Look, we know that having dry skin isn't a waltz through Paris in the fall, but oily skin is an intense experience. Dewy glow? Pfft. Our skin prefers the 'doused face in mineral oil and hoped for the best' look. Also there's the traumatic 'No, Jack, I won't let go!' goodbyes to our makeup somewhere around 10am, while in the office, in full view of the hottie with good calves. Can we just catch a break, already ffs?

Right, well, that's where Kudu Cosmetica might be able to help.  You may remember Kudu from our Dupe Squad post (a newsletter-first exclusive), but if not, no stress. You're about to find out more on them, like, now. The South African-made, cruelty-free,  vegan, and natural skincare brand sent us two of their hydrating serums to check out and show off: the pure squalane goodie, and their bio-active hydration treat. Now, why would these oily-ish products be able to help with the BP spill on yo' face? Scroll down to find out. 


oily skin is hella dehydrated

Yup. Who wouldda thunk it? Your oily skin is often actually dried-up. Now, this might be a little confusing. Why would dehydrated skin be wet? You see, the oil on your skin is otherwise called sebum. Sebum is secreted by your sebaceous glands to protect your skin from the crap outside of it. But when the water content in your skin is low, your glands work overtime to compensate, meaning they produce more oil, which shows up on your face as the shiny shiny you're not altogether that keen on.

Now, it's good to point out that not everyone agrees that this is how sebum works. It's a pretty contentious issue. But the theory is that by hydrating the skin with actives that penetrate deeply enough, you can lower the amount of sebum produced/secreted, and that this might help with your oily skin woes like breakouts. 

What then, makes for a good water-boosting product? Humectants that draw moisture to the skin, emollients that may plump up and reinforce the skin's protective barrier, and occlusives that keep water already in your skin from leaving (these are also particularly good for dry skin). TLDR: Make sure your products pack protective, moisture-drawing, and moisture-locking properties. 

Now if you believe like we do, that oil + oil + science magic = more balanced skin, you might want to invest in Kudu's serums. The Squalane Serum is an emollient and occlusive, and can be used in place of a moisturiser, or go on before. Two to three drops are more than sufficient (just make sure you don't travel with it - we haven't met a bottle of squalane that didn't mess up our in-transit makeup bags). It's made from olives, is fragrance-free, and according to Kudu's website, proven to be non-irritating. You can also use it on your hair to smooth flyaways - neat!

Then there's the Bio-Active Hydration Serum - a who's-who of natural oil superstars. Jojoba, squalane, and borage seed oil take the top three places on the list of ingredients, followed closely by coconut, marula, and baobab oils. This serum has some serious occlusive ingredients, meaning it may aggravate oily skin that's overproducing sebum for reasons other than dehydration. So, keep that in mind. If you're on the fence, it's best to buy a small bottle for use over a trial period of a month. At R135 for 10ml, it's a reasonable spend considering you might have balanced skin waiting for you on the other side. 

pro tip: massage your serums in with clean fingers in light, circular movements for best results, and layer with moisturiser for a chic, sheerish finish.

Have you tried Kudu out? Let us know in the comments below. If you have any questions, please send them our way at We love hearing from you!


ingredient check & disclaimer

toofufu is committed to transparency. We believe the beauty industry is at its best when consumers are making informed decisions, and we want to do our best to contribute to this being the case 24/7, 365. That's why from April 2017, all our posts will contain warnings for ingredients that have been earmarked as potentially dangerous by reputable, scientific resources. Thankfully, there are no such ingredients in today's post. There is something to note, though - the products featured in this post were sent to toofufu at the brand's expense, knowing that it would likely result in the content you find here. We do not give reviews on items provided by a given brand in exchange for content.  If you think we have violated this stance, please inform at, or comment below. For more please see our mission statement. 


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