The world of skincare is constantly evolving. Sometimes it feels like every week we are offered some new miracle product, a new saviour of the skin. However, everybody’s skin is different and what works for others, may not always work for you. So, it can be hard to tell whether these new miracle products will truly help with your skin woes. Well, we are here to tell you, that if you have combination or oily skin, gel-based skincare is one trend that you can really get behind.
What is gel-based skincare?
Gels are not exactly a new invention in skincare; they’ve been around for at least the last few years, becoming especially prevalent within the last year. One of the main elements that differentiates gels from other skincare products is that they are usually oil-free.
Cream moisturisers will generally contain oil as they are often designed for deeper hydration, and this can sometimes mean that they sit on the surface of the skin a bit longer while they are absorbed. In contrast, gel moisturisers are often water-based, and this helps them to absorb into the skin much quicker. Other gel skincare products can have similar results, leaving the skin feeling refreshed, rather than weighed down.
Three types of skin
You may be surprised to learn that there are only three skin types: oily, dry and combination. Perhaps you’ve heard people refer to their skin as normal before? Well, ‘normal’ skin doesn’t exist. This is simply a marketing term, and your ‘normal-skinned’ friends actually have combination skin.
Combination skin can be oily, dry, both or neither, and as such, often it can be hard to find skincare products to suit all the different areas of the skin. This is where gel skincare comes in. For oily or combination skin especially, gel-based skincare is great as the absence of oil in the formulas means no excess oil is being added to the skin.
Gel moisturisers - lightweight and easily absorbed
How many times have you put on moisturiser and then had to wait ages for it to dry before you can finish the rest of your morning routine? And, if you apply makeup afterwards, have you ever found that although your skin feels hydrated, your makeup starts to slip part way through the day? Most likely those experiences took place while you were using a cream-based moisturiser, so perhaps it’s time to give gel a go.
Gel moisturisers are easily absorbed by the skin, making them a great base for your makeup. They don’t sit on top of the skin like some creams would, they simply leave you with gorgeous, hydrated skin that feels clean and rejuvenated. Plus, there’s no waiting around for your skin to dry after applying, so you can get straight on to the next step in your beauty regime.
Revolutionary gel-based formulas
The benefits of gel-based skincare can stretch further than just lightweight and oil-free formulas. Our Sonya Daily Skincare uses a revolutionary gel-based carrier in each of its four products, and as well as fast absorption and gorgeously hydrated skin, this gel carrier also provides some benefits specific to the Sonya range.
Our Sonya Illuminating Gel contains a range of carefully selected Asian botanicals which help to brighten the skin. These botanicals would naturally separate from each other in a petri dish, but the gel allows them to bond together. Then, once applied to the skin, they disperse to wherever they are needed most. In addition, the gel in our Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser helps to cleanse the face without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This means that when you wash with the cleanser, your face is left feeling refreshed and clean, rather than dry and tight.
For those with combination or oily skin, the benefits of gel skincare are plentiful, and our Sonya Daily Skincare products, with their revolutionary gel-based carrier, can help balance the normal fluctuations in combination skin.
What are your thoughts on gel-based skincare? Has it worked for you in the past or would you like to give it a try? Let us know in the comments!