#MyLittleSkincareProject - Oily # 1

25 Aug 2013

This week for #MyLittleSkincareProject we are discussing oily skin - something I personally suffer from and have battled with for years. Although oily skin has it's benefits; oily skin usually means more youthful skin and oily skin also tends to age better, too - it does have it's negatives. Having oily skin can make wearing makeup a nightmare, with products that slip and slide because the oil prevents makeup from settling and staying put. As I have oily skin, I am one of three bloggers who will be talking you through having oily skin today, as well as my fab oily skin partners in crime, Katie and Dhruvee. If you think you have oily skin, check the main symptoms and signs below. Sometimes oily skin can be a result of dehydrated skin, so it's important to go for a proper skincare consultation where possible. If you have dehydrated skin, which causes your oily skin and the over-production of oil, to compensate for your dehydrated areas, then you will need to find the right products to cater to dehydrated skin as well as oily. Most department stores and beauty salons will offer skincare consultations, which are complimentary and can be very enlightening. 
  • Oily skin has larger pores than other skin types
  • Oily skin results in a shiny look to the face; the oil creates a shine
  • Oily skin can look clearer than other skin types
  • Oily skin types usually have a clear, more even complexion
  • Oily skin is usually the most oily on the t-zone; forehead, nose and chin
  • Oily skin tends to be thicker than other skin types
  • Oily skin can be rough and uneven in texture compared to other skin types
  • Oily skin can be prone to black and white heads, as well as spots and blemishes
If you have any or a combination of the above traits, it's possible you have oily skin. Get a skin consultation to be sure, and if you think your skin may be dehydrated as well as oily, you will need to seek specific advice. Now it's time for Katie, Dhruvee and I to tell you all about our oily skin! Grab a cuppa, it's a long read!

Sophia has oily skin

"I've always been quite lucky in the respect that I never really suffer from spots or blemishes. My skin looks and feels great - and yes, I am being that pig-headed. But it didn't always. I have suffered from oily skin since I was around 13 and as I got older, it progressively got worse. I tried all-sorts of products, until I eventually realised that it wasn't my skin which was being awkward, but the products I was using. My skin doesn't like high-street skincare. Don't get me wrong, I think for some people whose skin can take the ingredients in high-street skincare, there are some fantastic brands out there. But my skin prefers the harmony and balance that high-end, natural and organic skincare gives it. Where possible, I use natural and organic products, and I avoid products with mineral oil at all costs. Why, might you ask? Mineral oil sits on the skin, clogging pores, which can make oily skin worse as well as giving you big, nasty blackheads! Another thing I avoid like the plague, is face wipes. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that the stinging sensation you get from makeup wipes isn't good for your skin, which ultimately strip your skin, coat it in alcohol and don't do a good job of removing your makeup. Another type of product I avoid, is foaming products. These work to strip your skin and can result in long-lasting damage to your skin. I have a strict skincare routine and for me and my skin, the more products the better. Less products, and my oil is harder to control. I've now found myself being able to dabble between brands, so long as they have good quality ingredients, and my skin is fine. I'm often told my skin is in exceptional condition - so I must be doing something right! I am a firm believer in a good skincare routine and think if you want your makeup to look flawless, you have to treat and pamper your skin first."

Katie has oily skin

"My skin type is on the oily skin, with the majority of my oil sadly being down the dreaded t-zone. This is a big woe for me, I'm always trying to keep the oil at bay whilst not stripping my skin of it's natural moisture. Despite this, I usually find this is my only concern minus a few hormonal spots every now and again. My skin isn't sensitive and soaks up products quickly. I have found that despite my oily face, I still need hydration so that's also incorporated into my routine. I tend to use a cleansing balm on an evening to remove all of my makeup and leave my skin super clear and clean. I'm currently using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I'm loving. It literally dissolves everything! I do find mascara a bit of a pain to remove, but this works wonders.For mornings I tend to use my Bioderma or Avene Cleanser on a large cotton pad. I'm not too fussed on toners, so I'm not really loyal, but at the moment I am using the This Works one which is rather natural and a little herby. Moisturisers is where I feel like I'm getting into my element; I absolutely love my Origins GinZing for mornings and their Night-A-Mins for an evening. Throw in a few face masks and treatments (favourites are the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal, Origins Drink Up Intensive and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo) and I'm pretty much good to go. I didn't really get into skincare until around eight months ago, but I have since slowly but surely become a bit of an addict. I have found that my skin thrives on the more pricey brands, but I've found over time, skincare is an investment. After all, we don't want to look like a fossil ages 30!"

