For as long as I can remember, my skin has been oily AF. Not dewy, not glowing, not glossy model-like – greasy. And no amount of people assuring me that I will age gracefully because of it is enough to do that not irritating. Even in winter, my T-zone is practically reflective and my makeup disappears by noon. As such, clarifying masks and light moisturizers are the cornerstones of my skincare routine, and so two new favorites have spectacularly entered the chat: Sand & Sky’s Oil Control Clearing Moisturizer and Clearing Face Mask.
The Australian beauty brand is behind some of the most viral products in recent history. An example is this highly rated pink clay mask and their new Tasmanian Spring Water range. But for now, Sand & Sky’s new Oil Control collection is guaranteed to be your late summer MVP—or year-round MVP, for my fellow oily folks.
The first product I tried was the Oil Control Clearing Moisturizer. Right from the start I loved the packaging; I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t hurt when you look at it every morning on the bathroom sink. As you can see from the texture swatch above, the moisturizer has a light gel-cream consistency that my skin immediately loved. It felt thirst-quenching, yet slightly cooling upon application – perfect for summer.
It is formulated with niacinamide, salicylic acid, prebiotics and Old Man Weed (an indigenous Australian plant with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties). A common misconception about oily skin is that it doesn’t need moisturizer, but not moisturizing the skin can actually cause oil glands to overproduce sebum to compensate. (TL;DR moisturizing oily skin is still important!).
The Sand & Sky moisturizer felt very comfortable on my skin and I would definitely use it again, but I can’t say for sure that it made me feel less oily throughout the day (but again, that’s a pretty tall order). As a light moisturizer that didn’t break me out, it passed with flying colors.
On to the next product, the Clearing Face Mask. I love me an oil-absorbing mask, so I had a feeling I’d love Sand & Sky’s white clay formula for acne-prone skin (it also came with a tapered application brush for extra spa-face vibes). The product is the color of pistachio ice cream and has similar ingredients to the moisturizer for maximum oil absorption. My skin isn’t super sensitive, but I did notice a hint of tingling when I spread it over my T-zone and cheeks. The directions say to leave it on for 10 minutes, but I rinsed after five the first time I tried it just to be safe. Even in a short time, I saw a visible difference in the appearance of my pores. Best of all, my skin didn’t feel super tight and dry afterwards – just balanced and satiny matte. I felt like my skin easily drank up the serum and moisturizer, and little breakouts seemed like the air was being let out of the tires. I haven’t used it long enough to see if it’s dramatically tamed my oily glands or lightened acne scars, but so far I love it when my skin feels especially tight.
At £34.90 and £30.90 respectively, Sand & Sky’s Clearing Moisturizer and Clearing Face Mask are by no means cheap products. But if you’re looking for solid products that are a step above high street brands but not as expensive as luxury products, I highly recommend these. You can also save almost £10 when you shop the brand’s Oil Control Skin Balancing Kit, which retails for £65.80. Go ahead and glow (but not equally, too much – that’s where these things come in).
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