Q. Please can you recommend a good cleanser (I like to use water to wash off make-up etc). I'm 24, have very oily skin, open pores, blackheads, am prone to break outs etc, and really want to get into a good skin care routine. Can't bear moisturiser on my skin during the day as my make-up slides off. Should I be using a night cream to replace not wearing a moisturiser in the day? Thank you.
Alison: I'd recommend the Purity Made Simpler Cleanser from Philosophy. I think this brand would be perfect for you. This cleanser is really lightweight so you can wash it off, use it in the shower or use it to take off your make-up.
I'm not going to let you get away with not using a moisturiser though! It's so important to use one, I just don't think you've found a good oil-free one yet. I recommend Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturiser to use morning and night – it's really light so you shouldn't get greasy skin with it and it should go matte on your skin. It will help to stop the build up of blackheads and get rid of dead skin cells from the surface layer. Using both these products should help to make your skin feel refreshed.