I have been getting few emails to share my summer skin care products. I have acne prone oily skin. I am going to list out the best products for oily & acne prone skin during summer. There are few products that suit my skin type. The products are very basic & under budget. Some products are parabene free while some products are organic/herbal. I keep on trying out new stuff, but always come back to the products that I am going to list in this post today.
My first concern is to keep my skin acne free. I choose those products which are non comedogenic, non-creamy & let my skin breath. I also hate to layer up a lot of products, otherwise my skin feels suffocating. Next, I try to exfoliate my skin with micro exfoliates like Glycolic & Salicylic acid instead of physical scrubs so that my acne prone and sensitive skin does not get aggravated. For moisturization purpose, I like to use very basic water based moisture or some time Jojoba Oil.
Now, let’s move on the the products.
Best Skin Care Products For Acne Prone Skin
Cleansers -> Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion , AhaGlow S Face Wash
Cleansing is the basic step in skin care. Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion stays in my vanity all year long. I like to use it as a makeup/oil/grim dissolver. I massage this lotion on my face for few minutes, wiping it off with cotton, which takes away all the dirt off the face. Then I use another face wash if I feel like. On contrary to poluar belief, it is not only meant for dry skin but it is a nice face wash for all skin types. Oily & acne prone skins need it more because, we have to use acne based harsh washes & treatments, which leave our skin in distress and all flaky. Cetaphil restores skin’s pH level & calms it down taking away the redness. I sometimes, use it as a face mask too because the Vitamin E present in the face wash imparts nice glow on my face.
Ahaglow S Face Wash is a strong face wash containing Glycolic acid & Salicylic acid. After using Ahaglow Face Wash, I moved on to AhaGlow S to reap the advantage of Salicylic Acid present in the face wash. It tightens my pores even during summer, exfoliate my skin while am not using a physical scrub & clears out my pores. I stopped using this face wash for about a month, my face got really dull & clogged. I rushed back to Ahaglow S & my skin was restored.
Even though I use an exfoliating face wash, I still use a scrub out of the habit to exfoliate physically, or before using a face mask. Himalaya Neem Face Scrub needs no introduction. You all know, how amazing this face scrub (actually the whole range) is. It has the goodness of Turmeric & Neem which purifies skin, cleansing out dirt & clogged pores while apricot granuals takes off the dead skin layer, leaving a fresh & clearer complexion. On the top of that it is a budget product. No doubt it is number one product for oily & acne prone skinned girls.
Face Masks -> Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask , FabIndia Acne Control Clove Cream
After using a scrub, it is must to use a face mask while your face is still damp. I like to use Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask which contains Glycolic acid in addition to Green Tea. I have used 2-3 more products from the green tea range of Plum, like Plum Green Tea Toner & Mattifying Moisturizer, but it’s this face mask which I keep on repurchasing. You can read it’s complete review here.
Acne never leaves me alone, so I have to consistently use some acne control mask/ointment. I use such masks at night for the obious reasons. FabIndia Acne Control Clove Cream is a sweetheart. It works on zits without any side effects. It actually improves texture while eating up the zit. It does not dry out skin though. It has gel texture, just stings a bit initially. Overall, I totally love it.
Moisturiser -> Clean-n-Clear Oil Free Moisturiser
Skin care seals off with a moisturizer. I love using Clean-n-Clear Oil Free Moisturiser all year round. It suits my oily skin. It is a water based lotion type moisturizer which is completely oil free. I shall do a full review on this budget product.
Also Read – Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser
Sunscreen -> Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Summer & Sunscreen, an unbeatable combination. Wearing at least SPF 30 is must for Indian Summer season. I like to wear light formulas & Aroma Magic Cucumber Sunscreen is one with nice sun protection as well as lightweight formula. It does not leave behind any white cast. Does not feel sticky or heavy on skin. I shall be writing about this very soon.
Also Read – Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3 in 1 SunBlock
Apart form the above products, I have been using Rose water to tone my skin. Not using any special toners such as La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent or anything else. I am on a break from the commercial toners. If you remember I got Concentrated Rose Water form Kodaikanal. I have been diluting this concentration with Divya Rose Water from Patanjali and using as a toner & as a mist. I like the freshness that it gives to my skin.
I like to use new things, but then a problematic skin needs some basic care & some loyal products to stay same. I am sure, you guys must have used & liked at least one product from the list. Let’s talk about your favorites. Leave your comments below.