We Rounded Up the Best 12 Moisturizers for Oily Skin
Contrary to popular belief, oily skin types are not exempt from applying moisturizers in the summer. In fact, skipping out on moisturizer can dehydrate the complexion and cause your sebaceous glands to go into panic mode, a.k.a. overcompensate for the lack of hydration in your complexion by producing an excess amount of oil. Fortunately, not all moisturizers are the same—in fact: there are a variety of moisturizers and facial lotions available that are specifically formulated for oily skin types. They’re often lightweight, fast absorbing, come in a gel-like formula, and are formulated with skin-hydrating ingredients that can nourish, hydrate, and comfort the complexion without leaving behind an additional oil slick. Some even have mattifying effects that can help reduce the appearance of shine. Sounds too good to be true? See our roundup of the best moisturizers for oily skin below for proof.
Formulated with L.Digitata extract, zinc, and perlite, the Purefect Skin Hydrating Gel from Biotherm is a lightweight gel formula that can provide the complexion with hydration while keeping excess sebum — also known as shine — at bay. The results? Skin that appears hydrated with a matte finish.
When it comes to oily skin, lightweight products are a must — especially moisturizers. Not only does Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream have a lightweight formula, it can give your skin lasting hydration, too! In addition to hydration, this gel-like formula can also protect the complexion with its antioxidant-rich formula infused with grape and grapefruit extract.
Formulated with the highest concentration of Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water, the Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel is a lightweight formula that can replenish the complexion with moisture, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, and provide the skin with a cooling effect. In addition to its moisturizing properties, Mineral Water Gel is oil free and non-greasy — so your skin can look and feel moisturized without the added oil slick.
When it comes to oily complexions, looking for skin care products that are specifically formulated for your skin type—such as the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream from Kiehl’s — is a no-brainer. Enriched with desert plant and glacial glycoprotein extract, this unisex facial cream is an oil free, fast absorbing hydrator that can condition the skin without leaving it looking–and feeling — greasy.
We like turning to gel-based moisturizers in the summertime for a number of reasons. For one, they’re incredibly lightweight and feel refreshing on the skin. And two, they’re highly compatible with oily skin types. With L’Oréal Paris’ Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care moisturizer, you can give your skin a burst of instant hydration thanks to its water-based formula that glides on quickly and easily. Not only does it provide the skin with hours of continuous hydration, it also removes excess sebum for a fresh feel and healthy look.
Perhaps an oily complexion isn’t the only issue you’d like to address when it comes to picking out the right moisturizer. Maybe you want to kill two birds with one stone and target enlarged pores as well. Good news, you can! Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion—with Amazonian White Clay—helps absorb excess sebum, hydrate the skin, and refine the look of pores.
Another pore-targeting formula that needs a spot in your regimen is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat. In addition to providing the skin with a dose of hydration, this dual action moisturizer also mattifies the skin and refines the look of large pores. Go ahead and use it as a daily moisturizer and/or as a base for makeup.
Formulated with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, this moisture-enhancing gel restores radiance for a smoother-looking complexion. Although it can cater to all skin types, it’s especially beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin types, as it provides optimal hydration without clogging pores. For best practices, use it alone or with another moisturizer for even more hydration.
This lightweight, pore-minimizing moisturizer is just what your skin needs in the sweltering hot months of summer. Formulated with a combination of vitamin E, and botanical- and nutrient-rich extracts, the moisturizer leaves the skin feeling soft without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Hydrate your complexion with this oil-free moisturizer that’s formulated with salicylic acid and extracts of cinnamon bark and ginger root. Upon application, you’ll notice how quickly the formula absorbs into the skin and penetrates pores, eliminating the appearance of most acne blemishes. What’s more, the additional balancing effect allows the formula to mattify the skin, reducing the appearance of pores and leaving the skin with a shine-free, hydrated appearance.
Meet: Vichy’s most powerful anti-acne care moisturizer. This beautifying, non-comedogenic anti-acne care lotion is formulated with salicylic acid and helps fight signs of blemish-prone skin.
Chances are you’ll be outdoors this summer, in which case you need an antioxidant- and mineral-rich moisturizer. Enter: Vichy Mineral 89. Formulated for all skin types, this moisturizer is enhanced with the brand’s mineral rich water to help fortify the skin and make it more resistant to visible signs of aging.