If you’re an oily skin kind of girl like myself, you’ll know how incredibly frustrating it is to try and find a moisturiser which doesn’t make the whole situation a hell of a lot worse. On the one hand, we’re constantly told that everyone should use a moisturiser, whether you suffer from dry or oily skin, but on the other, when we actually do reach for one, the result is usually a greasy, shiny and pore-clogging mess. It’s a double-edged sword!!
Now, I will admit, I’ve been known to go through phases of skipping my moisturising phase altogether as I just couldn’t deal with how greasy they made my skin feel. This is not wise!! When your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs, it will go into overdrive and produce even more oil. Cheers skin cells! Finally though, after tearing my hair out for so many years, I decided to try the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, featured in my Spring Skincare Routine. The lightweight, gel formula completely changed my life and it’s all I’ve been using for the past year.
There’s one problem though. The price. A large bottle of this Clinique complexion-rescuer will set you back a whopping £30 *eek*. I know that this is way way out of the price range for many young women (especially as it’s girls in their teens and early 20s who tend to suffer from oily skin), so I’ve been on the lookout for a drugstore alternative. And you know what? I think I may have found one…
Enter… Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser (£4.99)
Formula: This is completely oil-free which is perfect for combination/oily girls as it won’t clog pores or send your sebum cells into overdrive. It’s also incredibly light and has a gel-like consistency, very similar to the Clinique version. This also makes it super easy to apply, as it just smoothes out easily all over my face. Finally, after application, it doesn’t leave my skin looking shiny or with that unpleasant greasy feeling I get from a lot of heavier moisturisers. Win!
Ingredients: This product supposedly contains Microclear Technology (whatever that means) which helps to reduce blemishes and breakouts. I also checked online and the ingredients include aloe vera (which helps to soothe irritated skin) and salicylic acid. If you have oily skin, salicylic acid is your best friend. It will speed up the growth of new cells, helping to remove red marks or dicolouration, and it cleans out pores better than most other ingredients.
.Scent and Packaging: This has quite a strong smell of pink grapefruit, which I know many people might be put off by. I personally really enjoy the smell though and don’t find it to be too sickly. The packaging is a nice and simple tube which does the job. Product doesn’t come oozing out so there hasn’t been any wastage.
Overall Effect: This is definitely the best drugstore moisturiser I’ve ever used. The lightweight formula has kept my skin hydrated, but without making it feel greasy. I haven’t broken out at all (and my skin can be sensitive), and it acts as a really nice base for makeup too.
So if you’re someone who can’t stand your oily skin and has had as much trouble with moisturisers as I have, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go. Is it as good as my Clinique Dramatically Different Gel? …No. I think that will always be my true love. But for times when I need to pinch a few pennies, and for girls who maybe don’t feel they can splash out £30 on a skincare product, then definitely check this out.
Have you ever tried this Neutrogena moisturiser? What did you think? And if you have oily skin, what are your recommendations for dealing with it?
Thanks for reading!