If you’ve got oily skin, the idea of slathering on moisturiser can be unappealing. Sometimes it feels better to just not moisturise at all! But without moisturiser, your face won’t be able to replenish its natural oils – especially if you’ve used a face wash to cleanse your face of all the day’s oils. Stripping your face of oil completely will cause your skin to produce even more oil to compensate, leading to a never-ending vicious cycle of oiliness.
So you need to moisturise enough to keep your skin from going haywire but without overloading it. Finding that perfect balance can seem intimidatingly difficult, but don’t worry – we’re here to help. All you need is the right type of moisturiser.
Look for water-based lightweight products that will hydrate without heaviness, like products that contain hyaluronic acid. Also look out for products that tout themselves as being ‘oil-free’, which means they are formulated without heavy fatty alcohols and oils that can feel uncomfortable on already oily skin.
Ignore the “for men” bit – anyone can use this ultra-light moisturiser that utilises NASA-approved oil-absorbing technology to absorb sebum and sweat all day long. It’s also the only moisturiser my boyfriend will put on his face – he feels oily with anything else.
A hydrating toner can take the place of a traditional cream moisturiser, especially one that uses hyaluronic acid like Hada Labo. This Light version has a pleasantly watery and non-sticky for those who don’t like the feeling of anything on their face.
This light gel liquid is formulated without oils, so oily-skinned folks can get comfortably moisturised skin without worrying about greasiness. Its star ingredient is birch sap, a nourishing ingredient that hydrates and soothes all at the same time.
NEUTROGENA OIL-FREE MOISTURE, RM 31.70
Special oil-absorbing technology in this moisturiser controls shine while the oil-free formula moisturises where needed. Plus it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), so those with sensitive skin will love it.
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