Understanding your UNIQUE SKIN: Oil by Kate Johnson

How many of you love your oily skin? Or better yet, want to have oily skin? I bet you didn’t think I would ask you that, huh?

Studies show (and by this, I mean the everyday observations of  my colleagues and myself) that about 80% of women think they are combination or oily. So you’re thinking to yourself… I’m NOT thirsty so DRY ME OUT!!!!

Well, my lovelies, this blog series is for all of you– yes YOU! You beauties with skin like the Sahara that drench your skin while it cruelly begs for more are in for a treat. And so are you– who are constantly punishing your faces by using mattifiers because its just so dang shiny!!

You both are in the same situation, I promise. Now let me tell you about this pretty awesome person I know. She was an oily hot mess– always acneic, flaky, super sensitive, large pores and wrinkles….and in her twenties! Everything that she put on her face broke her out.

So, what did she do? Nothing. Yep, nothing. She just decided to do nothing cause it seemed to at least not add to the problem.  Then, a lovely lady named Sarah came into her life and said, “You should try this moisturizer called Creme Ancienne from Fresh.”


She looked at this extremely thick product that honestly reminded her of Crisco and said that Sarah was a nut job. But Sarah said that if it didn’t work, she would give her a facial the next day. That night after applying the size of a pea gently into her skin she stared in horror as she fought her every desire was to wipe her face clean but instead she went to sleep. The next day… like magic… her skin was almost perfect.

The moral of the story?  (you guessed didn’t you?)  I should have listened a lot sooner to good skin care advice. That, had I started wearing moisturizer before the age of 30, I wouldn’t have a single wrinkle. But sadly, that wasn’t the case. And I have learned that there is a reason that some skin care costs a bit more than others… because some skin care is ACTUALLY  magical. Well, maybe not but it has the right quality ingredients to do what is actually needed.

When you are Oily and over the age of– lets say— 18, there is usually a good reason. But you are usually still listening to the pimpled face child in your head that says: Strip the oil away faster faster!!!  Which, sure, when you were going through puberty was fine. You are oily for no good reason  as a child except for the fact that your hormonal. But as you get older, you must remember that your skin is an organ. And like any organ, it will do whatever it needs to do to survive. So, for your skin that means it needs to stay elastic and durable… how does it do that? IT MUST STAY HYDRATED!  So if everything that you are using on your face is for oily skin including your face wash, toners, mattifiers, moisturizers and makeup its not getting the hydration it needs. In turn, it will produce oil without your permission. And the more you strip it of oil, the faster it will over produce it. I promise you that you will not win this battle. Your pores will just continue to get larger from what I call ‘pumping exhaustion’ and those lines will appear.

Oily ladies, here’s the new plan.

1- Wash. Try Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser– It has Salicylic Acid to kill bacteria and Hyluronic Acid to maintain hydration levels.

2- … We will come back to step 2 later.

3- Moisturize.  At night use something fuller… You’re going to be sleeping, so who cares what you look like??? Try Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Lotion.  It regulates your oil  production after a couple weeks use.

During the day:  Use my favorite product Super +  ( by Perricone) Hyper Hydrator . This amazingly light coconut water based moisturizer balances out your skin in a way you have only imagined. The website says the  “MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) and Tocotrienols to nourish and protect skin while reducing redness and relieving dryness.”   They aren’t lying, ladies! Believe me. I have bought it out in almost every store I have found it in. And now its an online only product ( I think they just realized I was going to clear them out so why waste the space).  It soaks in and leaves your skin velvety and balanced- so, ready for your makeup application.

Are you wondering what step 2 was? It’s all about exfoliation … why would you hydrate dead skin? But throw away the drug store rough products that do nothing but tear away at your delicate friend. Remember if it has to heal itself whats it going to do?…That’s right! Produce more oil!!  See where I’m going?

So stay tuned because in this skin series, we will be talking about the right way to exfoliate and regain that “Bestie” status with your skin.

Questions or comments? Please comment below or visit my artistry page on Facebook. Or! Find me on Twitter at @KJohnArtistry

Other peeps I like: Dr. Perricone / Twitter @DrPerricone or @PerriconeMD & Dr. Murad.

{Photos 12 & 3}

by Kate Johnson of Kate Johnson Artistry


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