Monday, January 23, 2012

My Skincare Routines for Oily/Combination Skin: Nightly Routine

My personal beauty rule; “Never go to bed with a dirty face”.

Pre-Cleanse: If I am wearing make-up I wipe it off with my Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes; these are my favorites because they are very refreshing and soothing (great treat after a long day).
*However, just about any moist towelette will do. I also use Neutrogena wipes, baby wipes, and even some good old-fashion Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a cotton pad; they all do the trick.

Cleanse: I wash my face with my Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.
Exfoliate: While my face is still damp, I moisten a small amount of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant with water, and I gently massage the paste onto my face.
*Pat dry with a clean towel*
Toner: I dampen a cotton pad with my Lancôme Softening Hydrating Toner, and wipe my entire face. The purpose of this is to get rid of any residue left on my face and to prepare my skin to receive the most out of the moisturizer and treatments to follow.
*I prefer non-alcoholic toners because for one, they do not make my face feel like it’s on fire and two, they do not dry out or irritate my skin.
Eye Care: While I give the toner a few seconds to absorb, I apply Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair Eye around my eye area.
Spot Treatment: I dab a small amount of The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil on my pimples as well as the area surrounding the pimple to prevent any more from forming.
Moisturize: I alternate between moisturizers. If I use the Body Shop Tea Tree Lotion tonight, tomorrow I’ll use the La Mer Moisturizing Lotion. I apply these to my oily areas; forehead, temples, cheeks, nose, and the tip of my chin.
Then I take the tiniest amount of Crème De La Mer between my fingertips, rub, then press it onto my dry areas; around my mouth and along my jawline.
Last but not least I apply my lip balm.

To see my Morning Routine for Oily/Combination Skin click here
To see my Weekly Routine for Oily/Combination Skin click here


  1. You seemed to have figured out your skin type - are you oily, dry or normal? I have very oily t-zones and would love for you to advise on some tips, if you are the same.

  2. I apologize for the delayed response, but I was trying to find an online alternative to method the doctor used to determine my skin type. I found My Skin Diagnostic and How to Determine Your Skin Type the most applicable. So give either or both a try.
    The doctor did a series of tests and had me fill in a form that addressed everything from how my face looks and feels to where I live, what I ate, and what I do. It was determined I had oily/combination acne-prone skin. So I had to treat all three issues in order to achieve healthy skin. I will write a separate post on tips and tricks I have learnt to help create a regimen that is right for me. Hopes this helps.