As the weather gets warmer, the sun shines brighter and life feels that bit better. It feels amazing to break out your spring wardrobe and shut away those winter layers.
There is one drawback, though, especially if you have oily or combination skin, so here are five top skincare picks to help keep oily skin at bay.
Managing shine is all about maintaining your skin day-to-day, which is why an exfoliator is so important. The Apricot Blemish Fighting scrub from St Ives is an affordable but effective exfoliator that smells lush too! Beware of over scrubbing so once or twice a week is best. Another perk, you can pick this up in a miniature travel size for weekend getaways and work trips.
Clay is a natural mineral known for helping with impurities and excess oils in the skin. The warming mineral mask from The Body Shop does just that, paired with a zingy ginger scent and smooth, creamy texture. This mask is best applied to wet skin, post exfoliation and is easy to clean off with a muslin cloth and warm water. Short on time, but in desperate need of a pamper? Pop this mask on before you jump in the shower, let it work it’s magic while you wash, then rinse just before you get out and notice the difference straight away.
A gentle toner is essential in every women’s skin care routine whether you have combination skin or not. Toner helps to tighten the pores after cleansing, stopping them getting clogged with dirt. The Cowshed range is suitable for all skin types and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and cleansed. Spray onto skin after your cleanser and before moisturiser.
Acid exfoliants are the secret weapon needed for flawless skin that is bombarded with city pollution and fluctuating office temperatures. This pore tightening tonic works wonders for blackheads, drawing out impurities, and making them less visible.
The directions recommend that you apply the treatment after cleansing and toning for best results. A word of warning, test a small area of your skin first before building up to daily use as sensitive skins can dry out on the first couple of goes.
This primer from Bodyshop is a go to for anyone who struggles with a shiny face by midday despite applying a layer of mattifying products. Boasting 12-hour staying power this primer is best used over your normal moisturiser but under all other makeup. If you are combination skin your best bet is to apply the primer over your t-zone avoiding patches that tend to get a bit dryer.