Having combination skin can be a real minefield when it comes to picking your skincare. Should you seek out products that dial down the oiliness or alleviate the dryness? If you focus on one, will you exacerbate the other? Luckily, last winter it seemed that I finally found my skincare groove. My face was hydrated and plump, and any oiliness was under control. My technique? Light layers of serums and creams—and even nighttime oils when needed—to lock in hydration. But then spring and summer rolled around and I was back to square one. The oilier parts of my skin were getting out-of-control shiny and I found myself having to blot every couple of hours no matter what products I applied. And despite the increased oil levels, my skin also felt tight as it adjusted to a warmer climate.
Honestly I felt like I just couldn’t win, but that was when I began to notice a rise in the popularity of gel and jelly-textured skincare on TikTok. With no other tricks up my sleeve I thought I’d try and incorporate this lighter texture into my routine too, and guess what? I’ve been totally converted. Yes it turns out that while some social media beauty trends are just fads, switching to gel skincare is the real deal. In fact, even skincare experts are big fans of making the swap.
“The advantage of gels is that they can be very hydrating and quickly absorbed so they’re perfect for layering,” says Dr Justine Hextall, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist. “There is so much interest in actives and as such several products may need to be applied, gel works well for this.”
With the hotter weather in the UK and the continued wearing of face masks you might find your oil-based products clogging your pores, leading to breakouts. “Using a lightweight gel that is non-greasy, helps to hydrate and protect the skin barrier, reducing dryness and irritation under a mask without being comedogenic,” says Dr Hextall. And in the cooler months, when dryness is more of a concern, she suggests layering gel formulas with a non-gel moisturiser to lock in hydration.
While most skin types can benefit from gel-textured skincare, Dr Hextall advises you check the ingredients list. “If the gel is alcohol-based then a sensitive skin type will find that astringent irritating. If a gel contains hydrating humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid or ceramides then it will be soothing to most skin types.”
So, if this has piqued your interest in trying a new texture of skincare products then keep scrolling to discover the best gel skincare products.