Having problem skin..? What products are out there, yet affordable..?
BEAUTY – Random problems with skin? How can you handle it?
Starting this post with my skin type:
What skin type do I generally have?
Okay, so I’m very fair in complexion and my skin is very delicate and fine but, very elastic but yet tight! I also have combination skin and the outcome highly depends on the seasons. Usually, I have an oily T-zone (especially in warmer weathers) and can sometimes get dry skin or vessels on my nose (due to allergies and forever using tissues). All of these are factors I take in to consideration, so I usually use a number/different types of moisturisers in my routine to complement this.
What type of complexion and colouring do I have?
My skin is generally fair, but the undertones surrounding my outer face, neck, jawline have very yellow undertones. I’m pale but have more of a milky complexion and never really get general redness. So in recent years, I’ve been working with Colour Correctors (when applying makeup) to really even out my skin tone, rather than using full on coverage or concealers as my skin doesn’t need much coverage.
How old am I & whats my skin background (going through puberty)?
I’m now in my gracious 20’s. I never ever really struggled with any skin problems, actually… ever (until now). Occasionally I’d get those random horrid white heads that would turn out huge and be like, the ugliest thing in the world… so damn noticeable as it would be the only spot lurking in the middle of my face, but a part from that I never really struggled with anything like acne, reactions, over redness, drastic dryness etc.
What was my previous skin care routines (as this may have something to do with how it is now? I don’t know!)
When I was a teenager, I actually only used Sudocreme (weirdly) on my face as a moisturiser, and I never really wore makeup apart from when stealing my Mother’s Nivea Tinted Moisturiser. I only really got in to foundation when I could afford it when reaching mid-late teens (and never really wore it most days).
What are the few things I generally do with my eating and drinking habits? (We all know these things play a huge factor in skin).
Thirsty as hell, always. So I drink A LOT of fluids every day. Mainly water, then herbal, green & black teas. I also drink black coffee with dairy alternatives in milks and creams sometimes, but thats about it. If Im super craving for something sugary its always a Vitamin C based drink, like Lemon, Orange or Grapefruit. However sugar always leaves me shaking when consumed from sugar rush, so I think thats one main thing I stay away from in drink or food form. I’m quite conscious of that. I am not a big dairy consumer (due to digestion problems) and I love any type of beans, pulses and grains, tofu/soy, berries & dark greens. Luckily these are my favourite types of foods, which are high in calcium, protein and other good vitamins. Which are all essential for great skin (as we’ve been told).
However, these last few months my skin has been a huge problem. Most people don’t even realise. Tbh, no-one even bats an eyelid when I point out I have gained some spots. In fact I often get laughed at. However, this time around its an obvious problem to me, it’s depressing and awful. I’ve never suffered with problem skin to this extent. It’s been about 2 months or so where I have so much excess sebum I could literally grease a baking tray. Luckily it’s only causing congestion in my already oily areas, that being my T-Zone rather than all over. It’s just simple blockages not so much as acne that spreads. The spots only usually last a few days to a week at most, but it’s like one after the other without a break. But it’s awful for me . Evidently I’m one of the unlucky ones where my hormones are now unbalanced and surging – causing water tension, excess sebum, oily hair and a series of mood swings – weirdly at the weekends?
So the question goes… How am I handling this?
I’ve read some blog posts, watched a few vlogs, read medical reports and spoken with nutritionists & doctors. But sometimes nothing works more than listening to yourself. What is your body telling you?
For me it’s starting with food. If I feel sluggish which is becoming more often due to a digestive issue (I’ll talk more about that another time), I automatically switch to greens and fruit but most importantly guzzle that water down. I also have opted into having a few more espresso’s every week. Reason being, is that caffeine helps as a quick solution to my sluggish digestion. I know a lot of people wouldn’t recommend this, but if green foods and water isn’t doing the trick, I’d rather go for that organic espresso to help clear out any lurking foods in my digestive system. I’d much rather an empty gut than a sluggish one that’s releasing toxins back in to my body.
Washing my hair more often is also what I’ve opted to doing. Leaving it no longer than every other day/night. This prevents any extra hair oils that may leave my pillow dirty or be building up that could end up on my face.
Ensuring I change my pillow-case twice a week has helped reduce oil build up during my sleep. Including changing my towels frequently.
