5 hacks for oily skin (that are not skincare)

Oily skin – my biggest issue ever since I was 13 years old.

Well, that and acne. And the question why my thighs looked thick in pencil skirts. And why I always seem to fall for the bad guy. But not todays topic, Anne, get back on track!

Over the years I have tried countless things to keep my skin balanced, from the „harsh foaming cleanser followed by alcohol toner“ routine to several kitchen hacks the friend of a friend (of a friend) had amazing results with.

 

5 hacks for oily skin
Glow? Yes, please. But not the oil!

 

You Tube wasn´t a thing back then, which was probably a blessing. I bet I would have been the one to try the toothpaste/baking soda face mask at some point!

The key to balanced skin is obvioulsy the right skincare (and there are plenty recommendations on the blog here), but today I decided to focus on things you can do without buying a new cream.

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Monthly Recap: August 2018

Times are busy, and I feel like they get busier every day. Catching up with my favorite blogs daily is something I haven´t been able to do in a long while, and as I figured you are probably in the same boat, I decided to introduce the Monthly Recap series.

It is meant to be an overview of all the blog posts I have written, all the videos I have uploaded and a few extra informations thrown in for good measure. To make it easier to find what you are interested in I split it in three categories: Skincare, Makeup and Lifestyle.

 

Monthly Recap August 2018
Cap de Creus – Spain

 

Looking back at August for me means looking back at my annual holiday in France, two weeks filled with sun, sea and (probably too many) croissants. I decided against vlogging (it would just have been me eating all the time), but put up a France 2018 Highlight on my Instagram Profile should you be in the mood for some snaps.

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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – Little Mermaid

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I love „The little mermaid“ by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents had to read it to me countless times, even though I´d always end up in tears.

Mind you, although it is what inspired Disneys „Arielle“, the original story only bares slight resemblance to that movie. It is much darker, full of death and blood and loss.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

Ah, you´ve got to love the old stories, told to prepare children for the cruel and dangerous world they were facing!

The little mermaid never gains the love of the prince, nor does she get an immortal soul or a functional human body. Though trying, mute and in constant pain, to win his love, the prince marries another woman. When offered the opportunity to kill him (and his bride) to at least regain her mermaid self, she decides to die instead, turning into sea foam and becoming a daughter of the air.

Wouldn´t count as a happy end, don´t you think? Seeing the story as a transformation, innocence first, then the catastrophy and in the end your changed self, formed by what you experienced, is what made me think of it right now.

Why? Because the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel goes through three different stages as well. Without the loss, pain and blood though, promised!

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September Empties – Taking out the trash 18

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I promise this is the last time you need to sit with me through sound issues.

See, in an attempt to be the most efficient I could be I bulk filmed a few videos. It was only when I got down to editing, quite some time later, that I realized the sound was completely messed up.

 

September Empties
Take a look at my trash bin

 

In all four videos. And as per usual I was so late with editing, I simply couldn’t refilm them! Or, in case of this September  Empties video, I had thrown out all the stuff already.

Ah, now you know my dirty secret: I actually filmed my September Empties back in July! What can I say, I need content like that for when I am too busy holidaying in France (and probably shopping for skincare) to create something new.

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Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser

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Given that I am a full time working mother of two, my mornings are usually pretty relaxed. And I am well aware that a morning skincare routine like mine (read here if you are curious), though already streamlined, is not possible for someone with little to no help.

In case you didn´t know, we live in a shared house with my parents, as one big family, and as my parents take the kids to daycare after breakfast, I can get ready and rush out the door at 6:45 without the need to do the whole dress, feed, dress again and then drop off.

 

Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser
Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser

 

How lucky I am strikes me, when my parents are on holiday. Because despite getting to work one hour later than usual, I barely find the time to brush my teeth, let alone do a five step morning routine.

Now I can´t skip makeup entirely and I already do breakfast al desco, so cutting down my skincare is the only way to go. Which is when multitasking products come in very handy.

Like the Doctor Duve Glowskin Glycolic Rich Cleanser *.

