I have always had oily skin. After two decades of washing, exfoliating and using enough astringent to fill a pool, I still had far too many days when it looked as if I had dipped my face in Wesson Oil before noon. In my 30s, I realized that I needed to take more into consideration than the type of skin I had in order to have an effective skin care routine.The basics of skin care remain the same regardless of the type.
It does not matter if your skin is oily, dry or combination, it needs to be cleaned, requires moisture and protection from the sun. It also can benefit from exfoliation. In order to get the most out of any skin care regime you need to also consider if you skin is sensitive, has sun damage, dry patches or discoloration.
Step 1: Cleaning
For my daily skin care routine, I take into consideration that I have sensitive and sun-damaged, oily skin. My sensitive skin requires cleaning with gentle non-irritating products that are soap and oil free. I have found that Purpose by Johnson and Johnson works the best for me. It costs around $7 for a 6 oz bottle. It is hypo-allergenic, soap and oil free. I love how my face feels after using it, clean and taught but not tight.
For those that want to use a more natural cleanser that is full of antioxidants, I can highly recommend the Lemon Facial Scrub at Sunkist.com. The recipe consists of lemon zest, powdered milk, almond meal and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
You combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and apply it in small circular motions from the base of your neck up to your forehead. Rinse it off rinse with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry and put on your moisturizer. No toner needed.
Step 2: Exfoliate
I use a cotton pad that has little bumps for exfoliating on one side and is smooth on the other to wipe Witch Hazel across my face. Every other day, I use the bumps to exfoliate and then use the smooth side to apply the Witch Hazel.
Step 3: Moisturize
I let the Witch Hazel air dry and follow it with a creamy, oil-free moisturizer. I don't use a special moisturizer for my eye area. The one upside to having naturally oily skin is you are less prone to crow's feet.
Step 4: Protect
In the morning, I rinse my face with warm water, pat it dry, and apply my moisturizer and sunscreen by L'oreal.
While I am content with my daily routine, my skin is far from perfect and I am always in search of ways to better my routine. If you have found the secret to youthful radiant skin at any age, tell me, please!