Saturday, January 29, 2011

Skin Care......And Tips For Oily Skin.

So until about 5 years ago I had no clue what my skin type was. I just thought everyone was oily. I have always been quite obsessed with my skin care. I was constantly washing/moisturizing my face in High School. Because I was blessed with very good clear skin by my mothers side of the family I was terrified of getting acne. I know this seems extreme, but because often times I would go 6months without one breakout, if I got a pimple I would literally obsess over how to get rid of it. I also started using anti wrinkle lotions and serums on my face around 18 or 19 years old. Yes, once again this seems extreme but I am now 23 and I have the exact same skin I did in high school. I have no discoloration, hyper pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles. SO....yes I may be crazy buying anti wrinkle creams but my face is just something I have always been OCD over. Anyways once I woke up and figured out I had oily skin I started searching for things to matte my face. Now because I am so obsessed with my skin I was constantly buying new products, so I have tried tons of high end to drugstore creams, serums, washes, cleanses, ect. These are just the products that work for me. Now because like I said I have never had an acne problem these tips and tricks are just for me to get rid of oil not to clear up acne. 
  Best  Everday Face Wash:  St. Ives Olive Wash     ($6 drugstores) 
This is very cleansing. Its very light and gets makeup off, makes skin feel soft and clean without leaving an oily residue behind. I use this religiously. 
Best Exfoliator:    Clinique Total Turnaround Instant Facial ($15 clinique counters)
 Although most exfoliators are for people with dry skin because their skin can look dull and lifeless at times, its still important to exfoliate your face if you have oily skin. To scrub your pores where oil sits and gets trapped. Its recommended to exfoliate about 3 times a week. I do it probably 4 or 5 times a week. I just enjoy very smooth skin and this facial gives me that. Another good exfoliator that is a little cheaper is the St. Ives Microdermabrasion ($6, drugstores)
Best Product For Dissolving Makeup:  Clinique Take The Day Off Balm ($22, clinique counters)  
     This stuff is absolutely amazing. If you like to wear waterproof makeup and you know how hard it is to get off, about a dime size amount of this balm rubbed on your eyes dissolves makeup within seconds. Its so gentle and silky feeling. Washes right off!
Best Moisturizer: Boots Shine Control (Target, $6)
Lightweight, does its job, cheap and comes with a lot of product.
Best Night Time Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Total Vitamin Antioxidant Serum ($65, Sephora)
 By far, Kate Somerville products are my absolute favorite skin care products ever. But they are SO expensive. So I only get a few products a year and spread them out, mixing using them with my lower end products. Her products give me the best results but its a pretty penny! Now, if you dont care about wrinkles then as long as your using a lightweight nighttime serum you should be golden! 
Best Oily Skin Product: Boots Expert Instant Matte ($6,Target)
This stuff is my holy grail oil control product!!! After I cleanse and moisturize my face before I put my makeup on I take this little bottle of stuff and squeeze a little on a cotton ball and rub across my most oily spots. It keeps oil under control and keeps makeup looking fresh and matte! 
Best Pore Minimizer: Clinique Pore Minimizer ($14,clinique counters)
Now I do not have very large pores but some days they are a little bigger so on those days I use this lotion after I cleanse my face and it closes them up! I highly recommend if your trying to hide pores!

There you go guys! Hope this helps! :)



  1. Good advice! And I love the new background :)

  2. gh for maximum benefits. However I live in NYC and find myself behind an office desk for the better part of the day- so I rarely have the time to bask in the sun for a good 15 min! pore minimizer instant perfector