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Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Oily Skin 50ml

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Skinstitut Moisture Defence Oily Skin is a low intensity clarifying moisturiser with vitamin B3. For combination and oily skin.

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4.3 of 107 reviews

83% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Gamer Changer For Me


I can't even begin to tell you how much this product has saved my face! Having oily skin I have always tried to avoid moisturisers thinking they were making it worse (false). I wouldn't even consider trying another moisturiser because this one has it all. It goes on great, dries quickly and can be worn under make up. When I forget to put it on or run out I notice that my skin breaks out and my pores look more noticeable. Such a great quality product for the price! 100% would recommend if you have oily skin paired with Skinstitut's Gentle Cleanser - game changer.

Most Helpful Criticism

Not the best


I have oily skin and found this moisturiser definitely didn’t help to control it, it actually made my skin more shiny and sticky. It also didn’t seem to moisturise my skin all that well - it wasn’t bad but didn’t deliver any results, it seems like an average product that isn’t worth the price unfortunately
  1. Great everyday moisturiser


    verified purchaser
    This moisturiser is fantastic for everyday use. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated without feeling heavy. I was a bit concerned by how small the tube is as I thought I’d go through it quickly, but a small amount goes a long way.
    The only minor downfall is I do find I feel a bit oily in my t zone at times, but this may be me using too much?
  2. yesssss


    Only need a pea size drop to cover your entire face which is great. These moisturiser is LOVELY. It's light and hydrating, which is so nice. it just melts into the skin and my skin looks SO good. Has really helped smooth my skin and reduce redness and pores.
  3. Not the best


    I have oily skin and found this moisturiser definitely didn’t help to control it, it actually made my skin more shiny and sticky. It also didn’t seem to moisturise my skin all that well - it wasn’t bad but didn’t deliver any results, it seems like an average product that isn’t worth the price unfortunately
  4. good moisturiser for oily skin


    This is a good moisturizer for oily skin. Throughout the day, I am less worried about oiliness or shine. Although the product is quite small in comparison to the cleanser and scrub, I do notice it lasts a long time as you only need a small amount. However, for the price, I may lean towards chemist oil-free moisturisers for better value.
  5. Gamer Changer For Me


    verified purchaser
    I can't even begin to tell you how much this product has saved my face! Having oily skin I have always tried to avoid moisturisers thinking they were making it worse (false). I wouldn't even consider trying another moisturiser because this one has it all. It goes on great, dries quickly and can be worn under make up. When I forget to put it on or run out I notice that my skin breaks out and my por...
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  6. For oily skin? Really?


    I know this has been a life saver for a lot of fellow oily skinned people but this wasn’t very good on me. It actually left me with an unpleasant, greasy shine after applying, worse than any other moisturiser I’ve tried. Also doesn’t spread over the skin very nicely.
  7. Amazing BUT give me more...


    I don't have overly oil skin but blemish prone so felt this was the best fit.
    Really in love with this moisturiser, i started using it with the gentle cleanser in the range, its really helped calm down my blemish prone skin. I feel the moisturiser calms redness and smooths out texture while providing the perfect hydration levels though-out the day.
    Doesn't have an overpowering smell, ...
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  8. Amazing product


    I have oily skin and only gets worse through the day. I bought this product and I fell in love with it. On days I work I wear makeup, using this underneath, my face oil stayed quite limited. The only thing that disappointed me was the size of the product, I ended up using this up just over a month but when I repurchase I could probably try and reach two months as I only needed the smallest amount ...
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  9. Nice soothing mattifying moisturiser


    verified purchaser
    I really enjoyed this moisturiser, it feels great on the skin and I would wake up in the morning after using with fresh hydrated skin. The only gripe I have is that the bottle seems really tiny, wish it came in a bigger size so I didn’t have to buy as often.
  10. Not the best moisturizer


