Spring. Heat. (Here in Israel) and oily/red skin. I get both, usually, when the temperature goes high. Recently I had a few additions and changes in my skin care routine that helped me with it.
Step 1: cleansing.
As you may already know, its an essencial part for those with combination to oily skin. I started cleaning the living **** out of my skin every few days. (Tried 2 but sometimes I forget). This includes my everyday first step: Yves Rocher “Sebo vegetal” purifying cleansing gel. This brand was introduced to me when i was wondering Azriely (Tel-Aviv) mall last summer, with a large advertisment for anti redness serum and moisturiser. Anyway, I use their gel till this day, which does say something about it! It completely removes all oil, cleans throughly, and leaves your face with a matte finish. Your face may produce more oils a few hours later but this is just natural. After that, follows the Lancome purifying mineral mask with white clay. This one I have been using for about for 2 years and a half. You can conclude…and you are right-this is one of my go to products when I feel my skin is getting oily, greasy, you name it… white clay is definifely the thing to go after when you have unwanted oils on your skin, this one leaves it fresh and “breathing”. The third part , is Yves Rocher again, “pure system” 2 in 1 cleanser&exfoliator. It is said to cleanse the pores, and ok for daily use, consisting of organic aloe vera pulp+ salicylic acid. The girl in the store sugusted it for breakout, blemish treatment. I can say it refreshes the face even more, maybe really by cleaning the pores… and I am in love with the scent!
Step 2: On a makeup free day…
After that I follow my everyday routine that consist of : Yves Rocher Soothing Micellar Water 2 in 1, which I wipe my face with on cotton pads. I read about toner use online, it is said to help make full use of the rest skincare that fillows. For me it really does, + helps with oilness! Next: A new baby in my “capsule” skin care cabinet which I highly recomend, is Mizon “Pore refining Silky essence” which I purchased from Cult Beauty, that gives face an instant shot of fresh, clean feeling including smoothness and brightness. It is said to have the function of both exfoliating and serum. Lancome “Visionnaire” advanced skin correcror goes after that. It does make my face appear flawless, giving it the porcelain look. It also feels moisturising. Before micellar water, or toner step it would feel oily on my skin, but now it works wonders. Last but not least, is my favorite, recommended by many users and bloggers as well, Lancome “Hydrazen Anti-Stress Moisturising Beauty Essence”. It smells like roses and tea, it is jelly and gives a great moisturising effect without any greasiness. This mix surprisingly works for me, although I though Vissioner to be too thick a serum for Hidrazen.
… if I am a going to wear makeup:
There are a few here as well. After the micellar water cleaning I grab one of my favourite serums, Lancome “advanced genifique”. This activate all skin process, and gives you once again that very bright look. It tickles, makes skin somewhat pink-red, and then you go: “wow! Do I even need make up?” If you do, here is next step: primer. This us a real surprise for me to find drugsore items my skin loves. I had a problem finding a good summer foundation. This is a struggle every year. As spring begins, my skin goes red, foundation just falls in pieces or turnes caky, which make me regret bothering with make up in the first place. These Flormar products sooth my skin, giving it a cool, pampered feeling and stop all irritarion completely! If you have ever had a foundation that you don’t want to remove, this is the one for me. Flormar “Illuminating Primer base” is a water based primer. Instead of giving you that hot flash it is really cooling like i have just descriebed. For redness coverage (and it has some coverage of its own!) their CC cream (“magic color effect…”) number cc02. It has a little spf – 15 – here, if i just go about my day without meeting anyone important, I can use some powder on top and go. When I am going to meet people, I take the “Mat touch foundation”. I can’t say its the most matte foundation i have ever had, but i am used to top it with powder anyway. Its vitamin E works wonder on my skin. It sure does have a good nourishing effecr. Thats why, after removing my make up, I turn to Lancome “Energie de vie” serum that is said to be “smoothing & glow boosting liquid care”. While it would make my face go red and a little bit irritated on its own, after this foundation, it does nearly the same job hidrazen gel. I can’t speak for the glow, but it is definitely smoothing and moisturising in the end of the day.