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Let me first start by saying this - I've got annoying skin. It's a combination of oily, dry and normal, with a dab of spot-prone here and there. It's not easy to find a product which caters to all of my skin without drying the dry parts or making the oily parts greasy, so this review may be slanted as I'm not easy to please.
The product is packaged in a nice tube with a not too flimsy lid. It smells okay, though it's nothing particularly special - but some people prefer this to over-scented products, so this could be a plus for you.
The moisturizer itself is white and creamy, neither too thick nor too thin, and applies nicely to skin. I only use a little bit because I feel a little goes a long way, especially for the oily parts of my face, and up to date I haven't had any real problems with it clogging up my pores or drying my skin.
However, this isn't really a miracle product. In my experience, it neither helps nor hinders my spot-prone skin, not causing but not helping breakouts. It keeps the drier parts nicely moisturized, though, and the normal patches of skin feeling supple and soft. So, in my opinion, it may not in fact be ideal for oily or spot-prone skin, contrary to the name or advertising; I would in face recommend it to people with normal skin to maintain the moisture, or those with normal to dry skin.
Overall, it's a nice product if you're maintaining your skin, but it's really nothing life changing in the battle against oil.
SIMPLE OIL BALANCING FACIAL MOISTURISER
** MY USE**
I am in my late teens and find that my horrible adolescent acne is still running it's course. unfortunately! I find my skin is nearly always covered in areas of red spots which obviously isn't a great sight. my skin either feels really dry in areas of super oily. I find it is especially oily a few hours after applying my make-up.
However, in the last 1-2 months I ditched my Clearasil cleansing range as it was too harsh on my skin. I thought you can't get any simpler then simple, right so I thought I would give it a go. Like I said my skin can get super oily for I opted for the oil balancing range as I hoped this would keep it in check. use the exfoliating cleanser, wipes and this moisturiser. I won't lie to you and tell you my skin is now perfect because it is not but I would definitely say it had never felt better. I find with the other products they remove dead skins cells and excess sebum leaving my skin dry and slightly coarse. However, if I massage a good amount of the moisturiser in my skin feels replenished and looks smooth. I do find though I need a lot of cream for it to feel this way. I think the cleanser removes too much and the moisturiser cannot cope. As long as I use the product my skin feels good but when I stop my skin goes downhill again.
Overall my review on this is mixed. I do get on with the product but I have used better in the past. I find Tesco My skin oil free moisturiser smells better and does a better job. Although, this is not the worst I have used. It does the job but doesn't actually rebalance the oil of my skin. I find my skin get just as oily as before. Sometimes moreso. I would say if like me you bought on the basis of sorting out your combination skin don't bother it doesn't work for that. However, I'm sure it would work okay on normal everyday skin.
Sadly, I found this product was only available in Superdrug or online. Boots and supermarkets sell simple but not this light blue range. When I first actually located the product I was disgusted at the price. For a small bottle that lasts 1-2months they ask up to £5. Of course if like me you purchase each time from the range your a good £12-£15 out of pocket before you even get chance to use. However, I will add that Superdrug recently ( I think this has ended now) did a huge 1/2 offer on all simple products which was great to see. I don't know whether they do this often but at the time that really saved me a few bob. in general though on normal RRP the product is a rip off for what it does.
If say you are a regular user of Clarins or other expensively branded skincare product I'm sure £5 isn't a big issue but for a struggling student that really pulls on your purse strings. For that price alone I cannot keep using as it is way too much.
The bottle is printed really prettily it is white with light blue lines and writing. This colour is consistent though their oil balancing range which was thought out well by simple. I cannot knock that. Although the bottle is pretty small. if you compare tot he exfoliating wash which is the size of a good face wash it is very small. Thinking about it though no skincare company ever really produces a large facial moisturiser so I suppose it is average in comparison. Certainly for me it was too small compared with other products.
I found that as long as I used the product twice each wash my face seemed moisturised and my make-up went on well. Although the longer you expose your skin to the air the drier it gets. I used to wash my face, tone and then cover in the cream and massage. I would then 2-3 minutes later after absorbed do the same process again. At night I will sometimes use another cream to compensate the lack of moisture.
