Budget Beauty: Skincare Products (Combination/Oily Skin)

Budget Beauty: Skincare Products (Combination/Oily Skin)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Sara Hassan , 47 Comments
Here's a useful budget beauty list to help you save money while shopping for skincare products -- for combination/oily skin types. I will do a post soon for dry/normal skin types.

I have compiled this list after going through a lot of reviews and some friend recommendations just to guide you about some of the skincare products that probably would suit combination to oily skin. Of course, some of the products I've tried, some I haven't so I'd really appreciate if you could add your valuable suggestions and experiences in the comment section below. 

Difference between combination and oily skin?
A combination skin has certain areas on the face that are oily and others that are not.  Mostly, the oil gathers in the T-zone – the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. This area is more likely to have excess oil due to larger, more active oil glands.

A skin that appears shiny and oily to the touch can be categorized as oily skin.  This excess of oil production often causes the skin to have more blemishes like pimple, blackhead and white head. The pores also appear more visible on this skin type.
Tip: When wanting to purchase a skincare product or any other beauty product, check out some reviews online. You don't wanna waste your cash on a purchase that you'd regret buying.

Sunblock/Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection SPF 55
  • Neutrogena Active Breathable Sunblock SPF 45
  • L'Oreal Solar Expertise Active Anti-Wrinkle & Brown Spot Matte Fluid Protection SPF50+ 
  • L'Oreal Sublime Sun Crystal Clear Mist SPF 30
  • L'Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Liquid Silk Sunshield For Face SPF 50
  • Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen

Facewash/Facial Foam
  • Pond’s Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam
  • Himalaya Herbals Oil Balancing Face Wash Gel
  • Olay Foaming Face Wash - Combination/Oily Skin
  • Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Cleanser
  • Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser - Normal to Oily Skin

Cleansing Milk
  • Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Milk
  • Himalaya Herbals Deep Cleansing Milk
  • Boots Original Beauty Formula Cleansing Milk

Toner
  • Pond’s White Beauty Lightening Toner
  • Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner
  • L'Oreal Hydrafresh Toner
  • Olay Oil Minimizing Toner
  • Nivea Visage Pure Natural Cleansing Toner
  • Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner

Moisturizer
  • L’Oreal Hydrafresh Aqua Gel
  • Garnier Skin Naturals Oil Control Fairness Cream
  • Anatomicals Day Cream Believer Daily Face Cream
  • Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream
  • Pond’s White Beauty Daily Spot-less Lightening cream SPF 20
  • Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer

Facial Mask/Scrub
  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control
  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub Oil Free
  • Freeman Facial Clay Mask Mint & Lemon
  • Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask Cucumber

Blotting Sheets
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Paper Tissues with Rice Powder
  • ELF Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets
  • Nivea Visage Matt & Fresh Mattifying and Refreshing Blotting Sheets


I hope you find it helpful. If you think your favorite budget skincare product isn't in the list, let us know in the comments below.

47 comments :

  1. very helpfull post. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Very nice post :)

    Though i would say this would be perfect for oily skin.. but not exactly for combination skin yeah. I got combination skin and most of those products dont work well for me :(

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  3. This is a great help! thanks for taking your time to share this. at least I now know which products to check out... ^_^

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  4. Hey great post Sarah. I love how you come up with posts which are so helpful. May you keep on helping all of us and may God bless you. Just to add a few things. Ponds face wash is bit too drying for my combination skin. Dr.Afzal Lodhi recommended a face wash called Micellar Foaming. It is absolutely amazing. It's not drying at all for my face neither it is too heavily moisturizing. It is just the right amount. It dispenses foam from a pump.
    He also prescribed me a moisturizer which is just great! He said oily and combination skin dont have to use oil based moisturizers BUT water based moisturizers. Cause no matter how many moisturizers i tried i always had this feeling that something heavy is on my face and i would have an urge to wash my face and when i did my skin would feel it needed moisture. So i was really fed up. The moisturizer he recommended was Maxdermil moisturizer. It has sun screen in it aswell so i just have to put on some thing on face rather than layering up different products. It feels really light when applied and dries after a few minutes. Then you dont even feel as if you have applied anything. These both products are just amazing and i am so glad he prescribed them to me for my combination skin. I always keep on telling my friends and cousins to try it and they all liked it. I hope these products would be great for other people too :)

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    1. Hey Kiran, thank you for your lovely words <3. I truly appreciate your help. I will sure look out for the products you mentioned. :)

      Well, this post is just a little guidance. As I always say, there's no such product that can satisfy everyone. For some it works, for some it doesn't - it's relative you see. The Pond's one works for my combination skin that's why I mentioned it over here. :)

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    2. awesome post sarah.. i am one of your silent readers :)
      the ponds face wash does not work for me as well.. the himalaya one does.. and still trying to find the best moisturizer.. i will surely try the maxdermil moisturizer, bcoz my skin is just the way you described it .. thank you for sharing :)

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    3. I couldn't find maxdermil moisturizer...I tried to google it but I could not find anything on it :S Are you sure this was the name of the product? I am really in search of a good moisturizer for my acne prone skin.

