my pre-teen years up until a few weeks ago. It never occurred to me that using those treatments on my adult skin could be making it worse. After doing some research, I invested in some anti-aging cleansers and i've been seeing great results!
*Please note that we all have different skin types so what works for me right now may not necessarily work for you. It has taken me a long time to get my skin to where it is today and it is still changing. Remember: Skincare is an investment!
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Step 1: Remove Makeup
To start, I always remove my makeup. If i'm wearing light makeup i'll use my favorite Equate Nighttime Soothing Makeup Wipes. If i'm wearing a full face of makeup, i'll use Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.
The cleansing balm is a solid, oil-based product that helps to melt your makeup away. With dry hands, I scoop a little more than a teaspoon into my hands and begin rubbing it together to melt the product. Then I gently massage the product into my face using circular motions for about one minute. To rinse, I use a clean wash cloth soaked in warm water and begin removing the melted makeup. Next I follow-up with a quick rinse and pat dry using a clean face towel. To remove any excess eyeliner, mascara, and eyelash glue I use my other favorite Equate Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (similar: Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover) and a cotton ball.
Step 2: Cleanse
To cleanse, I use Murad's Time Release Acne Cleanser and the Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad six times a week. This cleanser releases the salicylic acid in timed bursts and it has really helped clear up my hormonal acne without drying out the rest of my skin.
To exfoliate - usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays - I use Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser with the pore cleansing pad. This exfoliating cleanser is nice because 1. it gently exfoliates (meaning it doesn't feel like you're rubbing sand paper on your face) and 2. it brightens my skin up giving it that natural glow.
Step 3: Tone
To rebalance my skin's pH levels from all that cleansing, I use Neutrogena's Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent. I've been using this for years and I could probably use a more natural toner now that i'm older. Any suggestions?
Step 4: Treat
For an anti-aging treatment, I apply half a pump of Ole Henriksen's Invigorating Night Treatment. This gel serum has softened my skin from texture and it has also firmed up the fine lines on my neck and décolletage as well as my squinting wrinkle (my mom always reminded me to stop squinting and now look!)
The treatment has a slight sour smell to it - I was told it was from it's natural ingredients - but it doesn't smell terrible.
Step 5: Moisturize
To moisturize, I use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Four drops of oil is more than enough to moisturize your face, neck, and decollatage. To use, I drop the oil into the palm of my hand and rub together to warm the product up. Then I gently press the product into my skin.
You might be wondering why I use an oil as a moisturizer and not a real moisturizer. To put it simply, oil treats oily skin. And oily skin types can be from many things (genetics, weather, etc.). My oily skin is due to genetics, weather, and not being hydrated enough. When I don't drink enough water my skin over produces oil to help hydrate my skin. So to stop the over production, I use oil to moisturize at night and make sure to drink lots of water.
To moisturize under my eyes, i've been using Tarte's Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment. I don't have a favorite eye cream yet, but i'm always interested in trying new ones so feel free to leave me your recommendations.
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Step 6: Hydrate
Your skin is your body's largest organ and water helps to filter out all of the toxins our skin encounters every day. I've seen a huge difference in my hormonal acne just by making an effort to drink more water. I like to make sure I finish off whatever is left in my Hydroflask before I go to bed.
If you made it to the end of this post, I hope you found yourself a product to add to your own skincare routine. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (username: jessmahina). That's where I post mini get ready with me vids, makeup tutorials, reviews and more!
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