My Oily Skin Routine

10:10 PM

This is possibly the question I'm asked the most, so I figured now would be the perfect time to address dealing with oily skin. Ironically, my face is a blotchy mess at the moment. Damn you, hormones! But that's always the way it goes, isn't it?

To start off, I not only have oily skin, but I also have extremely sensitive skin and rosacea (more on that later), so I have to be very careful what I put on my face lest I cause an eruption Mount Vesuvius-style. Every product I'm about to share is cruelty free and has passed the "even Cetaphil broke me out" test. Best of all, only a couple of them are pricey!
1.) Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash, $4.99: I found this little gem in an Indian grocery store. My face was such a mess I was almost in tears, and the girl behind the register recommended it to me because of tumeric's anti-inflammatory properties. I had no idea what to expect, but it really worked! No irritation, redness, or uncomfortable tightness even if I use it morning and night. I'll always keep a bottle around.
2.) Alba Botanica Natural Acnedote Face & Body Scrub, $6.55: Every week, occasionally every few days, I'll break out this baby, which I also find useful for those pesky bumps on my chest and arms. I wouldn't recommend it for daily use if you have sensitive skin like I do, but for someone whose skin can handle it, this would make an amazing morning cleanser. The reason I suggest using it in the morning rather than to assist in removing makeup at night is because our skin regenerates at night, so it's actually best to exfoliate in the morning to remove the dead cells.
3.) Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, $14.95: This is my once a week deep-cleansing mask. If I'm feeling somewhat dry, I'll only apply this on active breakouts to draw the impurities to the surface. Just because something is a mask doesn't mean you have to apply it to your entire face. And if you're sensitive-skinned, never let the mask fully dry because you'll have to scrub your skin raw to remove it.
4.) REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, $45.00*: Before you blanche at the price tag, remember this is just what I use. I don't expect everyone to splurge on a moisturizer. Also? I'll be honest; I got mine for free. Will I buy it once I run out? Hell yes. A lot of moisturizers break me out, and this one doesn't. If it's way out of budget for you, CeraVe has great, gentle products (and is also cruelty free!) That being said, I've been using the same bottle for over a year, and there's still another few months' worth, so you do get your bang for your buck.
5.) REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil, $60.00: Yes, yes, another REN product. When I find a brand I love, I tend to stick with them for time and eternity. At 33, I have to start thinking about aging, and it's really never too early. Ordinary retinol products can be much too harsh for my skin, so when I was sent a bottle of this a couple of years ago, I was a little leery of it. No burning. No flaking. Nothing but softer, radiant skin the next morning. I'm on my second bottle -- this one purchased with my own coin -- and I use it nightly. It's even gentle enough to use on the eye area. If you spend money on one skincare item, let it be this one. Now, I know some of you are saying, "Girl, are you stupid? You said your face is oily!" Here's the thing: products marketed toward oily skin can dry it out, which sends a distress signal to the oil glands. And that leads to... more oil. By applying a moisturizer or an oil, you're sending the signal that everything is just fine, we don't need more oil, thank you!

During the day I apply sunscreen, but I don't have any recommendations right now. I'm brokenhearted over the discovery that I was misled and my favorite sunscreen is not, in fact, cruelty free. Back to the drawing board. In the meantime, I'll finish my bottle of Biore Perfect Face Milk and hope I find something that works as well without torturing bunnies and cats.

So that's my routine. I hope it's helpful for someone!

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  1. I'll have to check out some of these products as I too have oily skin and a bit of rosacea.


  2. I love using the Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, The consistency is smooth and thick, it applies easily and spreads nicely on my skin. It doesn’t take a lot so it will last longer than I thought. After I use it my skin feels fresh, clean and smooth. I’m definitely noticing an improvement in my skin since using this product. Highly recommend.

    1. It's such an amazing product! (Sorry for the delayed reply. Moving is hell!)

  3. The best ways to keep your skin looking young, healthy, and vibrant is to have a daily skin care routine. If you have oily skin your routine will be different that if your skin is dry, or a combination of oily and dry skin.

    1. I do try to keep a daily routine, but sometimes I'll skip a few steps due to laziness/tiredness. I know it's bad.

  4. When you begin your OILY SKIN routine you have to find whether your skin is dry, sleek, typical or delicate and select fitting items. There are creams available to suit everybody, you normally need to experiment with a couple of first to locate the ones best for you.


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