The Amazing-ness Of Gel Texture Moisturisers
Gel textured moisturisers have become a more frequent formulation on the skincare frontline. They are light, refreshing and pack a hydrating punch without a greasy finish. A little goes a long way and they create the most beautifully smooth texture on the surface of the skin. It's like silk with an added juicy plumpness (which is what I'm all about). It makes for a dreamy foundation application too.
They layer well with serums and essences. In fact, sometimes I'll even pat a gel moisturiser in as they're almost jelly-like; a viscous consistency. Despite the notion that these gel textures are best suited for oily and acne prone skin types, my dehydrated skin has been loving them. It's worth noting that not all gel formulations are created equally. Some will provide an incredible moisture boost without needing to be a thick, buttery texture. In fact, it's becoming more common to find these gel formulations launching for all skin types and sometimes targeting drier skins. Let's have a look at some of the top contenders.
TOP GEL MOISTURISERS
My introduction to this formulation was with the Origins GinZing Moisturiser. It had a beautiful zesty scent and a light consistency, perfect for Summer. However, as the years went by, it wasn't rich enough for my skin. That's when I discovered The Body Shop's bargain Vitamin E Sorbet. This is a beautiful formulation that sits more on the line of being a jelly or a pressed serum. Definitely a lot more hydrating and also gave my skin a smooth almost mattified finish. I repurchased this a few times back in the day. It multitasks as a moisturiser and primer in one.
My love for gel moisturisers rekindled when I discovered Garnier's Moisture Bomb. My review will tell you that I've dubbed it the best moisturiser ever. It felt like a splash of water to the skin. Refreshing, soothing and required very little work to apply. I happily used this morning and night. I'm eyeing up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel now. I love that it's so easy to get hold of these effective moisturisers at affordable prices.
NEW TO THE SKINCARE SHELF
I am going to hold off on buying the above, however. Why? Because I've recently acquired another two gel moisturisers that have piqued my interest. The first is a Korean beauty find: The Face Shop's Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Cream. If you've ever made a chia pudding, you'll know that chia seeds hold moisture well so I have high hopes for this. It has a slightly gooey consistency and feels like I'm applying a serum. The second is Superdrug's B. Moisture Gel which claims 12-hour hydration. This interested me because it contains algae and Persian silk tree extract (a new one for me).
Look out for reviews as the season progresses. What are your thoughts on gel formulations in skincare?
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