Moisturiser for oily skin to remedy shine and control blemishes

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  • Because non-greasy, non pore-clogging moisturisers DO exist and we have the proof

    The best moisturiser for oily skin may seem counter-intuitive, but believe it or not, oily skin can still get dehydrated. You’ll need a different set of ingredients to someone with dry or flaky skin.

    Although your skin is overdoing it on the oil front, it still needs some hydration. ‘Many anti-acne products dry out skin, so it is important to rehydrate it to prevent overproduction of sebum to combat the dryness,’ consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong says.

    Be sure to also tailor your skincare routine to your skin type: take your pick from our best cleansers and fighting shine will become a whole lot simpler. Then for make-up, add one of our best foundations for oily skin to your beauty routine.

    So what should you look for when buying products? ‘Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil-free creams or serums instead,’ says Dr Wong. With this in mind, we’ve sourced different types of the best moisturiser for oily skin below.

    ‘There’s no point in forking out your hard-earned cash for a trendy new product that’s targeted at dry patches when you’ve got oily skin!’ adds Dr Anjali Mahto. ‘For oily skin, you need something light and non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.

    ‘If you’re in any doubt, speak to a dermatologist, GP or sales assistant to find the perfect moisturiser to suit your individual needs.’

    Best moisturiser for oily skin and open pores

    Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimising Lotion, £29.50, John Lewis

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    Enlarged pores are unlikely to completely shrink down – their size is down to a combination of things like skin type and genetics – but there are some steps you can take to minimise them. Some moisturisers can help to encourage pores to shrink a little; Kiehl’s lightweight lotion is one such formula, containing Amazonian white clay, that reduces the appearance of pores without simply drying the life out of your skin. If your pores are very large it may be worth looking into microdermabrasion if you’re keen to reduce their noticeability for the long-term.

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    Best moisturiser for oily skin with SPF

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine SPF50+, £17.50, Lookfantastic

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    It can be a real struggle to find a moisturiser with a good SPF that’s simultaneously not too greasy or heavy – which SPF notoriously can be. Fortunately, there are a few carefully formulated moisturisers that both benefit oily skin and protect it from sun damage. This gel cream from La Roche-Posay will protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, whilst leaving you with a shine-free matte finish. Divine.

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