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New in from pixi – The SEO dilemma

Did you know that less than a third of my readers are German? The majority comes from the UK and the US. That kind of puts me in a dilemma:

I have some brand new, sparkling things from pixi to share with you in todays video. But they are only new in Germany, the UK has had them for quite a while now.

So do I title this post: pixi new releases and risk people from the UK thinking it was a click bait? Or do I title it pixi new releases Germany, risking only a third of my readers will be remotely interested?

 

New In from pixi
New In from pixi

 

The difficulties of “having your target audience in mind”, always among the top three of those annoying “How to succeed in blogging” posts that never really seem to help. Wonder how I know? Because I click them every time. So much for “I only blog for the fun and don´t care about numbers” *cough*

Anyway, I decided to stick with New In from pixi as title. Should work well enough.

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Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil – You can never know it all

If you have been around for a little while now, you may have read my blogpost on „Pregnancy skincare“ (if not, here is the link) and remember that I claimed I´d not be introducing Vitamin A in my skincare until I finished breastfeeding and that I had never used it before.

Turns out I was wrong.

 

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil

 

Because all my ingredient research aside, I had never considered that Rosehip Oil contains 0,4% retinoid acid, which is pretty much the stuff that retinyl palmitate is transferred into once it is applied to the skin.

Surprisingly enough, applying retinoid acid from rosehip oil is considered safe throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, while retinyl palmitate isn’t. I guess that is because of most of the research these recommendations base on are focussing on orally taken Vitamin A in prescription strength.

But whatever the reason, I was pretty relieved when I learned it was, because I had been using my rosehip oil all throughout pregnancy. So relieved I even added a new product into my routine.

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activation Oil, to be exact.

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Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask – Swimming in the Dead Sea

Do you remember the first time you traveled without your parents? For me, that happened on a school trip when I was about 16 years old. We went to Israel.

Despite doing what a bunch of 16 year olds do when they spend three weeks together, we managed to get some cultural highlights in as well. Staying in a Kibbuz for a few days, visiting heritage sites, going to the desert and of course, swimming in the Dead Sea.

 

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask
Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

 

We had all looked forward to floating in the sea, but to be honest, the whole floating thing wasn’t as great as I had thought it would be.

It was something else that remained more memorable: My first ever mud treatment! It was more of a slather yourself in mud and take pictures posing in a bikini thing than a treatment, of course, but my skin felt so soft and cleansed afterwards I was unable to forget.

Mud or clay masks have accompanied me ever since, working miracles on my acne-prone skin, and while I usually stick to drugstore versions (clay is a cheap ingredient after all), I recently caved and got a pot of Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask .

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Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads – Acid Toning Week Part 3

After talking about acid toning in general, my holy grail product (click here) and my recommendation for AHA-newbies (click here), the time has come to introduce you to an alternative which is effective, budget friendly and easy to travel with.

 

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads
Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads

 

„Easy to travel with“ might not be the first thing you look for in a beauty product, but if you are a skincare hoarder lover like yours truly, you will come to the conclusion that with traveling sometimes less is more when it comes to heavy (and sophisticated) glass bottle packaging.

So let me introduce you to the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads. The picture below shows a special edition containing extracts of raspberry and cranberry, the usual packaging isn’t as pink. Read more


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Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner – Acid Toning Week Part 2

If you read Acid Toning Week Part 1 (if you haven’t, click here), you already know, my first acid toner was Alpha H Liquid Gold.
I saw results within two weeks, and I had tasted blood.

The queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons, recommends acid toning twice daily (of course depending on your skin type and concerns), and as much as I wanted to, I quickly figured out that using Alpha H twice daily would not only leave me broke, but would cause my skin to peel in a very unpleasant way.

 

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner
Clarins Gentle Exfoliant

 

So on the hunt I went for a more gentle version. And I found the aptly named „Clarins Doux Exfoliant“, or „Gentle Exfoliant Brightening Toner“ for those unfamiliar with french.

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