It's time for the final #MyLittleSkincareProject post on oily skin and reviewing products targeted at oily skin. It has been a pleasure working alongside all of the bloggers involved in the project, particularly Katie and Dhruvee who are my fellow oily skin bloggers whose product recommendations, trips, tricks and advice have been just as helpful for me as I hope they have for you. Here's what we think to the latest products we've been putting to the test, all of which are targeted at benefiting and improving oily skin.
I have oily skin
Of all the products we were kindly sent to trial, these three are my favourite of the bunch. I'm a big fan of cleansing and I love having some fab cleansers in my routine, but my favourite aspect of a good skincare routine is all the wonderful products which soothe, smooth, nourish and hydrate your skin overnight. Each of these products were used at night alone, as I have other products which do the same job that I wanted to stick to for morning use. Warning, these will be rave reviews!
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate* (REN*, 30ml, £30) - Of the final three products I have been trialing, this is my favourite. A concentrated formula which works to resurface the skin and renew the complexion, leaving a radiant, youthful glow. With a complex of glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids derived from pineapple, passion fruit, lemon and grape, this little beauty leaves my skin beautifully smooth and radiant. The natural ingredients promote skin-cell turnover and should be used at night applied to the face, neck and decolletage. It gently exfoliates, has improved the texture of my skin as well as improving my complexion and I feel since using this, that my other skincare products have been more beneficial. I started off using this once every evening, now it's every other evening or so. A product I would definitely repurchase.
La Roche-Posay Pigment Control Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29) - Targeted at those with uneven skin tone, the La Roche-Posay Pigment control Serum works to reduce the appearance of scars and spots as well as improving the complexion, revealing a more even, brighter complexion. Enriched with kojic acid, LHa and glycolic acid, this show almost instantaneous results. A must-have for anyone with pigmentation issues; it has massively helped mine and improved my complexion so much!
Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Youth Enhancing Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50) - Hailed as a major scientific breakthrough with 10 years of research behind it, the Vichy LiftActiv Serum is an anti-aging product with a formula enriched with rhamnose, a naturally derived ingredient which stimulates activity in the skin. A few of you may be wondering why I've been using an anti-aging product, and I know a lot of people believe anti-aging products should only be used in your 30's on wards. However I am now the far side of 25 and I find it beneficial to use the occasional anti-aging product. LiftActiv is a serum with a velvet feel, which works to smooth, improve and firm the skin - benefits I have all seen since using it first nightly, now every few nights a week. Very gentle, I would suggest this as suitable for those with sensitive skin, too.
"REN Clarifying Toning Lotion* (REN*, 150ml, £18) - In the past I've been a bit of a toner skipper, never really being a good girl and using it regularly. As this toner is designed for oily skin, I was intrigued to see if it helped reduce my oil and pores. Thankfully I've noticed a distinct difference in the size of my pores and oil, especially around my nose area. It smells quite medicinal but if you can get past that then you're onto a winner.
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask* (REN*, 50ml, £18) - Love, love this! I've been getting into masks recently and particularly like this as it applies thick and dries pretty swiftly. I love the removal part the most, using a hot flannel as it feels really luxurious and my skin is left soft, decongested and my pores significantly reduced. The scare factor with this is brilliant too!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K* (Boots*, 30ml, £13) - I've used the Effaclar Duo for some time and found that I've been pretty zit free ever since. The K formula is like a souped up version, for anti-relapse. I've recently had a bit of an unusual break out and this has helped reduce the blemishes and stop the evil cycle. I wear this usually on a night as it is thicker than Duo and seems to do the best business then.
(Currently on offer on the Boots website for £9.75)
Vichy Idealia Life Serum Skin Idealizer Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50) - firstly, I'd consider this more of a lotion than a serum but that's just me. I've been using this around 2-3 times a week depending on how my skin looks post moisturiser. This product smells so lovely; it's a very herbal scent that I just can't put my finger on. It only takes a small amount and my face is instantly perked up, looking much fresher and radiant. Over time I've found it's maintained a healthy complexion. It's a strange product that is like a hybrid between a radiant primer and skincare."
Dhruvee has oily skin
"I can't believe this is the end of the #MyLittleSkincareProject! It has been lovely learning all the different skin types and products, and I am really thankful to have been a part of such a great project! And a massive thank-you to Sophia for coming up with this project, and for making it a great one. Now, on to the reviews!
Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99) - First up is the Clear Skin Cookbook. I really enjoyed this book; not only does it have some great recipes in it, but it also is very descriptive and tells you why each ingredient is good for your skin. Whether you're looking to try new healthy recipes or want more information on natural aids for your skin, this book would definitely help you!
REN Active 7 Eye Gel* (REN, 15ml, £20) - Second is the REN Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel. This product is really light weight as it's a gel consistency, and doesn't necessarily 'cover up' the dark circles from a sleepless night, but it does brighten the eye area and make you look more 'awake'. I thoroughly enjoyed this little eye gel and have used it a lot recently because of all the late nights doing university essays! A great product for anyone that needs to cheat a good night’s sleep!
REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream* (REN*, 50ml, £21) - Thirdly is REN's Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream, formerly known as T-zone Balancing Day Fluid. This product has become a staple in my skin care routine. The oil control is pretty amazing! It keeps shine at bay for several hours in the day, and if I don't use it, my skin becomes really oily within an hour! It's a great product and smells really natural – like natural extracts that are good for your skin. It also feels like it really nourishes my skin. My skin doesn't feel tight and feels very soft and supple. Great product!
La Roche-Posay Pigment Control Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29) - Last but not least, La Roche-Posay Pigment Control Serum. I'm someone who suffers with a little pigmentation around the upper lip and chin – not the most attractive areas to have dark patches of skin! I'm really self-conscious of this to the extent that I won't even go down to the corner shop without any foundation on, it's terrible! So I was really intrigued to try this product. In a nutshell, it works! I've been using it from the moment I received it and have applied it every night! When I first started using it, I felt a little tingling sensation but that went away as I guess my skin got used to it. My pigmentation has gone down, not dramatically, but noticeably. It's the first product I've ever had success from so this product comes highly recommended for any of you in the same situation!
And that's it. Those are the last four products I will be reviewing for this project. As I said before, it's been great, and I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have!"
I hope you've enjoyed the final product reviews for oily skin! Next week we'll be discussing combination skin and put the final combination skincare products to the test!
Catch up with the project so far!
#MyLittleSkincareProject - Combination Skin # 1 - Introduction to combination skin & blogger skin types