I always love talking skincare because good skin is fundamental for good makeup application plus healthy radiant skin just makes you feel good, right?
With oily/combination skin I find my skin isn't the best texture with enlarged pores around my nose and random areas of congestion so I always make an effort with skincare. But for the last year I'd had a solid skincare routine that I stick to and that really does work. If you have a similar skin type then I hope this post is helpful in giving you a few product recommendations.
Step 1. Wash Face
With or without oily skin washing your face in the morning with a face wash or soap is a must. I personally like to opt for something free of sulphates (SLS) as I find it a cheap ingredient that's not the best for skin. My face wash of choice is the Ceramic Slip Cleanser by Sunday Riley (£35 Cult Beauty). This may be a pricey option at £35 for 125ml however I promise only one pump is needed so this does last 6-8 months. With the french green clay along with other quality ingredients this absorbs impurities in the skin and is ideal for oily/combination skintypes that want a non-striping face wash but also something that cleanses the skin well. I really can't see myself straying from this anytime soon.
Step 2. Apply Serum
Serum is a step I'm still unsure I really need and if I'm applying a high SPF I do ditch this step because it's just another layer of product on my skin. However I generally apply serum as a topical treatment - Jurlique Calendule Redness Rescue (£45 Look Fantastic) to help with redness and Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum (£26 Look Fantastic) because it's the only product that instantly transforms my skin into something ultra soft (I always wake up the next day amazed at how my skin feels!). Both serums are light and ideal for oily skin however as serum isn't such a needed step in my option you can find many high street options (I love Botanics skincare) that do a good enough job.
Step 3. Moisturise
Another important step to create a perfect base for makeup is moisturiser, which can be tricky when you have oily blemish prone skin - so many are just too heavy and sit on the skin. But I've finally found an ideal daily moisturiser for my skin with the Elemental Herbology Balancing Facial Moisturiser (£42 Space NK). The oil-free formula soaks into the skin instantly and helps regulate the skins balance so not to create more oil, it also helps repair sun damage which is a bonus. For more oily times of the month or when I'm experiencing blemishes I opt for La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ (£15.50 Boots) which is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of blemishes and helps to clear blackheads so more blemishes don't appear - this is a true favourite of mine!
Step 4. Apply an SPF
Once my skincare has fully soaked into my skin I always make sure to apply an SPF. Day-to-day I apply the Kiko Solar Protect Serum SPF 15 (£11.50 Kiko) as it's ultra light on the skin being a serum and gives medium protection. However for them rare sunshine-filled days I can't be without Sunsense Daily Face SPF 50+ (£10.60 Amazon) which for the high protection is such a light formula and actually gives a slight tint, evening out skin tone. This really is a sunscreen perfect for oily/combination skin types that I will always re-purchase.
These products are truly some of my most favourite skincare and perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin.