At one point in time, I believed that the best beauty products were the most expensive. I used to save my pennies for the fanciest creams to clear up my acne spent the checks from my part-time retail job on the most expensive foundations, brow pencils, and lipsticks. My logic: If it has a big, fat gold logo on the tube, it has to be the best... right?
Over the years, I've learned that product efficacy isn't synonymous with a hefty price tag, and there are plenty of affordable beauty products out there that work magic — especially in the hair aisle. Since going natural, I've fallen in love with the masks, creams, and tools that give me salon-quality results without compromising the health of my hair, and some of those amazing products can be found at the drugstore.
If you consistently straighten your hair at home — or just don't trust a salon with your silk press — I broke down every single drugstore product I use to make my strands look (and feel) like a million bucks, ahead.
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I’ve never put much thought into the products I use on my pits, much less talked about them. You could find me in drugstores reaching for just about any antiperspirant with a “fresh linen” scent that promised to tackle sweat — if it’s on sale, even better. But with the boom in natural deodorant options and rumored health implications of ingredients like aluminum chloride in antiperspirants, I’ve been interested in making the switch.I’ve tried to trade in my drugstore stick for a natural formula before — and failed — but I decided to give it another go with the launch of Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant. The product sounded like skin-care goals just based on the name, but I was even more curious when the brand introduced me to the aluminum-free liquid with a virtual full-body workout class held by Nike Master Trainer Kirsty Godso. While I did sweat profusely, which was to be expected, there was zero odor thanks to the high concentration of alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs. The idea is that the chemical exfoliants lower the area’s pH levels, making it less hospitable to the bacteria that causes B.O.I was impressed by how well the deodorant performed during a cardio session, so much so that I decided to put it to the ultimate test: a beach vacation. I was departing on my safely social-distanced getaway at the exact transitional moment when my sweat glands, which had previously been staunched by aluminum salts, opened the floodgates before they reached natural equilibrium. I’d only been using the deodorant for three days, but I already loved the refreshing feel of the cooling rollerball coated with ingredients like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. (I’m also a fan of the approachable packaging that allows me to throw the tube in any bag, because you know I had it in my beach tote the entire time, just in case.)I was sweating an ample amount during the first half of my week-long vacation (though still no body odor), but I stopped perspiring altogether by the last few days. I’ve seen even better results in the weeks following: I usually relied on laser hair removal in the past, but now my underarm area looks visibly brighter and more even, without the dark shadow. Also, my pits feel much smoother, and I find myself looking like one of those dated ’90s shaving commercials when I graze the skin to observe the change.My one qualm would be that the serum takes a little while to dry down. That said, it’s not more than a minute, so with all the benefits it delivers, I’ll happily deal with that downtime. Ultimately, I left vacation not only with a much-deserved tan but also brighter, smoother, non-stinky pits, all thanks to a natural deodorant — which is something I never thought I’d say. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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When lockdown was announced in March in the UK, I, along with every other beauty fanatic I know, felt a wave of panic as hairdressers, nail salons, and skin clinics closed. My relationships with my colorist, hairstylist, dermatologist, nail technician, and eyebrow lady were all put on hold, and I started to worry that I would end up resembling something out of Teen Wolf. That said, lockdown has been the perfect catalyst for switching up my look. I didn’t have to worry about The Outside World for a while, so in April I gave myself a big chop. It ended up being a defining moment for me. Finally — yes, finally! — I was at peace with my curls. Over the last few months I have tended to my tresses like a precious garden, watering daily, massaging my scalp, coating my curls with deep conditioner and butters, and giving myself a trim every six weeks. While my hair has grown considerably as a result of hiding my straighteners and tongs (goodbye, heat damage), I still felt that my crown was missing some va va voom.Naturally, like everyone seems to be during the summer, I decided to bleach my hair. Before you gasp in horror (because yes, bleaching at home can be hit or miss), I did my research. I watched countless “How To Bleach Hair At Home” and “How To Bleach Afro Curly Hair At Home” videos on YouTube. I flooded various WhatsApp groups with questions. One of my friends suggested I try BLEACH London Plex Bleach, which is specially formulated for Afro hair. I purchased the bundle, which included the Plex Bleach and an Ice White Toner. I’ll be honest, though: I was terrified. I’ve never bleached my hair at home before, let alone used a toner to get to my desired shade. I had no idea what to do, and the bundle sat in the corner of my room for weeks. Then one day, I took the plunge. I decided to give myself DIY balayage.Balayage is a French freehand hair-painting technique where lighter pieces, generally two or three shades lighter than the rest of your hair, are blended in among natural strands without harsh lines. The method is designed to mimic the way hair naturally lightens in the sun for a believable, subtle highlight. Think of it as similar to using Sun In as a teen but without burning your ends off, so it won’t look horrendous in a few months’ time when it grows out. I spent hours googling balayage looks, taking inspiration from hundreds of curly-haired beauties and celebrities, from Jessica Alba and Elaine Welteroth to Halle Berry, in order to understand how the light would hit each curl — it’s very different from straight hair. I decided that I would paint the bleach onto each curl individually and focus on highlighting the strands around my face to brighten and lift.BLEACH London’s process was pretty straightforward to use. The bundle included the bleach powder, developing lotion, and a small sample of the Reincarnation Mask to condition at the end. Using a tint brush, I mixed the bleach powder and developing lotion in a mixing bowl to create a grainy white paste before sectioning my hair into four parts. I chose to start at the front of my hair as I wanted that area to be lighter, and applied the bleach freehand to the curls around my hairline and fringe. I started halfway up the strands and coated the ends, pinning them back with butterfly clips as I went. Thankfully my bathroom has two mirrors, one in front and one behind, so I was able to apply the bleach and see every section. I made sure that all of my ends were coated.I used around half of the bleach mixture before putting on my shower cap and letting the product develop, checking my hair every five minutes. I left the bleach on for a total of 30 minutes (including application time) before adding some more to the top strands of my hair for extra brightness. At this point I was winging it because I felt I had nothing to lose. I thought that if it went wrong, I could always dye it brown again with my foolproof Moroccanoil Oil Color Depositing Mask in Cocoa. This is always a great fallback option for hair blunders.After I rinsed out the bleach, I dried my hair to check the color. At first I was alarmed by the brassiness, partly because I’ve been so used to being brunette — change is always going to be a shock. I opted to use the toner and applied it exactly how I would a conditioner: I lathered it all over my head, ensuring every strand was covered so it would be even, before covering my hair with a shower cap and letting it work its magic for 30 minutes. I rinsed it out and applied Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector to repair any brittleness from the bleach. After that, I washed and conditioned my hair with purple shampoo and conditioner to get rid of any remaining brassiness.Here’s some advice: If you’re hoping to achieve DIY balayage at home, don’t be alarmed by the immediate result, especially if it’s a huge color change. It’s been a few weeks since I bleached my hair and the color has settled nicely into my strands; it’s less brassy and the sun has naturally lightened the ends. When it comes to bleach, I’d suggest using little and often. Start on your mid-lengths and work your way down to the ends. Also, freehand paint the solution onto the top layers of your hair to create a natural highlight. Once I diffused my hair, I was able to see the real results, and I was over the moon. I had expected my hair to become drier and perhaps see the ends split or break. I’d mentally prepared myself to sob all evening, but my hair was in perfect condition and the color was just what I had hoped for. Most of all, this experience has highlighted just how easy the DIY balayage technique is, especially as you can do it in the comfort of your own bathroom. Of course, I do miss the salon experience, and I’m looking forward to supporting my local. However, £17.50 for a pretty seamless at-home balayage is an undeniable bargain compared to my £170 salon job. Minus the head massages, tea and biscuits, and salon gossip (sob!), it’s a great option should we find ourselves back under lockdown (perhaps inevitable) or if I’m low on cash (often). Now I know how kind Plex Bleach is to my fine 3C hair, maybe I’ll decide to go lighter. Maybe.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. This story was originally published on Refinery29 UK.