Oily skin can be our body’s way of telling us that we need to check our diet, environment or products that we’re using on our skin. If you find yourself constantly fighting with a shiny T-Zone, it could be down to the following things.
Dryness is often associated with dry skin as the skin becomes oily when it overcompensates its sebum production and can be caused by stress, over-cleansing, dairy intake or it could be that you’re not using the right type of moisturiser.
If you read our interview with Estelle on her go-to beauty regimen, she highlights the fact that having oily skin isn’t always solved by piling on the creams and instead, the smart way to hydrate your skin might just be with a water-based gel or hydrating cream. Here are six of the best on the market right that will leave your skin looking glowy, not oily.
Murad Charged Water Gel
This oil-free formula is a deeply moisturising gel that really works if your skin needs hydration. It’s charged with peptides, vitamins and minerals that claim to strengthen the skin’s natural barriers to outside pollution. It’s a really comforting moisturiser that will work well for sensitive skin.
Look Fantastic, £50, Shop here
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Gel Cream
One of the cult brand’s best-sellers, the oil-free gel cream conditions the skin for long-lasting moisture. It contains imperata cylindrical root (Japanese bloodgrass) extract, antarcticine and cooling cucumber. It feels luxurious on the skin and halts oiliness throughout the day.
Selfridges, £45, Shop here
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrator
Clinique products are well-known for being gentle on the skin and the Surge Hydrator is great for sensitive skin or skin prone to break-outs. It feels incredibly moisturising without being oily or heavy and works for 72 hours. Apply morning and night or use as a 5-minute mask for a hydration boost.
Debenhams, £36, Shop here
La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT+ Moisturiser
This sebum-controlling day moisturiser is great for under makeup to keep shine at bay. It also reduces pores and acts as a shine-blotter. The La Roche-Posay is 100% hypo-allergenic so any kind of problem skin won’t get aggravated.
Boots, £16, Shop here
Perricone MD PRE:EMPT Hydrating Cream
Having oily skin means the ageing process is generally slower as it keeps youthful-looking skin for longer. However, if it’s too oily, you’ll still need a product that controls shine while keeping your skin hydrated. Perricone MD’s PRE-EMPT formula is an anti-ageing cream that isn’t greasy and keeps shine at bay.
Cult Beauty, £39, Shop here
MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel
This moisture gel is an ultra-lightweight and all-purpose moisturiser. The MAC Super-Charged Water technology is a fabulous base for makeup and works really well anywhere on the skin. It gives intense hydration that absorbs fully leaving your skin ready for makeup.
John Lewis, £30, Shop here