Friday, 11 January 2013

My Skincare Advice: Oily/Combo Skin.

I've been wanting to do a post on skincare advice for a while now, but haven't really felt like I am knowledgeable about every type of skin so I thought I would just do a post about my skin and a few hints and tips!

My skin type is (as you probably already know) Oily/Combination and acne prone. I have large open pores, which unfortunately means I tend to get them clogged up and blackheads take over - not nice. So that's my skin - but what do I do about it? I'm not claiming here to be any sort of expert and I don't have ANY training in skin care, but this is just what I've picked up over the years. 

1) Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

I think moisturising can be over looked with oily skin, possibly cos people don't think they need any more 'oil' in their skin and it isn't dry, so they skip this step. I am an example of this, I didn't realise the importance of moisturing my thirsty skin until around a year or so ago - I went a whole 20 years without moisturising regularly - bad Katie. However, since I've started a good routine and moisturise everyday - morning and night, my oiliness has dramatically improved. 

Your skin is producing excess oil - the more you skin moisturisng the thirstier it gets, meaning more and more oil is being produced to compensate. Not good. Oil skin can still be dehydrated, just because it's not dry and flaky doesn't mean you can skip this step!

If you can only afford to splurge on one luxury item for your skin care routine, moisturiser is the thing to go for. One more thing, make sure you have a moisturiser suited to your skin type - there is no point in layering the thickest of thick moisturiser on oily skin - it will only clog up your pores more. Look for a light moisturiser or one that is tailored for oily/combo skin - especially during the day, no one wants their make up to slide off.

I recommend:

Liz Earle Skin Repail in Light (combo/oily)
Korres Quercetin & Oak Day Cream/Night Cream

2) Take your time

Lets face it, in the UK we rush EVERYTHING - from eating meals to getting ready. I don't know about you but I think we should take a leaf out of the Europeans' books and just slow down a little.  Okay, I know it's not always possible when your running late for work but on an evening what's stopping you from taking your make up off slowly and really pampering your skin? 

On an evening I use a dreaded face wipe (I know) to take off my make up, before cleansing. That way I know by the time I've finished my routine, every scrap of make up will be off. I then cleanse, and use a flower water to remove any left over cleanser/make up and tone. Then of course I moisturise.

I find popping a face mask on whilst I'm getting ready on a morning, is fab. It doesn't waste time and by the time it's dried you've got your clothes on and have sorted your hair. I had mask on this morning while I dried my hair, it leaves me feeling lovely and fresh - a good start to the day and a good base for make up time.

I recommend:

Melvita Cornflower Floral Water

Una Brennan Super Facialist Neroli Mask 
(This is on offer in Boots at the moment!)

3) If it stings don't use it

I put this in, because some products do sting. And in my experience that isn't a good thing (unless of course, there is a warning on the bottle). When I was around 14, I had an incident with a bottle of Neutrogena cleanser. The cleanser really stung when I used it, but I didn't think anything of it - as it was recommended for spot-prone skin. The following morning I had a swollen, red, blotchy and VERY itcyh and sore face. Since then, this product has been discontinued, but I was very naive at the time and couldn't have predicted what was going to happen.

Not every product that has worked wonders on someone else, will work on you. We are all different and so is our skin. Find what your skin likes and go with that.

4) Have a spare, clean towel

I have a spare towel JUST for my face. I don't know if there is any scientific evidence that this is a good idea. But after I've dried my bits and bobs the last thing I want to do is put that wet, dirty towel all over my face. In fact, you don't need an entire towel, I usually use a dry flannel that is only for that purpose that way I'm not spreading germs all over my face after I've cleaned it.

5) If you can, go natural

Lastly, I love natural products and so does my skin. It's even better if they are organic too. Your skin is natural - so it makes sense for your skin care and anything you put on it, to be too. There are tons of places really pushing the 'natural' products at the moment, which is great to see. My advice is to go to TKMaxx, they stock weird and wonderful brands from all over the world. I picked up a serum from an Australian brand for next to nothing, that is completely natural and cruelty free, it's certainly a good place to start. Especially if you are looking for something a little cheaper. Holland & Barrett do a good range too.

I recommend:

Burt's Bees 

Don't forget I'm not an expert and these things work for ME, I'm not claiming they will work for everyone or anyone else, but I just wanted to share my opinion and advice.

Have you got any advice to share?

Katie xx



  1. Great post! I have oily - normal skin, and I try to use as many natural products as I can. I must check out TK Maxx soon! xo

  2. I found this post helpful. I'll have to go to TK Maxx soon. :)

  3. Great post. My advise would be to always take your makeup off at night..

    I have an international giveaway on my blog, hope you will enter..

  4. I agree with what you say about slowing down, I am always rushing round and can never sit still! I've heard only good things about Liz Earle products, I think they will end up on my shopping list.

    Lindsey. x

  5. Really lovely post, I loved your recommendations too. I'm actually going to take advantage of the offer in Boots and pick up a Superfacialist mask as I'd never heard of them before but am always on the look out for good products that haven't been animal tested. xx


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