I was blessed with oily skin from both my mom and my dad. And I actually don’t mean blessed in a sarcastic way, I truly am grateful for oily skin! Oily skin keeps wrinkles away longer than with dry skin (or skin you don’t take care of!). I’ve only just recently come to appreciate my oiliness. I struggled with excessively oily skin throughout high school because I didn’t know how to take care of it! I was lucky enough to never have acne, but obviously I broke out every now and then. I was playing sports and not washing my face on a regular basis. Gross! So anytime it would get remotely hot (which hello, it was Texas so that was pretty much year round) my makeup would slide right off and I became a giant ball of grease.
This skincare routine I have been using for about a year and it has made such a difference in my skin! I would say I’m about half as oily as I was a year ago, even on really hot days. This is the routine that works for me, so it may not work for you, we all have different skin! Feel free to take these products and the information about them and mix them into your own routine/knowledge!
The first thing I do is wash my face with Philosophy’s Purity face wash. This gets everything off. Waterproof mascara? Gone. Super long wearing lipstick? Gone. Super long wearing eyeliner? Gone. Lash glue? Destroyed. It’s awesome. I would not recommend this to those of you with dry skin, it can feel very drying after sometimes on my oily skin and dry skin doesn’t need anything else to suck out moisture. This stuff is a little pricey, but 100% worth it, and it lasts for months. Like most higher end products, it’s worth it in the long run! Another great thing about this bottle of magic is that it also doubles as a makeup brush cleaner! WHAT? I know. It’s the bomb, two products in one? You can’t beat that.
Next step is toner! Toners are important!! Washing your face sightly upsets the pH balance in your skin, so correcting that imbalance with a toner after washing your face keeps your skin healthy and younger looking longer. Lately, I’ve been spraying this on my Beauty Blender to help blend out my under eye concealer and distribute the excess product better. It makes a difference! This one is from Lush, who, if you haven’t heard of them, are an amazing company that makes bath and body products from all natural ingredients! Most of their products are vegan or vegetarian and they do a lot of charity work around the world. They’re a fabulous company that you can feel good buying from. Which is helpful since it’s hard not to spend an embarrassing amount of money when you go in. This toner is the Tea Tree Toner which is formulated for oily or acne prone skin and it has grapefruit extract to control oils and breakouts. Check it out! It’s a spray bottle so you just lightly mist it over your face (it feels amazing) and then follow up with a moisturizer!
The moisturizer I follow up with is from Benefit Cosmetics called Total Moisture. This is the “night time” moisturizer from Benefit, so it is thick! They have a “daytime” moisturizer called Triple Performing if you know you don’t like thick moisturizers, but I really recommend trying this one if you can! Triple Performing is too thin in my opinion and doesn’t do much for my skin. Those of you with relatively normal skin will probably like that one! All of Benefit’s skincare line (which I do fully stand behind, I worked for them for a year and I definitely don’t love everything, but the skincare is really good, especially for younger people, and it smells delicious!) has a Triradiance Complex in each product meaning that it brightens your skin when you use it. You can see the difference automatically.
You’re probably wondering why I use such a thick moisturizer day and night if I’m oily. Won’t that make it worse? No! The opposite actually. I’ve met a lot of girls who think that because they have oily skin they don’t have to or shouldn’t moisturize. Wrong! Skin needs moisture, no matter what type of skin you have. Using a thicker moisturizer on oily skin will trick your skin into thinking that there’s already oil there, so it doesn’t produce it! My makeup goes on so smooth and stays on so much longer when I moisturize with this versus when I don’t!
The last step is eye cream. It is never too early to start preventative skincare! Starting earlier on anti-aging makes it easier when you do actually get older. You will already have fabulous skin instead of scrambling to get all the best skincare to try to turn back the clock. The eye cream I use is also by Benefit. It’s Potent! is the perfect starter eye cream. It isn’t too fancy, it has three simple goals: hydrate, brighten, depuff. This cream feels so good under your eyes, especially when stored in the fridge, or if you put it in the freezer for 10 minutes before using it. You can feel it tingling and penetrating the skin, I love it. Sam loves it too, he gets dark circles a little bit worse than I do, so when they get bad I will put It’s Potent! on him for a few days and they lighten up!
About once a week I will use a mask to deep clean my skin and get rid of dead skin. My favorites are the Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Retexturizer and the Lush fresh face masks!
What do you use in your skincare routine? Why is skincare important to you? Let me know in the comments 🙂