Trust a girl with oily skin to give you the best skincare advice! We spend our teenage years stripping our faces with harsh cleansers. We skip the moisturiser thinking that it will help avoid greasiness and never consider upgrading our cleansing routine to rectify the issue. This is why as adults we’re on a skin repair journey and finally understand how to hack an oily skin routine to stay clear and blemish-free. Truth be told, there’s no big secret to dealing with oily or combination skin. You must be consistent with your routine and use the right products that offer sebum regulation instead of sebum clearing. Yes, your skin’s natural oils will do you good, and it is essential to keep them safe against overly drying cleansers. Fortunately, I got obsessed with skincare early on to understand what kind of routine it takes to keep my skin healthy. And one product that I’ve personally felt works wonders for oily skin is the powder face wash.
Powder-based cleansers and exfoliators are formulated to get rid of added oils and are full of active natural hydrators to effectively cleanse your skin without over-drying it. An ideal second step in double cleansing, powder cleansers effectively remove any traces of makeup or cleansing balms/oils left behind. These have been universally loved, from Korean and Japanese beauty markets to Ayurvedic formulas like neem and tulsi powders being a staple in our mother’s and grandmother’s routines. With an added exfoliation action, they almost work as a daily polish for your skin. And squeaky clean is a prerequisite for keeping your skin gunk and acne-free. In my skincare journey, I have come across a few pretty good powder face washes; check them out here –
Dehydrated rice powder has been used as a facial and body wash in East Asian beauty routines for decades. Bringing those lessons to the lab, House of Dohwa's water-activated rice bran powder cleanser aims to improve the overall appearance of the skin's complexion. A mild formulation that also fictions as a natural pH balancer; this humble splurge also gives you a taste of luxe skincare in your daily routine.
Formulated with finely milled silica, protease enzyme, lavender flower, liquorice root extract, honey and sodium hyaluronate, this nutrient-rich powder-to-foam face wash has a permanent spot in my routine. The cleanser has shown to work all year round and in a variety of climates. Plus, the tiny compact bottle is easy to travel with!
A list of the crazy good cleansers I've come across will be incomplete without Clinique! Infused with fresh vitamin C, this ultrafine powder cleanser has helped improve and refine my skin texture. It is so gentle; I can rely on this even when my skin is acting up!
Not just good at making eyebrow enhancers, Indulgeo's exfoliating powder is a treat too! The dry powder exfoliator can be customised to create a lathered up cleanser or a thick exfoliating mask. Just play around with how much water you add. It's formulated with acai berry, maqui berry, acerola cherry, and aloe vera.
Beauty enthusiasts are already aware of this one! So here's us on a mission to take this cult-favourite to mainstream recognition. The Daily Microfoliant by Dermalogica is an affordable pick that's been a part of celebrity and thrifty girls' skincare routines. Formulated with rice bran extracts, liquorice, grapefruit, papain enzymes and salicylic acid, the brightening polisher never lets down.