Let’s talk about skincare! Specifically, let’s talk about skincare for oily skin.
I must admit, taking care of my skin has always ended up a low priority. It doesn’t start that way. It just ends up that way. Its either due to cost or due to availability. Let’s face it. In the world of cruelty free skincare for oily skin, it can be a little challenging. Great products made specifically for oily skin and/or acne usually come from companies that test on animals. Two major players in this game are Clean & Clear and Neutrogena. I grew up on Clean & Clear. It was affordable for a teenager/young adult, and it was coming of age just as I was.
Fast forward a decade (maybe 2), and I find myself an adult buying moisturizer and cleanser from Trader Joe’s. Why? Its simple. I’ve given up. And let’s face it, I’m cheap when it comes to certain stuff. But what I failed to realize is that I was not taking good enough care of my skin. Its like I refuse to get more grown up with my skin care, but my skin was definitely changing with my age.
Enter a particularly humid summer and me, a girl who loves to wear full coverage foundation. My skin looked terrible. I needed to make a change. In a nutshell, I went to Sephora, saying that my foundation was giving me issues. I said I had oily skin and that I use Trader Joe’s cleanser and moisturizer. They gave me a look that said it all. I’m doing the exact opposite of the right thing. HA! After some discussion, I landed on the OleHenriksen Balance line. The main components of this line is the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser, Balancing Force Oil Control Toner and the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. After a week of using all 3, I’ve noticed such a difference that I almost feel silly for all the wasted time on cookie cutter skin care. In conjunction with the OleHenriksen products, I’ve started to do weekly detoxifying masks. My favorite is the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. It smells nice, and it isn’t painful.
All in all, this week has taught me a valuable lesson. When it comes to taking care of your skin, you have to get what is right for you. Plus, when your skin looks good, you feel good. I’m extremely excited to see the results after doing this routine for a few weeks. I can already tell its working, and its an extremely satisfying feeling.
By the way…nothing against the skin care available at Trader Joe’s. Its cruelty free and super affordable. If you have normal skin, it will likely be closer to the right fit! =)