Most emails in the past 2 weeks: "This warmer weather is making my skin go crazy." It's that time of year when your t-zone decides to capitalize on its most flourishing season and your "oily/combo" skin type really likes to remind you that... you are, indeed, oily/combo. So in this post, I am translating all of my emails into a single guide. These are my cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and masking picks for a sudden change in weather / AKA when everyone's faces decide to go nuts. Again, for reference, I am: oily/combo, easily congested/dehydrated, and slightly sensitive. It's quite the balance when each of these variables is being tested.
Cleansers, *Not (Nearly) All Inclusive*:
The clays/gels: Tata Harper Purifying, Pixi Beauty Glow Mud, Ren Skincare Clarifying Clay, May Lindstrom Honey Mud
The sulfate-free "foam"/thick mousse: Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam
The lightweight oil: Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil
The balms to remove makeup: Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm, Emma Hardie (1st or 2nd cleanse)
The most potent breakout clearing cleanser I own: DermaDoctor Ain't Misbehavin'
The exfoliating clay powder: May Lindstrom Clean Dirt
Just step away from the "oil free scrub foam grapefruit sulfate acne clearing skin-transforming face wash"...
Acids, Acids, Acids (Chemical Exfoliation):
Biologique Recherche P50 1970, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads (Original/Extreme), Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic, Somme Institute Transport Pads, Nip+Fab Extreme Pads, Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic/Retinol Pads, Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion, M-61 Power Glow Pads, Pixi Beauty Glow Peel Pads
Nourishing Tone / Spritz:
Caudalie Grape Water (forever and always), January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist (both purifying and rehydrating), May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden, Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky Mist / Makeup Fixing Mist, Clinique Moisture Surge Spray, Colleen Rothschild Beauty Water
Lightweight Moisture Picks:
Vintner's Daughter, Kate Somerville Nourish, Pixi Beauty Skindrink, Clinique Moisture Surge, May Lindstrom Youth Dew, Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Elixir, Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
May Lindstrom Honey Mud / Problem Solver, Tata Harper Resurfacing, Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask (Code: skinobsessor25, expiring soon), Pixi Glow Mud, Caudalie Instant Detox, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud
Again, these lists are NOT all inclusive - they are my personal favorites, compiled of everything that I am recommending most frequently.