If you have oily skin, you probably think you should stay as far away from moisturizers as you can. However, while it’s true that you should stay away from oils, moisturizing your skin is more than just slathering on an oil-heavy cream on your face. What you should be thinking about is hydrating your skin – and even oily skin types need hydration.
If your skin’s dehydrated, it can become inflamed, irritated, itchy, show signs of aging quicker, and appear dull. What’s more, if your skin lacks hydration, your body will over-produce oil to compensate, leading to your skin becoming even oilier, and even breaking out.
That’s where moisturizers come in.
A moisturizer’s primary function is to add hydration to your skin, and there are a number of moisturizers out there designed especially for oily skin types. They’re usually oil-free, and water-based, won’t leave your skin looking shiny, greasy and slick, or clog your pores. They’ll just give your skin the boost of hydration it needs to be healthy, and may even reduce the amount of oil your skin makes.
So, here are a few of the best moisturizers for oily skin:
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Daily Face Moisturizer
The gel formula of this moisturizer provides hydration to the skin, leaving it looking smooth and supple day after day. It contains Hyaluronic acid, a hydrator found naturally in the skin, that attracts moisture and locks it in. this daily face moisturizer features a non-comedogenic formula that is oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free. The lotion absorbs quickly like a gel, so you can wear it under makeup, yet it still provides long-lasting and intense moisturizing power of a cream.
OLEHENRIKSEN C-Rush™ Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
This is a brightening gel-creme, rich in vitamin C from three different sources (ascorbic acid, 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid, and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) which help with preventing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as giving you 24-hour hydration. It even helps your makeup sit better by "creating a smooth, hydrated canvas for foundation and concealer."
Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
This is a gel-like moisturizer, with a blend of vitamin-rich watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing botanicals to soothe and give your skin a bright glow and help prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It claims to be a gel-emulsion texture that "feels cool on contact like your face guzzled a glass of fresh watermelon juice."
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
The Clinique Gel is an oil-free formula that helps your skin look fresher and younger with its combination of skin-strengthening ingredients. It's also hypoallergic, fragrance-free, non-acnegenic, and paraben-free. It provides the finest moisture to face and quenches the skin with abundant moisture. It is a lightweight formula that instantly absorbs into the skin.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream
This is a quick-absorbing gel-cream which offers you round the clock, oil-free hydration and shine-control and has an instant cooling effect after it's applied. It contains Glacial Glycoprotein and Desert Plant Extract which help moisturize and deeply condition the skin. It's paraben-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and allergy-tested.
e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer
This lotion has a lightweight and nourishing formula that locks in moisture to give you a smoother, suppler skin. It is infused with jojoba, aloe, shea butter, and cucumber as well as antioxidants grape, bilberry, and vitamin E. It is non-greasy, hydrating, and doesn't cause break-outs.
CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum
This serum is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, which helps retain the skin's natural moisture, and with Vitamin B5 helps soothe skin. It is free of fragrance and parabens so the moisturizer is gentle on skin. Right after putting this on, the skin feels really hydrated and much smoother.
Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream
Made for all skin types, this gel-cream contains calming green tea and hydrating aloe vera. It is a light, vegan, and cruelty-free daily moisturizer with a cooling gel-cream texture. It has quality ingredients that are not irritating for sensitive skin, and don’t make the face break out.
Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream
This moisturizer is made with minerals and plant extracts and is free of any harsh chemicals. It will give you constant, continuous hydration throughout the day, and leave your skin smooth and dewy fresh, without feeling greasy or sticky.