I will tell you though that my Brother (16yoa) loves the product. His skin is mostly clear with a few breakouts and he finds it works a treat. I often find him peaking through my stuff in search for the bottle. So, I'm sure as his skin is pretty average of most males that it would be fine for most men to use. Maybe it's just female skin or mine that it doesn't work well on. well I say not well but what I mean is it isn't worth the cash for what it does.
Overall if your someone with normal skin I would say give it a go but if like me you have acne prone oily skin I wouldn't waste your money. obviously, if you want to try for yourself go ahead but personally it isn't worth it. Maybe let your husband/brother etc. have a go as if they are like my brother they may get on with it. All in all I will rate it a 2/5 as it semi does it's job but not great and especially not for the money or small bottle. Please comment and let me know if you like this review or have any feedback for me. Likewise give your view on the product.
As part of their clear skin range, Simple has created this Oil Balancing Moisturiser. Its purpose is to eliminate shine while simultaneously hydrating the skin on the face and giving it plenty of nutritional goodness.
Simple was one of the very first moisturisers that I ever used and continued to do so for years. It was the only one that was gentle enough on my sensitive skin and which didn't cause any spots at all on my face. I liked the brand because they promise to never include any artificial colours or ingredients and they never include any unnecessary ingredients in their products.
The original Simple moisturiser seemed to sit on my skin though so eventually I changed from it and only returned when my skin got particularly bad. And then I saw this new Oil Balancing Moisturiser and thought it was worth a try.
If you have acne prone skin which produces too much oil, you will absolutely love this and I wish I had found a product like this years ago. It keeps my skin incredibly matte all day, even in the heat. It also cleared up my spots and black heads noticeably within 24 hours of the first use.
The effects are long lasting too. Normally in the mornings I wake up feeling as though I've been sleeping in a chip shop but after using this moisturiser, my skin even feels clean when I wake up.
How does it work?
The product contains Zinc which absorbs the excess oil from your face. A deficiency in Zinc can in fact be the cause of acne so this may be the reason I've noticed such great results with this product. The substance also acts as an anti-inflammatory which calms angry red spots, helps to draw out impurities and speeds up the healing process.
It also contains Phytosphingosine which comes from yeast and it helps maintain and healthy and natural amount of moisture in the skin. The substance also helps to stop the formation of blackheads and spots.
Corn starch is present to keep the skin matt all day long. It is also responsible for that clean, fresh and dry feeling that I mentioned before. It works because it absorbs any excess oil that is produced by your skin meaning your skin will remain shine free.
In order to nourish the skin, it also contains Vitamin E. This vitamin is an anti oxidant so it will prevent premature aging. It also helps to reduce the appearance of scars and helps the skin to retain moisture.
The Vitamin B5 which this cream contains is commonly found in acne treatments. It helps to tighten the pores, regulate the production of oil and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.
How do you use the product?
I use the product as you would use a normal moisturiser, applying it to clean dry skin and massaging it into the face and neck until it has been fully absorbed.
This product is pretty amazing in my opinion and has completely changed the way I feel about my skin. When you apply it to the face, it feels cool and almost tingly. It is absorbed quickly and completely by my skin and leaves no greasy or uncomfortable residue on the surface.
The cream makes your skin feels velvety and silky smooth. It looks clear and clean and improves your complexion extremely quickly giving me a quick fix to a skin problem which has bothered me for years.
The only problem with this product is that it is very drying on the dry areas of combination skin. My forehead and nose went flaky after one use of this product. I have combated this by using richer moisturiser at night time when I don't mind shining and used this in the day.
The product comes in a white and blue tube with a flip top lid and you squeeze the bottle to release the cream. The cream is pure white and has quite a thick consistency and smells fresh.
It costs around £4 for 70ml which isn't too expensive compared with some of the more pricey products I've tried which don't work half as well.
Also available as part of the range are Oil Balancing Face Wipes and an Exfoliating Face Wash and there is a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots at the moment which means you can get them all for cheaper. It is also available from larger supermarkets and many online websites.
All in all, this is without a doubt the best mattifying moisturiser that I've tried and also one of the cheapest. It cleared up my skin so quickly and made it feel like velvet. Apart from the drying side, this cream is faultless. But if you've suffered with oily skin as long as I have then this is a drawback that you'll be willing to accept.
