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By Melmeko @melmeko

Hi there once again my peeps!  Moving right along, with this blog comes thethird installment of my Serious Skin Care program, featuring the products Ipersonally use in my strict daily anti-ageing skin care regime.  This time, I am going to hit you with the Moisturisers that I use, when I use them and my thoughts on each one.  I have pretty much developed a love/haterelationship with moisturisers over the years, because, as anyone with oily skinwould surely understand, finding one that is not too rich or heavycan be like finding a needle in a haystack; very scarce to say the least. I find it particularly hard during summer, due to the vast humidity herein tropical North Queensland, when thickcreams and sweaty faces do not seem to agree, as sweat glands go intooverdrive causing skin to become even oilier.  I don’twant to even think about how many moisturisers I have used or tried over theyears (far too many to fathom), which have caused me me look like I have just jumped out of a deep fryer, eww.  Yep, there is nothing worse than the ‘greasyface’ effect or the suffocating feeling of a heavy moisturiser encasingyour skin and unable to absorb. Still to this day, I have only found a small selection of moisturisers that work for me, most of which,currently remain in my skin care program, after all they are so hard to find, so I'm not about to let them get away too easily :)
Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Hydrator Gel
MoisturisingI have only been using this moisturiser for a few months andafter my first application and test drive all I was allured. Where have youbeen my whole life?!  I have never reallythought about using a moisturising gel before, nor have I really noticed anything availableon the market, in the way of gel based facial moisturisers.  However, let me tell you now, if you haveoily skin, then you would undoubtedly experience the same dilemmas that I facewhen trying to finding the right moisturiser.  Well, mark my word, this is exactlywhat you ARE looking for, the oily skin moisturiser to surpass all moisturisers!  I use thisprimarily as my daytime moisturiser; however, it’s perfectly fine for night time usetoo.  The botanical formulation, infusedwith natural essential oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus, has acomplimentary aroma that is refreshing and invigorating.  Just a pea-sized amount of the superlightweight gel is more than enough to evenly apply over my whole face andneck. It absorbs quickly with no tacky residue and leaves my skin soft, smooth,completely nourished and glowing with radiance (not the pesky, shiny glow often seen reflecting off the foreheads of us oily skinned beauties,nope, this glow is one that radiates pure health). It makes for the perfect base under mymakeup, providing a matte canvas that my foundation can easily adhere to, bringing a welcome relief in comparison to foundation sliding straight off my greasymantle, LOL. The gentle, soothing gel is also suitable to use if my skin is all red and irritated, offering a calming relief without exasperating the problem.  I love this Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Hydrator Gel, so much so, that I could do a song and dance about it, hehe, but seriously,though, I really can’t sing its praises enough! A ‘must have’ or at least a ‘must try’ for anyone who is sick of the oilyskin blues and can't find a way out; this is your escape route. :)
Simplicite Lemon Night Crème
MoisturisingI have been using this night cream for the past 9 months andit’s the first night cream that I can safely say, doesn’t leave my skin coated in alayer of oil upon waking up of a morning. I usually prefer a slightly richer moisturiser at night, because after all, who is goingto see me while I am sleeping, so a bit of shine isn’t a huge drama, but whenit's so oily, to the point where you could cook an egg on it, then it just goes beyond reason.  This night cream has become oneof my favorite moisturisers, with its gorgeous lemon scent and creamy butterlike texture; it is a sheer pleasure to use. It's nourishing andconditioning, but not too rich or heavy, making it perfect for my oily skin. Aswell as offering hydrating benefits, it also helps to clarify my complexion andreduce the appearance of blotchiness and discolouration. I have noticed lessroughness, a softer skin texture, tighter pores and fading areas ofpigmentation, revealing brighter, more radiant skin. I believe with longer-termuse, I will also see fewer wrinkles as my existing fine lines have started appearing softer.  The all-naturalformula makes it my PM moisturiser of choice, on alternate nights, when I use my Clarisonic PRO Sonic Skin Cleansing System.  The Simplicite Lemon Night Crème is, in my opinion,a hidden gem, with not too many people aware of the Simplicite brand or thehighly effective, natural range of skin care products they offer, so I feel the need to ‘shout out’ to the world, how awesome it really is!  Plus, it’s an Aussie special, born and breadhere in Queensland,with products that are tailored to suit our climate. Its no wonder I love my night cream so much andwouldn't hesitate in recommending it, 5 star product!
