Friday, 10 June 2016

Help for oily skin


For the past couple of months my skin has been going a bit cray cray. And not the fun kind of crazy! It's been oily, I've had a lot of breakouts and my pores have seemed to grown. Just in time for summer too...."yay". Frustration has been maximised at times, because at the age of 26 I should probably be looking more into anti-aging products, not going back to oily skin products, which way too often are targeted for teenagers. And of course many anti-aging products contain oils and emollients, which I definitely need to keep away from. But I've also learned a couple of helpful tricks and tips and of course I want to share them with you. 


First of all, you need a good and regular skincare routine (obviously). But keep in mind when choosing suitable products, that no matter how good they sound, products for oily skin tend not to work. They're usually very drying, which again might seem like just the thing you need. But what happens when you use drying products on your skin, is that your skin will actually start working against that and start producing even more oil. A good option is to use products for sensitive skin, as they're made to irritate the skin as little as possible. 





I try to keep my routine as simple as possible: in the mornings all I do is wash my face with cool water and moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer. At the moment I'm using the Lumene Arctic Aqua 3D Hydration Cream-Gel. Gels are generally better for oily skin than creams, and another good option is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.
After the day is over and it's time to take my makeup off, I first cleanse my face with a refreshing cleanser by Lumene. I then use my Emma Hardie cleansing balm to make sure absolutely all makeup has come off. And after I've swept all the cleansing balm off with a damp cloth, I again apply the same cream-gel as in the morning. And that's it, three products all together. No extras or specialities.
Once every second or third day I also like to give myself a face mask and for that I use the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush. It feels SOOOOOO good and smells pretty amazing too. I also love to wash it off, because it contains Evening Primrose seeds and works as a scrub also. 



Secondly, I've found that it's not just a good skincare routine that matters, but also what you put inside your tummy, that affects the skin. Acne prone or oily skin isn't however a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, it just means you need to take extra care. For the past month I've started using maca powder daily, stopped using dairy products and I've gone an extra mile and drank a lot of water. In all honesty, I was very suspicious about this and especially about the dairy products. My skin isn't yet perfect, and probably never will be, but I haven't had those nasty and very sore, deep pimples for a long time now. So I feel like my maca+dairyfree+water "diet" works to some extent, just don't expect miracles. 
I you're as suspicious as I was about a dairy-free life, but would like to try it out, then I suggest you make a list of products you can't live without. You'll find that most of them can be replaced by a dairy free option. Milk can be replaced by multiple different plant-based options such as coconut milk, almond milk or rice milk. There are dairy-free cheeses and yoghurts too! Baking and cooking is also possible with all of the products I mentioned above.

Do you have any other tips for tackling oily skin?
Do you know any dairy-free recipes I should try out?
How many products do you use in your skincare routine?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend<3 
Emma xxx

PS. If you're wondering why there's no Friday video, then the reason is, that I've been posting videos more often on YT now. Go check them out at www.youtube.com/wellemma :) 
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24 comments

  1. Such a great post packed with great advice, lovely! My skin has always been oily but in the last year or so I started to get these dry patches here and there. Not sure either it has to do with the life rhythm or simply the fact that I moved countries, ergo, different climate but I have been trying to manage both: oiliness & dryness :) Fun times! I think I will be taking on board your advice about going dairy-free, hon. Another lovely blogger told me that she pretty much cleared her skin because she gave up dairy and started drinking a lot more water. There's also a proper skincare regime involved but at least that's a start. Love all the products you mentioned, have been enjoying Lush MOM as well & Lumene is one of those brands I have been loving for years even when I was living in Ukraine :) Will be catching up with your videos now honey <3
    Hope you have a super great weekend!
    Love ya bunches!!
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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    1. Thanks hon <3 Your comments are always the best :) And oooh I feel you there girlie, oily and dry together...not the best combo :/ I totally recommend trying the dairy-free thing. It's really been working for me! I haven't drunken milk for a long time anyway, but giving up cheese and others wasn't even that hard! Plus I'm loving plant-based cheese :D
      Aaaah MOM is just the best isn't it? I could leave it on for hours haha :D <3
      Love you too gorgeous<3 xxx

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  2. this is besides the point but those cucumbers look so yummy<3 I have got to get my hands on that face mask-- I see it everywhere! Thanks for sharing xX

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    1. Haha I think so too! :D Especially next to that maca powder :D I definitely recommend the Mask of Magnaminty. It's amazing! :)
      Thanks for popping by Kynia. Have a lovely week <3 xxx

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  3. Ive had oily skin since I moved to the middle east and the Lush Mask for Magnaminty and keeping my water intake up is what has solved a problem that I endured for around a year. Great post!!!

    www.yankified.com

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    1. Thank you for sharing that lovely :) I hope my skin clears up too! :) xxx