I admit I am rather product loyal when it comes to the Simple brand. When my skin started to get oilier a few years ago, I instantly switched from their 'light moisturiser' to the oil balancing one. Usually, you can pick the 75ml tube up for around £3 - £4 in most supermarkets and drug stores. Lately my local Home Bargains has been stocking a few of the Simple products and so I cleared the shelf when I noticed the Oil Balancing moisturiser was only £2! Always worth a look if you have one nearby!
My skin is exceptionally oily in the t-zone and chin areas, prone to acne and unreasonably sensitive! To date I have never suffered any adverse effects with any Simple product.
Now, their clear skin oil balancing moisturiser boasts 3 skin loving ingredients; zinc to absorb the excess oil, phytosphingosine (not a clue how to pronounce this!) to assist in reducing blemishes, and, corn starch to mattify the skin. It also contains 2 vital skin vitamins; vitamin E and vitamin B5. Anything with vitamin E in is always going to give your skin a loving boost as it will moisturiser your skin continually throughout the day and improves overall texture and appearance of the skin. B5 restores the skin, softens and smoothes, great if you have damaged your skin in the sun.
Fragrance free like all Simple products, the moisturiser has a very light, almost watery consistency. It goes on the skin smoothly and is absorbed instantly. My skin usually feels a little 'wet' after applying but it dries in quickly, great for those Monday morning rush-ready! It also acts as a great base / prep for those who wear make-up. I have been wearing it under Bare Escentuals for a few weeks now and the mineral make-up sits nicely on the skin, with no congealing or patchiness. It also worked well with my old Rimmel Stay Matt foundation. Unfortunately I have never tested it under liquid foundation.
A little goes a long way with this product. It is usually best to work in two stages. A blob about the size of two peas for the face, then a pea sized blob for the neck and collar bone area works well enough. And don't forget your ears!
My only bug bear with this product is it has no SPF! I really do think the key to lovely skin is avoiding sun damage like the plague! To combat this problem I do mix a half pea sized blob of Simples SPF15 moisturiser into the oil balancing moisturiser. This has never affected the oil balancing capabilities of this moisturiser and just gives me that little added SPF protection. The make up I wear is also SPF so I figure Im well covered!
This product does tend to keep my skin well mattified in the colder months, but during the summer it does not last as long. I would definatly recommend it to anyone with oily, sensitive skin. I use it in conjunction with a Simple cleanser and toner, and we're all one big happy family.
What They Say
Eliminate shine and maintain moisture levels with Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser which keeps your skin looking fresh and healthy. After cleansing no matter what your skin type it needs daily moisturising to keep it replenished and nourished.
What I Say
It is a very light moisturiser and when I am wearing it I do not feel like I have a product on my face, there is nothing worse than walking around all day feeling like you have a face mask on. It is a brilliant base for make-up as it stays a little 'wet' for a few minutes, so foundation can be blended well.The only draw back for me is the scent.....its not a nasty smell, just not a great smell.
The real aim of this product is to mattify / oil control and prevent spots. When I use this product I do find that my face is matte for a considerable amount of the day which is perfect for my skin as it does get oily very easily.
I also find that I have less spots when I use this. This is just a general observation of my skin when using this product but my skin is definitely better when using this product than your average mosituriser.
Would I Recommend
Since I have been using this moisturiser my skin has felt healthier and softer. I am not going to stop using it because it is the best for my skin and I would recommend to anyone with oily, combination or sensitive skin.Would I Recommend
I bought simple oil balancing moisturiser as part of a 3 for 2 in Boots along with some other products in the simple range hoping it would help the breakouts I have suffering for the past few weeks.
unlike the picture on ciao the bottle I have is called simple clear skin oil balancing moisturiser but apparently it is the same product as the one listed but has been brought under the clear skin banner.
The tube is white in colour and has blue and green writing on it and although it does look like a simple product it seems to have undergone a mini makeover and now looks a little fresher and more modern.
The ingredient list isn't as simple as you would think considering and it contains lots of new ingredients that promise to help the battle against spots and blackheads.
