Fact: oily skin is just like any other skin type in that it requires a daily dose of moisture. We can already hear the skeptical buzz: “My moisture’s already built in, isn’t it?” or “Um, my face is never, ever dry…”
We know it’s counterintuitive, but moisturizing your skin actually helps balance your oil production. When you strip your skin of moisture, thinking it will somehow lessen your oiliness, it takes the opposite effect. Your skin ends up dehydrated, which causes it to overcompensate by pumping out more and more oil. Thus that shiny T-Zone and extra-greasy feel.
When choosing a moisturizer for oily skin, your best bets are formulas that are gel-based and/or oil-free (although applying oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing: read here). If a moisturizer contains natural mattifiers like willow bark extract, Vitamin C, or lemongrass (as recommended by Marie Claire), all the better! Here’s what we’ve got for you on BeautyMNL:
1. PHILOSOPHY’S HOPE IN A JAR OIL-FREE GEL
This cult product by Philosophy is beloved all over the world for its soothing, straightforward effect on oily skin. It keeps shine in check with a 99.9% oil-free formula while reaching deep into the skin to give it a healthy, hydrated glow. We particularly enjoy its super-light, soufflé-like texture, which melts into any complexion without a streak.
2. LEYENDE’S FACE CANVAS VELVETSENSE MOISTURIZER
Local brand Leyende touts this moisturizer as good for all skin types—and the organic-lovers in us just can’t resist it. This silicon-free, non-greasy face cream also doubles as a makeup base, so it hydrates and primes the skin in one go. It’s made with extracts from pili, mango butter, and virgin coconut oil, so you know it’s good for your face.
3. DERMALOGICA’S OIL CONTROL LOTION
The name speaks for itself. This oil-absorbing moisturizer glides onto greasy skin with a light, watery, refreshing feel. It’s formulated with salicylic acid, so it also helps treat blemishes caused by excess sebum. All while keeping you shine-free, of course.
4. MIZON’s LOVELY MOISTURIZER
Korea is basically the skincare mecca, so we love and trust Korean beauty brands like Mizon. Its Lovely Moisturizer contains antioxidant-rich green tea and acne-battling comfrey, so you get a skin-perfecting treatment on top of good hydration. And if you’re worried about the “hiyang factor” of your volatile oily complexion, don’t fret: Lovely is so mild, it can even be used by teens.
5. CETAPHIL’S DAILY FACIAL MOISTURIZER FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
You cannot, and we repeat, cannot go wrong with Cetaphil’s bestseller. Although this multi-awarded moisturizer is a rule-breaker for oily skin because of its rich and creamy texture, you only need a tiny dollop to smooth over your entire face. It’s mild, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free, and it’s able to bring you beautiful hydration without too much grease.
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