Oily skin types have the joys of experiencing fewer fine lines (yay) but there’s also a tendency to be more blemish-prone and you might notice that 3PM shine creeping up after your morning coffee. Understandably, those with combination and oilier complexions might be wary of moisturisers, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it altogether.
‘Oily skin types can be tempted to leave the skin without moisturiser, worrying it will cause more breakouts. However, our skin will often then over produce oil which may lead to more breakouts,’ explains Sarah Carr, Liz Earle Lifestyle Ambassador. ‘Hydrating your skin with an oil-free moisturiser can help the skin to produce less oil. They can act as a great make up base for oily to combination skin types too.’
As for what to look for, medical aesthetician and founder of Bea Skin Care, Bianca Estelle, recommends water-based ingredients that retain water within the skin such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. ‘Neither of these ingredients will clog pores and niacinamide in particular will help to balance sebum levels in the skin. Often, breakouts are a common complaint amongst oily skin types and niacinamide can help to reduce the appearance of pigmentation caused by ongoing breakouts,’ she says.
If you’re on the oilier end of the spectrum but are experiencing dryness due to topical treatments such as retinoids or benzoyl peroxide, Estelle suggests incorporating a more nourishing cream in the evening, twice a week. Alternatively, try layering a hyaluronic acid serum such as Bea Skin Care Acne Hydrator Serum underneath your face cream for an extra hit of hydration.
Not sure which oil-free moisturiser is the one for you? Fear not, because we’ve rounded up the ELLE edit of moisturisers designed to keep even the oiliest skin sheen-free and plump as you like. From La Roche Posay to Summer Fridays, these are the best oil-free moisturisers you need in your life.
Alpha Beta Daily Moisturiser
Effaclar H Moisturising Cream
Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion
Master Antioxidant Cream
Indie Lee Active Oil-Free Moisturiser – £47
Natural Moisturising Factors +HA
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator – £39
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream – £45
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