It’s that time of year again! The season is changing and with it brings the need for a new skin care routine. Dry air, cool breezes, and late night bonfires. All of these things sound so wonderful but they can really wreck havoc on your skin especially if you battle with combination and oily skin types. I, too, battle with this annoying skin type! So when I noticed my skin randomly breaking out everywhere and becoming oily only hours after washing I set out to find the best way to layer your products. Through my research I found some really awesome product samples that worked perfectly for my dry weather routine.
Let’s start with the subject of layering. I know when I was younger all I did was constantly wash my face. I thought layering a bunch of stuff on would make me more oily and in return break out even more. The logic was there but not the science. Now that I am older I have realized how much better my skin feels and looks because of layering. Layering skin care products can make them more potent. You are essentially combining a bunch of super products together to make the ultimate all-in-one product. The best rule of thumb to follow is applying your products thinnest to thickest. This will ensure you allow a steady penetration of all products all the way into your skin and pores.
Ok, this one is a no brainer but it has to be stated if we are going to do this correctly. I can not hesitate enough how important it is to wash your face twice a day. I sometimes wash it 3 times a day when I work out. I have been through a million types of face washes in my life but currently I am using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser for the fall. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It is not the best smelling stuff out there but it gets the job done and I feel squeaky clean after using it.
I always thought exfoliating was for dry skin types but boy was I wrong. Everyone should exfoliate at least once a week. Washing your face only cleans the surface and doesn’t get deep down into the pores where dead skin cells, sweat, and dirt accumulate. This leads to blocked pores and more sebum (the stuff your skin creates to flush out the pores that makes you oily) which gives you those deep cystic break outs and annoying black heads. I tried dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion yesterday for the first time and it made my skin feel so soft and smooth with just the first use. It smells minty but doesn’t tingle on your face. Very nice scrub feeling.
For the longest time I had avoided toners. When I was younger they were all mostly alcohol based and would dry my skin out faster than the Chicago winter air. But now skin care experts have figured out toners from the past were not suitable for every one and have came out with some amazing products to meet our skin type needs. Toning helps tighten the pores to make them look less visible and removes oil from the face. A must have for oily and combination skin types is Mario Badescu Speacial Cleansing Lotion “C”.
4. Spot Treating
Spot treatment is a very important step if you have acne breakouts. Not only does it downsize those pimples faster but it also helps reduce scarring and soothes the area to prevent redness. I have used balance me Congested Skin Serum from my BirchBox religiously and it works like a charm. Even reduces my cystic acne significantly overnight.
There are a variety of serums out there for different needs but this is the step in the process you would apply them. If you use more than one then you would still follow the rule of lightest to thickest. Currently I am using a Vitamin C Silkening Serum by Del Organics. It brings a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids to revitalize, soothe, soften, balance, and clarify my skin. It has also helped to lighten up the scarring from old acne breakouts.
Last but not least there is moisturizing. I know for some of us oily people this has always been a challenge. It took many trial and errors to find the perfect moisturizer to do the job it was intended for without making me break out or become more oily. Every one is different so what I use is only a suggestion but it is what has worked for me around this time of year. Lately, I have been using Olay Complete for Combination and Oily Skin. It is a very light moisturizer specifically for your skin type. It also smells great and absorbs quickly. Beware that a little goes a long way with this stuff.
There you have it. The proper way to layer your skin care products for fall. All of the products above have worked very well to keep the shine at bay as well as the break outs during this weird transition in weather.
Do you have any fall perfect skin care routines? Maybe the perfect product for oily skin? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!
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