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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. Hi, great video…just a quick question though, since none of these have an SPF, can you use them as well as sun protection, e.g. I use the suqqu face protector with SPF 50 – would I be able to use one of these as well? And which would you apply first? Thanks

  2. Great video, really helpful! (especially if we ever see warm weather again :P) I was just wondering, why do you think the Clinique 3-step program is so bad? Just curious.. Xx

    • Just nasty soap, nasty bottle of alcohol and mediocre moisturiser. I love loads of their skincare, but I wish they’d scrap the 3-step. It works well for some people, I suppose, but they have MUCH better products that are far kinder. x

  3. I saw you have my favourite little Miracle there, Heal Gel- now i have heard and have seen a few snippets on line that they are about to Launch a full skin care line !!I can only imagine that if its like the Heal gel it will be a total cult in no time :) im so excited

  4. Another great video! I’m glad you did this one because I have oily skin, made even more so by the hot summer weather. I’ve been skipping moisturizer lately, but I noticed that my skin is very oily but getting dehydrated so I really need to find a nice, light moisturizer. I LOVE gel moisturizers, and some of these look really, really great! That Astalift one (though really a serum) looks insane! I saw the Pixiwoo sisters feature that one too–so interesting!

  5. for slightly drier skin the Clinique moisture surge intense is wonderful for dry patches too!

  6. Dear Ruth! what a great post! I used to use gel creams a lot before, but have somehow let them be for years, perhaps my skin type has changed with age, and just become dehydrated, and not so oily.. perhaps I’ll try one of these before autumn kicks in. I actually just did a post on a reader question on my blog concerning combination skin and how to best care for it, with a special focus on the daily regimen! Have a look here: http://rokderm.com/2012/08/06/roker-question-answered-how-to-best-care-for-combination-skin/ Have a great day!

  7. I really love the Clarins Daily Energizer gel cream and SPF15 fluid in the orange jar/bottle for this sort of thing too :)

  8. Decleor’s Hydra Floral emulsion is amazing for combination skin. I use their neroli oil under the moisturiser and it’s great. No breakshouts, yet no dryness!

  9. I have recently discovered your blog and youtube videos, and enjoying them so much. It’s great to find someone as beautiful as yourself and as knowledgable as you are about skin care. Especially since we have similar skin types. I do have a question though, what do you think about oils of oily skin and what would you recommend?

  10. Ruth, if you are a fan of gel texture products, I think you would love these jellies from Taiwanese brand Naruko – http://www.naruko.us/Category/9.aspx There are day and night versions. I’ve tried the Rose and Narcissus formula and both were great. I know how you like your rose products and they have a great rose line!

    Another gel product I love is Laneige’s sleeping pack – http://www.imomoko.com/product_detail.php?ID=3712 I recently discovered that it works even better as a super hydrating gel mask. I leave it on for 30-40 mins and then rinse off before applying skincare. It leaves you skin amazingly soft and plump.

    I have dry and sensitive skin and they have not given me any issues. I follow up the jellies with John Master’s Argan Oil and it’s works beautifully.

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