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum
MoisturisingI first discovered Medik8 and this serum about 15 months ago, when at the time, I had never tried, or even seen, for that matter, a hydrating serum.  Initially,I was a bit sceptical about how it could possibly be comparable to a normal moisturiser and apprehensive it would leave my skin an oily,greasy mess, like certain other products, but my concerns were quickly quashed.  This clear serum comes in asmall bottle with a dropper to disperse the almost gel-like fluid. It has noscent, it’s extremely lightweight and it is 100% non-greasy, even on my oilyskin. Yippee, I am so thrilled to have encountered such a unique product, because I was previously on the ultimate search for a moisturiser to use at night, which would adequately hydrate my skin, minus the accompanying morning 'horror' face, coated in a layer of grease. This serum is the perfect solution tomy lifelong dilemma.  It feels cool andsoothing upon application, whilst sinking straight into my skin with no sticky,tacky residue, leaving it plump, super soft and full of moisture.  Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serumcompliments my nightly skincare regime exceptionally well, almost as if it were developed justfor me. ;)  Every second night, I incorporate a high strengthVitamin A skin care treatment into my routine, which is used in conjunction with my ASAP Daily Facial Cleanser.  These highly potent products, prompted me to pursue a simple, moisturiser that is gentle and kind to the skin, whilst doesn't interfere with the active ingredients featured in the previous steps.  The calming relief provided by theserum feels instantly soothing and helps to alleviate any sign of facial redness. It keeps moisture locked in overnight, so that when I wake in the morning my skin always feels comfortable and looks healthy.  Over time, it has helped improve the suppleness of my skins texture and overall it's firmer, plumper and more nourished.  Conclusively, a beneficial anti-aging moisturiser for my oily skin, delivering impressiveresults as it guides me down the path to achieving a more balanced, youthful,radiant complexion.  If you haven'ttried a hydrating serum, then do yourself a favour and make it a point to doso; it’s unlike any other moisturiser and maintains to produce even betterresults!
Well, that wraps up the regular moisturising products that I use inmy skin care routine.  Based on my skintype and the climate where I live, I stick with these moisturisers all yearround and don’t bother adapting to cater for each season.  I also use various SPFmoisturisers as well, but I decided that I won’t mention them here and instead will proceed to listthem in my Sun Protection product line-up.  Consideringall of my SPF products are actually multi-tasking, SPF moisturisers anyway, ratherthan targeted, stand-alone sunscreen products, which unlike their non-SPF counterparts, I do chop and change and adapt regularly, so it kind of makes sense to keep them separate, well inmy books anyway, hehe ;) 
It took me nearly forever to discover which moisturiserssuited me best, after decades of being at war with my skin, always using thewrong type of moisturiser.  A common mistakeis confusing dehydrated skin with dry skin, however, dry skin is a type, justlike oily skin, whereas dehydrated skin is a condition and as I discoveredmyself, even oily skin can get dehydrated too! Getting skin concerns/types mixed up oftenleads to opting for unsuitable products, hence my situation, either making thingsworse or never getting past first base and forever struggling to get better skin.  Unbeknownst to me, my ‘oily’ skin would occasionally sufferfrom dehydration, fueling my belief that I had combination skin, when in fact Ididn’t.  Having finally determined mycorrect skin type (better late than never) I began choosing relevant oily skinmoisturisers that in turn worked in my favour to support my skin.  When deciding upon a moisturiser, any externalfactors need considering, such as seasonal requirements.  That is, do you possibly need a richermoisturiser during the cooler months than you use throughout summer…etc?  If so, you need to adapt your skin careroutine accordingly.  Once conceded, feel free join me in arming yourself with a suitable moisturiser, whichwill harmonise with your skin :) 
We all should implement a moisturiser into our skincare regime regardless of our skin type; all skin types need some form ofhydration and we all want one that works! Which moisturisers do you use? What can you recommend?  I would love to hear your thoughts :)
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