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Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Skin Series Issue #1 | Cleansers for Oily & Blemish Prone Skin

When it comes to problematic skin I think we can safely say I’ve got it down. After recent chats with my good friend Zoe (zoenewlove.com) I’ve discovered a few new important bits of information about my skin and how I should be looking after it – honestly this woman is some sort of god and is certainly worth investing in if you’re looking for a skin consultation.
So – remember me raving about Cetaphil my absolute life saver of a product? Yes, it was fantastic and my spots were pretty much non-existent and my oil was hugely controlled but after stumbling across a worrying review I quickly realised that there is absolutely no ‘goodness' in it whatsoever. I won’t go in to detail here, so read that review if you’re wanting to understand it more, but basically I am hugely changing up my skincare, get yourself ready for a few posts relating to this.

SKINTYPE: Oily t-zone and chin, normal cheeks, blemish prone, scarring prone.

The 'Skin Series' will feature my must have products for controlling the above. And first up on the ‘can you fix megan’s face’ podium is cleansers! I’m not one for saying something works until I’ve used it for a good couple of weeks. I find that after months and months of use my skin becomes immune, but after a week or two I will know if it’s right for me. 

After lengthily chats with Zoe and reading the amazing cheat sheet from Caroline Hirons routine section it became apparent that just one cleanser isn't going to do the job of controlling my skin all on it's own. No no, it is in need of much much more - so I have invested in some serious skin care and currently have 3 different 'types' of cleanser on the go.

AM cleansers:
In the mornings I like to use a cleanser that is acid based, perhaps that isn't the best way but as obviously this makes skin more sensitive to UV rays but long as your skin is protected from the sun that's the main thing! These are my current go-to's...
Environ B-Active Sebuwash c/o Beauty Times Therapies
Environ's Sebuwash is my first ever gel cleanser so I don't have much to compare it to however, it's already a winner in my book. Containing salicylic acid and tea tree oil it helps to remove skin cells from the upper layer of the skin and work as an anti-inflammatory to help towards a clearer more controlled complexion. This is a foaming facial wash but it's so gentle there's no frothing or annoyance. I wet my face and apply a pea sized amount to my hands, rubbing together quickly before applying all over my face and neck. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and completely oil free and with little fragrance it's not overpowering. My skin is quite sensitive but I don't feel like this dries it out whatsoever. Winner winner chicken dinner!  
Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser
This baby is just filled to the brim with goodnessAgain, it’s a foaming cleanser and I’d say this one is a little more frothy. I dampen my hands before applying this to a dry face, this helps to keep the foaming to a minimum. It's definitely my favourite of the two acid cleansers – containing lactic acid (an AHA) to help brighten the skin, witch hazel to rebalance oiliness and rose extract to soften it’s an absolute dream. It’s approaching a higher end product with a retail of £27.50 but it’s been drummed in to me that skincare is an investment and if your skin is something you’re constantly battling this is a product for your shopping list. One pump does the job which means the 200ml will last a while and with the clear bottle you can clearly see when you’re running low. Plus pump applicators are always best – can you tell I love this product? 

Since introducing both these acid based cleansers to my daily routine I’ve seen a huge improvement in my acne scarring. Marks that have been on my face for nearly 9 months are starting to fade which to me is so amazing and definitely something worth investing in. 

PM Cleansers:
This is when my skin calls for some juicyness, and by that I mean oil. But first of all Micellar water...
Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing Water 
Bioderma was my first introduction to micellar water and I still can’t fault it however, I don’t live in France and I don’t always want to spend over the odds for a product that, let’s face it, doesn’t last all that long. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered Etat Pur, with a price tag of £6.40 – jees I might even buy two in one go ;). I use this cleansing water every couple of days to remove my make-up and treat it as my first cleanse. It’s so delicate on the eye area and melts away make-up like a dream. It doesn’t contain soap either, so there’s no dry skin here ladies!
Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil
I’m not going to babble on about my Nude cleanser too much as I went in to a huge amount of detail in this post here, so if you fancy a read hop on over there. Right, so oil plays a huge part in rebalancing your skin and yes oily people I’m looking at you too! There’s no sulphates or mineral oils in this just beautiful ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, soy bean and jojoba, so the blend won’t strip the skin – it will simply remove (even the stubborn-est) makeup and deeply clean. I use this once or twice a week, instead of my Etat Pur to remove all my make-up, again as my first cleanse of the evening. I find 2 – 3 pumps does the trick on to dry skin and splashed with a little water turns to a milky consistency ready for washing off. 
Shu Uenmura Classic High Performance Balancing Oil 
The Shu Uemura works in exactly the same way to Nude and is my alternative oil cleanser to switch up my skincare, so basically I just switch between the two - although I have to say I am feeling a lot of love for this bad boy, it may just be my new favourite. It’s super soothing on the skin – it almost feels like honey and with depsea water and licorice root derivative it helps to keep nasties away from the skin barrier and also, as with nude, supports collagen production. So both products are brilliant for anti-ageing purposes. I only need one pump of this as it seems to go a lot further in terms of coverage than the Nude. Again, it is applied to a dry face (with dry hands) and quickly melts away makeup and dirt for a squeaky clean finish.

