I have adored sharing #MyLittleSkincareProject with you all, discussing different skin types and products with my fantastic group of bloggers, but I have to admit - I love the weeks when I get to talk about my oily skin! This week Katie, Dhruvee and I are going to talk you through some products we've all recently been trying, all of which are targeted at oily and/or combination skin. We've put them to the test and today we're going to tell you whether these products really are great for oily skin and whether we noticed any benefits from using them.
I have oily skin
REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel* (REN*, 150ml, £17) - Because I wear quite heavy coverage bases and build my base and shadows, contouring and highlighting up with lots of products, I need a cleanser that can remove it all efficiently, whilst protecting my skin at the same time. The REN Mayblossom cleanser is a balancing, antibacterial cleansing gel targeted at oily and combination skin. It works to remove dirt, dissolve excess sebum, unclog pores, reduce the appearance of pore size and contains key ingredients of Flavonoids from Mayblossom, to decongest the skin, Salicilin from Willow Bark which provides a light and gentle exfoliation and Blue Cypress essential oil which works to calm and soothe the skin. For me, this is a perfect cleaner for non-makeup days. It's gentle, it's soothing and it's cooling - but for budging makeup, it just doesn't do the job for me. Lately I'm having non-makeup days more often than makeup days though, so it's seeing a lot of use and I have seen a difference in the amount of oil my skin is producing.
Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Oily to Normal Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - Konjac Sponges are a product I have been curious about for a good year or so now so I was thrilled to be able to give one a go. Konjac Sponges are made from 100% pure vegetable fibre and are suitable for the most sensitive of skin types. 100% natural, 100% pure and 100% biodegradable, these little bouncy sponges are pH balance, deep clean and naturally moisturise. There's no particular scent to the sponges and to use you simply moisten until soft (they can go firm between uses when dry) and use to massage your skin. I did notice after each use that my skin felt very soft, very smooth and very plump, as well as a touch more hydrated. For a gentle exfoliation, these are great and definitely a product I would repurchase.
REN Clarifying Toning Lotion* (REN*, 150ml, £18) - I've heard a lot of great things about the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion, so I was pretty excited to give it a go. An exfoliating toning lotion that works to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells, leaving you with a brighter, smoother and more toned complexion as well as less oily. First up, the scent. I really liked the scent of this toning lotion; subtle yet soothing. I've literally just finished my 150ml bottle last night and had been using it for around 8 weeks, so it shows it lasts although it would probably last longer if it was a spritzer bottle opposed to pour. However, I didn't particularly find this aided my skin. It improved my complexion and was an incredibly gentle toner to use, but I also feel it contributed to making my dehydrated areas more dehydrated, and I didn't feel as if my skin benefited from overall gentle exfoliation. This isn't a toner I would personally try again.
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - The Liz Earle muslin cloths have been a firm favourite of mine ever since I became a fan of the Cleanse & Polish. I find them to be gentle enough to clean the skin, removing makeup, dirt and grime, yet they still provide a level of exfoliation and help keep my skin super soft and smooth. I tend to use one cloth per one day; using the same muslin cloth in the morning and evening, but then sticking it straight in the wash and getting a fresh one out the next day. This prevents build-up of bacteria, dirt and germs on the muslin cloth and ensures your skin as protected as possible. Of all the muslin cloths and flannels I own, my Liz Earle ones are the most reached for!
Katie has oily skin
"Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - I'd used a Liz Earle muslin cloth quite a while ago (pinched from my Mum) and they're really lovely and worth the money. They gently remove all the make up and grime from your face whilst softly exfoliating. My skin feels super soft and smooth afterwards plus they wash really well too.
REN Rose Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm* (REN*, 100ml, £23) - Being a recent cleansing balm convert, I was most excited to try REN's version. I was happy to find it works really well on my skin, it turns into a thick oil rather than a paste and removes make up with ease, even the peskiest of mascaras! I did originally think the scent would be a it overpowering but it was pleasantly subtle.
Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Normal to Oily Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) -Sadly, I didn't really get on with this as much as I'd have wanted to. I think ultimately I'm not a sponge kinda gal and prefer using cloths/flannels. I felt like it cleaned my skin but left it feeling a little like the dirt had been moved around my face a tad.
The Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian*, £7.99) - I've always been interested in the science behind the skin and this book has really opened my eyes to what the skins all about, what's good/bad and ways to improve your complexion using simple changes to the diet to do so."
Dhruvee has oily skin
"Out of the 4 products I am going to tell you about today, I would consider at least 3 of them to be oily-skin essentials!
REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel* (REN*, 150ml, £17) - This gel face wash is most suited for those with oily – combination skin as it contains strong anti-bacterial agents that will purify congested skin. Due to the excellent range of ingredients in this cleansing gel (such as Lavender, Willow Barks, and Mayblossom), I found my skin looked much more radiant, cleaner with less visible blackheads, and overall had great oil control! A+ for this one! The only downside is the price: £17.00. It's not a price tag that will suit everyone's budget, but I would highly recommend giving this whirl if you ever want to treat yourself!
Vichy Normaderm Micellar Water for Imperfection Prone and Sensitive Skin* (Boots*, 200ml. £10.50) - Next is another new staple: Vichy's Normaderm Micellar Solution. The concept: removes makeup while giving your skin a deep cleanse and leaves a fresh matte finish to the skin – no need to use additional toner, just moisturise! This Micellar Solution is really gentle. It doesn't burn my eyes or anything like some others I've tried, but is tough against stubborn makeup leaving my skin feeling really fresh! I would definitely recommend this for most, if not all, skin types. It's oil free, is really gentle and contains anti-bacterial properties for the oily ones, like me! For £10.50 this product really deserves to be a staple product!
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloth* (Liz Earle*, Pack of 2, £4.25) - The infamous Liz Earle Muslin Cloth. I have to admit I was quite skeptical about this one. This cloth has been raved about all over the blogosphere and until I tried it, I couldn't really understand the hype over a cloth. Now that I have tried it, I really can't stop using it! It's abrasive enough to clean out your skin thoroughly but gentle enough that you don't feel like your giving yourself a carpet burn or something... It's also good enough to use on your whole body, not just your face, which I thought was great! I'm really glad I got to try this one out, it's definitely become a staple in my skincare routine!
Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay for Normal to Oily Skin* (Cult Beauty*, £6.98) - Lastly, the Konjac Sponge for oily to spot prone skin. Sadly it didn't rock my boat. It's basically a hard sponge made from the root of a Konjac plant that, when immersed into water, becomes a soft sponge. It's meant to moisturise, clean and exfoliate the skin, stimulating blood flow and increase cell renewal. I liked the concept of the sponge, but for me it just didn't happen. It was fine for cleaning my skin as a second cleanse – after removing my makeup – but that was all I could use it for.. it's too gentle as an exfoliator. Not sure if it's worth it for £6.98.
After using these products, my skin has definitely improved! I would definitely recommend giving the first 3 products a go if you have oily skin too!"
I hope you enjoyed reading what Katie, Dhruvee and I think to the oily skin products we've been trialing! If you have tried any of these products, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them and don't forget to share your favourite oily skin products with us too. Next week we'll be talking sensitive skin, so keep an eye out! In the mean time you can catch up with the previous posts in the project below.
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*This post contains products kindly donated for #MyLittleSkincareProject. All views of products reviewed by myself are 100% honest and my own views. Those products reviewed by Katie and Dhruvee are also 100% honest, and their own personal views.