Do words like serum, toner, essence and oil get you all confused and frustrated?? I mean seriously, how on earth are you meant to know which products to use often/sparingly/avoid completely? Especially when the skin type discussion comes into play. If you have oily skin, should you bother with moisturiser? (the answer is yes!); will your dry skin be made worse by a toner?; and does a serum really do much good?
Well, unfortunately there isn’t really one answer. Yes, I know, how annoying…. This is because everyone’s skin is different, so therefore, everyone’s skincare regime will have to be different. This is what makes it so tough! However, the three products which most people seem to agree are quite essential to having a healthy, glowing complexion, are a decent cleanser, serum, and moisturiser.
As someone with skin which errs on the side of oily or combination (oily t-zone but dry cheeks), I’ve always shied away from doubling up with serum and a moisturiser. I assumed it would be too much moisture for my already overly-moisturised skin. However, after reading this article, “Know Thy Skin: Oily Skin” on The Silk Rose‘s website, I was convinced that serums/essences can actually do the world of good. They nourish and give much-needed vitamins to your complexion, without effecting your natural balance. It also says how important it is to continue using a twice-daily moisturiser alongside your routine (this will stop your sebaceous glands going into overdrive and producing excess sebum).
It is important though to find a serum and moisturiser which will work for you. You don’t want anything too thick and creamy which might end up clogging your pores. Here’s the combo that I really recommend and which I’ve been loving over the last month…
LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence: This is a super lightweight serum which makes it absolutely ideal for girls with an oilier complexion. It’s also made up of 90% tea tree (a wonder ingredient for blemish-prone skin as it’s naturally antibacterial) and sea buckthorn extract, which helps to even out skin tone. I can’t get enough of this stuff and use it every night! It just dissolves into skin so easily and you can almost feel it working right away. Everything’s been looking a lot clearer since using this!
Mizon Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream: Right, I know what you’re thinking… Bee venom?! Are you insane?! Well that’s what I thought at first, until I read that bee venom has been proven to help create softer and plumper skin. It helps important nutrients to break through the barriers of your skin and really dig deep for that flawless complexion we all want! This face cream is luxuriously soft and smooth, but it doesn’t feel too heavy or creamy at all! In fact, as soon as I apply this stuff, it just magically melts into my skin. I’m obsessed. Plus, I predict bee venom to become the ” next big thing” in skincare as it’s now being sold in places like Harrod’s (for top dollar I may add). So get in on the action first so you’re ahead of the trend!
I’ve really been enjoying these two skincare products together and I definitely recommend them to anyone struggling with what to do with their combination/oily skin. While they were both sent to me by the lovely ladies from The Silk Rose, I promise I would never recommend something if I didn’t wholeheartedly love it, and I really do love these products!
Do you guys use any special serums or moisturisers? What are your favourites and are there any that haven’t worked for you?
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx