Moisturisers CAN be good for oily skin, you just need to know what you're looking for
The best moisturiser for oily skin might seem counter-intuitive as often, an oily complexion is down to dehydrated skin. But that’s not to say that you need to find the best moisturiser for dry skin, as in fact you need something completely different.
To remedy a greasy complexion, you need an oil-free moisturiser that balances the skin’s natural levels, and one that’s mattifying and shine-reducing in its properties. That’s not too much to ask now, is it?
It might not seem like it at first, but finding the best moisturiser for oily skin is actually fairly easy. Just keep an eye out for the key ingredients, such as Vitamin C, lemongrass and willow bark extract, and you’ll soon find one that is specifically tailored to your skin’s needs. Whether that’s mattifying, cooling or calming, these moisturisers can (and will) solve all of the main skincare concerns that having oily skin brings.
From classic Clinique to the all-natural Pinks Boutique and every old faithful in between, skincare brands are starting to notice your skin needs and develop formulae that are responsive to your skin type. Then, when you’re done applying your skincare, follow up with something from our pick of the best foundation for oily skin or mineral make-up – another great base option if you struggle with oily skin.
In fact, if you pop over to our sister site Powder and tell them a bit about your skin type, they’ll recommend a day cream that’s best suited to you. And, because we know how important moisturising can be for young, radiant-looking skin, so we’ve rounded up the very best moisturiser for oily skin to keep you looking your best. Browse our round up to find your new skincare best friend. You can thank us later.
This is a skincare classic. Thousands are sold every second, thanks to big promises and effective results. Despite the gel formula and the oil-free ingredients, this light-weight moisturiser is still really hydrating, so you don’t need to compromise a matte finish for seriously soft skin.
We love the slightly cooling and incredibly refreshing effect on application – something that can be improved by keeping your moisturiser in the fridge. Perfect for the humidity, keeping oil and sweat at bay, DD Moisturising Gel absorbs quickly into the skin – meaning you are ready for flawless make-up application in seconds.
This serum has a revolutionary formula packed with active ingredients and works in three different ways. Firstly, it purifies to combat surface sebum and reduces excess shine. Next, it lightly quenches the skin to restore the natural balance, and finally it tightens dilated pores, reducing further oily excretions. The effect is wonderfully clear, revived skin.
This clever serum is effectively treating the cause of oily skin, not just masking it for one day. Salicylic acid, a proven acne treatment, keeps skin seriously clean and free from spot-causing bacteria. Lighter and easy to massage into skin, this is a great everyday moisturiser and make-up base.
If it’s an oil free night cream you’re after, this one from Origins is just the job. Enriched with vitamins, it tackles dullness so that you wake up with seriously radiant skin.
A firm favourite that can always be found backstage at fashion week, the Decleor Aroma Purete Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid makes an effective base for make up application. Leaving skin mattified, as well as deeply moisturised, the Oxygenating Complex helps skin to breathe by increasing the consumption of oxygen, therefore improving cellular activity and helping combat lifeless skin.
As you can imagine, an oxygen-based product like this leaves skin feeling really clean and pure, which is a welcome change for anyone with an excessively oily complexion. Madagascan water lily, bamboo and lotus extracts gently eradicate that excess oil to leave skin matte but hydrated, all day.
It’s a common misconception that only mature women use anti-ageing creams, which is why they tend to be very rich and hydrating – because our skin does get drier as we age. But it’s a good idea to start thinking about an anti-ageing routine in your late 20s and early 30s. The Filorga Time-Filler is the best choice for anyone under 40 as it won’t over-hydrate your skin and will actually help to keep oil at bay, at the same time as fighting early signs of lines and wrinkles.
And not only does this mattifying moisturiser combat shine and excess oil, it tightens pores, taking years off your skin. The silky cream creates a base – almost as if it’s a primer – leaving you with a flawless starting point to apply your daily make-up. The MC verdict? Filorga’s Time-Filler has just become our hydrating, beautifying best friend.
Known to combat excess oil production, this lightweight moisturiser leaves skin incredibly soft and supple with a great matte finish. A dehydrated complexion can prompt the skin to over-produce oil – Dermalogica’s Active Moist Lotion works wonders to combat this and balance the skin’s natural oil levels.
Thanks to natural ingredients including lemon, cucumber and burdock. texture is evened out, hydration is maintained and skin is softened. A great no frills, no fuss option for for every day, you can’t go wrong with this must-have.
A life-saver for oily skin, Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier works quickly on contact with the skin to beat shine and keep your complexion matte and even. Don’t be alarmed by the thick texture: This cream absorbs almost instantly to leave the skin feeling light to the touch and ready for foundation.
Willow bark extract gently exfoliates to help keep skin fresh and free from pore-clogging nasties – a must for an oily complexion. There’s also an SPF 15 included, as an added skincare bonus.
There’s no need to break the bank with your beauty routine these days, as high street brands offer some great cheaper alternatives to luxury favourites. Look to Simple and its budget-busting skincare range if you need proof.
Its bargain-basement Clear Skin Oil-Balancing Moisturiser instantly smoothes skin, leaving it clear and glowing but shine-free, thanks to its key ingredient – zinc PCA – which absorbs excess oil.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit daily facial moisturiser has a fresh fragrance and leaves skin looking beautifully clear and healthy. It’s action triad includes hydration (fast-absorbing and soft to touch), cleansing (prevents spots by cleaning pores) and refreshment (uplifts your senses giving you that fresh feeling). See this as prevention rather than cure and use daily to combat the early signs of oily skin, before the shine sets in.
Acne suffers can also rejoice, as this moisturiser can help to heal problem skin, reducing spots and preventing new blemishes from forming. This light moisturiser also sinks in incredibly quickly, so at night, try applying a few layers, letting each one sink in before adding the next.
Scented lightly with the brand’s gorgeous signature perfume – a mixture of borage and avocado – this light moisturiser sinks into skin easily and leaves skin clearer, healthier and with smaller pores.
Gentle and pure enough for eczema suffers, Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Light Moisturiser gives the most uneven complexion a soft and smooth texture. Combine with the cult Cleanse and Polish for a truly deep clean and oil-free feeling.
The Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser pulls off a clever balancing act to keep skin moisturised, smooth and matte. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this plant-based cream smells totally delicious and feels comfortable and soft on the skin.
The squeezy tube also means that this cream is way more hygienic than a jar (a must for acne-prone skin), with little mess or waste, making it great value for money. Use in the mornings to help keep you make-up in place all day.
A facialist favourite, this fresh and ultra light moisturiser leaves the complexion perfectly hydrated with a beautiful matte finish, for instant and all-day effects. What’s more, the Carita Ideal Controle Powder Emulsion helps to postpone the signs of ageing by maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
It might not be the cheapest choice, but the almost gel-like finish and lasting shine-free effect is well worth every penny: It’s also not just shine that this cream eliminates – redness, discomfort and blemishes are also banished with regular use.
A refreshing moisturiser that refreshes, hydrates and revitalises the skin in no time. It also tackles fine lines and the appearance of ageing – bonus.
Pinks Boutique Lemongrass and Cemellia Moisturiser – specially formulated for oily skin types – is a water-based lotion that balances and refreshes. Containing Camellia oil, used in skin care by Japanese women for many years, plus aloe vera to soothe and heal, this delicate fluid is 100% natural and 89.5% organic – perfect for summer or winter.
Lemongrass is a natural antiseptic with healing properties that will help to clear up acne-prone skin. Packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, this sweet-smelling moisturiser improves the skin’s elasticity and protects against environmental damage that will only aggravate an oily complexion.