I’ve been cursed with oily skin for as long as I remember – or at least since the onset of puberty. Once I realised just what a grease pit my face looked like during the day, I got intimately acquainted with oil-absorbing sheets and foundations to control the slick. (The Maybelline makeup worked well, as did the Body Shop blotting sheets. I only ever used the powdered version, although the purple one also looked like a goodie).
But something changed this year. I’m a lot dryer, a lot flakier, and even itchy at times. It’s so uncomfortable, I actually kinda miss my old skin.
Result: new routine. I’m focusing on moisturising, rather than mattifying. I carry a sample size moisturiser around with me everywhere, have given up on mud masks, and worst of all, the permanent pinkness in my cheeks is spreading across my face. Now I’m slathering on Vitamin E cream at night, a rich Nivea with SPF by day, even the aqeuous cream I use for eczema in spots. I’m contemplating trying Bio Oil as a moisturiser next.
Of course, I still have really reflective skin, so most of my face still LOOKS oily sans makeup anyway. I just can’t win 😛
Could it be that the weather is drying you out? Or perhaps you’re starting to use something you’re allergic to – some sort of soap or shampoo or face cloth?
oops. forgot to say…. Happy holidays!
Ha ha, I’ve always battled with my skin. When i was younger, mine was super oily (which I should probably be happy about since my skin is still pretty youthful). Now I also battle allergic eczema (brought on by the weather) on either side of my chin & my eyebrows and eyeylids. My poor skin! I’ve found that creams with ceramides in them really help to rebuild your protective layer of skin to combat eczema. My favorite was Ceranade by Alba, but it just go discontinued. CeraVe is available at drug stores, but not quite as good. I feel for ya!
Ever try a dermatologist? If your skin is changing and weird, something might be wrong.
@The Asian Pear – no, i haven’t changed anything, so i think maybe it’s just a genetic thing – my mum has quite dry skin now as well.
@meinmillions – i definitely would like to see a dermatologist one day, it’s such a huge expense though!