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If you have oily skin, you may think you’re light in the winter because you’re not immune to the hot, oily temperatures of summer, but you’re not as affected. by cold climates than people with dry skin. To some extent, this may be true: you may not see flaky skin or feel any tightness on your face. However, oily skin needs just as much moisture as dry skin to avoid dehydration.
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With the right products, you can establish a skincare and makeup routine that will ensure that moisture is locked in without leaving skin looking oily.
1. This buildable skin tone from Fenty Beauty
It seems Rihanna’s makeup line Fenty Beauty rarely misses the mark, and the brand’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint is no exception. This lightweight foundation promises up to medium coverage, depending on how many coats you apply, and a “natural” finish.
It’s available in 25 shades, from light to deep with neutral, cool, and warm undertones, and you can blend it with a makeup brush or sponge. To dull shine and ensure it stays put throughout the day, dust the brand’s Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder on top.
$32 at Sephora
2. This foundation that adheres to the skin and makeup of Milk Makeup
People with oily skin should apply a sticky primer to the face before any other base products, such as foundation or concealer. A fan favorite is Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Hydrating Primer, which has gone viral for its gel-like consistency that instantly refreshes skin. It contains hydrating superstars like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that ensure your skin stays hydrated while wearing makeup.
Post-moisturizer and SPF, apply one to two pumps to the skin in a thin layer. Let it sit for a minute to absorb. Finally, apply your foundation and all other makeup items over it.
$36 at Sephora
3. This gentle cleansing moisturizing face wash from Cerave
Cerave’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a clear winner among facial cleansers, as proven by its critic-approved status and over 100,000 Amazon reviews. It contains moisturizing and skin-protecting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin. The formula is fragrance-free, which also makes it a great option for people with sensitive skin.
The brand claims that it can cleanse the skin, ridding it of makeup and impurities, without stripping its natural oils. Plus, the drugstore-priced bottle will take you a long way, as Review’s tester says a little formula goes a long way.
$15 at Amazon
4. This satisfying setting mist from Morphe
After testing over a dozen setting sprays at Reviewed, we named Morphe’s Continuous Setting Mist our “Best Value” pick. Not only is it a more affordable option, but it was more hydrating than the majority of the ones we tested. This is thanks to its moisturizing ingredients, including glycerin, cucumber fruit water and grape seed extracts.
After applying your makeup all over your face, hold the spray about 10 inches from your face and spray it all over. The aerosol can allows an ultra-fine and uniform mist all over the skin.
$17 at Ulta
5. This pore-tightening toner from Glow Recipe
When it comes to toners, you should avoid those that contain harsh ingredients, like astringents, which dry out the skin. Instead, opt for one that aims to hydrate while providing the pore-tightening benefits of a toner. For that, get the Watermelon Glow PHA+ BHA Pore-Tight Toner from Glow Recipe, which claims to hydrate and soothe with hyaluronic acid, cactus water, and watermelon extract, as well as exfoliate. with PHA and BHA (mild acids).
Apply the toner to clean skin morning and night using your fingers or a cotton ball, and be sure to apply sunscreen during the day, as exfoliators can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
$34 at Sephora
6. This dewy tinted moisturizer with SPF from Saie
Want to combine three steps at once? You can add moisture, lightweight coverage and mineral sunscreen to your skin with Saie Slip Tint Dewy Moisturizer. The 3-in-1 contains hyaluronic acid and pansy flower to hydrate the skin and licorice root extract to brighten its appearance. The result is dewy, even skin. It is available in 10 shades, ranging from “very light” with pink undertones to “rich” with neutral undertones.
To get the promised UV protection, apply one to two pumps of Slip Tint to a clean face and massage it into the skin with your fingertips. Use alone or continue with the rest of your makeup routine.
$36 at Sephora
7. This skin-softening moisturizer from First Aid Beauty
Every skincare routine should include a face moisturizer, and we at Review recommend First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Without making the skin look or feel greasy, the cream relieves itching with colloidal oatmeal, moisturizes and protects with shea butter and soothes with allantoin. Our tester says her skin is softer and more hydrated, and despite its thickness, the formula spreads easily on her skin.
Apply a dab of cream to your face morning and evening. You can also use it on dry patches or all over the body for smooth skin.
$38 at Sephora
8. This sleeping mask from Youth To The People
Even if you have oily skin, you are not immune to dry spots, especially in winter. Youth to the People’s Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Night Mask is a great product to add to your cold weather skincare routine. The mask contains brightening vitamin C, hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid, and skin-protecting antioxidants.
On the nights you use it, you can skip the moisturizer, which means using it won’t add an extra step to your routine. Apply a layer of cream as a final skin care step, let it soak into the skin and head to bed. You can use it daily.
$48 at Sephora
9. This Gentle Cleansing Oil from Dermalogica
Cleansing balms or oils remove makeup, skincare, and even excess oil after a long day. Despite popular belief, you can use both oils and balms on oily skin. In fact, it’s a great idea when it’s colder and skin can use extra hydration every step of the way. Dermalogica Precleanse Cleansing Oil is ideal for this purpose: it contains vitamin E and kukui nut oil, which both work to support and soften your skin while removing makeup.
Dispense a pump or two into dry hands, massage into skin, then introduce water to create a light emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
$47 at Sephora
10. This lightweight eye cream from The Inkey List
Your under-eye areas are particularly sensitive areas of skin and deserve gentle care with an eye cream, like The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream. The lightweight formula contains caffeine to reduce puffiness and “Matrixyl 3000”, a peptide that claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Gently pat a pea-sized amount onto skin after cleansing in the morning and evening.
$11 at Sephora
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