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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Best Affordable Day and Night Creams for Oily Skin

When the heatwave hit England a few weeks back, I had to seriously step my skincare game up. My foundation had been migrating away from the centre of my face by midday: never a good look, but one I'm sure anyone with oily skin can relate to. I made my way into town to purchase my trusty Shine Away Gel by Botanics, only to discover that it had been discontinued in the past month. Still hurting here Boots. Fix it please. 

Left abandoned by my favourite product, I was looking for skincare that was going to keep oil at bay for a reasonable price. Meet Garnier's Moisture Matte and Nivea's Regenerating Night Cream for combination skin.

The Moisture Matte is a day cream that contains a green tea extract that looks to keep skin smooth and mattified. I love the way this product feels on the skin: it has an unusal texture to it, but that's the micro-spheres that work to ensure it absorbs quickly. You can apply your foundation within twenty seconds of its application, with no risk of things getting chalky or cakey. Everything applies smoothly on top of this, and I've found that your makeup doesn't have that immediate dry look that can sometimes come about with mattifying prep products. There's no risk of a greasy face either: your skin may have a slight shine to it by the end of the day if you've powdered, but nothing ever gets to a hot mess kind of level with this stuff!

With night creams, I often find it's hard to find something suitable for oilier skin types. This was the best I could do in the drugstore, and even then it states it's suitable for combination skin, not oily. Nevertheless, we all need intense moisture to our skin at night to make sure it regenerates properly, and that's exactly what the Nivea Regenerating Night Cream looks to do! Once applied, your skin will feel smooth and soft: not greasy in the slightest. I think this cream is excellent, especially if you suffer from skin that's prone to redness or has an uneven pigmentation: you'll wake up with skin that looks even and refreshed. I'm used to waking up with oily skin thanks to the warm nights we're getting, but I've certainly noticed that oil levels are kept to a minimum when this cream is on duty.
Here you can see the kind of textures these creams are: the day cream is light and creamy and the night cream is thick but kind of fluffy! With oily skin it's so hard to find affordable skincare that doesn't turn you into a greasy mess and also just feels nice to wear, though I can certainly vouch for these two. They also work well together and my skin has been super well behaved recently in terms of break outs. Win win.

Have you tried these products?
What are your favourite creams for oily skin?


1 comment

  1. I love using facial oil at night! It's a bit too greasy for day time but soaks into the skin perfectly over night. For day time I have to wear something with SPF in it because the sun is killer here.

    Great post!



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