Friday, December 4, 2015

S.O.S. skincare recommendations for oily skin (&breakouts)

Due to drastic weather changes and hormone imbalance my oily skin has got a little crazy lately. Cleansing well and exfoliating is not enough sometimes. Hormone imbalances can make the skin produce way too much oil than it can handle. Here are some skincare products I rely on currently (and it helps):

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is a green colored clay mask that smells like toothpaste and dries quickly.

Use it on areas with excess oil or clogged pores. Leave out the eye area and any sensitive/dry patches as it can be very drying. It dries quickly and washes away easier than other clay masks I tried. It is best to remove it with face wash rather than rinsing it with water only.

Salicylic acid toners! Here on the picture I am holing ASDM Salicylic Acid toner and a Chinese brand 2% BHA exfoliating liquid. The ASDM toner contains salicylic acid, lactic acid and tea tree oil to help with breakouts and oiliness. This acidic toner can easily be used after cleansing and before applying any other products.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is a very light, fast-absorbing serum with 90% snail secretion filtrate, bee venom and EGF. I have been using this for a very long time now (not every day though).I did not notice anything special but I find it very soothing. I think it is a great serum for oily skin as it absorbs completely into the skin without leaving any kind of film or greasyness behind. It is also good in calming down any kind of redness on the skin so the skin tone looks more even.

Centella Asiatica is a good ingredient to look for if you have breakouts but your skin is also sensitive. Calendula and witch hazel are two other great ingredient for treating acne, inflammation and redness and help to balance oily skin. In the photo I am holding two products from the dollar store.

In terms of controlling the oilyness of my skin I found this little pact of blotting papers by Too Cool For School. The sponge can make the blotting sheet stick to it so you can press it onto your skin like a powder puff and then easily remove the sheet. The compact with the mirror is convenient for on the go. Sometimes blotting is better than over-powdering, because too much powder will clog pores.

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