It’s likely that a lot of us will see a change in our skin as we move in to Summer, and a few new skincare additions are required. If you get a shiny complexion all too quickly, perhaps this routine will keep you in check…
Pick a gentle cleanser for evening and morning use, ideally two if you can. Anything that promises to purify and balance the skin should work to improve the condition of the complexion – we would recommend avoiding any harsh chemicals and gel/foaming cleansers as they’re generally pretty stripping. A mild cleanser will gently slough away dead skin cells and other impurities and also help to control oil by keeping the skin hydrated and free of excess sebum.
We love the new Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser (£18.50) as it gently polishes the skin, freeing debris clogging the pores and really helping to rid the complexion of anything that may be causing it to breakout. We would combine this with a creamier cleanser if skin starts to feel tight or dry (a sign of dehydration) to balance the face. The Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser (£27.50) is a great everyday wash for purifying the skin and keeping it moisturised – the all-natural ingredients will take care of oil and other impurities too.
We swear by toner for keeping the skin fresh and hydrated, which makes a whole lot of difference to an oily complexion. Pick a gentle alcohol-free face mist to calm and soothe, this will provide a wash of moisture for the skin which will again help to keep excess oil at bay.
The Lush Tea Tree Water (£7.50) is a lovely addition that will revive the complexion and keep spot-causing bacteria under control.
A few times a week, use an exfoliating toner to brighten and clear the skin. The Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion (£14.95) is a great option for problem skin as it helps to calm skin and prevent new blemishes from forming, while dealing with old ones. The lotion will sweep away excess oil and disinfect the skin, all without stripping the complexion of the oil it needs to function.
Choosing a good moisturiser for oily or combination skin can be a mission – we need something that is both hydrating and balancing to control the excess oil. We recommend the Elemental Herbology Perfect Balance Moisturiser (£42) which is formulated with botanical ingredients to find a natural equilibrium within the skin. The light fluid feels lovely to apply, and it caters for oily areas (like the T-Zone) and more dry parts such as the cheeks, so you can rest assured skin is getting exactly what it needs, where it needs it.
The moisturiser really keeps skin in check throughout the day too, it feels comfortably hydrated and free of excess sebum.
If you feel skin is lacking water, opt for a rich hydrating treatment moisturiser overnight – the Origins Make A Difference Plus Skin Rejuvenating Treatment (£34) is a saviour for all skin types. It will help the skin to retain moisture so you can expect a plump, healthy complexion in no time.
Regularly using masks will also help to control excess sebum, we recommend using a clay mask followed by a moisture mask every week to really detox the skin.
The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask (£19) is a must in times of need, especially when hormones cause havoc. The quick to work mask will ensure skin is kept shine-free, which the ingredients work deep down to clear up blemishes and deep cleanse the pores. While this doesn’t feel drying in the slightest, we do recommend using something hydrating afterwards to ensure no moisture has been lost.
You may not realise it but facial oils are the way to go if you suffer from an oily skin type, they work to balance the skin and really manage to decongest the pores. We adore the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£20) to calm and control oil, even just a few drops massaged in to the skin in the evening will do wonders for the complexion. Don’t be put off oils, they only serve to improve the condition of the skin.
In short, go for mild products with a good amount of natural ingredients and try to listen to your skin as you go through your routine. A lot of the time, excess sebum is caused by the skin overproducing oil to compensate for a lack of moisture – so be sure to avoid harsh chemicals and stripping products. Go for hydrating moisturisers that leave skin feeling comfortable after application and try to avoid anything that makes skin feel tight or dry after use.
Do you have an oily skin line-up that you have found to work?