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  4. My skin is going through the same stage at the moment, it is really frustrating! Drinking water is one of the best things you could do for your skin and for your body, so I try to drink at least 2 liters every day, I should drink more since it is summer! I have't stopped dairy products, however I don't eat them that often anyway. But if it is gonna work then I am willing to give it a try :)
    Have a lovely week x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. It's so annoying :( I used to be able to go out without makeup with confidence...at the moment there's no way I'd do that! Even the smallest trip to the local supermarket requires at least powder or foundation. Not liking it.. However these things have helped me and I think going dairy-free has played a keyrole here! Definitely recommend trying it out :) And it sounds like your doing so almost anyway :)
      Have a lovely week my lovely girl <3 xxx

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  5. I feel you. My skin got really bad when I was about 25 as well. Some things that I have learned along the way: Oils are your friend, they really are, if you pick the right ones. They will balance out your sebum production, so your skin doesn't overproduce. Plus they help with anti-aging as well. Rosehip oil for example is amazing. Dairy-free is a good option if you suffer from cystic acne (or hormonal acne), because milk is full of growth hormons. If cystic acne isn't your concern, it will not help as much with oiliness in general. Try to incorporate acids in your skincare routine, they do work on the anti-aging front as well as in exfoliation without the irritation a physical exfoliant will give you.
    But the best advice I can offer: Don´t worry, oily skins age more graceful than dry skins.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Thank you Anne. Such a helpful comment. I've now tried applying a facial oil every evening on top of my moisturizer (the Lumene gel) and it seems to work pretty nicely :)
      I think I've heard the aging advice somewhere else before too, I hope it's really true. And it does make sense, to me at least. :)
      xxx

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  6. I know what you mean about most oil-prevention products being aimed at teenagers - I didn't have any problems with my skin until I hit my 20s. Fortunately the oiliness has settled with Proactiv+ but I used to swear by Mask of Magnaminty (this has just reminded me how good it is actually so may pick a tub up next time I'm shopping!) x

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    1. Were in the same boat here then! The MOM is so good, isn't it? I've been loving it so much! It feels soooo good on those nasty outbreaks <3
      Hope you've had a great day xxx

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  7. Sound truly amazing products, I love to try one of them pretty soon, thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    1. Definitely recommend them. Especially the Mask of Magnaminty works for all types of skins :) xxx

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  8. I have oily skin too, so I was immediately drawn to this post! I love these ideas - I will have to give them a try. Honesty, what's really helped my skin improve is extra virgin coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer! You would think that oil applied to oily skin would be a disaster, but it actually works wonders. Your skin could be oily because it's actually dehydrated and is producing more oil than it really needs. I hope this helps you too!

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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    1. I tried out coconut oil right after I read your comment girlie, and it's so great! Infact, I just applied some now onto my face!
      Thanks for the tip lovely <3 xxx

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  9. This is a very great post! I am dealing with oily skin and lots of breakouts are happening. I usually try to make it better by drinking lots of water through out the day, trying to have less dairy food, no caffeine, less nuts, sauces or other products that are full of fat. It makes miracles :) The key is good nutrition and simple but effective skincare routine. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I agree with you, the two go hand in hand! I should probably start looking into reducing fat in my diet probably...
      Hope you've had a lovely day sweetie <3 xxx

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  10. Oh my gosh I can't believe you live in Finland! I do too haha!
    This was a really great read, I've got super oily skin and I still haven't figured out a skincare routine that works perfectly. I definitely have to try out the Lumene cream-gel.

    www.saarasofia.com | Bloglovin’ 

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    1. Hey yay cool! Siistii ;) :)
      The Lumene gel is great, definitely recommend it! :) xxx

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  11. as much as I would love better skin, I just plain cannot give up cheese. I need cheddar in my life. I put it on everything lol! I love lush products on my skin though, it just makes it feel so much better!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Haha :D I see what you mean. Cheese is so good. But I've found great non-dairy options for it too :) you should try them out! There are cheddar versions too :) Lush is so good <3 I just spent loads of time in one of their stores the other day <3 xxx

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  12. Aw hun, I actually had a nice long comment written up for you yesterday, but when I pressed Publish my net died so I lost it! Anyway, here is take two, haha... I think this post is super helpful for oily skin girls such as myself, but actually these tips are great for any skin types. :) <3 I agree with you that drinking a lot of water is very important, and also I applaud you for going dairy-free! I don't think I could manage it, nor would I really want to; but I do admire people who do. :) <3 Really enjoyed all the skincare recommendations also, hun, taken some notes for sure! Heard great things about that Lush face mask, I'm a little worried about trying Lush myself as some of their product made me break out, but perhaps I'll give this one a try. Thanks for sharing, hun, love ya lots. <3 x x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Awwwww, hehe, that's alright hon! I totally understand, it's so frustrating when that happens!
      For me, going dairy-free wasn't that difficult.. I haven't drunk milk in ages anyhow and I've luckily found some dairy-free cheese, which makes my life so much easier :D The only products I'm missing a little bit are yoghurt and proper ice cream haha.
      So sorry to hear that Lush hasn't worked for you in the past :( I wonder why, since they should have natural ingredients in them. Anyhow, Mask of Magnaminty is targeted especially for people with problems with outbreaks and such. I hope it works for you too, if you try it. It's such n amazing product! <3
      Thanks for the amazing comment hon <3 Love ya! xxx

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