Because non-greasy, non pore-clogging moisturisers DO exist
The best moisturiser for oily skin may seem counter-intuitive, but believe it or not, oily skin can still get dehydrated. Not all moisturisers target the same thing, and you’ll need a completely different set of ingredients to someone with dry or flaky skin.
Fortunately, once you’re clued up on the ingredients to look for, finding the right cream for your skin type is nowhere near as hard as you might think.
But, first thing’s first, you need to know a bit more about why your skin is the way it is. We spoke to consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong to get the low down on oily skin.
Although your skin is overdoing it on the grease front, it still needs some hydration to maintain the skin barrier’s health. ‘Many anti-acne products dry out skin, so it is important to rehydrate it to prevent overproduction of sebum to combat the dryness,’ Dr Wong says. Also, make sure your entire skincare routine is tailored to your oily skin: take your pick from the best cleansers, and the best toners and fighting shine will become a whole lot simpler. Oh, and be sure to add one of the best foundations for oily skin to the mix.
So what should you look for when buying oily skin friendly products? ‘Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil-free creams or serums instead.’
With that in mind, we’ve sourced different types moisturiser for oily skin below for you to add into your skincare routine now.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Face Cream, £47, Lookfantastic
It brightens complexion, fades dark spots and keeps your skin feeling soft and nourished. Although it’s oil-free, it won’t keep you matte for hours, so put this one in your nighttime skincare regime so it can work its magic overnight – when you’re less worried about how shiny you are.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, £4.90, Cult Beauty
The Ordinary is one of the biggest skincare brands on the market (and Instagram) at the moment; not only is their skincare high performance and good quality, but their prices are bank balance friendly. Pretty much everything is under a tenner. Their Natural Moisturizing Factors is oil-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free, making it the perfect moisturiser for oily skin as it won’t clog up pores and make them more visible.
Dermalogica mediBac clearing™ Oil Free Matte SPF 30, £42.50, John Lewis
It can be a real struggle to find a moisturiser with a good SPF that’s simultaneously not too greasy or heavy – as SPF notoriously is. Fortunately, there are a few carefully formulated moisturisers that benefit oily skin and protect from the damaging effects of the sun. Dermalogica is well known as a brand that caters for the needs of oily-skinned people, and their mattifying SPF 30 lotion works to mop up excess oil, while also shielding against sun damage. So, no more oily sunscreen problems.
Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF40, £29, Fabled
Clinique’s BB cream is oil free and has the added benefit of SPF 40. But what’s particularly great about thisone is that it’s both mattifying and buildable, meaning you can cover your blemishes.
Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturiser, £96, Net-A-Porter
Trust us when we say the price tag is totally worth it here. 100% natural and made with 40 high-performance ingredients, the lightweight formula works to clarify the surface of your skin, which is why it’s so great for oily complexions – especially those of acne sufferers. Congested skin will become a thing of the past.
Shop a few more of our oily-skin heroes below.
Shine-free moisturisation will be yours in no time…
Slip this on over your moisturiser and you'll stay matte for hours - plus the salicylic acid tackles blemishes and blackheads throughout the day. Win.
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.
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.
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, clearing acne and leaving skin glowing but shine-free, thanks to its key ingredient - zinc PCA - which absorbs excess oil.
Soothing and cooling cucumber tightens up any open pores, and the gel formula glides on and sinks straight into the skin, making this the perfect moisturiser for oily skin for the summertime. There's zero greasiness, and your skin will look perfectly matte and even within minutes. Use straight before foundation to really make the most of its moisturising and mattifying powers.
Espa's moisturiser for oily skin is great if you're plagued with daily spots. And angry ones at that. It has a combination of White Thyme - to balance out the oil production, Lavender - to calm any irritation and Chamomile - to soothe the skin. It's a three-pronged attack.