Lots of new releases from Vichy at the moment–these aren’t even all of them! (Stay tuned for a review of their new hydrating serum) Continue reading VICHY // IDEALIA BB CREAM, EYE CREAM & NIGHT DETOX
Personally, I’m not about to sacrifice coverage or texture for my oily skin. However, shiny faces are only cool on the runways, and I will take desperate measures (okay maybe I’m being a bit dramatic) to keep my face matte. Continue reading MAKEUP FOR OIL CONTROL
Since I’ve been using Tactuo (a prescribed medicated acne-fighting gel), I noticed that even my oily skin was becoming combination-y, which, in my opinion, was causing scarring from my breakouts and frustrating foundation applications. So I figured, to counteract the dryness of the Tactuo but keep my face matte, I needed a day cream that would give sufficient moisture and control oil throughout the day. I visited the trusty staff at my local Kiehl’s and asked them for guidance. They recommended the Sodium PCA “Oil-Free” Moisturizer (by the way, can anyone tell me while the oil-free is in quotations?). I’ve been using this stuff for almost 9 months now–it’s a great all year round moisturizer– nourishing enough for the dry winter months, but not too rich for summer time. I always apply this right before I put on foundation, it makes it go on soo smoothly. For the most part, I no longer get dry patches, but for the odd days where I go a bit crazy on my zits (hello salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil!), I need to bring in the bigger guns. Like most Kiehl’s products, it’s seems to last forever (which is great unless you are obsessed with trying new products, ahem, which I am guilty of). Anyone with normal, combination or oily skin will love this, however I don’t think it’s strong enough for dry skin.
Everyone’s favourite acne product from LRP, Effaclar Duo, has undergone a reformulation to make it even better than ever.
Effaclar Duo+ now contains a new ingredient, Procerad, which helps to prevent acne scarring from developping.
Not to worry, Duo+ still contains the ingredients from the beloved original, it’s just been suped up to fight what acne leaves behind.
Ingredients from the original:
- Niacinamide aka Vitamin B3 (fights inflammation and stops breakouts)
- Piroctone Olamine (anti-bacterial and anti-fungal)
- Salicylic Acid & LHA (a precise, gentle exfoliating ingredient)
- Lineolic Acid (Salicylic acid’s sister)
- Zinc PCA (regulates sebum)
Did you know that acne scarring can take 3 years to fade away?
Acne scarring and hyperpigmentation affects everyone from fair (red marks) complexions to dark (brown marks). Procerad contains contains cermaides and anti-inflammatory ingredients that prevent melanin from being triggered into developping hyperpigmentation on any skin tone.
Duo+ works to fight inflammation (redness), prevent blemishes and provides hydration to oilier skin. I, myself, have dry combination skin, so if you are like me, I would still recommend a moisturizer over top. It is ever so slightly heavier than the original (Duo+ is like a lightweight moisturizer, the original is more of a gel) and contains a really nice, fresh scent.
Duo+ is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.
Some other tidbits I learned from the excellent session:
- There is a different Effaclar product for everyone:
- Effaclar H for those on Accutane (doesn’t contain exfoliating ingredients)
- Effaclar K for retentional acne, contains retinol (under the skin bumps, blackheads, whiteheads–you would not be getting any surface pimples any more)
- Effaclar A.I. for those who get 1 or 2 pimples a month and only need spot treatment
- Effaclar Mat for dilated pores–this one mattifies and slows down oil production
- Also in the range: a gel cleanser and toner (which contains LHA!)
- Effaclar Duo+ can be used as:
- a spot treatment
- nightly as a full-face treatment
- as a preventative treatment on only breakout zones
- Those suffering from acne-prone skin should be using an SPF every single day to prevent acne scarring, especially if they are taking an oral prescription
- For those on Accutane, LRP recommends cleansing with their Toleriane cream cleanser and following up with Effaclar H.
- Did you know: Accutane only gets properly absorbed into your body when taken with a fat (i.e. a tbsp of peanut butter, or a piece of avocado). When combined, you will receive longer-term and better results.
Efflaclar Duo+ will be available in stores August 6th.
I think just in general, using the word “oil” when describing our skin or hair type is kind of… gross. Like really, no one wants to be the greaseball. No one. But it’s not our fault. And while I imagine it’s pretty difficult/most likely very unhealthy to try and change your skin type altogether, I think it’s important to understand our skin and work with it. It ain’t going nowhere. For the lucky readers like me who more often than not look shiny, who never really need to put on moisturizer, and do not leave the house without blotting papers, this one goes out to you.