The cream is white in colour and like all simple products contains no perfume or colourings. It is quite a litght cream that is more like a lotion and what I especially like about it is that although it is light and absorbs fanstastically into my skin it takes a few seconds to do so. this means it gives me enough time to actually rub it into my whole face ehereas with some other lotion type creams they absorb so quickly I don't get the chance to make sure I have applied it everywhere and end up having to use loads of product.
It contains Zinc which is supposed to absorb excess oils, phytosphingosine to reduce bleishes and corn starch to help mattify all day long.
I have to say I have been impressed with this cream since I have been using it and can vouch for it's effectiveness in keeping my skin looking shine free for hours. Once the cream has absorbed it feels like there is a layer of powder on the top layer which really does seem to keep the shine and oil away.
It leaves my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated but I do still suffe from a few spots so whilst it has definately helped them it hasn't managed to get rid of them completely.
I also feel that it maybe isn't quite moisturising enough at night time and I have to pput an extra night cream on top to make sure that my skin is moisturised enough especially with the sentral heating srying y skin out.
I would definately recommend giving this and the others in the range a try as they are great especially for the price. For a 75ml bottle it will cost you £3.99 in Boots but as I said they are often on 3 for 2.
It feels really nice to use and my skin is looking in much better condition since I have been using this and the washes that go with it.
I have used many of Simple's products, and I have generally quite a good view about them. I like that they don't contain harsh chemicals and fragrances or colours. This product is no different. I picked it up as I have very oily skin but I get very dry cheeks, so I thought this would be perfect.
The packaging is sturdy and very modern. It isn't anything special but it showcases the product in a practical way. It is good at dispensing ALL of the product- I didn't find that I had loads left that I couldn't get out at the end.
It certainly did a good job of moisturising my skin. Even on the oily areas it kept it shine free. You can apply it liberally and it soaks in well, leaving no greasy residue or clogging. It is very light and doesn't sit ontop of your skin. It has absolutely no fragrance and once you've applied it it's asif you haven't put anything on. It contains products to help ease breakouts which is a bonus!
I wouldn't say this would be suitable for dry skin but it is great for oily or sensitive skin.
This product is great value for money- it is very cheap considering the amount of product you get. Certainly one to try!
I first decided to try this moisturiser as the relatively cheap price attracted me and many friends had recommended the range. However, due to my often oily and blemish-prone skin type I decided that the oil balancing one would be best for me.
Simple prides itself on being fragrance and colour free, and I believe this is particularly important for easily agitated skin like mine. It is also highly suitable for sensitive skin. This particular product is definitely healthy for your skin as it contains three nutrients of the skin such as Zinc PCA, and two vital vitamins (vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5).
In addition to all this, the product is effective in what it aims to do: maintain shine and control oily skin. It should be applied liberally, perhaps a twenty pence sized amount, and massaged into cleansed skin twice daily. The product is light enough not to clog up skin or sit on top of your skin, and for those with oily skin, it offers the perfect amount of moisture. It really would not be enough for anyone with really dry skin though, but it has worked for me!
I suffer from moderately oily skin - particularly on my nose and forehead. I usually have to use a load on powder to keep the oils a bay. This can be particularly annoying at parties when photos are being taken because I have to powder my face every hour or so to stop the flash illuminating my face! However, all cleansers I have tried so far strip away all moisture and leave my face feeling tight and dried out so I've been on the search for a gentle moisturizer which will moisturize the drier patches of my face effectively whilst controlling my T-Zone.
Simple is a company which designed to be most beneficial for sensitive skin by adding no harsh chemicals or perfumes. This moisturizer contains ingredients to absorb excess oils as well as natural antibacterials which will help reduce blemishes and keep your face feeling clean. It comes in a small tube with a flip-top lid and is a clear white cream without any real fragrance. I personally would have preferred a more perfumed product but I understand that goes against the brand.
I purchased this moisturizer at Boots and it cost £3.99 for 75ml. You can probably also find this at other drugstores such as Superdrug but it may be hard to find in supermarkets. This costs a bit more then I usually spend on a face moisturizer (I usually stick with store brands). However, I only had to use a pea-sized amount so you'll get a lot of uses out of one tube.
