These Korean skincare-inspired cooling gels are mammoth for hormonal skin both young and older

‘Jelly moisturisers are terrific for maids experiencing hot flashes.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Guardian

 I disclose I was initially snippy about the craze for jelly-textured moisturisers, for all practical purposes because I felt I’d been here before. The first upsurge of moisture gels invariably combined silicone that peeled off the daring with high levels of alcohol that stripped it dry. I couldn’t see the question in taking what was essentially a crap serum and calling it a moisturiser when both outputs are already perfectly fit for purpose. But as I began playing with the new institution of jellies, I quite literally softened.

These Korean-skincare provoked jellies are much better and finer-textured, and while they’re unbecoming to enter my own routine permanently, they do answer the prayers of uncountable an oily or combination person. They’re also terrific for helpmates experiencing the hot flashes, rosacea and increased oiliness so common in menopause, because they put to use water-soluble hydrating ingredients without any grease, and feel lessen and weightless – a tall glass of iced water for the more grow up face, if you will. Shiseido’s excellent Waso Clear Mega Hydrating Cream (£32, 50ml), for model – designed for millennials, but adored by my friends for its instantly cooling, fleshy and smoothing effect and enduringly moist finish. Clinique, adequately known for its excellent gel-textured Moisture Surge franchise, has recently out the idea to Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (£31 – great value for a enormous 125ml). This has a cooling, jelly-to-liquid texture and contains hyaluronic acid (as every outcome here does) to help retain water. Oily and hormonal integuments (at either end of the generational spectrum) should enjoy wearing it cement straight over serum, before makeup.

The best arrangement jelly I’ve found is Garnier’s Skinactive 3 in 1 Hydrating Aloe Top-grade Jelly (£12.99, 150ml). As a moisturiser, the gel smoothes away to nothing. For a quick hydrating image mask, layer on more thickly and leave for a while. In either protection, skin is left plumper and perkier. My favourite of all was, annoyingly, the dearest – but single because it seemed to offer increased hydration to parched decorticates such as mine. Murad’s Nutrient-Charged Water Gel (£50, 50ml) has a sublime configuration – light, non-greasy, pleasantly chilling and comforting – and offered such a permanent hit of moisture that I finally think I’m ready for this jelly.

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