For someone with acne-prone, oily skin, toners were always the step of my skincare routine that I thought got rid of the zits– possibly because for years, a toner was only good in my eyes if it stung. However, I’ve acquired a tad more education on these astringents and, well, made myself even more unclear on which one I should be using. The whole science to it is quite confusing and everyone has their own opinion on what a toner needs to do, if any at all (I once heard that if you are using a good cleanser, no toner should be required at all. hmm.). So stumped and dry out of my last toner, I did the rounds at all my favourite beauty joints (mainly via internet) and found this Kate Sommerville one to be most promising.
Basically, I want my toner to treat any current breakouts, prevent new ones, control oil and fade acne scars. That’s all! Yah, so, I had to accept the fact that there is no solution on earth that will really work that kind of magic, but I’ll take what I can get. Hence, the clarifying toner from Kate Sommerville. I actually first heard of the brand by it’s highly acclaimed spot treatment, EradiKate. So, I figured Kate must be pretty good in the acne department. This toner promises to fight off acne-causing bacteria (check), lighten acne scars (check), control oil (check) and unclog pores (not on the list, but check). This stuff should be everything I’m looking for (and more).
I don’t even think you can classify my skin as ‘oily’ because it is far more oily than practically every girls’ I’ve met who claims to have this skin type. Yah, blah blah blah, it ages slower and so on, but it is a pain in the ass 24/7 and I would trade it for anything. In terms of this toner, I wouldn’t say it controls oil throughout the day, more so it keeps oil at bay for around three hours. I’ll take that. As for my breakouts, I’d say this stuff does what most toners do… keeps things regular as in a few zits here and there but nothing major. But, where this stuff shines is the whole fading of discoloration category. As most sufferers of acne can agree, most of the time the actually spot isn’t the problem, it’s the WHOLE shebang that surrounds it, ie. redness (!!!). And to top it all off, once the pesky zit goes away, we’re left with a scar. Not cool. But this stuff lightens my scars and my discoloration, fighting half the battle of us acne-prone soldiers. I can dig it.
First observed on a Lisa Eldridge YouTube video, the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation. It’s packed with SPF 15 (which, I should add, you should not solely rely on), a fresh, watermelon-y scent and the ‘Skin Detox’, which the brand claims to tighten pores and control natural-occurring oils on the skin. I first started out with this product last summer, using the first shade, Ivory. The texture is easily the BEST I have ever seen in a foundation. It’s almost… dry? Upon application, it’s not wet or sticky, it just glides on and sets almost immediately. The coverage is just as easily the best I’ve seen in a foundation. I trusted it to cover the red patches on my cheeks, the acne scars around my mouth AND the blemishes I was fighting off at the time. I can report that this superpower unified my skin tone THE best a foundation ever has, however I still followed with some targeted concealing on any zits still visible.
While this foundation promises to keep you matte all day, I know my skin, and that promise is just too good to be true. Following application, I set the whole shebang with a translucent powder, and I could go about 3-4 hours until I had to whip out a blotting paper. However, I have exceptionally oily skin and this product could most likely go a bit longer solo on someone else’s ‘oily’ skin (however, I would like to see me prove me wrong, it’s a lonely fight over here). Probably my only complaint, which is the sorrowful reason I had to, sigh, abandon my good ol’ friend, is the somewhat-lacking shade selection. While Ivory worked on my (slightly) tanned, summer skin, it’s just too much of a contrast on my hibernated, winter-y skin. Perhaps I can reconnect with ol’ Clarins after I get some sun.
So after Amanda commented on the, shriek, line of darker foundation on my jaw bone, and I knew it was time to break up with Ever Matte. It was a good run. So I hit the web, and after scrolling through about a hundred different products and reviews, I thought I should pursue a new endeavor, a powder foundation. I mean, powders are known to absorb oil, duh. However, I’ve typically shyed away from these bases because they don’t provide that much coverage and are known to look cakey. I thought my best bet would be the Make Up For Ever Duo Mat, which promises medium coverage and an, obviously, matte finish. I conceal any blemishes and large red patches beforehand (using a creamy concealer), then pack this on using a dense powder brush. I get the high coverage I would get with the Clarins this way, however I have to go heavier with the concealer using this powder. The Duo Mat wins the matte race– I can go a whopping 6-7 hours without the shine (hallelujah!). I use the shade ‘Beige Opalescent’, which fits my fairer skin tone, and there’s even one lighter, you know, just in case.
Where Duo Mat lacks in coverage, Clarins performs. Duo Mat wins the matte AND the colour competition. The prices are more or less the same. For me, Duo Mat gets my heart. But honestly, these two are killer in not-so-abundant variety of foundations for oily skin.