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Since many hair salons remain closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are turning to at-home color. This might lead you to believe that root touch-up kits and subtle, natural-looking box dyes would be in the highest demand, but the two biggest quarantine color trends are actually shaping up to be platinum blonde and a whimsical shade of pastel pink. As it turns out, the latter is a universally-flattering shade for every complexion, plus there are so many easy pink dye options on the market. For proof, we've rounded up some of the biggest stars that have gone pink in quarantine. From young trendsetters like Ava Phillippe and Keke Palmer, to big names like Taylor Swift and Julianne Hough, scroll ahead for everything you need to know about the refreshingly fun self-isolation hair trend. Plus, shop the best semi-permanent dyes and temporary rose-gold tints that can help you cop the same look from your own bathroom. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Hydrating Conditioners For Dry HairA Pro's Guide To Removing Chlorine From Your HairAriel Winter Dyed Her Hair Ice Blonde
When hair salons around the world first closed in March, many of us felt a wave of panic. What would become of our roots and split ends? Of course, a cut and color is pretty low down on the list of worries during a global pandemic, but there’s no denying the knock that salon closures have had on our beauty routines and self-esteem.On July 4th, hair salons in London, where I live, were finally given the green light to re-open, providing a number of important changes were made. Prevention, safety, and hygiene are now at the forefront of all hair businesses, with social distancing rules in place and staff members required to wear full PPE in the form of visors and masks. Gowns and hair-dressing equipment must be disinfected or discarded after every use, and customers are encouraged, if not required, to don face coverings themselves.It’s fair to say the new hairdressing experience looks a lot different from the one we once knew, but I was overdue a trim weeks before lockdown hit, so I jumped at the chance to book in to my nearest salon, Buller & Rice in Walthamstow, founded by hairdresser Stephen Buller and colorist Anita Rice. Not just because my hair was in need of some serious TLC (or because the salon is incredibly Instagrammable), but because I was intrigued to know exactly what has changed. Will I be able to binge Schitt’s Creek on my iPad or are non-essential items banned? Can I have a well-deserved glass of Champagne? Will my hairstylist and I be able to natter about lockdown life or are conversations to be kept to a minimum? And will having my hair done be an enjoyable or anxiety-inducing experience? Here’s everything you need to know. The inside waiting area is no more.Congestion is a real fear for hairstylists, who are doing away with waiting areas indoors. In fact, I was early and had to wait outside for a moment before Buller let me in. Customers are encouraged to turn up to their appointment on time and late arrivals may have to book another appointment. Rather cleverly, Buller & Rice has built an outdoor waiting room in the form of a socially distanced tiki bar in the back garden, where customers can wait until their stylist is ready for them, kill time while their color develops, or get some work done.Face coverings must be worn throughout the duration of your appointment.Yes, even when you’re at the sink and having your hair colored, but it’s actually not that annoying. While I was having my hair washed, Rice asked me to unhook my mask from my ears and hold it to my face for ease, so I was protected the entire time. (I didn’t realize just how much I missed having my hair washed by a pro — it’s the little things!)You are permitted to remove your mask for a couple of seconds at the very end of your haircut to get a true feel for the finished result. My face mask didn’t feel as weird as I thought it would, and it certainly didn’t get in the way while coloring, so it’s incredibly important to wear one. Had I not brought my own face covering along, Buller & Rice sells handmade face masks for £12, with half of the price going to Black Pride. Disposable masks are also on hand for those who’ve forgotten theirs at home. All staff will wear full PPE, but it’s not as scary as it looks.Buller & Rice is big on sustainability. During my appointment, staff wore full plastic-free PPE, including visors made from cellulose derived from wood pulp and sugarcane, biodegradable gowns, and face coverings when visors were not worn. But it all felt weirdly normal; I felt really safe. I also wore a plastic-free covering with a salon gown on top for extra protection. Refreshments are limited.If you look forward to kicking back with a glass of Champagne or a cup of tea, I’m sorry to tell you that they are not offered on arrival, nor during the appointment. Sad, but totally necessary. Buller & Rice encourages customers to bring along refillable water bottles, or you could stop off for a takeaway coffee before your appointment. As well as refreshments, magazines are not offered to customers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can bring along your own magazine, though, and personal items such as phones, laptops, iPads, and books are also allowed. Cleanliness is key.Gowns are washed after every use, hairdressing stations and equipment are disinfected regularly, and