Since using both the oil cleansers I've started to see an improvement in my oil control. Usually my face is dripping by lunchtime - these products combined are definitely helping to keep my face intact a little longer and not to mention making my face feel like a babies bum.

To round up...

  • In the morning I will use either the Sebuwash or Jurlique cleansers
  • I will remove my makeup with one of the three following cleansers: Etat Micellar Water, Nude or Shu Uemura. 
  • I then use Jurlique for a second, more thorough, evening cleanse. 
So ladies (and gents) if I managed to hold your attention ;) that concludes my current cleansing routine! It may seem a bit OTT, but I have to admit that spending money on skin care isn't something to be sniffed at and if you suffer with oily, blemished prone skin then this routine may just work for you too. 

Next up you in the Skin Series you can expect posts about toners, moisturisers, serums and masks. I hope you enjoyed this (massive) post and found it helpful - I'd also be really interested to know what works for you!

NOTE: I am not a specialist in skincare, so please don't take this post as gospel - it's just what works for me!


Anna Blush said...

I have oily blemish prone skin too and definitely agree that skincare is a worthwhile investment. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your skin care posts x


Jemma Page said...

Great post. I'm definitely looking forward to this series.

I'm not knowledgeable in skincare but I do know what works for me. Have you tried the FaceB4 Cleanser? Don't let the packaging put you off - it's seriously incredible. And in terms of oil cleansers I highly recommend the Super Facialist Vitamin C one. Very affordable and dissolves make up beautifully leaving the skin looking brighter.

Bamboozle Beauty xx

Avneesh nKaren said...

What's on your nails? Look so lovely!!

www.avneeshnkaren.blogspot.com/ xx

Sara Chergui said...

Amazing products and pictures !

Ash B said...

Oooh, I like this series! I don't spend too much on my skin, but I do have holy grail products. They're from the drugstore, so I won't break the bank purchasing them, thank goodness. I'm excited for what's next!

Zoe Newlove said...

Awwww "some sort of God" - I wouldn't go that far, maybe a semi-god? Just call me Hercuuuuuuuules! haha we totes need to go and see the new Percy Jackson film! Great post, now I need to buy Jurlique for myself muahahah. loves you xxxxxxxxx

Sophie said...

I think I have similar skin to you, and maybe should invest in some of these! Just soo expensive :( love the series though, can't wait to read the rest.

I've added your blog to my blogroll, if you have a minute pleease check it out at



Soph xx

MirrorOnThe Wall said...

I love that you're doing this series Meg - I'm a complete skincare junkie and also suffer from problem skin. I was always blessed with normal skin, but since the beginning of the year I've had constant breakouts on my chin and jawline and hate them so much! Like you, I'm a big fan of Caroline Hirons' Beauty Mouth, but even following her tips things are still no better, which is pretty rubbish. I've always been a bit unsure about what she says about having tons of cleansers on the go at once, as from my experience it tends to confuse my skin if I bombard it with too many different products and ingredients. I do have separate ones for morning and evening though, and being the skincare lover that I am, I don't need much persuading to add a few more to my collection! :)
Mel xx


Charlotte Hosking said...

Since reading your skincare post from last year, I emailed Zoe. She's such a great help, I bought the Nude Cleansing Oil on her recommendation and I love it! Looking forward to reading the next installment :) x x

AnnieMillion said...

I do think me and you both suffer with the same skin problems (an absolute nightmare considering we should be past blemishes in our 20's!) So this is a real treat to read.. I'm currently waiting for your moisturiser series as I think getting your moisturiser wrong makes your skin sooooo bad! Btw.. where do you get all these products from?

Annie Million


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