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  • Writer's pictureJuliana C Stryker

Beauty Essentials for my Oily Complexion

Ever since I started blogging about beauty, I’ve become obsessed with skincare and cosmetics products. As such I’m constantly scouting for new products to try and effective beauty products to showcase on this website.

Despite the vast choices, I’ve developed strong attachments to a selected few – the few that have the power to make me want to purchase them again and again.

If you have been reading my blog, you’ll know that I have an oily, acne-prone and sensitive complexion. This is like the worst combination in the world and it has made my beauty routine slightly more complicated. I’ll always have to be very mindful of what I put on my face – they can’t be too drying (cause skin sensitivity) or too oily (clog pores). Sounds like a dilemma eh?

So after all the trials and tribulation of seeking for better skin, I’ve finally found a handful of products that can combat my complexion conundrum and which I absolutely can’t live without for now.

Here are my top picks.

Rachel K ‘See the Difference’ Stem Cell Purifying Cleanser

Unlike most cleansers, the Rachel K Cell Purifying Cleanser does not have foaming chemicals so it does not leave my skin feeling dry and tight. In fact, it leaves a healthy sheen and radiance on my face after washing!

Shiseido AQUALABEL White Up Lotion RR

I discovered this amazing product in Japan earlier this year and I’ve been a fan ever since. Besides tightening and refining my huge pores, it also acts as a moisturizer and whitening lotion. My skin feels fresh and hydrated for hours after use.

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care

To control excessive sebum secretions, I use this product 5 minutes after I apply the Shiseido AQUALABEL White Up Lotion RR every evening before I go to bed. It keeps my pimples at bay without over-drying the skin.

Mary Chia Age-Defying Hydrating Lotion

If you are straddling the worlds of zits and aging and on the quest for clear skin like me, you would have noticed that many anti-aging products cause zits, especially for oily skin due to their rich ingredients. This hydrating lotion by Mary Chia curbs this nasty problem by tightening and firming my skin without causing an ugly acne breakout.

Etude House Total Age Repair Wrinkle Reduce Restoring Cream

The skin on our neck is pretty thin and it tends to lose elasticity sooner than our faces. So I use a stronger anti-aging cream on my neck. I’ve been using this product from Etude House for a year and I love its effectiveness. The sales assistants at Etude House told me that this product is very popular and it is always sold out within days after restocking.

The Face Shop Raspberry Slim and Lift Sleeping Mask

Besides preventing wrinkles, another important step in your anti-aging routine is to prevent your skin from sagging too early. I use this product to smoothen my skin texture and to give it an instant ‘face lift’.

Leaders InSolution Masks

There is no question that this is a must-have in every girl’s beauty regimen now. The masks hydrate and firm skin without causing a zit attack albeit its rich and nourishing ingredients. These days, I use it twice a week to prevent saggy skin and to energize my dull looking skin.

Leaders InSolution Black Head Clinic Sheet and Pore Tightening Serum

This product was featured in my Honeyz Golden List so I guess it is no surprise that it also appears in my list of top picks. Due to the excessive oil production of my skin, my nose is always infested with awful looking blackheads. This product is my ultimate blackheads savior as it removes blackheads from the root and does not pull my skin as much.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Eye Cream

Besides upkeeping healthy facial skin, you should also not neglect the skin around your eyes. I prevent dark circles and puffiness by applying the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Eye Cream before makeup and before I go to bed.

Nip and Fab Eye Fix

Recently I discovered a great 2-in-1 product that I believe is going to take the beauty world by storm. It is not released to the market yet but I got hold of one during the Nip and Face product launch.

It is the Nip and Fab Eye Fix and it hydrates the eyes while concealing the imperfections. The results are phenomenal I tell you. You can use it before applying your eye makeup or before you go to sleep.

Psst! The product is now available on the Nip and Fab online store and will be available at selected Watsons stores in October.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing UV Milk

It is important to protect our skin against the sun to prevent freckles and premature aging. However, sunscreens are well-known to be the ultimate “pore cloggers” so it is important to find one that is light and with high SPF. The UV milk is perfect in that it is lightweight and it functions well as a sunscreen as well as a make up base. I’ve been a loyal fan of this product since I started using it months ago.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Featured in Honeyz Golden List

Do remember to remove your sunscreen every night as it will prevent your skincare products from being absorbed properly. To make sure that my sunscreen is thoroughly removed, I use a oil-based makeup remover to rinse it off. My most favorite is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil as it is gentle on my skin and it removes my stubborn makeup quickly and efficiently.

Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Hand And Body Cream

Don’t forget your body! Having healthy and glowing skin on your body is just as important. So I’ll usually moisturize it with Victoria’s Secret’s Pure Seduction Hand And Body Cream. It not only softens my dry and rough areas, it also leaves my skin sensually scented. I also love the fact that the scented lotion is sensitive-skin friendly too.

Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel

When all else fails, I go back to the basics with my Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel. The gel treats almost everything – from dry skin to sunburns to abrasions. Its emollient properties makes it a great moisturizer and body lotion too. The best part is – it is extremely affordable and easily available in local drugstores!

Well, we’ve come to the end of the list.

I hope the above tips and reviews were useful for you. I’ll do a ‘Makeup Essentials for my Oily Complexion’ next. 🙂

Thanks for reading and let me know if they work for you too by commenting below.

Happy weekend!

Your friend, Juliana



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