hand sanitizer is available at the door and throughout the salon, including in the bathroom. Buller & Rice has also done away with cotton towels in favor of single-use biodegradable versions.Everything is now cashless, too. Of course, you can ask to leave a tip as usual, but this must be paid via credit or debit card to minimize contact.No walk-ins allowed — you must have an appointment.One of Buller and Rice’s main concerns is walk-ins, for fear of crowding the salon space. For this reason, you won’t be seen to, and it’s important to book an appointment online via the website. You must also arrive to your appointment alone, as any friends or family members won’t be permitted to wait inside or outside, unfortunately.A one-meter social distancing rule will be in place.Buller & Rice is a relatively large space, so hairstyling stations are fortunately already one to two meters apart, or roughly three to six feet. There are no screens at the sinks, as reported by some news outlets, but seats have been spaced out evenly. Rice wore a visor while washing my hair and I still wore my mask.There’s no switching off between hairstylists and colorists, though, to prevent cross-contamination. This feels much more personal, but means appointments are further apart to accommodate time, which explains extra-long waiting lists.You might also have heard that any unnecessary conversation is banned, but this isn’t strictly true. Face-to-face interaction is kept to a minimum and conversations regarding hairstyles, cuts, and colors take place in the mirror, with the hairstylist behind you, so not much has changed there.Hairdryers are not banned.Some news reports claimed that hairdryers will not be used in salons in case the virus is spread via airflow, but this has since been reviewed by the government. Buller & Rice’s tool of choice is the trusty Dyson Supersonic, so I was still able to have my hair styled like normal. The process didn’t feel rushed like I thought it might be post-COVID, and Anita wore her visor the entire time. Overall, I was surprised by how normal the whole experience felt. I was worried that I might mess up by sitting somewhere I shouldn’t, touch something by mistake, or get too close to Rice while showing her pictures of Dua Lipa for bob inspiration, but it seems hairstylists have got it down to a science.Salon experiences are meant to be enjoyable and the professionals know exactly how to make it so, even in these unprecedented times — so much so that I’m genuinely looking forward to booking in for a trim. Until then, I’m back on the waiting list.This story was originally published on Refinery29 UK.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The 5 Biggest Post-Quarantine Haircut TrendsThe Best Scissors & Shavers For Cutting Your HairRead This Before DIY Dyeing Your Hair
Welcome to Unfiltered, where we give our honest, no-B.S. reviews of the most buzzed-about beauty products, brands, and services on the market right now. Say what you will about Glossier, and its shiny, happy ad campaigns featuring smiley, fresh-faced young women who have never experienced the existential dread of finding your first gray hair or, presumably, any sort of social anxiety whatsoever. What makes the company truly compelling isn't just the millennial-pink packaging (anyone can do that) or the celebrity fan base (significantly harder to land, but still manageable), or even the hordes of cool girls who espouse the virtues of Solution at such length that you wonder if they're getting a cut of the proceeds. What sets Glossier apart is the fact that it isn't just a beauty brand — it's a lifestyle. It's a Petra Collins dreamscape, the promise of a more beautiful world, a world that's wallpapered in Baker-Miller pink and where no matter which way you turn there's a Byredo Burning Rose candle flickering out of the corner of your eye. It's joining a cool, unconditionally supportive sisterhood every time you stock up on a $12 lip balm, getting one step closer to owning the purposely disheveled air of an off-duty model with every spritz of your perfume. And there's also the fact that some of the products are really, really good — like, buy them because they work good, not just "I saw five girls with messy bangs post this on their feeds so it must be great" good. So we tried them all, in the name of nailing down the very best of Glossier, the just-okay, and what you're better off skipping. Give in to the part of you that wants to buy into the pastel-tinged packaging and pop-up shops in stylish cafés — these Glossier products are worth adding to your Top Shelf. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Every Product In Ulta's 21 Days Of Beauty SaleAmazon Just Launched Its First Skin-Care LineGlossier Just Dropped A Mango Balm Dotcom Lip Balm