    I've been using this moisturizer for 5 weeks, day and night. However, it's not very hydrating, yes it did somehow control the oilyness of my skin. But throughout the day my skin feels dry and not hydrated at all. I feel like it's a little too strong too because as far as I know moisturizers should be hydrating and light on your skin but not this one.
  11. Not the best


    I bought this in how that it would help my oily T-zone, sadly it didn't help much. I found that it let my son oily & would even cause me to break out on my forehead. The angel isn't that pleasant either.
  12. Not the best


    I love Skinstitut products and use most of the range. I purchased this recently and don't love it. After using it for a couple of days, my skin has broken out pretty badly - this is the only new product I have implemented into my routine. I will keep trying to use this product, however at this stage I will not be repurchasing this product.
  13. Only moisturiser I’ll use.


    I have very oily skin and would hate the feeling of moisturiser sitting on my skin till I found this product it sinks in and helps me not product so much oil!
  14. Broke me out


    I use a lot of Skinstitut products and usually use the Moisture Defence for Normal Skin, I found that as the weather was warming up it was getting a bit too heavy for my skin. I decided to try the Oily skin formula and it broke me out big time. After about a week of using it I developed painful spots and whiteheads on my chin and whiteheads on my cheeks. Not sure why! Something in this formula mus...
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  15. Great but not worth the price point

    Emma Loves Skincare

    I used this product for a while but once it ran out I did not repurchase - it just wasn't worth the price point. I know it says to only use a pea size amount but that's just not enough, I need to cover my whole face lol.
    It worked okay, but I've since tried better, less expensive products

    For reference my skincare is oily combination skin and I am 30 years old


    I’ve been using skinstitut products for about 6 months now and this moisturiser is the best I’ve ever used. It doesn’t make my skin oily but it also feels super hydrating
  17. My life saver


    I love this moisturiser, I have combination oily skin and have found that this keeps me hydrated all day without making me oily in my t-zone etc. I use to have acne prone skin but very rarely have issues with that anymore. Best moisturiser I have ever used!!
  18. Multiple repurchases!


    I am in love with this moisturiser. Over the years I have struggled to find one I love for my combo/oily, acne prone skin. This has been perfect for me, I use it both morning and night religiously and have repurchased it many times now! It is very lightweight but also thoroughly hydrates and moisturises, doesn't clog my skin, and is soothing and pleasant to put on even when I have inflamed, sore p...
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  19. Not the best for very oily skin


    I found this to be a good moisturiser except on hot days when my skin is extra oily, I found it made my skin worse. I will use this product at night now it is getting warmer and my skin is getting more oily.
    Wouldn't buy again for my skin type.
  20. Staple Product


    I have normal to oily skin and so my moisturisers fluctuate but this moisturiser is my absolute go to! It is not greasy and does not leave any residue, it goes on effortlessly and melts into your skin and does not go tacky once applied! I use this after I put on my SPF and then once I've used the moisturiser I do my makeup. Ever since using this, I found my makeup sits better and last longer and i...
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  21. Great for summer skin


    Nice in summer when you don’t need too much and it’s warm outside!
  22. Very light on the skin


    Amazing product, moisturises without it being left oily
  23. Lightweight + Hydrating


    Really light but hydrating. Works for my oily skin but feels like I’m still getting plenty of moisture. I like that this also includes niacinamide and squalane.
  24. Finally found my HG moisturiser


    I have oily, acne prone/breakout skin, I’ve been on the hunt for a moisturiser that doesn’t clog my pores and cause breakouts for a long time. Love the consistency, only require a small amount of product, it feels light but moisturising. Only wish it came in a larger tube.
  25. 4/5


    I’ve bought this 3 times. I really like it. It’s lightweight, not super greasy, doesn’t add more oil to my oily skin but doesn’t reduce my oil either, doesn’t break me out. Goes great under make up, I use it morning and night. I do feel like I go through this fairly quickly maybe because I use it morning and night. Would be great if they made the product larger!
  26. Great for my oily skin


    Second time i have bought this product, love it. Not too heavy, doesnt leave my skin feeling greasy. Perfect for morning or night.
  27. Skin still oily


