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 Oil-Free Moisturizer
This moisturizer has a lightweight, non-greasy, non-alcoholic formula which will keep your skin moisturized, smooth, and soft. It also contains SPF 15 to give you some protection from the sun, it’s oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and hypoallergic.
e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer
This lotion has a lightweight and nourishing formula which 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.
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
This is a great lotion for acne-prone skin as it contains witch hazel, a natural ingredient known for its skin-soothing properties, and 2% salicylic acid acne medicine to penetrate pores and clear blemishes. The oil-free acne medication rapidly dissolves oil on the skin and works to reduce the size, redness, and swelling of spots.
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.
Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Daily Nourishing Lotion
The Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Lotion contains Kaolin, which helps with exfoliating and removing dead skin cells; glycerin, to help control oil and balance your skin’s Ph levels; and Zinc oxide which helps prevent breakouts due to its antiseptic qualities.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is an oil-free formula which 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.
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 Imperata cylindrica root extract and antarcticine which help moisturize and deeply condition the skin. It’s paraben-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, noncomedogenic, and allergy-tested.
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 which “feels cool on contact like your face guzzled a glass of fresh watermelon juice.”
Natio Daily Repair Oil-Free Moisturizer
This lotion helps hydrate and maintain a healthy moisture balance on your skin. It controls shine, tightens your pores, and gives your skin a long-lasting matte finish.
Olehenriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème
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.”