Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Combating Oily Skin and Large Pores | Spring Skincare

It is now officially Spring, so I thought it was time to do another skincare post.

With the warmer weather approaching (and my changing hormones), my skin is getting slightly oilier so I've added in a few products to keep blemishes and large pores at bay.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Mask
This contains Salicylic Acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and can be used as a face wash or a mask. It's definitely one of my all time favourite products because it is just so cheap and does a bloody good job at clearing up blemishes! The only downside to it, is that it can leave my skin a little dry or irritated if used too often.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser
A creamy, gentle product that you polish off with a muslin cloth. It is perfect for using alongside Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Mask because it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Ren Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask
'A detoxifying clay mask that draws out impurities and helps reduce the appearance of oiliness, large pores, blackheads and whiteheads'. I enjoy using this mask as it's gentle, very cleansing and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft. I try to use a mask a couple of times a week to keep my pores as clear as possible.

Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask
A cheaper alternative to Ren's Invisible Pores Detox mask - this uses Willowbark extract to clear out pores. I don't feel it works quite as well as it is not as gentle and also harder to remove - but it is over £10 cheaper!

GLAMGLOW Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask
GLAMGLOW contains French sea clay and volcanic minerals to leave skin soft and renewed. You apply it, leave it to dry then remove with water using gentle circular motions. It contains small granules to exfoliate the skin when removing it, so it clears out pores and evens out skintone. The only downside to this product is the price; at £49.99 for 50g I'm not sure it's worth it!

Nivea Light Moisturising Day Cream
A lightweight moisturiser that sinks into the skin quickly. It also contains SPF 15, so is perfect for the sunnier days ahead of us.

Xen-Tan Face Tanner in Light
A face tanner and facial treatment in one, it contains Vitamin E and fruit acids to smooth the skin, and Green Tea, Milk Thistle and Aloe to soothe. I absolutely love this stuff! Not only does it give my face the perfect hint of tan, it also leaves it soft and less blemished when I wake in the morning. I have bought countless bottles of this!

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum 
This is supposed to shrink pores, minimize flaws, improve texture and increase your overall 'glow'. I can't say I think it's that great, which is a shame as it's quite expensive!

Bare Minerals Firming Eye Treatment
'Clinically proven to reveal brighter, smoother, younger-looking skin and reduced fine lines and wrinkles'. I'm not sure I can attest to this, as I haven't noticed much of a difference while using it. I find it very hard to find a high end eye cream that I feel is worth the money.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel
A lovely, simple eye gel that soothes tired eyes and is very cheap!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +
I had to add this in at the end because this product is absolutely amazing! I stopped using it while I was pregnant as it contains Salicylic Acid, but I started using it again the last couple of days and already I've noticed a difference. It clears up pores and blemishes so quickly! But, as with the Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Mask, it can dry out skin, so you need use it sparingly and moisturise well. It also makes my fake tan fade faster on my face as it exfoliates the skin - but I can definitely deal with that as the results are so good!

So, those are all the products I have been using to help get rid of spots and clear out my pores.

If you have any recommendations, let me know below..


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