Battling shine and enlarged pores? Congratulations: you have oily skin. The best way to know if you’ve definitely got oily skin is how it looks and feels after washing: does it get greasy within a few hours of cleansing? Then it’s time for you to invest in the best moisturiser for oily skin you can find, and kick it into shape.
When your skin is oily, it’s because it overproduces sebum, the natural substance produced by the body's sebaceous glands. In its usual amounts it keeps our skin and hair soft and healthy (like a natural moisturiser) but when there’s too much of it, it can be a nightmare, keeping the velvety smooth skin we all dream of out of reach and condemning you to forever battle with the makeup sliding off your face instead.
So what makes the best moisturiser for oily skin? Believe it or not, it’s a total myth that people with oily skin don’t need to use moisturiser, and it’s another that oil is bad for oily skin. Our skin actually loves oil – it needs it to keep itself healthy and protected, and some natural oils are great for combatting acne, which can be a sad by-product of all that sebum. Look for borage oil or jojoba oil in your moisturisers.
Another surprise? Your oily skin may not be oily after all – it might actually be dry. When our skin’s dehydrated, it can over-produce oil to try and make up for the moisture it’s lacking. In that case, the best moisturiser for oily skin is actually a moisturiser for dry skin – hydrate your skin with a rich, nourishing cream and you might notice that oil fading away.
Above all though, look out for a lightweight formula that is going to give your skin all the hydration it needs, but help to control that shine and keep your skin matt and even.
Known for its specialist skincare expertise, Dermalogica's Active Moist Lotion
acts to reduce pores and redness, while smoothing the skin to leave a softer finish. It's fragrance-free too, so is ideal for those with sensitive skin concerns.