Sebum is great - in moderation. It gives skin its glow and youthful appearance. But excess of anything good can be bad and too much oil can leave your skin dull and shiny.
You’d think having oily skin means moisturizer is the last thing your skincare regimen needs. Think again: oil is skin’s natural response to replenishing hydration in many cases. It could just be that your skin is dehydrated and is producing oil as a response to that stress. This can also happen when the skin is being stripped of its natural oils with the use of harsh chemicals often found in products that combat acne and other issues that tend to crop up with oily skin - making oiliness worse in the long run.
On top of that, all skin types are exposed to external factors such as pollution, UV rays and too much cleansing which damage the skin’s moisture barrier. This can result in skin looking too shiny.
Bottomline: oily skin also needs hydration or else it can appear oilier.
That’s where the right moisturiser steps in. For oily skin, the best moisturizer will be non-comedogenic, easily absorbed, and leave minimal to no residue. Here, we cover some of our best finds for oily skin including organic, treatment and anti-aging options.
This potion of botanical extracts is ideal for oily skin as it leaves no greasy residue. Rosehip oil and camellia restore hydration and health to the skin’s texture while minimising pores - often a co-occurrence with oily skin.
Rosehip oil is non-comedogenic and contains linoleic acid that oily skin often has a dearth of. Linoleic acid is important as it has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing properties.
Camellia oil is known for its resemblance to our natural sebum which means it absorbs easily deep into the skin without leaving an oily residue.
For a balanced complexion that is nourished, repaired and non-greasy, this cream is the perfect hydration solution. Bonus: This is an all-natural clean beauty product that ensures no harsh chemicals make oily complexions worse or inflamed.
Apart from preferring your skin without oil, do you also prefer cruelty-free and vegan skincare? Indie Lee’s Active Oil Free Moisturizer is about to be your holy grail. With the highest quality natural ingredients that supply the lightest, yet potent, hydrating and soothing action to your skin, Indie Lee checks all the boxes.
This lovely concoction contains daisy, milk thistle, burdock, lavender and jasmine flower - a bouquet of wholesomeness for sebum-stressed skin.
Burdock has anti-inflammatory properties and lavender and jasmine flowers gently moisturize skin while being non-comedogenic for the pores. These natural ingredients make this a gently effective and healing moisturizer for oily skin.
With oily skin, it's often easier to keep products to a minimum and skip the layering. How great does a multi-purpose cream sound? An all-in-one skin protector, treatment and moisturizer, Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer has it all.
It dries up acne and spots and reduces oil production, while supplying the skin with an SPF of 30. A light non-greasy formula, it is easily absorbed and does not clog pores. Bound to be a favorite!
Looking for an anti-aging solution that comfortably hydrates your oily skin at the same time? Try YONKA’s Hydra No. 1 Fluid which mattifies skin while gently hydrating with the super-humectant hyaluronic acid. Best of all, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything and us shiny-skinned folks could really use that.
Bonus: it's packed with antioxidants including vitamins E, C and A. They help repair and balance your skin with their soothing and repairing properties. What’s more - the formula is super lightweight and fast absorbing and this means it’s the perfect first aid for dehydrated oily skin.
Dealing with oily skin is one hassle but the accompanying dullness can be quite a damper too. Brighten up with this perfect blend of nutrients and skin-brightening ingredients - a refreshing break from heavy creams that only add shine to the skin. This cream is perfect for you if you love your creams to be luxe and loving but effortless at the same time.
It acts as a facial conditioner with its therapeutic formulation that’s perfect for challenged skin; avocado oil is an anti-inflammatory oil that hydrates without leaving any oily residue while the airy formula is fortified with shea and cocoa-butter that absorb effortlessly due to their melting abilities at body temperature.
Use sparingly to maintain that wholesome balance between nourishment and soft, silky non-greasy hydration. Let your skin bask in the luxury!
Moisturizer for oily sensitive skin is hard to find in the moisturizer pie chart - unless that chart is Pai. Pai Skincare excels in catering to easily irritated complexions so that even those with rosacea and eczema can confidently enjoy skincare.
If you have oily sensitive skin, the Pai Skincare Geranium and Thistle Re-Balancing Day Cream is a must-have. For the perfect matte and even skin texture and reduced appearance of pores, this is a great buy.
This non-comedogenic formula, free from pore-blocking ingredients including beeswax, contains geranium and thistle - both great herbs for oily skin. Geranium oil has a cooling effect on the skin and rebalances combination complexions while thistle oil is full of Omega 6 which mattifies the skin and reduces the appearance of large pores.
Clear persistent blemishes with this cream which acts as gentle treatment while hydrating - just what an irritated oily complexion needs!
If you have extremely oily skin and you’d rather apply a mist instead of cream, look no further than the Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist which is a powerhouse of antioxidants minus irritants or fillers. This organic elixir has a lightweight texture that sinks effortlessly into the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. It provides just the right amount of hydration for oily skin to feel comfortable, quenched and nourished.
There are 18 active ingredients in this wonder spray that repair and hydrate skin while healing photodamaged areas. Milk Thistle, Vitamin C, Pomegranate Seed Extract, and Ginkgo Biloba are only a few of this impressive list. Pomegranate Seed Extract contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid that prevents moisture loss while Ginkgo Biloba helps with clogged pores that are a hallmark of oily skin.
But it doesn’t end here. Containing Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP), a form of Vitamin C, this mist fights acne-causing bacteria. It also prevents inflammation, destroys free radicals and keeps skin bright and firm. What’s not to love?
Oil control for your skin requires not just the right moisturizer but the right overall skin regimen. Our pro-tip is to not overwash your face in order to rid yourself of the oil as that can ramp up sebum production even more. With the right skincare steps and products, your skin can achieve that matte finish and comfort you deserve.