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Have you spent the past few days overindulging in Easter treats? By the time we hit our 20s and beyond, we’re all painfully aware of the effects chocolate can have on the skin, yet often, this doesn’t stop us from scoffing a few creme eggs over the long weekend. It’s all part of the holiday season, right?
If your complexion is feeling greasy, breakout-prone or just plain gross, it’s time to detox and head into the coming weeks with a fresh start. Purifying skincare products are the best way to do this, as they’ll clear out the pores and give the skin a much-needed boost of energy.
Keep on reading to discover our must-have purifying skincare products, from masks to cleansers, treatments and more.
Our pick: Bioderma Sebium H2O Purifying Cleansing Solution
Micellar water is definitely the lazy girl’s best friend, as it imparts skin-perfecting benefits despite being a pretty easy, quick product to use. Simply apply to a cotton pad and swipe all over the face to remove makeup and cleanse the skin. The Bioderma range has been applauded for offering some of the best micellar formulas around, so it’s no wonder they’ve managed to merge this simple, superhero product with purifying action. The Sebium H2O Purifying Cleansing Solution also helps to ‘fluidify’ sebum, meaning it’s less likely to collect in areas and form breakouts.
Our pick: MADARA Purifying Foam
If you’re into the double cleanse (which, spoiler alert, you should be) then you’ll need something to follow up your micellar water. Double cleansing helps fully relieve the skin of makeup, dirt and excess sebum for a clearer, healthier complexion. Our purifying skincare pick is the MADARA Purifying Foam, which is an all-natural foaming cleanser formulated with Northern Yarrow extract. Designed to regulate oil production without giving skin a tight or uncomfortable feeling, this eco-friendly and vegan product gently purifies for fewer breakouts.
Our pick: Coast to Coast Rainforest Pore Purifying Aqua Mist
Our must-have property for a toner is that refreshing, cooling feel that doesn’t leave the skin too tight, so a natural pick is sure to be a winner. The Coast to Coast Rainforest Pore Purifying Aqua Mist is a great option as it’s enriched with botanical extracts including aloe vera, lilly pilly, lavender and peppermint to rejuvenate and hydrate the complexion. It also has refining properties, helping to loosen and clear the pores, leaving fewer impurities. Simply spritz a little on whenever you’re feeling it — we love using this mist post-workout!
Our pick: AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask
Harness the perfecting properties of the Dead Sea with this unique mud mask from AHAVA. Using real Dead Sea mud, which has been touted as a miracle ingredient, this mask draws imperfections out of the pores and onto the surface of the skin to be washed away for good. However, it also won’t over-dry the skin, as it contains hydrating elements such as jojoba oil, as well as minerals to boost overall skin health. Apply liberally to the skin and leave on for 2 minutes to help bring out excess dirt, oil and sebum.
Our pick: Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub
Blackheads and breakouts really got you down this Easter? It’s time to turn to the skin experts at Dermalogica for a little assistance! From the world’s favourite cosmeceutical skincare brand comes their Clear Start range, which is designed to tackle impurities in oily or breakout-prone skin types. The Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub is a must-have if you really want to double-down on breakout busting, as it contains salicylic acid and bentonite clay to draw out impurities and tackle pimples.
Our pick: PAYOT Drying and Purifying Gel
Occasionally small breakouts turn into giant, looming pimples, and it downright sucks (especially when you’re trying to live that Insta-worthy life over the long weekend, right?). A spot treatment is a surefire way to shrivel up those zits overnight, as they’re potent and absorb directly into the area of concern. The PAYOT Drying and Purifying Gel, AKA Speciale 5, is a celebrated spot treatment that dries up pimples at their roots, leaving you with a clearer complexion come morning. This particular purifying skincare essential relies on key ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid.
Our pick: DECLEOR Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum
Sometimes the best way to fight excess oil is to pile more oil on top of it — yep, you’re reading that right. It’s been found that the overproduction of oil and sebum is often due to a lack of hydration in the skin which causes your complexion to overcompensate as a result. A natural oil-based serum is a fantastic weapon to have in your breakout-fighting arsenal, as it will balance the skin back out. The DECLEOR Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum is lightweight, so it won’t overwhelm larger spots or pimples. It also draws out excess sebum and impurities from the skin!
Our pick: KORA Organics Purifying Moisturiser
Finally, you’ll need to moisturise your skin to prevent painful, dry breakouts from cropping up. Remember, oily skin can still be dehydrated, so don’t skip the moisturiser! We’re loving the KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr Purifying Moisturiser, as it uses all-natural ingredients to balance the skin back out whilst imparting serious nourishment. Grapefruit, mandarin and green tea work to control the overproduction of oil, meaning your skin won’t feel greasy and that sebum will be regulated. Bonus: Vitamins A, C and E are present in this formula for antioxidant protection.
Do you have any go-to purifying skincare faves when pesky breakouts appear? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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