Overall I was pleased with this product. It has made me skin feel smooth and soft and it definitely helped control the oil - I used it on a day without make-up, too! My only criticism of this product is that it does not completely mattify my face as my nose in particular still looks a bit shiny but this could easily be fixed with some powder.
Why I chose this product: As I have said before I have always suffered with oily skin and I can honestly say that this moisturiser is invaluable in my quest for shine free skin. I have used oil free moisturisers in the past but wanted to try one that claimed to balance the oils in my skin.
My experience of this product: From the day that I started using this moisturiser I noticed a considerable difference in my skin. When applied, my skin immediately feels more 'matte' than usual and the product provides an excellent base for makeup as well as being great for foundation free days. Another advantage to this moisturiser is that it contains zinc which is meant to be very beneficial for oily or acne prone skin which, for someone who has suffered annoying breakouts for many years, is a great bonus. My makeup stays on much better with this product and my face is shine free for considerably longer than when using other moisturisers.
Disadvantages: Probably the only disadvantages to this product are the price (around £3.99 for 75ml) and the fact that it isn't sold in some stores. However, I believe that the product is definitely worth this price and would rather pay a little more for a brand that I trust. As for availability I have seen this product in more and more stores since first purchasing it and if you are having trouble finding it, it can always be bought online.
As with all simple products, the moisturiser is suitable for sensitive skin as it does not contain perfume or colour and I would highly recommend it.
I have tried various moisturisers in the past and have found that the Simple range is the best. Currently I use the oil balancing moisturiser as I have spot prone skin and wanted a moisturiser that was not going to aggravate it. I think it does work, my skin stays oil free for much longer when I use this than when I don't use it.
It includes the active ingredient Zinc PCA which is supposed to 'gently absorb excess oil' and it has a natural antibacterial which 'helps reduce blemishes'. Also it does not have perfume in it which can sometimes upset sensitive skin.
Since I have been using this moisturiser, I have not noticed any dry patches on my face at all. It is light and feels natural, not greasy or artificial which to me is really important because I don't want to be able to feel products on my skin throughout the day. When you put it on, it feels water-based rather than oil based and this is what helps give it it's light and fresh feeling. It is a brilliant base for make-up as it stays a little 'wet' for a few minutes, so foundation can be blended well. I do think it helps take away some excess oil, however during the day I sometimes notice my face is a little shinier than I would like it.
I usually find it at Boots stores for about £3.79 for a 75ml tube, which I don't think is a bad price because I find it lasts a couple of months and it is very good for my skin.
Now I have started using this moisturiser, I do not want to stop using it because it is the best one I have found to suit my skin. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn't found a moisturiser to suit them yet, especially if you have combination, sensitive or oily skin.
As mentioned in my earlier review for the facial wash, Simples blue, oil control range is a little harder to come across than the other Simple products have been. Although quite widely available online, I finally found it for sale in a large Boots store for £3.79. For only 75ml it is a little more expensive than most of their moisturisers, but still nothing outrageous.
I bought this to use in conjunction with the 'Oil Controlling Facial Wash' as I had been finding that my face was becoming slightly more oilier than usual. It uses Zinc PCA to absorb the excess oil, Natural Antibacterial to reduce blemishes and Pro Vitamin B5 to keep skin smooth and supple. It also claims to keep skin 100% shine free all day long. I appled with clean fingertips in circular motions to dry skin after cleansing / toning. It has a slight different texture to most of the other moisturisers I have tried, with a sort of translucent appearance. It feels a little like a gel when you apply it to the skin and although it absorbs quickly it leaves your face feeling slightly tacky in my opinion. It acts as a great base for foundation / primer.
Throughout the day it did keep the oil at bay a lot better than regular moisturisers and I did not need to touch up my foundation at all. However at the end of the day my face felt a bit drier than normal. As long as I make sure to cleanse really well at the end of the day, removing every last trace of this product and moisturise well with a replenishing formula, it does not affect or dehydrate my skin anymore than that so I'm happy :-)
I won't be needing it during the Autumn / Winter, but should I require it again sometime next year I will definately repurchase.
Look fresh without the shine!