3 Oily Skin Fixes Under $30

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Having a job at a cosmetic clinic can be overwhelming, but it can also be so informative. I love being able to see what simple things really work, without spending hundreds of dollars. Of course, there are skincare products that are wonderful and expensive, but in this article I will be showcasing two products under $10 that can keep your skin happy along with your bank account. I am keeping in mind that there are different skin types out there, but this week's post will be for the greasy gals, like me.

If you have oily skin it is important to know you do not need moisturizer. Instead of a moisturizer in the morning use a great oil free sunscreen. If oily skin is your problem, then why keep moisturizing it? Although it is wise to keep in mind that most acne products may dry out the skin, and, in that case, using oil free moisturizer when needed is a good idea.

One of my ultimate must-haves in my makeup bag is Clearasil StayClear Acne Treatment Cream. It is 10 % Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatment that eliminates pimples by drying them out. It acts as a camouflage, reduces the pimple, and then voila it is gone! Knowing that this spot treatment is with me all the time helps. It’s a great travel buy for the warm summer months.

Clearasil StayClear Acne Treatment Cream

→ Buy Clearasil StayClear Acne Treatment Cream, $6.29, at drugstore.com

Using a daily aggressive wash when you have acne is crucial, but it is even more important to pick something that won’t tear your skin up. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment is perfect. It allows you to wash your skin twice a day, every day, without turning it into sandpaper. This is a smart choice for those that get acne once in a while, but don’t have severe acne issues. If you have a bad acne problem, I recommend looking for a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide everyday face wash (not spot treatment). Otherwise, this daily wash will help create smooth and even skin.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

→ Buy Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment, $7.99, at drugstore.com.

The best way to avoid aging dramatically is to stay out of the sun. Since that is nearly impossible, it is a must to have a sunscreen that has a good amount of zinc oxide and doesn’t cause breakouts or an allergic reaction. I have found Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 to be the best Paraben-free sunscreen out there. It goes on smooth and is non-greasy. It feels soft and is a perfect base before you apply makeup. I love the fact that it goes on lightweight.

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46

→ Buy Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46, $29.00, at dermstore.com.

Stay tuned for next week's dry skin drama cures!
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.