#MyLittleSkincareProject - Oily Skin # 2

29 Sept 2013

Throughout segment two of #MyLittleSkincareProject, each skin type has been sharing their top product recommendations for their skin type. This week, us oily skin girls are taking the limelight and I alongside Katie and Dhruvee, my oily skin partners in crime, we're going to take you through the products that work best for us! This is definitely going to be a long post, so grab a cuppa and get your pen at the ready for a ton of product recommendations aimed at battling oily skin! 

Don't forget you can read the previous posts to find out the background on our skin and what our skincare routines are, as well as ingredients we gravitate towards and ingredients we try to avoid. All previous posts in the project are linked at the bottom of this post, and be sure to share your oily skin product recommendations with us too. Any excuse for me to add another skincare product to my wishlist!

I have oily skin - Here's my top 5 recommended products!

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Origins, 100ml, £22) - Origins masks are well loved in the beauty World and for me, they are some of the most effective. A face mask is a very important step in my routines, so I had to include one in my top 5. Clear Improvement probably isn't the mask I enjoy using the most, or use for just simple pampering nights. But it's a mask I turn to repeatedly for how wonderfully effective it is at clearing my pores, making my complexion seem fresher, brighter and leaving my pores barely noticeable. I usually stick this just on my t-zone, but sometimes for a real deep cleanse, I'll pop it all over. It isn't quite as hard acting as my Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, but it's much more purse-friendly price makes it a mask I can use more often for almost instantaneous results. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye (Kiehl's, 15ml, £24.50) - This is a product which features on the blog pretty frequently, and it's a product that will always be in my evening skincare routine - it's irreplaceable! This works hand in hand with another favourite Kiehl's product; Midnight Recovery Concentrate. A rich cream enriched with Butcher's Broom, squalane, evening primrose and lavender, this is instantly soothing on my skin whilst also being rice enough to look after my delicate under eye skin. It's just got that something-something more than any other eye creams I have used, and it leaves my skin feeling softer and looking fresher - it even prevents under eye concealers creasing!

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (Clarins, 100ml, £25) - Exfoliating is an important step for any oily skin sufferer and lately, I'm opting more for gentle based exfoliators like the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, than my more abrasive manual exfoliators. This has helped both the oily aspect of my skin, and the dehydrated aspect. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, being gentle enough to be super effective without adding any problems to my dehydrated areas. My oil seems considerably more managed since I switch to these sort of exfoliators, and the Clarins one takes 1st place as my favourite - a must have for any skin type! Although I still like a manual exfoliator sometimes, too, and thoroughly recommend the Origins Never a Dull Moment and Origins Modern Friction facial scrubs. 

HealGel Intensive* (Space NK*, 30ml, £37.50) - This is a miracle serum, seriously. I love serums and recently fell in love with the NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Fluid, which I thought was unbeatable - until I tried this. I've been trying the HealGel range from Space NK for around five weeks now and have a full review plus exclusive Q&A with one of the founders, coming this week. But I had to include it in this post - I am absolutely besotted, and the positive changes in my skin since using this are just incredible. This helps to leave my skin soft, supple and feeling firmer, whilst leaving me with a fresh complexion, brighter more youthful skin, and it's also super gentle and soothing so perfect for after cleansing. Since using this serum, which is non-greasy and non-oily, I have found my skin to be so much happier. It's difficult when you have oily skin to find a product that can give you radiance without adding to the oily side of your skin - this is perfect, has even helped control my oil and the benefits to my skin are just phenomenal - the amount of times I've been told my skin looks 'glowing' since using this, is ridiculous. Love, love, love. 

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster (Boots, 30ml, £24.99) - This is one of those products that I could never be without. When you suffer from oily skin, as well as having dehydrated areas, you want something that's moisturising, rejuvenating and softening for your dehydrated areas, but which is gentle enough with both ingredients and a formula that doesn't aggravate your oily skin. Hydraluron is the perfect cheat product that helps both aspects of my skin type, with not the most miraculous results, but results which are very much missed if I miss it out of my routine. It gives my skin that extra boost of hydration it desperately needs, without encouraging more oil to invade my skin. The Illamasqua Hydra Veil is also a quick-fix alternative to Hydraluron!

Katie has oily skin - Here are her top 5 product recommendations! 

"Firstly, it was quite hard to whittle down my top skincare picks as my skincare draw is literally bursting at the seams. Let's start in order of my routine...

