Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

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Hydrating moisturizers and serums for oily skin

Hydrating moisturizers and serums for oily skin

The heat in Mombasa will have you rethinking rich moisturizers quick, especially if you have oily or combination skin.

Instead, switch up the skincare approach to layering hydrating serums and moisturizers for soft, smooth skin.

A common ingredient in hydrating serums and moisturizers is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. It's like a giant glass of water for the skin.

But by the time we reach our mid-40s, our body only creates about 50% of the hyaluronic acid it needs. So we need to supplement this deficiency with hyaluronic acid products. Your skin will look and feel softer, smoother, and hydrated.

Below are great lightweight yet hydrating moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid. And they can all be found in Kenyan beauty stores!

Hydrating moisturizers for oily skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel

Available in Nakumatt

I hadn't been in Nakumatt so long that I did a double take when I saw the Hydro Boost range on their shelves last month. Even though my skin was dry then, I bought this and the micellar water. So far, so good. I'll make sure to give a detailed review after about 12 weeks of use.

Clarins Hydra Essentiel Cooling Gel

Available in Madora Kenya

Back when this range was called Hydroboost?,  this was the first moisturizer I used that rocked my world. Glowing skin for daaaayyysss.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Light

Available in Good Life Pharmacy

French pharma classic and excellent for sensitive skin.

Hydrating serums for oily skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum

Available in Nakumatt Kenya

This serum has one job. Hydration. And it does it well.

Clarins Hydra Essentiel Bi-Phase serum

Available in Madora Kenya

Y'all know Clarins will always have a place in my heart and beauty cabinet. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Available in Lintons Beauty World

Launched in 1982, this was the first skincare product formulated with hyaluronic acid. 

In Conclusion

Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for all skin types and makes a great addition to lightweight serums and moisturizers for oily skin. It's the equivalent of your skin drinking a large glass of water. 

Layering hydrators like hyaluronic acid with moisturizers that contain oils helps to seal in the hydration and prevent it from leaving the skin. No more thirsty skin!

What are some of your favorite hydrating moisturizers and serums for oily skin? Let us know in the comments.

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