The question isn't as complex as it sounds, really. Gel moisturizers are fantastic for oily, extra sweaty skin since they are almost completely absorbed while providing enough hydration. Oils, on the other hand, provide a deeper level of moisture which dry skin needs. If you have combination skin then you can do it as I do - I use a gel moisturizer during the day and a heavier one at night (oil or anything creamy).
It boils down to preference, of course, since some people might not like the oily feel or even a barely-there texture. It's up to you. I just have two recommendations though, which are both pretty awesome for not a lot of money! ^_^
Let's start with the Tony Moly Pure Eco Aloe Gel (P348). This claims to be made of 92% aloe vera gel and is designed for sensitive skin. It's meant to be used all over the body, and yes, even for the face! I haven't done that but it's an excellent moisturizer for the rest of me, as it leaves my skin smooth and grease-free all day.
I love the cooling, ultra-light texture of this gel. I also like that those with problem skin can use this since it's free of ingredients typically believed to be irritants such as triethanolamine, artificial dyes, parabens, mineral oil, and benzophenone. I personally don't believe they are (irritants, that is) but if you've got a sensitive face then you can't be too safe.
Try this out! The big tub is just P350/300ml, I mean, that's crazy. I think I will purchase this when I run out.
Next up is the Burt's Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil (P650). This smells lovely, if you like citrus scents. It's an oil with a dry texture that takes a while to get absorbed. It's best applied on damp skin to hasten the process, but since I don't like walking around with damp skin after a shower, I just massage it all over to get even coverage.
This is 100% natural according to Burt's Bees. It's a blend of pure oils such as sweet almond oil, lemon oil, wheat germ oil, soybean oil, and canola oil. It also has tocopherol (Vitamin E) and rosemary extract to nourish skin even more. All good things! I like applying this right before sleeping. The scent is relaxing and the oil does make my skin smoother and dare I say, more youthful.
Hey, I can't take too many precautions even if I'm just 26. ;) So there you have it! I've been using both products for a few weeks now and love how nice my skin looks. I highly recommend them!
Thoughts? What's your favorite body moisurizer?