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If you have oily skin, you may feel like you’re clean in winter because you don’t have hot summer temperatures that cause oiliness, but you’re not as exposed to cold climates as people with dry skin. To some extent, this may be true: you may not see peeling skin or a feeling of tightness on the face. However, oily skin needs the same amount of moisture as dry skin to avoid dehydration.
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With the right products, you can create a skincare and makeup routine that locks in moisture without leaving your skin oily.
1. This skin dye is from Fenty Beauty.
Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty Beauty, rarely seems to hit the mark, and the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint is no exception. This lightweight foundation promises medium coverage, depending on how many layers you apply, and a “natural” finish.
It’s available in 25 shades – from light to dark with neutrals, cools and warms – and you can blend it with a makeup brush or sponge. To subdue shine and ensure it lasts throughout the day, apply Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Powder on top.
$32 at Sephora
2. This primer for skin and makeup from Milk Makeup
People with oily skin should apply a tacky primer to their face before any other base products such as foundation or concealer. A fan favorite is the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Hydrating Makeup Primer, which has gone viral for its gel-like consistency that instantly cools the skin. It contains hydrating superstars like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to ensure your skin stays hydrated while applying makeup.
After moisturizer and SPF, apply one to two pumps into skin in a thin layer. Let it sit for a minute to soak in. Lastly, apply foundation and all other makeup products on top.
$36 at Sephora
3. This is a moisturizing face wash that gently cleanses Cerave.
Cerave Moisturizing Facial Cleanser is the clear winner for facial cleansers, as evidenced by its approved status and over 100,000 reviews on Amazon. It contains moisturizing and skin-protecting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin. The formula is fragrance-free, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin too.
The brand says it can cleanse the skin, ridding it of makeup and impurities without stripping away its natural oils. Plus, a drugstore-priced bottle will get you far, as Reviewed’s tester claims a small formula goes a long way.
$15 on Amazon
4. This soothing spray from Morphe
After testing over a dozen fixing sprays in Reviewed, we named Morphe’s Continous Setting Mist our Best Value Choice. Not only is it a more affordable option, it’s also more hydrating than most of the ones we’ve tested. This is thanks to its moisturizing ingredients, including glycerin, cucumber fruit water, and grape seed extracts.
After applying makeup all over your face, hold the spray about 10 inches away from your face and spray it all over your face. The aerosol can is used to spray the product very finely over the entire skin.
$17 in Ulta
5. Pore Tightening Toner by Glow Recipe
When it comes to toners, try to avoid those that contain harsh ingredients such as astringents that dry out the skin. Instead, choose one that focuses on moisturizing while providing the toner’s pore-shrinking properties. For that, take Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner, which is claimed to hydrate and soothe skin with hyaluronic acid, cactus water, and watermelon extract, and exfoliate with PHA and BHA (mild acids).
Apply toner to clean skin in the morning and evening with your fingers or a cotton pad, and be sure to apply sunscreen during the day as exfoliants can make skin more sensitive to the sun.
$34 at Sephora
6. Saie Moisturizing Foundation with SPF.
Want to combine three steps at once? You can add moisture, light coverage and mineral sunscreen to your skin with Saie Slip Tint Dewy Moisturizer. The 3-in-1 treatment contains hyaluronic acid and pansy flowers to moisturize the skin, as well as licorice root extract to brighten the skin. The result is moist, even skin. It is available in 10 shades, ranging from “very light” with a pink undertone to “rich” with a neutral undertone.
For the promised UV protection, apply one to two drops of Slip Tint to a clean face and massage it into the skin with your fingers. Use it alone or continue with the rest of your makeup.
$36 at Sephora
7. Skin softening moisturizer from First Aid Beauty.
Every skincare routine should include a facial moisturizer, and at Reviewed we recommend First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Without leaving the skin feeling greasy, the cream relieves itching with colloidal oatmeal, moisturizes and protects with shea butter, and soothes with allantoin. Our tester says it left her skin feeling softer and more hydrated, and despite its thickness, the formula spread easily over her skin.
Apply a scoop of cream to your face morning and evening. You can also use this on dry areas or all over the body for smooth skin.
$38 at Sephora
8. This night mask from Youth To The People
Even if you have oily skin, you are not immune to dry patches, especially in winter. Youth to the People’s Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Night Mask is a great product to add to your daily skincare routine in colder climates. The mask contains brightening vitamin C, hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid, plus skin-protecting antioxidants.
The nights you use this, you can skip moisturizer, meaning that using it won’t add an extra step to your routine. Apply a layer of cream as the last step of skin care, let it absorb into the skin and go to bed. You can use this daily.
$48 at Sephora
9. Dermalogica Gentle Cleansing Oil.
Cleansing balms or oils get rid of makeup, skin care products and even excess oil after a long day. Contrary to popular belief, both oils and balms can be used on oily skin—in fact, it’s a great idea when it’s colder outside and skin needs extra hydration every step of the way. Dermalogica Precleanse Cleansing Oil is excellent for this purpose: it contains vitamin E and kukui nut oil, which support and soften the skin while removing makeup.
Dispense one or two pumps onto dry hands, massage into skin, then inject water to create a light emulsion. Wash off with warm water and dry.
$47 at Sephora
10. This lightweight eye cream from The Inkey List
Your under-eye area is a particularly sensitive area and deserves gentle pampering with an eye cream like The Inkey List’s Caffeine Eye Cream. The lightweight formula contains caffeine to reduce puffiness and Matrixyl 3000, a peptide claimed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Gently apply a pea-sized amount to skin after cleansing in the morning and evening.
$11 at Sephora
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