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What am I supposed to put on my face after oil cleanser?

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MeadowHay Sat 19-Mar-16 16:31:59

Someone on here reccommended the body shop's cammomile oil cleanser, so I've got that and started using it on a night, and then rinsing it off. I would say my skin strangely feels very slightly tight and dry after that. Am I supposed to moisturise after? Use a toner? Skincare baffles me...for background, I have very sensitive skin, my t-zone gets super greasy, and I have mild acne.

CiderwithBuda Sat 19-Mar-16 17:53:50

I use that too. If I've had make up on I cleanse twice - using clean white flannels rinsedout in hot water.

I use a toner after. Usually Pixi Glow but once ir twice a week I use something stronger.

I then use a serum and a moisturiser or an oil.

How old are you?

LikeSilver Sat 19-Mar-16 17:58:13

My skin doesn't seem to like toners. In the morning I use cleanser, serum, moisturiser, sunscreen. At night I double cleanse (I use the oil cleanser for a first cleanse) and then serum and moisturiser.

DameXanaduBramble Sat 19-Mar-16 18:01:37

I use nip and fab acid toner pads after a balm cleanse. Then serum, oil and moisturiser. I sue a hot cloth wrung out to get the balm off, perhaps this would be a good step to introduce if you don't get on with cleanser?

MeadowHay Sat 19-Mar-16 22:39:49

Hmm, maybe I need to get some flannels to help me remove it then. I'm 22. What is a serum actually for?

LikeSilver Sun 20-Mar-16 09:18:58

Serum works on a deeper level than a moisturiser. If you want to try a serum, look for one with antioxidants (vitamin C, green tea, and resveratrol) and ingredients like retinol and niacinamide. A serum will 'lock in' their benefits before the emmolient effects of the moisturiser. I hope that makes sense grin

LikeSilver Sun 20-Mar-16 09:19:48

Also - IKEA do cheap flannels or a set of muslin cloths.

CiderwithBuda Sun 20-Mar-16 09:47:12

Sorry I didn't get back to this yesterday.

A basic routine is cleanse, tone and moisturise. You can add in extras like serums and eye creams. The most important anti-aging thing you can do for your skin is use sunscreen so a moisturiser for day time with an SPF would be good. You would then need a separate night moisturiser without SPF for night time.

You can use a moisturiser without SPF and then use it both morning and evening but get a facial sunscreen and use that over your moisturiser during the day.

The Body Shop do some nice skincare. Also Boots - the No 7 range is good. And a Superdrug range gets good reviews on here too.

I bought 10 white flannels from Primark. I use, hang in bathroom to dry and wash with towels.

I use two cleansers. The chamomile oil first and then either a balm (which is a bit thick) or a cleansing lotion. If I have a lot if eye make up on I take that off with eye make up remover and a cotton pad first.

Toner is up to you. Some people swear by it others don't. Toners have changed in the last few years and it's now a step I do. You will hear about acid toning. It's a toner that helps exfoliate. There are lots recommended. I'm currently using Pixi Glow Tonic. It's ok but am not planning on replacing it. Instead of toners some people use pads - Nip & fab do some - you can get them in Boots. I would start slowly with those in case your skin reacts.

Serums didn't exist when I was your age. They have been around for a few years now and add an extra level. They help your moisturiser to work better.

Given your age and the fact you are just starting I would maybe go to Boots or Superdrug or the Body Shop and have a look. You can sometimes buy trial sizes of various ranges which helps. I think ranges like The Sanctuary (in Boots) sell a pack with e basics in.

It can be confusing and a minefield and very expensive so start slowly. My mother was an Avon lady when I was young and was really into skincare and make up so I started young!

Melbournemel Sun 20-Mar-16 10:48:06

I have very sensitive skin so don't use toners. I cleanse with coconut oil, massage it in, leave it a minute or 2, wipe off thoroughly with a wet hot flannel and then moisturise straight away.

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