Best Cleansers for Oily Skin

Even in my thirties, my skin is still rather oily and I experience a lot of congestion. Especially after a long day at work or out and about in the city, I love few things more than cleansing my face and getting everything soft and smooth again. It can be hard to find a cleanser that really gets all the gunk out of your face, leaving pores clean, without making your face feel tight and shiny or dry and flakey.  Through trial and error (and lots of samples), I have found 5 that I love.

These are my favourite day and night cleansers for clean, soft skin.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Deep cleansing, but very gentle on the skin. Used by lots of beauty therapists at the start of your facial or skin treatment. I often get travel sized bottles of this face wash in promotions from Adore Beauty, so it is often my travel cleanser of choice.

Alpha H Triple Action Cleanser with Thyme
A luxurious, beautiful smelling cleanser that leaves your skin feeling really clear. The liquid is quite thick and viscous but you don’t need much of it to get a great wash. Great for makeup removal, too. Leaves skin feeling clean, soft and balanced.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
Comes is a very generously sized tube and foams up really nicely. If you love a cleanser with lots of foam and bubbles, and want deep cleansing that doesn’t leave your skin tight this is a great choice. Especially good in summer when you wear a lot of sunscreen.

Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream
More of a scrub than a cleanser, but this is a very gentle one that really cleans pores by massaging the skin in a way that gently removes deep dirt and impurities. Far less abrasive than other scrubs and helps control the skin’s natural oil production. Always leaves my skin glowing.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
By far the cheapest cleanser on this list, but currently my favourite! Leaves skin feeling perfectly clean and supple. My skin has really cleared up over the last few weeks while using this cleanser and I am really happy with it – especially the price! I love that it comes in a pump bottle.

Best Masks for Oily Skin

Masks are a great treat, but are also an important part of your weekly skincare routine.  I have oily skin that sometimes leads to excess sebum and enlarged pores.  When the skin on my face is feeling particularly dull or congested, I often turn to a mask to help me get my glow on.  I’m a little obsessed with masks, and receive a lot of samples, so have trialled quite a few at this point.  Below are the ones that I find really do work wonders.

Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask
The only mask I have ever used which has noticeably refined my pores and instantly improved the texture of my skin.  Dries slightly opalescent and almost clear.

Eslor Botanical Peeling Gel
Exfoliates as well as clarifying and tightening.  Dries clear, and you then use dry fingertips to exfoliate the mask on the skin before washing off.

Sisley Flower Express Gel
A good hydrating mask for oily skin.  Leave on overnight for soft glowing skin with improved texture.  Is also a great mask for travel, especially flights, as it dries clear and is not messy to remove.

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Mask
A perfect mask for picking up the skin and instantly giving it glow, but also my secret weapon against recent acne scars and dark spots.  Right after you have had a blemish, leave a little of this mask on the spot and let it soak into the skin. It softens the skin and reduces scarring, evening out skin texture and tone.

Dr Hauschka Clay Mask
Definitely a messy mask, as it starts as a dry powder that you mix with water before applying to the skin.  Refines and tightens and definitely helps clear all that gunk out of your pores.  Use an old cloth to wash off, as the mask will stain the cloth.

Favourite Nail Colours

I’m one of those no fuss girls who doesn’t get round to doing her nails very often.  When I do, choosing a colour always stresses me out because I don’t know how I will coordinate one colour with a week’s worth of outfits.

These are the colours that I have found through trial and error to be the most flattering and versatile.

White nails are very fresh, and look especially great in summer when my skin tends to be a bit more tanned than usual.  White looks good with almost anything, but especially with blues, which I wear a lot.  Funny Bunny by OPI is my favourite white, because it’s not too opaque.

Pale Yellow
I got a pale yellow manicure on a whim one time on holiday in Chicago, and it was the perfect colour for my travel wardrobe of black, neutrals, red, white and blues.  I was really surprised by how good the yellow looked against my skin and how easy it was to match to outfits.  The yellow I really love is Jasper from Butter London‘s SS13 collection, but I’m not sure it’s still available.

Classic and girly, but not too girly.  Works well year round. My favourite is Privacy Please by OPI.

Definitely a summer colour, and one that can match with a lot of neutral outfits easily. Coral is a nice way to add a touch of colour to a simple outfit.  I’m also a fan of those bright red orange nail colours, but find they can be harder to get right.  Coral is great for the beach.  Essie has an amazing range from peachy to neon red.

I normally steer clear of dark nail colours, because I find they tend to make my hands look older and are generally less forgiving than most pastel colours.  That said, there are some rainy weeks in spring or autumn in Sydney where navy is a great choice and cheers me up no end.  My favourite navy is Urban from Revlon.

A classic work-appropriate alternative to fire engine red nails.  I wear a lot of deep aubergine purple and charcoal grey, and find this colour can go really nicely with these outfits.

I see women rocking neutral nails all the time and figure this is a grown up alternative to pastel nails that would definitely last the distance.  I have a bottle of Essie’s Sand Tropez that I got in a beauty box and am going to give it a go and see how it looks.