Because oily skin doesn't mean hydrated skin.
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I've harped about my oily and sensitive skin for long enough that I'm sure we're all on the same page about it. It seems I have become something of a moisturizer obsessive? Eh, that's not the right word, moisturizer truther? Maybe? Ugh, I don't know I'm just trying to say I've got some STRONG feelings about moisturizer for oily skin.
Like the moisturizer needs to be moist-enough to actually do the thing, but not so much that I look like (or feel like) a grease ball. Oh, and makeup needs to be able to layer on top. Because I'm high maintenance and require such things from my skincare. Actually that's not high maintenance at all, I think it's a reasonable request.
Anyway, after months (years?!?) of picking and trying and using different things, I finally have what I think of as my moisturizer for oily skin dream team. These boos keep my skin looking and feeling great without making matters worse.
I used to be all "eh what's the point of serums" but then I really went in on the whole Korean skincare routine thing. Now, serums, I love them, I need them. Most of the serums I use (multiple, Ugh, I know I'm one of those now) have some acne-fighting element to them that I'm sure I'll cover another day. The serums that I use that are more focused on moisturizing aren't necessarily targeted for oily skin.
In fact they just plain aren't but they do work and I use 'em. First up is Hydraluron which is a godsend. This serum is basically just hyaluronic acid which any skincare buff knows can hold 1000 times it's own weight in water. Which, after it sinks into your skin, means your moisturizer of choice just got tricked out. It isn't heavy or greasy or anything. You just pat it on and wham bam your moisturizer works literally 1000 times better or something like that. It keeps any weird dry patches at bay and you can't even feel it on the skin.
The other serum I love is the *Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum. Which, like, yes! Why wouldn't you want to delay your face aging? I particularly like this serum because it's chock full of antioxidants which actually are good for anti-aging. The whole thing is supposed to have, and I do quote "a corset-like effect on the skin". You know, because it's so firming. Besides that just being a super weird way to say that, I don't notice much of the corseting of my face because it doesn't need that. God, what a weird couple of sentences. Anyway, I DO like this because the formula is super hydrating without feeling heavy or oily. This is a good choice for night because you get that serum-y glow after that I don't like to put makeup on top of.
I've finally started using eye creams because I'm officially worried about losing my youthful face. Not that the previous two products could have told you that. I feel like picking an eye cream when you have oily skin is really hit or miss.
You want it to be hydrating, but because it's not literally going on your eye (more like around) it can't be heavy. I've tried other eye creams that made my upper cheekbone area break out (cute) or that just didn't do anything.
And actually, my first eye cream isn't an eye cream at all. I got a mini sample of the *It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, and the size just so happens to be that of a full size eye cream. I started bopping the cream around my eye area to great success without taking much care to read the package. That's not entirely sound advice, but it is what happened.
This is yet another anti-aging product that works wonders. It's light enough not to get all weird with concealer on top, and it sinks in really quickly. Although not going to lie, I probably wouldn't use this all over my face. It's just on that brink of being too heavy for the majority of my face, especially the T zone. But the eye's have it, lucky them.
The other, actual eye cream I've been loving is the *Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream. This one has a really cool texture, I tell ya. It's much firmer than a traditional cream and it almost feels silicone-y. It's filled to the brim with a bunch of different seed oils my skin seems to love. It's a heavier choice than the It Cosmetics cream. I love it for night time but it just takes too long to sink in to try and apply it before makeup.
Last one, I promise. I've only got one favorite here because nothing, and I really do mean nothing comes close. If you're on the hunt for a moisturizer for oily skin to wear under makeup this is THE one. The Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is another Korean skincare favorite. Apparently this moisturizer is 80% aloe juice (not gel?) and it's why it works so well for oily and acne prone skin.
The aloe and propolis work together in this lightweight anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial gel to sooth your face. I'm not joking in any way when I say that my here and there acne has almost disappeared since adding this into my skincare routine. The gel itself is very thin and lightweight so a little dab will do you. It takes just seconds to sink in and it makes for a perfect base for makeup. It's not sticky or oily or too heavy so it won't break up your makeup. So. Good.