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Jessica Sepel is a clinical nutritionist, best-selling author, and the founder of JSHealth, an Australian-based brand that spans across multiple ventures, selling vitamins and supplements, nutrition programs, and a health app. Jess says she created JSHealth out of a desire to help those who struggle with issues around weight and fad dieting, and to encourage them to approach health from a kind, balanced place. This is what makes her feel powerful. I feel most powerful when…I hear from my JSHealth community how our philosophy and products are helping them become more confident and happy in themselves. Helping people feel more confident is such a powerful feeling. It motivates me every single day to keep delivering products my community needs to live their healthiest, happiest lives! Power to me means…Being true to yourself. Owning up to who you are — both your faults and successes. Power is authenticity, there is such a strength in being yourself throughout all the ups and downs in life. I’m always encouraging my community to be confident in themselves, and that to me is the most powerful thing you can do! What do you do when you feel powerless?I take a few steps back, and find space to breathe and reflect. I always try to remember who I am and where I came from. I think returning to your roots in times when you’re feeling deflated or powerless can be really grounding, and reminds you of your purpose, your “why.” It’s important to acknowledge you won’t feel powerful every minute of every day, so accepting that, making peace with it, and reflecting in those moments can be really powerful. What’s your power anthem?Be kind. Kindness is the most powerful trait of humankind. It’s deeply undervalued, and should never be overlooked. Who’s your power icon?My mother, sisters, grandmothers, and the JSHealth team. They are all the essence of female power, and inspire me every single day. What do you wear when you want to feel powerful?My JSHealth jumper and t-shirt. I am so proud of what the brand has grown into, and wearing these items reminds me of the hard work, commitment, and dedication I put into the brand to reach where we are today, as well as the power of my message and philosophy, and the impact this has had on so many people around the world.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Books To Buy To Support BlackPublishingPowerHow A Latina Brunch Group Is Changing TV ForeverLayla Saad On BLM, Allyship, & Racist Workplaces
Five years ago, on July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland was found dead by apparent suicide in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Bland died only three days after she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, at the tail end of her drive from Illinois to Texas to start a new job. Her death came during a time of extreme tension between police officers and the Black community: Freddie Gray and Natasha McKenna had died five months prior while in police custody; Tamir Rice and Mike Brown had been gunned down by officers the year before. The circumstances surrounding Bland’s death remain unclear, with many people doubting that she died by suicide, and wondering why she was taken into custody at all. In the years since Bland’s death, activists have made a point to use the rallying cry “Say Her Name” to honor Bland, and to make sure that her life and legacy will remain a big part of the movement to end police brutality and racial injustice. On July 10, 2015, Bland was pulled over by now-former Officer Brian Encinia for not signaling a lane change. Their interaction was captured by a 52-minute-long recording from Encinia’s vehicle’s dash camera; it showed the officer angrily confronting Bland, pointing a Taser at her, and yelling for her to get out of her vehicle and threatening to “light [her] up.” That dash cam footage was shocking, and it was the only video of the traffic stop made available to the public until four years after Bland’s death, when a cell phone video of the stop taken by Bland herself was revealed, offering a whole new horrifying look at the encounter.The 39-second footage from Bland’s phone, which had been previously held by investigators, shows Encinia clearly holding a taser directly up to Bland’s face while speaking to her. Throughout the video, he repeatedly tells Bland — who was only pulled over for failing to signal that she was changing lanes — to cease filming, which she refuses to do because the phone is “[her] property.” Encinia is shown being combative and threatening, and the video made clear that the former officer’s declaration that his “safety was in jeopardy at more than one time” from Bland was false. The video also drives home an important point: The greatest visual tool against police violence and racist interactions with law enforcement is a phone video — not a police-provided body- or dash-cam.Cell phone footage of interactions between police officers and members of the public, especially racist encounters with the Black community, have been published to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook en masse for years now. Their proliferation has made it impossible to ignore the brutality and violence faced by Black people at the hands of the police. These videos have also brought justice in situations that otherwise might have gone unnoticed or even unreported. Whether filmed by the person being assaulted, like Sean Reed or Sandra Bland, or filmed by a bystander, like George Floyd, phone cameras have forever changed how the public sees racist police violence. Notably, when instances of violence by police officers