My combination skin likes to go into oily overdrive once the weather gets warmer, so with Summer on its way, I've been trialling a couple of mattifying products to help remedy any future oil slicks. First up is Monu's Mattifying Lotion.
This is a very light formula that feels a little runny and thin at first, but once you get to grips with it, it's fine. It contains several essential oils such as Lime, Orange, Basil and Fennel, which gives it a fresh herbal scent that smells a bit aniseedy, and has ingredients such as Willow Bark Extract (which contains natural Salicylic Acid) to help control excess oil (sebum), and Blackcurrant Seed Oil with Vitamin F to reduce any inflammation and redness. On top of those, there's also Natural Betaines to stimulate the skin's natural hydration process, Sodium Hyaluronate to improve the skin's barrier function and Plant Flavonoids which have an antioxidant action to help prevent premature aging.
I didn't find this very effective at first when I used it as a moisturiser because it just felt a smidge too drying for my skin, especially on the more dry/combination areas, so I switched to using it more like a primer. This method worked a lot better and gave me a great base to apply makeup over, whilst keeping shine at bay for longer. I wouldn't say it's a miracle product, but if you have oily skin or a troublesome oily t-zone, applying this over your usual moisturiser should definitely help.
Have you tried any Monu skincare?