Do you really have oily skin??

Recently I popped into my local Kiehl’s store in Brighton. Simply just browsing the shelves whilst the husband was getting his hair cut a few doors down. Whilst I was in there I got talking to the in-store adviser who kindly took me through a skin consultation.

We talked through my skin concerns which were mainly that my skin was feeling more oily lately and blemished – I think mainly down to working back in London and being in the highly populated air a lot of the time now. She then proceeded to press some testing patching pads on my skin to check the levels of oil in my skin to discover I wasn’t actually that oily. “Do you tend to find that you are more oily towards the end of the day?” she asked. Yup! By the time I’m on my train home from work all my makeup is slipping over my face. She explained, that because I was treating my skin as oily (using products to combat the shine), my skin was actually feeling very dehydrated – explaining that actually by the end of the day my skin was over compensating and producing more oil because it needed the moisture. Well that kinda makes sense as I’ve always mainly had dry skin…Go figure!

We then went through some different products I could try to improve my skin. She recommended four products –

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Face Toner
  • Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – Daily Hydrator for Sensitive Skin
  • Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque

I didn’t make any purchases there and then because quite frankly, with Christmas around the corner my pennies are a little limited but she did kindly give me some samples to test. What I can say is that I will definitely be buying the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque in the new year because they were so nice on my skin.

In the meantime however, I’ve been evaluating my skincare routine and upping the moisture and I’ve been noticing a drastic difference! I’ve recently starting testing the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Day Antioxidant Super Moisturising Cream in the mornings and I really like it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water and also Antioxidant Superfruit pomegranate to neutralise any harmful effects from daily aggressions. By the end of the day my skin is still feeling soft and plump but not oily. Turn’s out the lady in Kiehl’s was 100% right! I’ve also started to add in a night cream into my evening skincare routine because I never really bothered before. I’m testing out a few at the moment so I can’t say I have a favourite but I have really noticed a real difference in my skin.

Do you find yourself with oliy skin later in the day? Or does the above skin issues sound familiar? I would really reccomend try to speak to a professional or even popping into Kiehls like I did for a skin consultation. You might see a real difference in your skin!

What is your skin type? And what is your favourite moisturiser?

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