Want clear beautiful skin? Here’s what you did wrong and how you really do it..

I remember when I was about 12 years old I had beautiful skin. Amazingly beautiful silky skin. Until some genius told me I needed to look after it by washing it with soap (probably the classic antibacterial kind) then scrub it with a handful of salt then slap some alcohol on it or something along those lines.. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. Soap is terrible for your skin because 1. Your skin is acidic, soap is alkaline-based. Don’t mess with your pH balance, just don’t. 2. Soap drys out your skin and not in a good way. It strips all the natural oils in your pretty face and forces your skin to now overproduce oil to make up for it. Therefore making your face more oily so you use more soap…welcome to the endless cycle. 3. It can seriously damage your skin. The skin on your face is a lot more delicate than the rest of your body. There are a lot of different types of soap, sure, but they are all made for one big generalised body type. This means your general soap has a lot of harsh chemicals in them to clean not to protect. Armpits = Soap Approved.

So listen up kids, because here is the secret – OIL. But before you go and do this…giphyHere’s why:
Ironically, you are using the very thing you are so desperately trying to get rid of. Oil gets rid of oil. It is the best kept secret to even out any skin problems. I know what you’re thinking – that’s dumb why would I use oil on my already oily skin? You – like me – probably stripped away all the beneficial oils by using a harsh cleanser and avoided moisturiser at all costs AND YOU’RE WRONG. This leaves your poor pores overproducing oil and it’s a mess and we’re back to the soap saga.

The natural oil build up on your face has merged into one big layer, making your skin super oily. To break down this strong layer of natural oil you need to add your chosen oil and massage it in a circular motion to release and soften the thick layer of oil. If you have extra oily skin, you should use beneficial oils (for example; olive, sunflower or jojoba) to really tackle it. For all you dry skin kids, try a slightly heavier oil that gives your skin that extra boost. Afterwards, add a gentle exfoliant to release the dead skin. This gives the circulation in your face a kick, allowing the production of new cells to grow healthy and happy like you. AND it actually cleans and hydrates your pores and because they are super satisfied now they have much better absorption.

Now that you know the secret, go ahead and try it out for yourself! We even put together a list of our favourite oils…

1. Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, 30ml $35.90 OR Limited Edition 15ml $17.95
This little beaut now has an even smaller little sister, available for only a limited time is the half the size, half the price with the full power 15ml bottle! TrilogySquareOil

 2. Goodness Certified Organic Chia Seed Oil 20ml, $23.95 GoodnessOil

3. Plantae Rose Hip Fruit + Seed Serum 30g, $44.90
Definitely the group favourite. Not only does it smell glorious, it is also super light with a silky texture.

4. Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil 25ml, $17.95
Being the thickest oil of the four products, this one is perfect for someone who suffers from really dry skin.SukinOil

Photos + Words: Caitlan Mitchell

Model: Ruby P at Unique
Hair/MakeUp: Clare Hendra