First, I'll let you know what my skin's like. When I hit puberty, my face was bombared with spots and oily areas. I didn't use make-up for the first couple of years of secondary school except a lick of mascara. Then, when I got interested in make-up, I began using Dermalogica products for my oily and acne-prone skin (it wasn't severe acne, but it was reaching that point). I'm not sure if they do the same products, but it consisted of an anti-bacterial wash, a multi-active toner, an oil control lotion and an overnight gel to remove sebum and reduce breakouts. I presumed it was working, because my skin was clearing and felt healthier than it had before, but then I was diagnosed with a hormonal condition and so I thought that maybe that had made my skin better. But don't get me wrong, Dermalogica are fantastic products, if a little on the pricey side of things. I would really recommend these.
Then, once my hormones returned to their normal balance, my face took a U-turn and returned to its former mess. Because I presumed my skin was oily, I got the Simple Moisturiser for oily skin. Complete mistake! It stripped my skin and left me in a flaky, disgusting mess ... not nice. I quickly binned that.
I now have the Garnier Pure Deep Clean Wash for normal/combination skin and the Olay Nourishing Day Fluid for normal/dry/combination skin. These both have been a God-send: my skin is looking and feeling much better. The spots on my cheeks have almost disappeared as well as those on my forehead. The only spots I get now are during my period or around my hairline after sports and such. I cleanse my skin twice daily with the Garnier wash: once in the morning and once at night with warm water. Then I close my pores with cold water as well as removing the cleanser. I haven't found a really good toner that doesn't hurt my skin (not that it's sensitive), so if anyone has any suggestions, I'd be really grateful! Then I use my Olay moisturiser by tapping in into my skin - a tip I learned from watching missglamorazzi's 'Evening Skincare Routine' on Youtube (I'll put the link down below) - which helps your skin soak in the moisturiser better than just rubbing it in. The only thing I don't like about the Olay product is that at night, it leaves a greasy layer on my skin and take a while to skin in, but other than that, I love it! I still have redness across my cheeks from scarring (although, I have never popped a spot), but I can live with it for now. I might invest in a Clarisonic if I feel I have it. But this routine took me a while to see the benefits and also I have used several different products through my time using skin-care, so I would recommend doing the same until you find products which benefit you most.
From left to right: Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss, Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick, Estee Lauder Long Lasting Lipstick, Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks