As you may have seen on my Instagram page, I’ve recently had my oil and hydration levels checked at the Body Shop in Oxford, which was very interesting for me! I’ve known for some time now that my skin is on the oily side but it is also very dehydrated, so I was curious to see if this would be confirmed by my skin consultation – and it was!
I found I have combination to oily skin (which surprised me a little as I was sure I have the world’s most oily forehead but apparently not!) and my hydration level was 28% when it should be over 50%. This was interesting because I’ve believed for some time my skin gets more oily as a result of trying to hydrate itself, and I’ve been making it worse by using a bunch of products that dry out my skin because they’re aimed at oily skin types (i.e. foaming cleansers).
I’ve slowly been adjusting my routine to include more hydration anyway, as a result, but having it confirmed was really quite nice to know that I’m on the right track. So with that in mind, I thought I would share my current skincare routine with you in case you also have oily but dehydrated skin and you might find this helpful.
Over the last few months I’ve come to absolutely hate foaming cleansers – I don’t care how gentle they say they are, I can feel my skin is tight and almost burning after using these. I’m a big fan of the double cleanse so I will always own at least 2 cleansers.
I have been using the Elemis Omega Rich Oil Cleanser for the last 6 months and I loved it but I’ve since run out and it’s been replaced by another favourite, the Eve Lom cleanser. I use this one as the first in my routine, and I love how quickly and easily it melts off my makeup. You can remove it with water or a muslin cloth if you’d like a little more exfoliation with it. It’s super gentle, it doesn’t damage your skin’s mantle and it takes off even the most stubborn makeup in seconds. I love it.
The second one I use is the Omorovicza Cleansing Foam – it is not foaming at all and it’s also incredibly gentle but effective. Neither of these 2 are cheap, and I’m very aware the price tags are not to everyone’s liking but they have worked so well for me that I feel they’re worth the price. After using them both, my face is very clean but not dried out, tight or squeaky. It feels nourished!
I think it’s very easy to fall into a trap of over cleaning your face if you have oily skin and I did many times. I’ve learnt (the hard way) that stripping the skin of its natural oils actually makes it produce even more as it tries to re-balance itself so although it may seem counter-intuitive, you’re much better off using products that are gentle and not too harsh. Double cleansing ensures you have removed all traces of dirt, makeup and impurities even if you don’t use harsh products.
I’ve recently picked up 2 toners from The Body Shop – I wish they did packaging to match my Instagram feed! I love this brand for many reasons but one of them is the quality of their products. I’m sure it’s not what people think of when you say “luxury skincare” but to me, their ingredients and products are definitely luxurious.
I have their Vitamin E Toner and their Seaweed Toner – one is for hydration and the other works to balance out combination skin. I found myself using the Seaweed Toner quite a lot lately and despite my initial worries that it would be drying, my skin feels so soft after it dries! I do think this helps control some shine on my forehead especially, but it’s still hydrating an softening. I prefer to use the Vitamin E one on days when I really need extra hydration or after more stripping face masks.
This is a step of my routine that I’ve neglected for many years but since realising my skin needs more hydration, I feel it’s a really important one for me. It allows me to start adding hydration back into my skin even before the serums.
This is probably my favourite step of my routine because it almost feels like a treatment. I recently started using the Avant Hyaluronic Acid serum which I’m completely obsessed with. I love that it’s packed with antioxidants too so it works in two ways. Hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient if you want hydration, and a lot of products contain this nowadays but not all of them work that well. I find this serum really leaves my skin bouncy and soft, and it absorbs really well within a minute.
In the mornings, I also use the Balance Me Vitamin C serum to help with pigmentation – this one also contains hyaluronic acid and it’s made from 99% natural ingredients. If you like natural brands, I’d highly recommend checking them out because they do really amazing products and they’re not over-priced either.
For my final step, I have been using the Eve Lom Moisture Cream mostly. I’ve talked about it in previous posts so I don’t want to repeat the same thing over and over, but this is a great face cream. It’s definitely not cheap, but it contains a lot of very good ingredients and also a dose of hyaluronic acid.
This is an especially great cream for oily skin in my opinion, as it absorbs really quickly and it absorbs well. You don’t get left with a sticky film, and it has quite a matte finish so it doesn’t add to any shine. It also helps reduce fine lines, and like the Avant serum it also contains antioxidants. I like to use it especially in the mornings, I find it works great as a base for my makeup too.
At night I will sometimes use The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed oil which I mix with a few drops of the ESPA Regenerative Booster to give my skin an intensive overnight treatment. I find that using oil at night reduced my skin’s oil production after about a month of regular use. I think this confirms that my skin is oily because it is trying to balance itself out, and if I give it the oil myself it doesn’t produce as much. I especially like the rose hip seed oil because it isn’t too thick and absorbs quicker than many others I’ve tried, so even though it’s an oil it doesn’t feel too heavy.
The ESPA booster is something I’ll only use about 3 times a week but it also contains natural ingredients and plant oils to add hydration, and helps keep skin healthy and glowing. It can be used on its own, but ideally it should be mixed with your moisturising cream or oil and it works really well for me.
And that’s my routine! Please drop me a comment to let me know what you think and if this was helpful at all!
Until next time xo