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  5. This is a great post..very helpful. Thanks:)

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  6. I have oily skin and suffer breakouts due to makeup.Oh well.., at least it is good in the long run. Nice post Sara :D

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  7. Hey sara thank you for putting in so much effort...really nice post tht would be helpful to many. I just wanted to ask from where and for how much could we purchase queen helene scrub? And hey keep up the good work!
    God bless

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    1. Hey Amal, I once saw some Queen Helene products on Just4girls. You can request them to arrange it for you. It's not available in stores at the moment :)

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  8. hey nice post... How how to use a blotting paper have u reviewed any? share the link plzzzz

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    1. I haven't yet reviewed any. It's very simple to use. You just press it gently on your oily zone and the sheet absorbs it. You don't have to rub it over. :)

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  9. hey sar!!! must say ur eyes r really pretty:) i am 14 yrs old n i wanna start perfect skin care routine to prevent acne cuz my all cousins n sistr got acne at really early age so i just want to stay away from acne so plz reply me n list all the products suitable for my combination skin....i'll be really thankful:)ur blogs r really nice n u r really helping beginners like me n i am really proud that pakistani girls hav got such site n a really kind beauty guru:)xxx

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    1. Hey Amna, thanks for all the love ^_^

      Well, this post contains all the budget friendly products suitable for combination to oily skin type. For Acne, if you have any, I suggest consulting a dermatologist for an accurate guidance. If you have on and off zits, you can try Clinagel Acne Clearing Gel available for around 100 Rs at pharmacies. :)

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  10. Thanks for the list of products, very sweet of you as usual :)
    Btw, your picture in the sidebar looks so glamarous, especially the color you used on your eyes really make them stand out, all in all one of your best makeup looks so far ;)

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  11. Hey Sara, Really helpful post I like neutrogena sunblock a lot:))

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  12. Hey you, thanks for this one, helped streamline a few things in mind :)
    Listen, obviously we cant waste the whole potato for the sake of a slice right? How long can we refrigerate the leftover piece for?
    Thanks.

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  13. Try taking a small one. You can refrigerate it for three days :)

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  14. Hi Sara, thanks for the lovely post. I wonder if you could recommend some products for people who have big pores, I've tried Ponds Smooth Pores facial, it didn't worked for me.

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  15. As usual, an extremely helpful post!

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  16. Hi Sara.. i am confused about my skin type. can u guide me here... my t zone is indeed oily but rest of the skin isn't that much, but yes my cheeks are shinny all the time. and i have a problem with pores, pimples, black heads as well. i used neutrogena's oil free face wash it didnt suit me. my whole point of commenting here is i am always confused which product to buy as i dont really know my skin type and there was a major problem regarding my acne. i consulted a dermatologist and after the course of medicines my acne is almost gone, but the marks are there and same as i mentioned above i have a problem regarding pores, black heads and pimples at times. that's why i am too much conscious to apply any product on my skin. how can u help me understand what is the real problem behind what i should do and what i shouldnt. looking forward to ure reply :)

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  17. Hey Hira. Honestly, I am no expert on skin. I am glad you got dermatologist's advice and got rid of your acne. From what it sounds like, I think you have an oily skin type. You complain of open pores, blackheads and occasional zits. It might be due to your negligence regarding your facial hygiene. Try out some of the face washes mentioned in the post. I also suggest using cleansing milk to remove any makeup or dirt when you come home from work and then wash your face. Also use toner daily on your cleansed face before going to bed at night - it would help shrink pores. For blackheads, you need to scrub at least once a week to unclog your pores. For scars and blemishes, use Gram Flour (basen) mask mixed with lemon or rub a potato on the spot. To nip the pimple in the bud, use Clinagel Gel easily available at pharmacies for PKR 100. I hope this helps :)

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  18. hey sara, i am sara 2 :) i need your help i m going to get marry after two months n my skin tone becoming dull day by day.i used clean n clear, oriflame n loreal skin care porducts bt they all leave acne.. plz suggest me some home remedies or any product.. i hv got combination skin n i m 20 yrs old, plz help me

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    1. Hey Sara, please go through my post on 'How to Remove Tan and Lighten skin' in the Beauty Guide section. I am sure the home made remedies mentioned in that post would help you get rid of the dull complexion :) xx

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  19. Hello Sara,

    Could you kindly guide where to get these oil blotting sheets from? In Karachi, or online - either would work.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hey Mal, I saw some blotting sheets in the cosmetics section at Saffron (near Forum). You can also check out Just4girls.pk for them :)

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  20. hi Sara,
    Your reviews on skin products and makeup tips are amazing! Your blog is helping me a lot. I want to discuss my skin problem, i hope you can suggest some good solution. I get tiny reddish pimples after body wax, esp on shoulders, tummy and all over back! I use vaseline lotion but its not helping. Plz suggest sum good remedy! Thnx

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    1. Hey Sadaf, bumps are very common after waxing. I am afraid, I haven't yet come across any product to prevent it from occurring however you can look for Aloe Vera Soothing Gel in the stores. Also you can try Calamine Lotion. Hope this helps! x

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  21. Hy from where i can get queen helene mint julep mask in karachi

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    1. Well, it can only be purchased from online/Facebook stores at the moment.

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  22. Hey sara can u tell me where could i get cetaphil in karachi ?

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    1. Hey Fatma, I am afraid I have no clue. You could look for other options mentioned in the post :) xx

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  23. From where i can get Queen Helene Mint Julep face mask??

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  24. AOA Sara! how many times a week one should scrub one skin??

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    1. Ideally, you should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. :)

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  25. AOA Sara! Did u know from where in karachi i buy Olay Foaming Face Wash— Combination/Oily Skin+ price?

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    1. Hey Afsana, you can look for it at EBCO. Not sure about the price :) xx

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    2. Ok Thanks sara love u bye TC :)

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  26. hello dear sara plz make a review about blotting sheets i have no idea about that what is this its uses and when it could be used thanks your work is always great keep it up

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  27. Can you suggest skin care products for extremely dry skin? especially moisturizer and toner? I will be grateful :)

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  28. Hey! I just got a Garnier Fresh Essentials - Refreshing Gel Wash. It's enriched with Grape extract. It's for normal to combination skin. Any idea, how is it??

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