The best moisturisers for oily skin
Summer can be brutal on oily or combination skin, so in the next instalment of our weekly High Five series, we’ve rounded up the top five best moisturisers for oily and combination skin, allowing skin to stay thoroughly protected against nature’s harsher elements.
During the summertime, the heat from the sun causes skin to produce excessive amounts of oil (sebum to be exact), making it tricky to keep our faces feeling refreshed and cool. For those of us with oily or combination skin, the quest for the perfect [moisturiser]( can be likened to Goldilocks finding the perfect bed to sleep in - a.k.a it takes a lot of trial and error. Ideally, we want something that moisturises dry areas and leaves a soft, shine-free finish. However, a good moisturiser shouldn’t take away all the oil on our skin as it’s important to preserve natural oils. Attacking the skin with harsh chemicals only proves to do more bad than good and causes even more sebum to be produced. Instead, a [moisturiser]( should do two things, absorb surface oil and hydrate the skin. If you have oily or combination skin, look for oil-free formulas as they will help prevent the build-up of surface oils. A good tip to keep in mind is to search for ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label, as it means a product will prevent breakouts because it is designed not to clog pores. With several new formulations about, from mineral-based creams to water-infused ingredients, we round up the top five best [moisturisers]( for oily or combination skin, leaving you feeling nourished and replenished all season long.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

It would be impossible to come across Charlotte Tilbury without recognising the brand’s iconic Magic Cream. Beloved by many, this moisturiser is a mineral-based SPF formula that will provide you with all-day hydration and sun protection. This day cream is great for those who have dryer areas of skin as it’s packed with natural aloe vera extracts for a replenishing feel. Although it initially feels thick on your fingers, it absorbs quickly when massaged onto the skin and leaves a shine-free finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream 50ml, £70

Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream

A new innovation from Kiehl’s, this moisturiser is a lightweight gel-like water cream that’s infused with the brand’s heritage ingredient, calendula, for lasting, dewy-fresh radiance. Upon application, it feels light and provides the skin with instant relief from irritation. Calendula is known for its skin-smoothing properties and this moisturiser is perfect for those with oily or combination skin, as it really works to calm, soothe and even out texture.

Kiehl's Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream 50ml, £39

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

The Ordinary has garnered a large fanbase due to its straight-forward, simple skincare products, and its Natural Moisturizing Factors moisturiser is ideal for oil or sensitive skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture, making it the perfect day cream for those with particularly dry areas on the face. This moisturiser also works well as a night cream and applies smoothly over serums. Massage it over the face for a dewy finish.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml, £6.80

Clinique iD Dramatically Hydrating Jelly & Active Cartridge Concetrate

Clinique has created a unique moisturiser that’s customisable to target the specific needs for your skin. For oily skin, The Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly delivers 24-hour hydration and its water-light texture goes smoothly onto skin. Start with the classic product then insert in one of five cartridges to really tackle your specific problem area. Choose from irritation, pores and uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone, fatigue and fine lines.

Clinique iD Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly & Active Cartridge Concentrate 115ml, £36

Estée Lauder DayWear 24H-Moisture Creme SPF 15

Lightweight, brightening and refreshing, Estée Lauder’s DayWear 24H-Moisture Creme is designed specifically to hydrate and soothe combination skin. It targets combination skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone with effective anti-oxidants. Packed with SPF to safeguard skin from UV rays, it hydrates dry areas and controls oil production on the T-zone. Apply the cream onto the face, massage it in and let it sink completely into the skin before applying make-up.

Estée Lauder DayWear 24H-Moisture Creme SPF 15 50ml, £45

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