Gorgeous Amma joins us today to resurrect our Beauty Rituals series. As a fellow oily skin sufferer (my T-zone is the stuff of chip shops) I can’t wait to try out some of Amma’s recommendations. In fact as soon as I’d read this write-up I immediately went and bought the foaming cleanser and I’m loving the results after just a couple of days.
I have oily skin and, as such, am on a constant battle to mattify skin that is desperate to shine brighter than the sun. I once made the mistake of buying a product that confidently promised to leave my skin radiant, or some such nonsense. The results were disastrous. Needless to say, I used it once and never again.
The Daily Routine
Oily skin is quite often prone to breakouts and I find that towards the end of my monthly cycle, my skin is at its worst. I try to be consistent with my skincare routine to keep my skin looking its best. I use the Effaclar Mattifying Foaming Gel by La Roche-Posay in the morning and evening on a daily basis. It is great at cleansing my skin (and also removes make-up, including waterproof mascara) and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, soft and matte. I follow this with the Effaclar Astringent Lotion as a toner (put a little on some cotton wool and wipe over your face) and then moisturise with the Effaclar Duo+. I cannot recommend this enough. This moisturiser can be used as a day and night moisturiser which is great if you don’t want two separate creams. It’s nice and light, so leaves my skin feeling moisturised, without any extra greasiness or shine. I have experimented with several moisturisers for oily skin, from lots of different brands, and this is definitely the best one I’ve tried. It is also great as a base for make-up. On days when my skin is a little tired (from late nights, stress or general lack of TLC), I add a few drops of Clarins Energy Booster to my moisturiser. This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a small bottle for £30 but as you only need 3-5 drops it lasts for a long time.
While the Effaclar Duo+ can be used as a night cream, I love the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. I was sceptical at first as it sounds counterproductive to put oil on skin that is already prone to oiliness, but somehow it works. I’ll leave the science to them! I wake up to much brighter, smoother skin that stays matte for longer during the day. It has a handy dropper, so it’s easy to get just a few drops out each time. A little goes a long way with this product.
Exfoliators and Masks
At the weekend, I like to do a little bit more than my daily skincare routine. If I’m suffering from breakouts I’ll use an exfoliator instead of my regular cleanser in the morning. I have used several different exfoliators over the years, but the one I’m using at the moment is the No7 Purifying Exfoliator. I like that it doesn’t strip my skin the way some exfoliators do, but instead leaves my face feeling super soft without drying it out. If I’m not using an exfoliator, I’ll use the Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Clay Mask. It’s brilliant. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. My skin feels great after I’ve used this and stays nicely matte throughout the day.
In terms of make-up, the aforementioned oily skin can make it a little difficult to find cosmetics that work well. Added to that, there was also a dearth of products for ethnic minorities until quite recently. After lots of trial and error, I have found a few I really like. For everyday wear, I use the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation. This is the foundation I’m wearing in the photos. I had heard a lot about the range of foundation colours and the skin-matching service they offered at Boots so decided to give it a try. As the only liquid foundation I use, it’s quite a nice change and gives quite a natural finish as it matches my skin tone really well. It’s a cheaper, high-street brand but still very good. No7 do a good Instant Radiance concealer for under the eyes. I have that as well and use it when I’m looking a little tired. I also really like MAC Studio Fix Foundation and Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation. A word of warning though: don’t try and apply the Bare Minerals foundation in a moving vehicle. You will get loose powder everywhere. I have all three and use them at different times depending on the occasion. I use a small amount of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil on top of the No7 foundation just to take away any shine as it’s not specifically for oily skin, so without any mattifying powder on top it can leave me a bit shiny by lunchtime.
For my eyes, I use the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This mascara is waterproof and makes my lashes look much longer and darker than any other mascara I’ve tried. I the Bourjois Liner Feutre Slim in Ultra Black to add some extra definition to my eyes. My blusher is a matte powder blush from MAC. I use the colour Raizin, which is difficult to describe so has to be seen to be appreciated. It’s a lovely warm colour and complements my foundation(s) perfectly. It’s to the right of the Dior Pore Minimizer Primer in the photos. Speaking of primer, the Dior one is pretty good. I don’t use it every time I have make-up on as it’s just an extra step I could do without. I don’t think it minimises my pores at all (but then my pores don’t really need minimising), but it does provide a nice smooth base for my make-up. I should add that since I’ve been using the Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser, I haven’t used the primer at all because I just don’t feel I need it.
For my lips, I use a combination of two colours from Rimmel to create the nude that I’m after. The labels have come off so I don’t know what the colour names are, but one is effectively a brown colour and the other is a peachy colour. I use the brown for the outer edge and the peachy colour for inside and then blend. I use either a clear gloss or just some Vaseline over the top to add some shine.
Before I go, I feel it is my civic duty to mention one further thing: Malin + Goetz peppermint shampoo. Is it spendy? Yes. Should you buy it anyway? Most definitely yes!
Photography by Iggy Kwateng