against Black men and women don’t go recorded, they often don’t get the attention they deserve. Breonna Taylor’s death wasn’t publicly discussed until two months after she was shot and killed by police in her own home. Elijah McClain was killed by police officers in August 2019, and only gained attention in recent weeks. There was no phone video of his death, but part of his last moments were recorded on a body camera that allegedly fell off during the arrest. The lengths authorities have gone to cover up the deaths of Black men and women have become more glaringly obvious over the years, and as heart-wrenching as it is to hear about each new case, it is necessary that they come to light, so that we all know what it is that we, as a society, are dealing with as we fight against racist authorities. While phone videos did not save the lives of Eric Garner or George Floyd or Sandra Bland, they have been instrumental in starting social justice movements and in holding police departments accountable.Today, Sandra Bland’s name is still being invoked; the rallying cry to “say her name” is stronger than ever, as is the movement for racial justice. There is still a long way to go, but what activists are more certain of than ever is that we will have to move forward on our own terms, relying not on the videos and testimony of police officers, but on that of the people whose lives are on the line, who are fighting the fight that must still be fought — and must be won.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?In Videos Of Racist Killings, Who Is Behind The CaPolice Continue To Be Accused Of Sexual ViolenceWhy We Need To Talk About Elijah McClain's Death
On July 7, the Washington Post reported that, at the time, one in every 100 Floridians was infected by COVID-19, no doubt due to the state’s liberal reopening policies. The latest announcement in Florida’s swift reopening came last week when Orlando’s Disney World announced it would reopen during the weekend. Now, according to the Florida Department of Health’s latest numbers, there are almost 300,000 cases, with about 20,000 hospitalizations.Once again, Disney claims its spot as one of the top symbols of American excess. On Saturday, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom reopened. Hollywood Studios and Epcot will follow on Wednesday. The plan is, supposedly, to ensure safety with temperature checks, mask requirements, 4,000 hand sanitizer stations, regular encouragement for people to wash their hands, and empty seats on rides to encourage social distancing.But on Sunday, Florida saw the country’s biggest single-day spike of coronavirus cases to date, which makes reopening something as flagrantly non-essential as an amusement park feel tone-deaf, if not downright negligent. And it’s infuriating locals as well as far-away netizens. The tweets speak for themselves.As is almost tradition, the reopening announcement got the horror movie trailer treatment.> someone said the Disney “reopening” video looks like a horror movie trailer, so I set it to the Us music, and…see for yourself pic.twitter.com/eJ3zi1p9tZ> > — “cool zone” sadvil (@sadvil) July 11, 2020This joke should not be funny, but reopening one of the nation’s biggest amusement parks in the middle of a pandemic has shattered any notion of decency.> Disney Reopening Starter Kit pic.twitter.com/HxQpVF0dxt> > — Skrrt Vonnegut (@Bel_Biv_Devos) July 11, 2020But it would be unfair to blame the spikes on just Disney World. Universal Studios has had open parks since June 5.> why is disney taking the heat for reopening when universal has been open for a MONTH> > — jess exotic says WEAR A MASK (@jxssicameyer) July 12, 2020> Disney World reopening while Florida just keeps increasing their coronavirus records like pic.twitter.com/VV7BZyr2dG> > — Gamerboy Nave: Campus Band Trombone BLM (@GamerboyNave) July 12, 2020Even the horse knows it’s smarter to not be there.> Day 1 of Disney World reopening literally the only 5 guests within vicinity spook a horse… pic.twitter.com/6v7JkCAxgJ> > — Kenny (@kenny_bleh) July 12, 2020Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
There's a fine line between a dewy just-left-hot-yoga glow and seeing your own reflection in the middle of your forehead. For people with oily skin, the latter situation is a reality — which can make smoothing on moisturizer in the morning feel like fanning a flame. But, according to the pros, oily skin types need moisturizer too. And skipping this vital skincare step? Well, it can end up doing more harm than good. "Those with oily skin may think they want to skip a moisturizer, but this may actually cause your body's own oil glands to become more active," says dermatologist Annie Chiu, MD. Instead of eschewing moisturizer, which can actually make your skin oilier, as a result, it's all about using the right formula that will leave skin balanced and healthy (not greasy or congested). Ahead, we rounded up our favorite oily-skin-friendly hydrating heroes — all of which more than lives up to the grease-fighting challenge. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?12 Deals On Top-Rated SunscreensWe Tried Glossier's New Gel MoisturizerThe Best Moisture Wicking Underwear For Summer