    Left my skin still oily. Light weight but didn't work for me
  28. Doesn’t minimise oil


    I’ve used this product for a few weeks now maybe when a month? I have an oily T- zone and I don’t find that this product helps with that. I still found that my T-zone was still oily during the day. Although I still find it does moisturise my skin overall just doesn’t help with ‘oily skin’ as advertised.
  29. Leaves skin soft


    I have very oily skin and although I do like this moisturiser, I don't think it really helps with oil control. You only need a small bit to cover the entire face so the tube will last a long time.
  30. Perfect for oily skin


    My skin has always been oily and applying a layer of heavy moisturiser always made me feel yuk but this moisturiser is perfect does the job without feeling heavy.
  31. Awesome


    did exactly what it claim helped reduce the amount of oil i had on my skin and reduced the amount of acne i have
  32. Good


    This has helped my dehydrated acne prone skin without irritating it. My sunscreen and foundation also applies nicely over it
  33. Light wearing


    I have been using this product for over 5 years. It feels so light and non-greasy. You only need a small amount to make this product cover your entire face. Love all my Skinstitut products!
  34. Works wonders!


    I have oily skin and the idea of moisturizing my face terrified me. This moisturizer feels light on my face and has helped clear up my adult acne. It smells wonderful and my face feels super soft
  35. Great moisturiser


    Great moisturiser that absorbs quickly and leaves no residue. I have oily skin and this is perfect
  36. Im 50/50


    I do like this moisturiser, especially the cooling feeling after applying. It also feels hydrating and has not caused me to break out. The only downside would be that I only use it as a nighttime moisturiser, not in the morning under sunscreen/makeup - I prefer something more lightweight.
  37. Love it


    I have very oily skin and started using this around two weeks ago and straight away have noticed a difference in my skin! I have less breakouts and my skin isn’t producing so much oil as it did before. Love this product!
  38. Average moisturiser


    I love skinstitut products but this one just doesnt do it for me. My skin is quite oily and this moisturiser doesn't seem to do anything special for it. In saying that I am yet to find any moisturiser to control my oil so it may just be my skin type, and so i continue to buy this product due to lack of another alternative
  39. Ideal for Oily/Combo Skin!


    I have textbook combination skin, oily T-zone prone to dryness around the eyes and mouth so I really struggle to find a moisturiser that combats my dry patches, but doesn't react with my oily areas. Enter this moisturiser! It has such a lovely texture and lightweight feel, absorbing really quickly into my skin and I've noticed my skin feels hydrated throughout the day, as well as when I wake up in...
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  40. So hydrating


    Very Hydrating and great for my oily acne prone skin.
  41. Good moisturiser but a little heavy feeling for oily skin


    Wasnt expecting a creamy texture that feels almost oily for use on oily skin, usually it's more of a gel or a lotion but it's still a nice moisturiser. I like the scent as well.
  42. Hydrates & moisturises perfectly


    I've been using this product for a year now & I love it. I tend to get a bit dry during winter, but it protects and hydrates my face perfectly. Feels great when you put it on.
  43. Not the best at oil control...


    I love all skinstitut products and have been using them for a number of years now. I have combi/oily skin. I find this product helped slightly but doesn’t give full oil control, I recently tried another product as a sample I received with my Order, and found it more suited.
  44. Love skinstitut


    Have used this brand for years it’s amazing. Happy that I got it at a great price
  45. Smooth skin


    This moisturiser leaves my skin very hydrated and smooth, offers a nice barrier before applying sunscreen and primer.
  46. Perfect for dehydrated skin


    I have oily skin and couldn’t work out why my skin was always flaky. I’ve tried a lot of different moisturisers that would either make me breakout or not fix my flaky skin. Then I found this one and I haven’t looked back. It’s lightweight but nourishing and at an unbeatable price point. Love it!
  47. love for my nightly mositure


    i use this after i cleanse each night.. leaves my face feeling fresh and clean
  48. So awesome


