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What To Do (And Buy) If You Just Cannot Deal With Cream Moisturisers

Look, if a cream moisturiser works best for you, that's great. But for someone who has to deal with oily skin on the daily, a girl needs her options.

My relationship with cream products of any kind is a notch below lukewarm at best. It is not entirely non-existent, because sometimes there is just no avoiding it. It is also not fair to hold all cream products by the same standards. For instance, I discovered that I like eye creams just as much as eye serums. Some of my favourite Vitamin C products, like the Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream and the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, are cream-ish.

No, my real beef is with cream moisturisers. Those thick, fluffy ones that ensure moisture is locked into your face before you leave the house in the morning and as you snooze at night. As someone who has an oily T-zone to deal with day in and out, the thought of layering cream moisturisers under everything else like sunscreen and primers is just scary. Much more so than face oils – surprise, surprise! – because the skin absorbs oils more easily. True fact.

My face still needs to be moisturised, so what is a girl to do? Serums, oils and watery gel-based products are the obvious answers, but if you’re in the same boat as I am and you need options, look no further than the edit below.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Masque De Nuit Au Camelia

Think of this as Chanel’s answer to the night masks that the South Koreans do so well. The Masque De Nuit Au Camelia – so named because it is chockfull of Chanel’s signature camellia flower, trés luxe – turns from opaque cream to a watery texture immediately and melts straight into the skin. It is so light, like water, but it doesn’t dry up to nothingness. It leaves behind a film that stays on until morning – and you can use it on your lips as a lip mask! That is just so mind-blowing to me! This is still more of a night thing though, so for the day I recommend…

Chanel Le Blanc Healthy Light Creator Oil

The oil I used as a primer to surprising results. Look, I love face oils, I love them like a regular person loves videos of kittens, and of all the oils I have tried, Chanel’s Le Blanc Healthy Light Creator Oil is by far the lightest. It is perfect for summer, tropical weather and yet still so moisturising. It really keeps the moisture locked in. The fact that it smells like a spa is just icing on the cake.

Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil

Is it a serum? Is it an oil? I can’t quite decide. It has more weight and viscosity compared to a regular serum, but it isn’t exactly oily. So, what you get is a hybrid that does more than a watery serum, but is still manageable if you’re worried about wearing oils in the day. Yes, it is labelled as a night oil, but as long as you keep to a drop for the day, you’ll be fine.

Etude House Collagen Moistfull Cream

If we’re talking budget options, this unassuming peachy-orange jar that houses a juggernaut product – the legions of fans behind this are not to be messed with – is it. It starts out as a gel, but turns into a watery, almost serum-like texture instantly and all you need is a fingertip worth of product for your entire face. Given how adorable it looks, it is surprising how potent this cream is. (I say cream but it really is more of a whipped gel.) Its mask equivalent has saved me in many a winter.

Dr Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

This made our “Best of 2017” list for good reason. Filled with a high concentration of varying long and short hyaluronic acid molecules – what this just means is some form a barrier on the surface, others go deeper into the skin – this light yet powerful works both in cold and warm weather. It is absolutely fuss-free with no gimmicks and it doesn’t just moisturise, it plumps your skin and evens out fine lines in the long run. We like adding it into other stuff like tinted moisturisers as well. It is pricey though, so be prepared to splurge.

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex

A much cheaper alternative to Dr. Barbara Sturm, this one by rising label NIOD contains 15 hyaluronic acids, so it is also very concentrated. I also like that it has extra stuff that protects the skin from free radical damage and in this intense summer sun, that is exactly what my skin needs. Like all the other serums on the list, this goes on very light. Subtle yet strong, if that makes any sense.

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster

Need more? Perhaps something that has the goodness of hyaluronic acid and oils rolled into one? Your wish is this fellow’s command. Like the aforementioned two serums, this has a high concentration of hyaluronic acid and free-radical fighting watermelon extract on one hand, and evening primrose oil – plus all its soothing properties – and coconut fruit juice – not oil, so no clogging – on the other. It smells lovely, it goes on the skin beautifully. I like to use this as a spot treatment whenever dry patches pop up.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Face Serum

Remember when we talked about the rise of unconventional serums? It’s a thing! It’s totally a thing! This crazy popular pressed serum from Perricone MD is the latest to join the foray. Granted it isn’t exactly meant for deep hydration, but I find that it hydrates enough. (You’ll need backup in colder months and air.) The core of what it does is fight dullness, elasticity loss and lines and this indeed does smooth out the skin without the weight of regular anti-aging creams.

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