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm (Feel Unique, 100ml, £34) - I've used a fair new cleansers in my time but I'd never jumped onto the 'balm' hype. That was until I began using the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. This stuff is seriously amazing. I tend to use it more on an evening as it is quite rich and it literally melts away my make up with ease, even mascara which I think is the true test. I remove the residue with a hot flannel and my skin is left ridiculously clean, plumped and radiant. It does what it says on the tin so to speak, and then some. It really exceeded my expectations. I do have to leave it in the fridge sometimes as it can melt when it's warm. The only downside is the packaging, as you can see the plastic lid has gone MIA. Often, I've found that the lid does not stay put and the product has a tendency to leak. That aside, I'm glad I caved to the hype. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (Boots, 30ml, £13) - As my skin is oily, I do have concerns over excess oil and breakouts. That's where my saviour, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo comes into play. I've used this for a while now and my skin has loved it. It's a treatment that I use morning and night to keep spots and excess oil at bay - when I first started using it I didn't notice much difference but I persevered and I must get a spot once in a blue moon. It's that good that I've actually just finished my second tube. 

Origins GinZing Moisturiser (Origins, 50ml, £23) - For the longest time, I'd struggled to find a daily moisturiser that I really loved so when I saw the Origins GinZing Moisturiser I was intrigued; it's an energy-boosting moisturiser which isn't something I'd usually go for. So glad I did, it firstly smells ahh-mazing - like super zesty oranges. It feels amazing and my skins nicely hydrated and looks super radiant and healthy.

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (REN, 50ml, £30) and Origins Drink Up Intensive (Origins, 100ml, £22) - Mask wise, it's all about REN Glycolatic Radiance a Renewal Mask and Origins Drink Up Intensive. When my skins feeling a little lackluster I tend to smoother my face with the REN mask, it's like marmalade in consistency which takes some getting used to but it really boosts my skin. Despite having oily skin, it can still get dehydrated so I tend to use the Origins one on a weekly basis and again, being Origins it smells beautiful. I slather it on before bed and wake up with seriously hydrated, plump skin."

Dhruvee has oily skin - Here are her top 5 recommend products! 

"Hi guys, today I’m going to be discussing with you my Top 5 favourite products for oily skin! Oily skin is a blessing in disguise. Sebum (the oil on our skin) protects us from harmful UV rays and keeps those premature wrinkles at bay. Unfortunately, it comes in the disguise of skin that is prone to acne and bad breakouts! Luckily I don’t suffer from a lot of breakouts. It’s very rare in fact. And here are my secrets!

L’oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (Boots, 200ml, £4.99) - This product has been raved about A LOT in the blogging community, and rightly so! It’s a water based solution that acts as an eye makeup remover, cleanser and toner in 1! It’s oil free and also scent free, making it virtually perfect for most, if not all, skin types. Chances of breakouts are minimal with this product and it really leaves you feeling fresh! Some say it’s a cheaper alternative to Bioderma.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash (Boots, 200ml, £4.49) - “Pore and shine”, can you guess this is for oily skin? This face wash is very inexpensive and has been proven to remove 77% of excess sebum (oil)! Sometimes washes make my skin feel really tight and dried out, this one doesn't do that at all! This face wash also contains fruit extracts and natural acids as well as glycerin to help reduce oils, brighten the skins complexion, and maintain optimum moisture levels.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush (Boots, £24.99) - Another favourite of mine is No7's Clarisonic Dupe: the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush. I bought this when it first came out and have not put it down since. It’s an electric brush with a detachable brush head – so you can clean the brush after use without risk of electrocuting yourself, and can also replace it! It’s battery powered and has 2 different settings: slow, and fast to suit your needs. I use this about 2/3 times a week and it really maintains my pore congestion keeping those nasty blackheads at bay.

St Ives Apricot Microdermabrasion Scrub (Boots, 150ml, £4.29) - A scrub that I love using daily is St Ives Apricot Microdermabrasion Scrub. This scrub contains micro crystals to help exfoliate the skin and rid it of any dead skin cells. It also contains corn, apricot, flower extracts and other natural ingredients that gently cleanse the skin leaving you with radiant, glowing looking skin. It also smells amazing!

Superdrugs De-Stressing Mud Mask (Superdrug, one sachet, 99p) - Last but not least is my favourite mask; for just 99p you really can't go wrong. This mask is paraben free and contains natural ingredients like aloe vera to stay gentle to your skin, while tightening up your pores. It also has avocado oil and green tea to help purify the skin and maintain moisture levels. I love using this mask on a weekly basis to give my skin a deep clean.

A little fact for you: don’t dry your skin out with products, if you do that, your skin will over compensate and produce more oil! Keep it moisturised, just not oily!"

Well, I definitely have a few more products to pop on my skincare list. I hope you've enjoyed reading our product recommendations, and if you have oily skin too we'd love for you to share your favourite products with us in the comments below. Your recommendations could help us and anyone else reading with oily skin! Next week we're talking combination skin, and my combination skin bloggers will be talking you through their favourite products. So if you've got combo skin, be sure to have your pen and pad at the ready next week!