    I've been using this for well over a year now. It really does leave my skin nice and soft and smooth.
    You only need a small pea sized amount to pat it onto your face and neck, so though the tube is smallish, it does last.
    It's wonderful for oily skin. I don't think I'd use anything else.
  49. Unsure


    Unsure on whether I like this product or not. Personally, it hasn’t made a significant difference with my skin. Makes my face looks greasier but definitely does moisturise. Not really worth the price though.
  50. One of my staple products


    I’ve been using this moisturizer for years. Safe to say it is a fav of mine. It’s lightweight, perfect under makeup, great for oily skin. I just love it would 100% recommend.
  51. Great, effective product for clogged/dry skin


    Switched to the Skinstitut line after searching for an ethical/cruelty free skincare brand. A gel like moisturiser that really targets my dry skin while dealing with the rest of my oil/acne prone skin was different but within a night I could see the difference - supple skin and reduced redness.

    While the tube is scarishly small, the effectiveness is fantastic. The only other slight d...
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  52. Great for oily skin


    I usually use the Skinstitut Moisturizer for normal skin however I was having an oily moment for a few weeks so switched over to this product. It has worked wonders for my skin, it moisturizes without being heavy & doesn't leave a residue on my skin. It has a nice matte finish to it & sits great under my makeup.
  53. Love it!


    I love this as it doesn't make my skin feel heavy and I don't get shiny as quickly. However the tube is very small so am having to re-purchase quickly.
  54. Most favourite Moisturiser


    I wear this day and night. Love this nice light feeling on my oily skin. Been using this for over 4 years now.
  55. Great product


    I have combination skin and this moisturiser is the perfect balance.
  56. Great moisturiser


    Bought this for my daughter who has combination skin and she is very happy with the product.
  57. Love this product!


    Lately I've had combination skin, really dry around the hairline but oily everywhere else. This product has been fantastic as its hydrating my skin, especially around the hairline, but keeping my skin oil free. My skin feels fantastic. I love this product! My only issue is the size of the tube. I feel like I'm going through it quite fast, so it would be great if it came in a larger size.
  58. Good but the smell is pretty off putting


    I have been enjoying this moisturiser, I am very oily and havnt noticed a dramatic change in that area. But I have been liking this moisturiser in general. The one thing that I can’t stand is the smell, it’s almost like a fishy smell when you apply it? If you are really sensitive smells I wouldn’t recommend.
  59. Pretty good


    Perfect for when my skin was very oily and acne prone. Never left my skin feeling greasy and definitely controlled the oil production on my t zone.
  60. Perfect under sunscreen


    I usually have an oily T zone however i can happily use this product under my sun screen and BB cream with no issues!
  61. Nothing amazing - just another moisturiser


    I have oily/combination skin which can be dehydrated at times, This moisturiser applies smooth on the skin and is quickly absorbed. As my skin is dehydrated from water, but is oily, I felt there wasn’t enough moisture for me. Would prefer if it had spf in it. Only a very small tube so was used quickly.
  62. Best Moisteriser for Oily Skin


    I love this moisteriser and I have such oily skin. I have been using this product for 5 years now and would highly recommend it to anyone with the same skin type.
  63. Does the job!


    This is one of the better moisturisers for oily skin I have tried. It goes on easy and smooth and doesn’t feel greasy. My skin is super oily especially in the T-Zone and this does help a little with the shine. Overall it’s a great product.
  64. Good product


    I haven't had any issues with this moisturiser. My only issue would probably be that its quite a small tube!
    You only need a small amount and I mix it day and night with the vitamin c powder. Makes my skin feel and look great after applying it. Also use the SPF underneath but I wait around ten minutes or so before applying to allow the SPF to soak in.
    Has definitely helped with my ac...
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  65. Made my skin breakout


    This product didn’t work for my skin. It made me breakout but I can be prone to breakouts
  66. Good stuff


    Good everyday moisturizer, leaves my skin a little dry though, but I have combination skin. I've since switched to the original - normal skin and I find it much better.
  67. Feels weird and smells weird


    Having trouble with oiliness since moving to Queensland. This product does not feel nice or smell nice or really work for me. Feels thick. Have tried other things that were a lot lighter and moisturising but not oily. Won’t buy again unfortunately
  68. Didn’t work well for my skin


    I tried this for my breakout prone skin but it didn’t work well. It just made me break out more
  69. Not for me!


