It’s taken a matter of weeks, but I finally feel like my skin is back to ‘normal’. Around four months ago – while shopping in ASDA – I made a last minute decision to pick up some skincare that was on offer. You know how it is; you run out of everything all at once just before payday and since my bank balance couldn’t stretch to my usual products, I thought a cheeky 3 for 2 (that came to £5) was a good idea. It wasn’t.
In fact my skin reacted terribly. The products completely stripped my skin and turned it into a oily mess, so much so, that not even my foundation set with powder would stay in place. There was a constant pool of excess oil on my forehead and cheeks and it’s taken almost three months to correct my skin. The brand I’m talking about is Simple and the products I used were a cleanser and two moisturisers – a morning and evening one.
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of drugstore products, but I do love The Ordinary and The Body Shop. Although these brands are super affordable, when it comes to skincare I prefer to invest. I honestly could kick myself for not sticking to my guns, but you know how it is at the end of the month when money is tight. When my bank balance is looking rather health a brand I always invest in – and have done for two years – is Temple Spa.
Since my skin changed I had to purchase a selection of products tailored to oily skin as opposed to combination/normal. I ended up getting the Dual Act cleanser, the Toning Essence toner and the Moisture Matte moisturiser. The Dual Act cleaner is a multi-task cleanser that can be used on wet, or dry skin depending on how oily your skin is feeling. You can also use this with water, or wipe away with a flannel, or tissue. I personally, use it on dry skin on a morning and wet on an evening. The product is thick in consistency and feels very creamy when on the skin, which I love. I’ve found it removes all the oil, make-up and dirt sitting on my skin without leaving my skin feeling tight, or dehydrated.
Once my skin is cleansed I always go in with a toner to ensure there’s no remaining make-up, or dirt. The Toning Essence is one of a few toners that I’ve found that doesn’t burn, or make my skin tingle. I usually prefer a rich moisturiser, but during this time I needed something mattifying. The Moisture Matte moisturiser was a total saviour. It feels like liquid cashmere and was basically a moisturiser and primer in one. I found the product to be lightweight, but hydrating, and was able to mop up all the excess oil and keep my skin looking shine-free all day. I was actually really impressed with this, as usually by dinnertime by skin is mega glowing and not in the good way!
Like any good skincare routine, I have my staples too. This includes an eye cream and a face mask. If you saw my recent post about why it’s important to hydrate your eye area, then you’ll know why an eye cream is a must. If not, well it’s because your eye area is one of two places on your face that doesn’t produce its own hydration. When it comes to face masks every Sunday I apply Quench because it’s super hydrating and can be left on overnight to penetrate the layers your skin even further. Dehydrated skin can be oily skin so, I upped using Quench from once a week to two times a week, which helped a great deal along with the other products.
To be honest the problem wasn’t the oily skin itself, because I have many friends that have this skin type, it was more the fact that I had no idea how to look after it. I’ve always had combination/normal skin, so when my skin started producing excess oil I had no idea what products I needed, or how to adapt my make-up to combat the oil – I think I went into panic mode.
Luckily, my friend Abi told me that I should just listen to my skin and mix and match my products depending on how my skin feels. I stupidly never thought about my skin changing, so from now on this is what I plan to do.
Have you ever used products that have totally changed your skin? Have you ever used Simple products before – what did you think?
Sarah Jayne x