Q: I'm in my thirties with oily skin prone to breakouts. I work outdoors year round so my skin is exposed to the elements though I'm careful to wear high SPF to protect it from sun damage. I also suffer from reactive redness particularly after meals or changes in temperature.
In combination with all this I find my skin feeling lumpy and pimply (particularly round the hairline and jaw line) as though congested despite exfoliating every other day. Could this be dehydration or a reaction to a product?
Alison: This could be over exfoliation for a start because in your thirties, if you're exfoliating every other day – it’s quite a lot. This would be maybe more suitable for women in their 40s with dry skin and wrinkles.
So, if you want to make sure your skin is clear, bright and exfoliated without a physical exfoliant, try using the Elemis Tri-Enzyme range I think this would suit you because of the outdoor element. I'd also suggest using the Elemis SOS Cream on your skin to help with the spots, bumps and redness.
If this redness continues then you should use the Elemis Daily Redness Relief underneath or on top of your SPF factor. If you are serious about using an SPF factor then you should be using Ultrasun Face Cream. Apply once a day and use every day. After ten minutes, apply the Anti Redness or SOS Cream over the top.
The Tri Enzyme should then look after the exfoliation and the brightness of the skin, plus the Wash is so easy to use.
Plus, don't be afraid when you're working outdoors in the day to apply extra moisturiser. I often add extra after being outside with the horses when my cheeks just feel a little dry, even though I used a great routine in the morning. You could even just carry the L'Occitane Face Cream with you, even though it's not your normal moisturiser, to re-apply when you're outside.