Dhruvee has oily skin

"Hi dolls! So as mentioned previously in my intro, I have oily skin. I also have pigmentation on certain areas of my face, so sometimes it is a bit of a struggle. My skin rarely suffers from breakouts, but I put that down to consistency in my skincare routine; if I go a day without my skincare products and routine, my skin will erupt! A year or so ago I wasn't clued up on my skin like I am now. I had no idea what products to use and was using a whole heap of things without realising what was good or bad for my skin; so you can imagine nothing really worked well for me! I then achieved a qualification in beauty and learned a hell of a lot. My skincare has been stripped to the bare mimimum because I know now what to look for and what my skin responds well to. I use a face wash every morning, which is aimed at oily skin, and I tend to stick within high-street brands as they do the trick for me just fine. It cleans out my skin of any dirt or makeup left over from the day before, and leaves my face feeling nice and fresh. Then I'll go over my skin with a water, oil free cleanser, to make sure it's really fresh and clean. I'll then use a toner to clean out the cleanser and balance out the pH in my skin. Then, I use an oil balancing moisturiser which keeps the oils at bay, and my skin hydrated. The cleansers, face washs and toners I use sometimes contain a lot of alcohol which is very drying. If you do this too and you have oily skin you must moisturise; if you don't, your skin will over compensate and make even more oil! My night time routine is pretty much the same, except I will use a bi-phase eye makeup remover to get rid of my waterproof mascara. It is oily, which in turn leaves my skin really oily, but after cleansing thoroughly it's all gone! Twice a week I also like to use a face brush to exfoliate my skin, alongside my face wash. Dead skin can get trapped in pores; mix that with the oils and dirt which can also get into your pores, and you'll be left with black and/or white heads! I also use brightening masks which contain Vitamin C and fruit acids which mostly help with my pigmentation issues, which I do once a week. My pigmentation is hormonal so it is harder to treat, however I find brightening masks work well to brighten up my skin in general and reduce the appearance slightly. Don't be afraid tot est the market, and don't steer clear of products just because it's cheap; be aware of your skin, be aware of ingredients, stay consistent, and your skin will break out less, shine less, and look as fabulous as you!"

So Katie, Dhruvee and I have stories our oily skin stories (and woes!) but what did the lovely people of Twitter have to say when I asked for their top tips for dealing with oily skin? So many of you tweeted my tips, and I've shared every single one below!

@Jodie_T182 said... Urban Decay De-Slic Mattifying Powder is your best friend! 
@Baobella said... Milk of Magnesia, use it as a primer!
@BKYBubble said... Personally, I think less is more. I like to keep my skincare routine simple, so as not to make it overly oily. I also avoid using moisturising cleansers. 
@Sophiaah said... Can't live without blotting sheets! And I love using a toner in the morning to wake my skin up.
@ColorsOfHeaven said... If dealing with it naturally, use mild cleansers. Harsh cleansers strip oil away. Get lots of sleep and drink green tea.
@ShahildarB said... L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Shine Mattifying Powder, MaxFactor Face Finity 3 in 1 and Creme Puff Powder - all perfect! 
@AjanHarris said... Occasionally put oil on your skin overnight. Constantly stripping away the oil will only encourage your skin to produce more.
@GirlOnBeauty said... Blotting papers are my saviour throughout a lot of the day! I prefer blotting than re-powdering over oil.
@_Tank4SS said... I use baby powder on my face at night to adsorb any excess moisture. Then I wash it off with water in the morning! 
@EmJControl said... The Body Shop Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask - Best thing I've tried for dealing with oily skin!
@BethPrice245 Using a light moisturiser and a primer for oily skin, like The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser; keeps my makeup in place!
@FerdieFletch said... Best and most effective product I've ever tried is the Kiehl's Rare Earth Toner. Turned my skin from oily to combination!
@VickiHigham said... Stay clear of products that strip your skin. It might feel clean, but if you keep taking away the oil, your skin will just produce more.
@Lynz_1987 said... REN Clear Calm 3 Clay Cleanser - amazing cleanser! And the Clinque Anti Blemish Foundation, I only need a little powder with it.
@RainbowCrush said... Cleansing properly, a good primer, powder and the Urban Decay Setting Spray.
@LMAJ127 said... Savlon and Clinique Anti Blemish Foundation, the only things my face doesn't to 'nope!' to!
@WonderrColour said... Blotting sheets, and I only recently bought the Garnier Blur Perfecting Primer, with works a treat and helps combat shine!
@RetroLoveBeauty said... I keep products down to a minimum and use a very light coverage powder throughout the day to reduce the oily shine.
@TwinklinPixi3 said... I try not to use too many products and I keep it simple.
@ItsRebecca said... Blotting sheets!
@Beauty_Blah said... Tea tree based products work a treat for me, they help to mattify my skin and treat break outs. 
@EllieLouuu said... I always like to use blotting sheets, even on the go to touch up the t-zone! 
@KonjacSponges said... We love our charcoal sponge, but also a powder foundation helps to soak up all that excess oil! 

Thank you so much everyone for your tips and advice! I hope our oily skin post has helped anyone with oily skin or who thinks they might have oily skin, and be sure to share your oily skin stories with us too! Be sure to keep an eye out for future oily skin #MyLittleSkincareProject posts, where we will be sharing products that work for us as well as product reviews! Next week, we're talking combination skin. If you have any tips for combination skin, be sure to tweet me @Tattooedtealady

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