    I love Skinstitut products and this is the only one I've ever had an issue with.
    It claims to be for oily skin but I feel like it makes my skin oily. My skin feels good when I first put it on, but then 30 minutes later my skin feels oily and clammy. It's impossible to apply sunscreen as well because i get even oilier skin.
    Also when i try to apply make-up it does not apply smoothly a...
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  70. Great Product


    Bought this because i came off birth control and my skin went from being dry and clear to oily and prone to breakouts, this has definitely helped with my breakouts and doesn't make my skin too oily, i wear this under my makeup
  71. Could be better


    After using other skinstitut products I decided to try one of their moisturisers as a product that would control my oily skin and blemishes during the day. When initially applied the moisturiser is hydrating and a good primer for makeup however, by the end of the day I have oily skin and my makeup is loose.
  72. Good moisturizer but not right for me


    I bought this moisturizer when I first started using skinstitut products and was really happy with it. At the time my skin was combination and quite oily at different times. Using this definitely calmed down my skin and made it clearer. During my pregnancy however (and mid winter) this just didn’t provide enough hydration so I switch it for the ultra moisture version which helped. Overall I like t...
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  73. It’s good


    Skin type - combination
    Target areas - congestion, dry patches, dull uneven skin tone

    This moisturiser is good it does its job, it smells nice. It’s not a wow product, no immediate soft skin feeling, and can feel a little heavy at first, but I’m getting results and I’ve adjusted to the feeling. I’m onto my 2nd bottle, it is a small amount compared to the other products in the r...
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  74. Seems good


    I got a sample of this and gave it to a friend. They love it and have already bought a full size.
  75. Great for oily acne prone skin


    I have now been using this product for 2 years. It is moisturizing, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh but never leaves my skin feeling oily like it does with others I have tried. Will never use anything else again.
  76. Okay product


    This product delivers on hydration for a few hours. My skin is combination sensitive, but unfortunately I felt oily after a few hours of applying.
  77. Oily skin wonder !!!


    So moisturising but not oily. Will never use another moisturiser. Highly recommend.
  78. Love this cream!! Excellent for combating my acne problem :)


    My skin is the type that always breaks out when using grocery store bought skin products as I seem to have bad reactions to products which contain a lot of unnecessary added smells or harsh scratchy chemicals but Skinstitut is very kind to my sensitive skin and even if I went to bed feeling like I’d added a breakout of acne to my skin after a long day but then after using this cream overnight it’s...
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  79. Love it!


    Absolutely love this product. It's perfect for oily skin
  80. Great moisturiser


    A little goes a long way with this cream. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated but helps combat oil and I feel my makeup doesn't need touch up until mid afternoon now whereas before it would only go a few hours before going shiny.
  81. Does the trick!


    This product is great for my oily skin and really leaves me feeling hydrated and moisturised. It's so smooth and definitely a new favourite.
  82. Must give it a try!!! (If you dont mind the smell)


    My only complaint has to be the smell of this, at first it smells fruity fresh but after a few seconds you applied onto your face, it smells fishy to me. It doesnt prolong throughout the day but it's such a bummer when you smell this in the morning.

    Have been using it since day 1 i got this and now i finished my first one already in around 2 months.

