Ten of the best creams to moisturise and repair oily or combination skin
There are plenty of advantages to having oily skin – that excess of sebum means your complexion will stay plumper and juicier as you age, plus you don’t have to worry about flaking skin in winter (thank goodness!) But that’s not to say having oily or combination skin is always simple, and picking a night cream can be particularly tricky. Traditional rich and heavily perfumed formulas can leave pores overloaded and skin looking puffy come the morning.
Facialists and skincare therapists alike recommend incorporating a simple massage technique into your daily skincare application to get the best out of your products and your cheekbones. Here is guest wellbeing and skincare therapist at Fortnum and Mason, Marie Reyonlds top tips for defining your contours:
1. Apply cream using your index finger with your middle finger over the top for extra pressure, firmly press under and up into the curve of your cheekbones, starting from the sides of the nose. Do both sides at the same time.
2 Use a firm, pressing-gliding action and follow the curve of your cheekbone, always pressing under and up into the muscle to give that lift, ending up at the ear.
3 At the ear where you have lymph nodes (the posterior auricular glands – it’s like a hollow) gently massage anti-clockwise on this point to stimulate and help drain fluids and toxins. Repeat three times, day and night.
Renowned for their ultra-replenishing wrinkle-fighting credentials, night creams commonly come in a dense heavy-duty form. But not anymore, bouncy, pillow soft formula's able to hold their weight in nourishing oils and active ingredients are the latest skincare innovation to arrive on Western shores from the world's skincare capital, Korea.
And the one causing the biggest buzz in the beauty world? Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream. Combining the restoring powers of an overnight mask with the light, springy and fast-absorbing texture of a day cream, it seeps beneath the skins barrier to delete the tell tale signs of fatigue and even skin tone. Plus, you won't awake to heavy leftover residue from the night before.
If you find you wake up to oilier skin than you went to bed with, it's an overnight overproduction of sebum that's to blame. Normaderm Night Detox regulates sebum as you sleep, while nourishing skin with Vichy thermal water so your skin looks refreshed, feels hydrated and pores look smaller by morning.
If you're already a fan of Hope in a Jar, mark your calendar for April 1 when this souped-up version goes on sale. This one contains a blend of three Alpha Hydroxy Acids to gently exfoliate daily oil, dirt and dead skin cells and shrink the appearance of pores.
If you find most night creams too heavy for your oily skin, Fillume's light gel-like texture and lack of fragrance will feel like a breath of fresh air. The formula is all about re-volumising skin, with hydrating hyaluronic-acid and plumping sesame seed actives.
A night cream for people who don't get on with night creams, Marine Cream has a super-light, silky texture that leaves no greasy residue behind. You won't notice it's there five minutes later, but it will be secretly working under your skin to boost elasticity and plump up fine lines. Yes, it has a powerful scent but that's from natural rose and mimosa absolutes - no unnecessary perfuming here.
Don't be put off by the name, this isn't a Mask or a BB cream (promise!) it's actually a nightly skin treatment that's light in texture, packed with energising ginseng and gives skin a noticeable glow without filling it with oils or rich emollients. It smells lovely and sinks in fast, no big surprise Erborian uses Korean technology - it's the skincare capital of the world right now.
Thalgo Hydra-Marine 24hour Gel Cream is another gel and water-based moisturiser, both ideal textures for quenching oily skin with moisture but not encouraging puffiness or shine come morning. The formula feels cool to the touch and sinks into skin seconds, while an active ingredient called 'lumisource' promises to help detoxify cells for a bouncy, bright complexion.
A cream for those of us who don't want to turn back the clock, just to look fabulous at our age, full stop! Exquisage isn't solely for those with oily skin but it's CelluVie complex focuses on radiance, skin tone and texture rather than heavy hydration, making it great for anyone who doesn't want to overload their skin before bed. It's not as light as some of the others here, but melts away in seconds.
Powder is like kryptonite to excess sebum, so the biotech extract of flax in Carita's hydrating cream is perfect for mattifying skin without clogging pores. If you're worried this might dull down your natural glow, don't be - this refreshing, gel-like texture also thoroughly hydrates skin for a juicy, healthy look.
Using an oil-packed heavy balm might seem a little counterproductive, no? But this Purifying Balm with Ylang Ylang, Hazlenut and Jojoba actually helps regulate sebum production by giving skin all the good oils it needs, so it won't overcompensate by producing all that excess while you sleep. The lemon oil helps shrink unruly pores while the formula feels and smells absolutely dreamy.