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07-01-14 | Posted by

Despite a growing awareness and availability of face and body oils, brands are facing pressure to produce oil-free versions of best-sellers because women are nervous about slathering anything kitchen-friendly on their face.

Here are some oil-free moisturizers and smoothers to get your summer off to a perfect start:

Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil ($38):

In response to a growing need for oils—without the greasy texture—Peter Thomas Roth developed the first “oil-less oil,” a purified squalene product that looks and feels like the real thing but also helps control breakouts. Product Development Director Tamar Kamen says the brand receives many phone calls from customers who want to ensure products are oil-free. She says that the squalene-based “oil” reaches a broad audience and just started launching internationally in Asia, where it is resonating very well.

“Overall, yes it is a loved product and the concept makes sense for just about everyone especially now in the warmer months when oil-lovers could be looking to try a non-oil alternative,” says Kamen.

L’Oreal Paris Miracle Blur Revitalift Oil-Free ($24.99)

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The original Miracle Blur, which claimed to instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores, was a skin smoother. The latest oil-free version came about by popular demand, says the brand. The lightweight texture is translucent and blends into the skin and acts well as a primer. It’s not a moisturizer, rather a primer that is marketed as a first of kind skin smoother. If you want some instant oil-free skin fixing, this is your product. The brand says the oil-free version is doing well, if not much better than its creamier predecessor.

NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer ($58)


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This is your go-to summer moisturizer, which cools you in a way no Popsicle can. The gel-cream formula helps dehydrated skin, but also addresses troubled complexions and skin subjected to harsh sun. It contains a light reflecting complex that helps with luminosity and of course, is also oil-free. It helps improve the skin’s natural barrier function and to prevent moisture loss with each use. It’s my choice for the summer months, especially for combination/oily skin.



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