    Does the job, sits w...
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  83. Great for oily/acne prone


    This moisturiser is nice for when my skin is feeling oily or I'm experiencing some breakouts. This moisturiser doubles as my primer as it feels really nice under makeup
  84. Good value for money


    I have combination/acne prone skin so it’s difficult to find any moisturiser that doesn’t flare up my face. The bottle is small, but a little product goes a long way. I find that I still get a little bit of greasiness after using, however it’s better than any other moisturiser I’ve used so far and is better value for money.
  85. Perfect Moisturiser


    I have normal/combination skin and this moisturiser is perfect for me (the normal version was a little too 'greasy'). My beauty therapist recommended this brand and the products work great in conjunction with one another. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone with normal to oily skin.
  86. Love this product


    I had such trouble with my skin until my beauty therapist recommend that I use Skinstitut. I haven't looked back since. My skin is combination and I think that this moisturiser is perfect for my skin that is 40+ in age. It absorbs easily into my skin and doesn't feel greasy. I use it morning and evening after cleansing, and incorporate with the retinol at night.
  87. Great Prodcut


    I use this in conjunction with Gentle Cleanser and I LOVE IT! I have oily, very sensitive skin and it's really great with my skin. It is really light and doesn't feel like I need to wipe it off later like other moisturisers have been like on my skin - highly recommended!
  88. Great for oily skin


    My skin is oily and sensitive. This product is great for daytime wear, but I personally use the Normal Skin for night time, especially if using a retinol product with it.
  89. Good for very oily skin


    I have combination skin, leaning towards oily, but this was just too drying for me. I have since switched to the Normal Skin version which is absolutely perfect. So if you have combo skin, I'd suggest going for the Normal Skin version if this one isn't hydrating enough. Great to mix with rosehip oil or the Skinstitut Repair Balm if you're seeking even more hydration.
  90. Love this, worth the buy


    i have normal to oily skin so i cater for the oily side more as it dominates by the end of the day. i use this in the morning and night as part of my skin care routine. keeps my face looking dewy, very youthful and fresh! if you have acne or extremely oily skin, i would suggest that you use a few other products as well to combat your problem, this is just to keep your skin moisturized (maybe try u...
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  91. Best moisturiser


    I loooove this moisturiser for my sensitive skin. I use this along with the L-Lactic cleanser and they go very well with each other.
    I don't breakout from this and provides me with good moisture when my skin gets dry.
  92. Perfect


    My skin is oily and often produces a lot of acne, this cream is nice and light on my face. It also doesn't add to the oil that my face produces, would highly recommend for anyone who's skin is oily and wants a cream that helps
  93. Nice texture


    This is awesome is you are prone to oily skin - not heavy to sticky on the skin but nice and hydrating!
  94. Great stuff


    Skinstitut's skincare line often contain ingredients you don't see anywhere else. I've never seen Pistacia Vera Seed Oil (from pistachios!) as the main ingredient of a moisturiser before! And to have pistachio oil in a moisturiser designed for oily skin is a bit mind-blowing. Nevertheless, it works. I still haven't put this on my t-zone area - as I'm just too afraid to clog my pores - but it was a...
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  95. A must have


    This is the best face moisturizer I have come across and I'm in love. I have always struggled to trust in moisturizers that wont clog my pores or make my face too oily. I use it morning and night after cleansing my face and it helps to make my skin feel very healthy. Perfect under make up as well.
  96. Skinstitut is great


    This moisturiser is excellent as a top layer to my daily routine, prior to putting on primer and make up. Using this product in conjunction with even blend serum or retinol works wonders. I have also used it with just a cleanser and works well too.
  97. Amazing


    Amazing moisturiser! I have very very oily and acne prone skin and many other moisturisers make my skin even oiler half way through the day but not this one! This one seems to be able to balance my oil perfectly! Also has not caused any breakouts. Will always use this as my moisturiser.
  98. Disappointed


    For the price of this product I was definitely expecting something more, but I was quite disappointed. It’s essentially just a really bad smelling standard moisturiser. I have a very oily t-zone and this moisturiser has just made that area more oily. It works well on my cheeks where I’m not really oily, but I don’t think I’ll be putting it anywhere near my oily sections again.
  99. amazing


    definitely my new fav go to moisturiser, great for oily skin and helps control the shine so well!
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