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Oily skin care tips

I’m here today to talk about what I know about oily skin and how you can still use skincare to achieve that nice clean glowing complexion without being completely covered with oil.

Why is oily skin more complicated?

Oily skin is more complicated than dry skin because of the oil production. Oily skin tends to overproduce sebum (aka oil). Some people are blessed with an oily skin type, while others tend to have dry skin.

Oily skin will make your hair feel greasy and your makeup won’t look the same as if you had dry skin. Because your skin produces excess sebum and you have to use oil-free products on oily skin, your skin will look greasy, even if it’s not!

For example, I don’t normally get oily skin but if I overdo it at the gym (not showering in a while), my skin will look greasy. It’s also more difficult to get your makeup to stay on because your skin is too oily.

A good way to combat the oily skin is to keep it under control.

Tips to keep oily skin under control

1. Use the right type of moisturizer for your skin type

If your skin is oily, you need to use oil-free products like a serum or a lotion instead of a cream. If you use a moisturizer that’s oil-based, it will cause more oil to seep through the pores and cause your skin to be more greasy.

2. Get a facial for oily skin

I find facials to be really helpful to get that clean, dewy glow you’re looking for. My skin is oily but also prone to breakout so when I go to the spa or beauty counter, I look for a facial that will help clear up any acne spots and control my oily skin.

I like to use a facial that’s designed to clear acne, brighten, and even out my skin. I also go for the full facial since I think the massage will help my skin feel much better and it will help my skin absorb the product more.

3. Keep your eyes clean and use eye cream to prevent wrinkles

Clean your eyes from excess dirt, makeup, and environmental factors like smoke and dust. Clean your eye area frequently, and use an eye cream for dark circles or lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

4. Take it easy with night creams

I find that using night creams or day creams is not always the best idea for an oily skin type. It’s much better to use a serum and moisturizer instead.

5. Use the right type of foundation

A matte foundation will look great for you but not for an oily skin type. You don’t want to have the oily shine show through. I find a fluid foundation works great with an oily skin type.

Skincare routine on a budget

This guide will help you develop a routine for healthy, glowing skin without breaking the bank!

Welcome to my new series, ‘skincare routines on a budget’. Today we are going to look at how to create a regular routine on the budget, using the same products time after time to get nice, radiant skin. To put it simply, it won’t be difficult and will keep you saving money as you stop buying expensive goods and constantly up selling.

Skin Essentials

This is going to make up a large part of your routine. Your skin needs a certain amount of vitamins and hydration to look its best and it needs regular nourishment to keep it in good shape. A simple vitamin enriched skincare product is the best to start with. It should be ideally purchased through the supermarket as opposed to on the high street. This is partly because the value has been set by the factory and the high street value is determined by a different set of factories, ie. They are very different in quality, and partly because of the cheaper packaging so they tend to be a little bit less hygienic in my opinion.


The routine starts with a cleansing product. When I get a cleanse, I use a mild cleanser. It’s either a baby cleanser or it’s a sponge. It’s quite expensive to buy these on the high street. I tend to choose baby products when it comes to cleansing and simply get refills. I’ve been quite successful with using sansevier (milk or coconut) to cleanse my face, it’s quite low in price, and has hardly any smell. If you prefer a cleanser with a foam to a solution, and you don’t have a face brush, I would recommend taking up your friends company to do some make-up shopping, as they often have quite bargain but sometimes you will come out with something you really like.


When you don’t follow cleansing, your next step is toner. Toners are not as expensive as they seem, however, they come in a variety of forms which can be a bit tricky to choose.

The 100% vegetable toner from asos is very cheap and a really good start. Not everyone will need a toner, but it will depend on your skin type. If you have oily skin, you don’t really need a toner and you may be better off buying a cleanser which does some work cleansing as well, but for everything else, using a toner works well. I also find that when toning is done well, your make up won’t seem patchy.


Now that we’ve got the basics of cleansing and toning done, we move onto serums. A serum is going to help repair and correct any skintiffic issues and also any problem skin areas. This could be dry spots, discolouration, blackheads and much more.

My favourite serum is this organic double nourishing serum from eden but sadly, this doesn’t work with some of my current beauty regime so I have to try to balance that out somehow. I also purchased the Radiance package from glow for the body, to which I have added: Serum Mist, Bio Oxygenator, Nu skin vitality drink and an exfoliation for the eyes.


The first step to getting lovely skin is moisturizing. Again, a lot of people think that they don’t need a moisturizer.

