My Updated Skincare Routine featuring Cetaphil Oil Control Range & Tips For Keeping Acne at Bay

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Anyone who knows me personally will know that I have struggled for the longest time with hormonal acne. My skin is extremely sensitive to heat and I often find myself breaking out after a heat rash. I’ve tried almost everything on the market and I never found any product that I could swear by religiously. Someone suggested I try out Cetaphil as it comes highly recommended by dermatologists. The first thing I tried out was the gentle skin cleanser which worked treat for my skin but wasn’t really helping with my oily skin. After doing some research, I found that Cetaphil actually has a range for acne prone skin. Cetaphil didn’t have to say anything more, I said they could take my money.

Cetaphil’s DermaControl range is formulated for acne prone skin. It is specifically designed for oil control so for all my oily girls, this is definitely something I’d recommend. I often worry that products like this will be very drying on my sensitive skin but that was not the case for me. I loved how gentle the foam wash was on my skin because a part of me always felt that if the product doesn’t foam then it isn’t working. The smell tends to bother some people as some people say it does tend to have a bit of a clincal smell, but it really doesn’t bother me.

Can we please talk about how much my photography skills have improved? I captured these on my Canon 200D using an EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.

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I use the daily foam wash in conjunction with my Safeway Facial Cleanser. I love the rubber head because it’s the most gentle on my skin and it doesn’t irritate my skin as much as the exfoliating head does. If you’re looking for a pretty cool dupe for the Clarasonic Mia and you really don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, I got this baby for R150 at Clicks, thank me later. The head does alternate directions and is standard battery operated (AA). It comes with 3 different heads, but I only use the rubber head.

 

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With regards to the moisturizer, I love the fact that it’s not a thick consistency and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. When my skin gets oily, I find myself breaking out more. I wear this underneath my make-up but I’ve noticed that my foundation (The LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation) tends to leave my skin oily after a few hours of wear. If anyone has any recommendations for a great full coverage matte foundation, please let me know! Due to the fact that the bottle is relatively small, I do tend to use this sparingly.

My only con about this product is the heavy price tag it comes with. Although I do understand that it is a great product and that it comes highly recommended, these products are really expensive. If you know my current situation, you would know that I am currently a graduate seeking employment and if I don’t get a job soon and my skincare products run out, I doubt I’ll be able to replenish them. I usually purchase my skincare products from Clicks or Dischem depending on where I can find them on special. Clicks is currently having a 3 for 2 on their Cetaphil products. The Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer retails for R238,00 (118ml) while the DermaControl Foam Wash retails for R189,00 (236ml). Unfortunately, I cannot find the same facial cleanser as pictured above as I’ve had it for about a year, but I’ve found a similar one here which retails for R139,00.

I have been actively trying to work on my skincare since I am no longer on the pill, which really helped for my acne. I left some of my favourite tips in my video but I’ll leave a few here too:

  • I like to stay hydrated. Water is so important, I love flavoured water even though it contains more sugar, it helps with my water intake.
  • I try to wear my hair out of my face as much as I can because the grease from your hair can cause your skin to break out.
  • I’ve transitioned somewhat to almond milk instead of normal milk. Regular milk contains hormones which conflict with our hormones and result in hormonal breakouts.
  • Going to bed with make-up on? Never heard of her. I cannot get into bed with make-up on my face as it feels super gross and I know it can only result in breakouts. I love the Garnier Micellar Water which is so gentle on my skin and the best for removing make-up. I use this in conjunction with the Nature’s Nourishment Rooibos Wipes

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to keep your skin clear? If so, let me know in the comments! x

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How I Achieved Clear Skin With African Extracts Rooibos Classic Range #SkinLovesRooibos

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Recently I was approached by Beauty Bulletin to review the new African Extracts Classic Range. This range is specifically suited for combination skin which is the problem that I have. My skin will vary from oily enough to fry an egg on it to dry as a desert.

ABOUT AFRICAN EXTRACTS:

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photo credits: http://www.africanextracts.com

“Inspired By Nature

The authentic power of nature meets the science of contemporary skin care in African Extracts Rooibos Products.

Our Bio-Active Rooibos extract, made in the Cederberg from freshly harvested Rooibos leaves, contains high levels of antioxidants that work at a cellular level to combat the destructive action of free radicals. Caused by environmental factors, such as UV exposure and pollution, as well as lifestyle stresses, free radicals are the primary cause of ageing.

Bio-Active Rooibos, together with plant extracts and vitamins, boosts the skin’s natural defences and helps moisturize and nourish to keep it smooth, soft and young-looking for longer”

THE CLASSIC FACE CARE RANGE:

Refreshing Toner:

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This gentle but effective toner has Bio-Active Rooibos extract, chamomile and witch hazel to gently soothe and refresh without leaving skin tight. Available in a  250 ml bottle. I absolutely love the fact that there is no alcohol in this, therefore my skin never feels dried out or irritated. With certain cleansers there was always a harsh smell and a burning feeling on my skin which made me very skeptical, but with this toner it left my skin feeling clean and fresh without irritation and it smells amazing!

Moisturizing Day Cream With SPF 15:

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This light, delicately fragranced day cream enriched with Bio-Active Rooibos extract and vitamin E is easily absorbed and leaves skin non-greasy and UVA/B protected. Available in a 75ml bottle. They were not joking when they said “delicately” fragranced. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s that my nose is extremely sensitive when it comes to certain fragrances. If the scent is too strong, I tend to get headaches and nobody wants to start their day off with a raging headache. I love that it isn’t greasy at all and I never have a problem with applying make-up over it if I decide to wear make-up that day.

Soothing Cleansing Lotion:

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This light, non-greasy lotion gently soothes away make-up and impurities, while its rehydrating formula contains extracts of Bio-Active Rooibos and chamomile to soothe the skin. Available in a 250ml bottle. I love the fact that this can remove make-up and it’s not a hassle. It isn’t greasy which is great because as I mentioned that I can’t stand a heavy feeling on my face.

Tissue Oil:

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This concentrated skin-care oil is nature’s all purpose remedy with the trusted soothing and rejuvenating properties of sweet almond and grape seed oil, and the antioxidant power of Bio-Active Rooibos extract and vitamin E. Available in a 60 ml bottle. I’m not going to lie, I am not a fan of the smell of this particular product. I was, however very impressed with how visibly lighter my stretchmarks appeared after using this.

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