For many years I have tried and tested numerous Oil-Balancing products, but these are the ones which I find work best for me. And most of them are from the drugstore, which makes them even better!
I wash my face twice a day: once in the morning and once before bed. My all time favourite face cleanser is the Origins ‘Zero Oil’ (£16.50 for 150ml). Whilst a little goes a long way and it feels so nice on the skin, the Body Shop’s Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash (£7) works just as well! Although it’s more watery unlike the gel textured Origins one, I have found the outcome to be exactly the same.
Twice a week I will exfoliate my face instead using the Body Shop’s Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator (£10 for 100ml) to really cleanse my skin and get rid of those dead skin cells. If you don’t want to buy an exfoliating wash – the other option is to purchase an exfoliator brush and use that twice a week with your regular face wash and that does the same thing! I own a manual one from Spa to You which I purchased for £6.99 and it’s good quality, the bristles are nice and soft and it’s not gimmicky like some electric ones nor is it going to break the bank.
My sister and I are huge face mask fans, so once a week, we have a girly session and apply a face mask. I like to swtch this up and try different masks but have found the ones that work for me the best are the Body Shop’s Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask (£10 for 100ml) and the Mudmasky Facial Detox (£62 for 60ml) mask. The latter mask I received as a tester in a Glossybox subcription and I thought it was amazing! However, when I saw the price of a full sized one, I nearly fainted. After discovering that both masks accomplish the same thing, it was no question about which one I would repurchase. Both masks help combat my oily skin and leave my face feeling so soft and refreshed. The Mudmasky one does feel better quality wise and leaves my pores feeling a little bit tighter, but for the price, I definitely prefer the Body Shop one.
As a teenager, I was always told to use a toner on my face and after falling in love with the Body Shop’s Seaweed facial scrubs and masks, I decided to try their toner (£7 for 250ml). Low and behold, I love it just as much as their other products in this line! I use it everyday after cleansing my face and it makes my skin feel so refreshed and my pores tighter.
My favourite moisturiser for oily skin is the Origins ‘Zero Oil’ (£24 for 50ml) – the matching moisturiser to the zero oil face wash – and again, is rather pricey, but a little goes a long way and it smells amazing! I apply this everyday before putting my makeup on and I’ve found that since using it, it really does help to combat oil throughout the day.
I love night creams and serums because I love waking up in morning with super soft skin! From the same Body Shop Seaweed range, I use the Oil-Control Overnight Gel (£13 for 30ml) every night before bed. I apply it generously to my problem areas (mainly my T-Zone) and leave it to work it’s magic. Since I started using it, I feel it really prepares my skin overnight for any oil that will develop during the day!
At the moment, I always reach for my Simple Oil-Balancing makeup wipes (£3.45 for 25 wipes) to remove my makeup and these are always on offer at the drugstore, so I buy them in bulk! They don’t contain any oil, so they really do a good job of cleaning off your makeup whilst helping to reduce the oiliness of skin!
I despise blemishes and having oily skin only makes me break out more, especially when I’m stressed or nearing that time of the month! That’s why I love to use Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Gel (£3.29 for 35ml) along with their Blemish Stick (£2.69 for 10g). I apply the gel everyday before my moisturisers to the areas of my face where I’m prone to break outs – my forehead and my chin. I use the stick closer to when my period it due, because I feel the stick is a much more intense formula. Be careful though, if you accidentally apply the stick onto broken skin or the fumes get into your eye, it really stings!