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9 Gel Moisturisers For Oily Skin That Will Keep You Shine-Free In The Heat

Hot, humid temperatures and oily/combination complexions aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, which makes many Singaporean women reluctant to use a moisturiser for fear of having greasy skin. Our solution: lightweight gel creams that intensely hydrate while keeping the complexion smooth and shine-free. Basically, you get the best of both worlds.

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#1: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream, $49
This reduces the appearance of oil and leaves skin looking and feeling more balanced. It works synergistically with skin’s natural lipids to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface, and contains Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, and Cucumber Fruit Extract to protect and hydrate skin. #2: Biotherm Aquasource Everplump, $69
This fast-absorbing high density serum-gel moisturiser breaks into millions of fresh micro-drops when massaged in and is said to be able to penetrate 10 layers deep into skin for an intensive and long-lasting hydration. #3: Kose Sekkisei Herbal Gel, $56
This multi-functional moisturiser works to hydrate, refine skin texture, reduce dullness, firm, boost radiance and soothe inflammation. It also doubles as an overnight mask that provides eight hours of continuous hydration while you sleep.   See: Overnight sleeping masks that are the best post-party skin savers #4: M.A.C Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel, $74
This ultra-light formula is instantly absorbed into skin upon application. Infused with the brand’s exclusive Super-Duo Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer and more luminous. #5: For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Jelly, $85, Sephora
This night moisturiser helps to prevent spot development and brighten to give you glowing skin. It contains white rose extract to relax and relieve tired skin, and white wine extract to nourish. It also boosts skin purification during as you sleep. #6: Shu Uemura Maxi:hydrability Moisture Essence-in-gel, $80
Specially designed for women in their 20s who are experiencing a shift in their skin’s water/sebum balance, this 3-in-1 solution (it works as a lotion, essence and moisturiser) provides all-day hydration without any greasiness.   See: Lightweight moisturisers that are great for humid weather #7: Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer, $92, Sephora
This oil-free moisturiser nourishes skin while visibly reducing enlarged pores for a more even, radiant complexion. Formulated with a combination of the brand’s signature ingredient Alguronic Acid, it helps to locks in moisture, smooth roughness and brighten dull skin. #8: Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, $52
This has a combination of Glycerin (a type of sugar alcohol which helps to bind moisture from the surroundings to skin), N-Acetyl Glucosamine (small-sized monosaccharides that encourage the production of moisturising ingredients in the skin) and Ceramide 3 (which helps to prevent moisture loss from skin cells) for all-day hydration. #9: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, $60, Sephora
Developed specifically for oily, combination and acne-prone skin, this provides hydration while managing sebum production and minimising the appearance of pores. The cooling gel has a blend of Wild Yam Root Extract, Licorice Root Extract and Azelaic Acid to diminish sebum production, control shine and fight blemishes. Like this? Check out these mattifying sunsceens that help you stay fresh in the humidity, our beauty editor’s 25-step skincare routine and creamy moisturisers for dry, sensitive skin.