A new skincare routine for oilier skin

My skin has been dry for years due to hypothyroidism, but in the last few months it has really underdone a huge hormonally-driven change. This is proof that your skin does change over time and isn’t static, and when your skin changes you need to change your skincare routine as well. I would say my skin would be categorised as combination as it is mainly my t-zone which is problematic, but I’ve become better than BP at sorting out oil slicks these days! These are a couple of my favourites which suit a more combination skin.

I’m still using my cleansing balms and oils (Balm Balm and the Body Shop are my favourites) to remove makeup. At night I do a second cleanse with my Foreo Luna using Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. I’m still not a fan of foaming cleansers, but this one is gentle enough and contains shea butter and cottonseed. Alternative nights and in the mornings I use the Esse Refining Cleanser – a rediscovery which is rocking my world. It contains bentonite clay to detox and gently exfoliate and it is a dream come true for oily or blemished skin. It’s also organic and gentle and doubles as a mask.


I’m back to my Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion because the salicylic acid really helps with breakouts. Most mornings I use the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot, a hyaluronic gel which dries down very quickly, and I’m on my third bottle of Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum which has a silky, non-oily finish. It also has many ingredients to minimise fine lines, dark spots etc. It’s pretty expensive but I keep repurchasing it as I get results. I also love the Resist Multi-Correction Treatment from Paula’s Choice which reduces blemishes and significantly fades the  marks left behind.


The best daytime product for minimising oiliness that I’ve found is my new moisturiser, Avene Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream SPF20 (available at Clicks), which is an oil-free lotion for oily or combination skin which has a totally matte finish and contains oil-absorbing spheres that keep the oiliness to a minimum during the day.


I like to change my night-time products depending on how my skin feels. Nearly every night I use Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. This has anti-ageing benefits as well as reducing breakouts and working on dark spots. It has a light gel-cream texture and isn’t greasy. It’s pricey at R845 but the bottle has lasted me four months now. I also don’t mind my skin feeling a bit oilier at night so I will use a heavier, more nourishing moisturiser. I’m currently enjoying the Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream, but I also still love my overnight facial oils.

I’ve already done reviews on most of these products in the past, but this is just a roundup of what I’ve been turning to lately. I’ve also made some changes to the type of makeup I use to steer away from dewier formulas and towards a more matte finish. I would love any product recommendations for battling the shine during the day though, so please pass them on! 🙂


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