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Light Gel Moisturisers for Oily Summer Skin

Do you have oily or combination skin (like me) that can sometimes feel tight and dry on the surface? I hate it when my face feels like that! It’s my constant mission to find nice, light moisturisers that help to hydrate my skin without overloading it with oils. I mean, oils are good, but some of us have plenty of them already, thank you very much! Especially in the summer!

I’ve pulled together a little selection of fresh, light moisturisers that help the skin to stay hydrated but that don’t add excess oil. These would work on all dehydrated skin, but I particularly like them in that time of the month when my skin feels grubby and greasy. They seem to tighten and freshen without adding any heavy layers of product, so perfect for an extra moisture-boost below a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream.

If you have very dry skin then you may find that some of these don’t cut the mustard – the Darphin and Suqqu have extremely nice textures and are a bit more hefty, but they are still a lightweight option when it comes to moisturisers. If you need something instantly effective on very dry skin, take a look at Carita’s Lagoon Cream, Jo Malone’s Vitamin E, Lierac’s Hydra Chrono or the Super Hyper Hydrator. My testers with chronically dry skin give these a huge seal of approval, and I have had great results with them on my dry patches. They all give instant relief to very dry skin without being greasy in the slightest.

On with the video then – I give a very brief review of each hydrating gel or jelly – the Astalift isn’t strictly a moisturiser, it’s more of a “serum in a semi-solid state”, but it was far too pretty and satisfyingly wobbly not to include. Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/CV-CmwnfiJc

Astalift Jelly: usually £71 but FeelUnique do a trial size (15ml) for £21, if you are desperate to try.. http://tidd.ly/c9a1dddd

H20+: http://tidd.ly/72f250d

Clinique Moisture Surge: http://tidd.ly/60ed833

Clarins Hydra Quench: http://tidd.ly/53443bf9

Darphin Hydraskin Light: http://tidd.ly/13a46a69

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel: http://tidd.ly/1a214605

Heal Gel: http://tidd.ly/fe982d0e

Lubatti Gorgeous Orange Moisturiser: http://tidd.ly/ff6fcd3e

Blink Brow Bar Rose Gel: http://www.blinkbrowbar.com/products-page/skin/pure-rose-facial-gel/

Suqqu Bounce Barrier Gel Cream: http://tidd.ly/849d89da

Sunglasses are from Carrera, a few years back now.


  1. I have combination and sensitive skin. It’s been hard to find a skin product for me. Recently I’ve been looking for a cream to use for both during the day and night. I have tried the Made from Earth Vitamin C Moisturizer one for a week and am absolutely in love with this. And its organic without chemicals! When I put it on, it feels light and refreshing with no scent.

    It has the perfect amount of moisturizer so my face feels hydrated and I don’t need to constantly reapply nor wiping oil off my face. I have not found any other product fits my skin so well and I’ll stick with this one for a while!

  2. I am 36 with combination skin that occasionally breaks out, so I was looking for something that moisturizes without adding a bunch of extra oil. My wife (who is SO beautiful and also has combination skin) recommended the Lady Soma Renew Serum that she uses. This really works! My skin is feeling and looking better. I am so satisfied that I have recommended it to family and friends, something I rarely do. My wife always gets mistaken for someone who is at least 10 years younger than she really is. I imagine that is due to her taking good care of her skin and good genetics, but I must say that I think the hyaluronic acid in the Lady Soma Renew Serum helps to keep her (and me) moisturized and to keep the fine lines at bay.

  3. Hi Ruth, I am so glad I have discovered your blog beginning of this year. So far thanks to your reviews I got Nia24 cream, Suti oil, Pai cleanser, Nars TM, Alpha H LG and mask,Strivectin SD eye concentrate, Manuka cleanser, Caudalie products just to name a few….love them all. At the moment when I have some spare time I am trying to read through all of your archives looking for some inspiration ;))

    Anyway I have got a question for you, I need some good quality moisturiser, with antioxidants would be good or brightening one, i have got some favourites so far Clarins daily energizer, Clarins Hydraquench, Lierac Hydro-chrono , Lierac mesolift cream and like also the look of Institut Esthederm Hydra system Aqua difufusion( altough the price is a bit steep). My skin is normal-combination prone to spots in chin area. Please could you help me to decide? And also regarding serums- which one is in your opinion better? Caudalie brightening serum or Lierac concentre mesolift?

    Thanks xx

    • OK, well…I can’t imagine that the Clarins is packed full of antioxidants, to be honest with you! If you had some pennies to spare I’d recommend one of the Skinceuticals treatments like Phloretin or Ferulic. I have been using the Institut Esthederm Vitamin C range and it’s absolutely brilliant, but also steep! The Elemental Herbology moisturiser that I talked about a while back is great and not TOO dear, it also has AHAs and so might help on the breakout side a little… http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2012/07/03/elemental-herbology-moisture-milk-rush-review/ Hope that helps xx

  4. Have you tried Sisley’s Tropical Resins Complex? It is so luxurious and of course expensive, like all things Sisley. I think you would love it, it also has a mattifying agent to reduce shine. Perfect for this guy’s combination skin. I love your blog/vlog btw, even though I can’t use the makeup haha.

  5. Hey Ruth! Did you try Caudalies’s Vinosource moisturizing sorbet? I have the one for sensitive skin and the texture is brilliant (not really a cream nor a mousse but something in between). It sinks right into the skin and moisturizes it really well without adding oil. I thought it might fall into this category of moisturizer that you like. The serum in this range is quite brilliant too (like a patch of moisture), I use it alone at night when my skin feels dehydrated. :)

  6. These cream-gel formulas fit my skin-type exactly. I’ve been a long-time fan of Darphin’s Hydraskin Light for a few years now, and I use it every day – occasionally I use the Clinique Moisture Surge as it was free in a magazine a couple of months ago – it’s good but Darphin is wonderful.
    Great post!

  7. I love this type of moisturizer. I’ll definitely have to try some of these. At the moment I’m really liking the Shiseido pureness gel-cream at the moment. Just curious if you’ve tried the Shiseido skincare and what you think of it?

    • I used to use quite a lot of Shiseido when I was first modelling, but haven’t in a while! I must get back into it! x

  8. Hi Ruth, your timing for this post is impeccable, since I was looking something for dehydrated skin! xx

  9. Great review, you should try khiels yerba Mate lotion, it is amazing! Not only it helps with the first wrinkles, it brightens the skin and is so light, so perfect!

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