Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Skin Care for Oily Skin

The older I get the more I take care of my skin. I've always taken pretty good care of it by washing it twice a day and always taking my makeup off before going to bed. But recently I've really stepped up my game. I have really oily skin and huge pores. It's awful. I've always been self-conscious about my pores because I always feel like my skin doesn't look as pretty as it should. I've never really struggled with acne except one or two before Mother Nature comes to visit so my skin is really clear. But having large pores just makes it look not as good.

So I've recently fallen into a routine that has helped diminish the size of my pores. I know I can't really shrink them - it's thanks to genetics and oily skin that I have them. But I can decrease their appearance and work to "hide" them. This skin care routine takes time. It's not a super quick routine, but the longer I keep it up, the more I notice a difference.

1. Cleanse. I use Mary Kay TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser for combination/oily skin twice a day (morning and night) to wash my face. I was always an avid user of Garnier or Clean & Clear face washes, but Mary Kay has made a huge difference in my skin. Every now and then I miss the feel of a true face scrub so I'll add a little sugar to it to get the same feel.
2. Makeup Removal. I love Almay's makeup remover pads. I've been using them for years and I don't plan on using anything else anytime soon. Even if I think I got all my makeup off when I washed my face, I still use a pad just to make sure!
3. Tone. I use Proactiv's Revitalizing Toner twice a day. I've had this since my brother used Proactiv but never used the toner. It's lasted me a long time, but I'm almost out of it so I'm on the hunt for a new brand. (If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!!) Using toner has made a huge difference at how long it takes for my skin to start looking oily. It took a while for my skin to adjust, but I feel like it takes longer to see the shiny spots on my face.
4. Moisturize. I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+  twice a day. In the morning I add SPF by using sunscreen for face. I forget the brand because I've had it for so long and the label came off a while ago. I usually combine my moisturizer and SPF before putting it on my face so save a step.
5. Eye Cream. I already have wrinkles. Just crows feet and laugh lines (I laugh and smile a LOT so I knew this would happen). I haven't shelled out a ton of money on wrinkle cream, but I have started using eye cream to try and fight the dark circles and bags under my eyes (also genetic but whatever). I'm currently using Garnier Ultra-Life Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream. I'm still undecided on it, but I'm giving it time before I decided if it's worth it or not. 

That's my skin care routine. I've been using this exact routine for a couple weeks and already I can see a difference. On top of all of that, here are a couple other things I do to keep my skin looking as good as possible:

1. Hydrate! Probably something you've heard before, but my skin is the first place I notice dehydration. I try to drink 2 liters (8.46 cups so it's more than the recommended 8 cups a day) of water a day (it rarely happens but it's a good goal for me). If I don't drink at least 1 liter (half of the recommendation!) I notice it in my skin. The more water I drink, the brighter my skin looks, the less noticeable my pores are, and the less oily my skin gets. On top of all the other health benefits of water, my skin is the most outwardly noticeable so I try my hardest to stay hydrated!
2. Hands Off. Right now I'm doing a ton of reading. Not fun reading. Science reading. It can get really dull and really boring and if I'm not careful, I'll end up propping my head up on my hand. Do you know how gross my hands are? I always wash them after using the bathroom and whenever I use chemicals (even with gloves on), but they're still gross. They have oil and bacteria all over them. It's no wonder I breakout after a couple days of touching my face for extended periods of time! It's a conscious effort to not touch my face, but the less I touch it, the less I breakout.
3. Primer. I'm a big fan of Smashbox Oil Free Primer. Even if I'm not wearing foundation, it still smooths my skin out and diminishes the look of my pores. I've tried other brands (Maybelline Baby Skin Primer and Benefit POREfessional Primer) that work well, but Smashbox is my favorite. It's definitely the most expensive I've ever tried, but it doesn't clog my pores and it works the best for me so I splurge.
4. Face Masks. The Sephora Collection Face Masks are my favorite. They're the masks that are a sheet with the good stuff on them so you look a little scary while wearing it, but they're amazing. They're Eye Masks are wonderful too! These are masks I could use once a week and be totally content! I notice a difference in my skin after only one use, so continued use must be better, right? 
5. Diet. Yet another once you've probably heard. The better my diet is, the better my skin looks. It totally makes a difference! I think of it this way: the more grease (oil) I put in, the more oil comes out. The greasier the food, the oilier my skin gets, and the more I breakout. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get clear skin (water consumption is probably the cheapest!). 

And there you have it! I'm all about long-term consciousness, so by taking care of my skin now, I hope to have great looking skin for longer.

What are your skin care must haves?


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