I’ve spoken about the myth of ‘SPF’ creams and that you’ll actually need to reapply. Even though they advertise in the salon that their SPF is up to 50, they only last about five or six hours. Apply once at the start of the day before using your moisturizer and wear sun protection to prevent damage.

I prefer to buy an organic body moisturiser because it lasts a long time and is organic and non sticky. I have been using this one from The Ordinary which I quite liked for some reason and maybe it’s because it seems to moisturise without irritating my sensitive skin. If this were to go on a visit to the high street, it will most likely be a lot more expensive.

Sun protection

As we age, our bodies change and it is important to protect our skin properly. We should look to our skin as our hair is the next layer, because if that is looking bad, it is only a matter of time before the layers beneath follow suit. We need to look out for skin damage, an area of dark spots on the skin that can spread easily. Sunscreen is our best weapon in preventing the ageing process.

This was the basic budget-friendly skincare routine I came up with and I hope it will help you too! Let me know if you are interested in reading more in this series!

5 best skincare tips for aging skin

Most of us have one thing in common: we all age! It may not be something that is completely unavoidable (like death or aging from sun exposure) but everyone will suffer through it. It’s only natural to want to preserve youth and fight aging, but how?

There is no single magic bullet that can fight aging, but if you’re committed, you’ll start to see improvements. We’re here to give you 5 tips to help you age more gracefully, without spending a fortune or compromising your skin’s health.

Anti-aging creams are not a complete solution, but they’re a good place to start and they’re easy to use.

1. Cleanse and exfoliate

Most people are not cleansing their skin enough. It’s not a luxury item; it’s a necessity.

We recommend using a pH-balanced cleanser (not a soap, but one that is gentle). It may be tempting to just use an inexpensive bar soap, but it’s actually going to strip your skin of moisture. Exfoliating is also important. The skin is in an acid state, so an alkaline product is best for exfoliating.

2. Moisturize

Moisturizing is absolutely critical to good-looking skin. Moisture helps seal the skin barrier and keep the skin looking smooth.

As the skin ages, it loses a bit of its natural moisture and the natural oils in the skin decrease, so it doesn’t hold onto moisture as well as it used to. Moisturizing is also a way to prevent wrinkles from forming. The skin’s collagen becomes denser when it is moisturized regularly and wrinkles simply don’t appear.

Many moisturizers are marketed specifically to anti-aging purposes, but many of them are also rich in hydrating and soothing plant extracts. Many contain hyaluronic acid, which helps bind to moisture and keeps it locked into the skin.

We recommend you avoid anything that is thick, greasy, or thickly scented (many of these are filled with unnecessary additives like fragrances). There are a few exceptions to this rule, though. We suggest looking for these types of products at the drugstore or discount beauty stores. If it seems to be a great moisturizer, you can buy it at a better price and apply it twice a week.

If you have really sensitive skin, avoid anything containing fragrances. This is because the fragrances can cause irritation.

3. Protect from UV exposure

The sun has its benefits, but it also has a negative effect on the skin.

The skin becomes thicker as we age and we lose collagen. This means our skin becomes less resilient to UV exposure. The sun’s rays can lead to discoloration, as well as wrinkles and skin cancers.

You can protect yourself from the sun by wearing protective sunscreen every day. We recommend SPF 15 or higher for the best protection.

This is why it’s so important to exfoliate and moisturize. The exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and the moisturization helps lock in moisture.

4. Use good makeup

If you look at the faces of celebrities and beauty queens, you will notice that they spend a lot of time on makeup.

They use high-quality makeup products to hide imperfections. They use concealers to reduce fine lines and brighten their skin. They use foundation to help hide their acne scars, and eye liner to brighten and emphasize their eyes. They use lip color to make their lips look fuller.

It’s important to make sure you are using the best products for your skin. You don’t want to spend hours applying a makeup that makes your skin look terrible.

5. Avoid the use of harsh chemicals

You don’t want to go through your life feeling like you have terrible skin. If you have acne or oily skin, you are in luck. There are many acne products that have natural ingredients and have worked wonders. We do not recommend that you use chemical-filled products. They can be harsh and they can irritate your skin.

The beauty of natural products is that they aren’t going to irritate your skin. They are gentle and they do what they’re supposed to do.

We do not recommend chemical peels. There are some chemical peels that may make you look younger, but they’re still not natural and they’re not good for your skin.

Do you have any other tips for anti-aging? Share with us in the comments below!