NOT touching my face at any point during the day (perhaps only if I get an odd itch or two).
Using a room diffuser with Ylang Ylang essential oil. Now, I’m a firm believer in the powers of essential oils and apparently Ylang Ylang is a great stress reducer and very key in reducing excess sebum production (which can be the result in blocked pores and spots), whilst also taking a morning dose of Evening Primrose Oil 30 mins before I eat anything!
And finally, apart from washing my face every morning and night (as usual) I’m using the following skin care products:
I am a user of toners, but everything was proving either too drying or too oily for my current skin situation… I came across La Roche Posay’s Serozinc Spray whilst looking for toner alternatives. The fact that it was a spray and noted for oily skin I thought why not? I have to say, after about 2 weeks of using this, my skin has become so bright, small clogged pores were reduced and my face doesn’t get so oily so quickly through out the day. I do use this morning and night after cleansing/washing (with another brand face wash) and I’m totally loving this product… It works just like how you freshen your face with Thermal Water Sprays… Cotton Wool isn’t needed for application, however you can dab away excess if needed.
This particular moisturiser has an emulsion “aqua-gel” consistency, therefore a little goes a long way and is easy to spread across your skin. I decided to purchase this item to use before bed and when not wearing makeup during the day. I tend to only use matifying lotions when wearing makeup, therefore I wasn’t concerned about the finish this particular moisturiser would have as I wouldn’t be putting product on top of it. However, this is quite light and doesn’t add any extra shine to the skin anyway. It works really well for evening use on skin that doesn’t need much/extra hydration over night and when using along side the Serozinc Toner, I could definitely see an improvement in skin texture and excess sebum reduction (especially overnight). This particular creme aims to combat oxidation and irregularity that affects the skin causing imperfections. I can definitely say my skin looks and feels more purified.
This particular product I decided to go with due to the fact it was an anti-shine daily moisturiser which is also perfect for a make-up base. Tbh it act’s like a moisturiser/primer in one. I think a lot of people with oily try to layer up too much with bases, even before they put on the tint/foundation and pack primers on top of moisturisers on top of toners, most of which can all be oil based which is obviously what I wanted to avoid during this problem skin period. After I cleanse, I spray my face with the Serozinc Toner, apply a pea sized amount evenly across my face of the Effacer Mat, wait for a few minutes for it to absorb and then begin my next step… My face feels lights and clean when using these three products and has majorly helped with my blocked pores and excess sebum issue. Black heads have definitely appeared reduced and I feel like I can at least wear a little bit of makeup without worrying about it sliding off or blocking pores up some more when doing so.
Due to the fact of producing too much oil build up during the day, I decided to opt for a mat finish BB style coverage cream. This formula has a mousse style finish and smooths over the face with finger tips easily. It definitely gives a full coverage look, but if struggling with dark marks, it’s not going to cover completely… However, it will give enough tint to tone down the redness if you have any. I really feel they need to develop this line for darker skin tones as it would benefit so many. I’ve not yet seen this line for anyone darker than Olive/Tanned/Medium skinned tones? La Roche Posay should really work on this point. Women/Men of all complexions can struggle with oily skin, pore issues and excess sebum so this BB line would be perfect for anyone who isn’t looking for something so heavy and something that allows the skin to breathe. *If suffering with dryness, it may stick to that, so try to avoid those areas if you have any dry spots.
In all, this has been a great line for my skin currently. I feel that for daily use, it’s really helping and supporting my skin through this rough patch and I’d strongly recommend all lines for oily skin sufferers. It’s not too expensive, and I suppose where you get it from will reflect on the price for each product. I bought all of mine from Boots in London on a promotional offer, which kind of helped lead me in to trying it! It’s affordable, at most items being no more than 14.00 GBP. Some products can top off at over 100.00 for such dermo skin-care products so I had no qualms parting with my money for this brand.
I’d urge all folks to listen to their skin first, if that makes any sense? Take time in figuring out a routine and taking extra care in working with your skin rather than trying to cover up any issues by make-up and spending loads of money on products one after the other because you feel it isn’t working after a mere two weeks. These things take time and remember it could be a hormonal imbalance or a bad diet issue that is adding to any flaws. However, I’d def recommend trying the Serozinc and Effaclar range if your looking for a skin care option to complement the other factors your trying.
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