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Rule number one to achieving supple, expensive-looking skin? Never skip moisturizing. Well, it’s probably not rule number one, but moisturizing your skin is just as important as cleansing, whether you drink copious amounts of water, eat your fruits, and exercise—or not. What’s great finding the best skin-saving moisturizer is that everyone pretty much falls into one or more of the following skin-type categories—oily, dry, combination, or normal—and there are a wealth of moisturizing serums and creams that cater to each group. But today, we’re here to talk about oily skin.

Believe it or not, oily skin needs just as much hydration as normal, dry, and combination skin. “It’s a misconception that people with oily skin do not need to use moisturizers. Stripping the skin of oil can interrupt the skin barrier and cause unwanted irritation. So it’s important to find a moisturizer that does not add additional oil to the skin, but is hydrating,” Dr. Lian Mack, MD, board-certified dermatologist, told “Consumers should be looking for products that are both oil-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it does not clog pores or cause acne), and that hydrates the skin with water-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid.”

Good thing lightweight, oil-free moisturizers are just a click away. Ahead, shop the best drugstore, luxury, and derm-approved face creams to keep your skin hydrated, not greasy.

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For Added SPF Protection

AM Face Moisturizer with Sunscreen, SPF 30



When searching for the perfect moisturizer, Dr. Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, board-certified dermatologist suggests looking for products that say “non-comedogenic,” which means that ”it doesn’t contain ingredients that will clog your pores and cause you to break out. CeraVe’s AM Moisturizer is great because it combines a light weight moisturizer with sunscreen (which is also a must for everyone).”


For Sensitive Skin

Vanicream Lite Lotion Pump for Sensitive Skin,



$9.59 (28% off)

Having oily and sensitive skin isn’t the easiest to treat but Vanicream’s Lite Lotion comes highly recommended. “If you have extremely sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions, I suggest you try Vanicream’s light lotion,” Imahiyerobo-Ip added. ”Again, this product is non-comedogenic and free of any preservatives or allergens that may irritate the skin.”


For Evening Out Texture

AquaBoost Oil-Free Moisturizer



“This oil-free moisturizer is specifically formulated for acne prone skin. It’s lightweight, but will keep your skin hydrated all day long,” Imahiyerobo-Ip said. Good things come in small packages, and this moisturizer is formulated with honey, aloe, hyaluronic acid, and more to transform your skin’s texture. 


For Firming

‘Moisture Bound’ Rejuvenating Crème



“This product is oil free, and contains a trademarked compound called 5-Hydra complex that helps to hydrate and firm the skin without causing oiliness,” Dr. Mack added. 


For Shrinking Pores

BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum

Jane Iredale


In addition to your daily moisturizer, Lian Mack suggests mixing this hyaluronic acid serum into your routine to “help minimize pores and fine lines.”


For a Dermatologist Favorite

DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30



According to Lian Mack, Cetaphil’s Oil Control moisturizer is great because of its key ingredient, a mineral called silica. “Like clay, silica is a mineral that helps to absorb oil,” she says. ”The micro pearl technology of this product make the skin appear matte. It has broad spectrum coverage for both UVA/UVB rays. Reducing exposure to the sun rays prevents activation of the sebaceous or oil producing glands in the skin.”


For Fading Scars

Sheer Transformation® Perfecting Moisturizer

Ole Henriksen


This multipurpose formula does it all: helps to fade dark spots, impart a healthy, luminous glow, gives skin a smoother texture. 


For a Lightweight Feel

The Water Cream



The pretty mint pot looks as beautiful on the outside as the nutrient-packed ingredients bottled up on the inside. It’s lightweight and has a water-like consistency that absorbs seamlessly into the skin. 


For Long-Lasting Results

Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth


Don’t be stingy with this cloud-soft creamy mixture of hyaluronic acid and elderberry extracts that come together to provide a boost of hydration for up to 72 hours (!). 


For the ‘Gram

Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer

Glow Recipe


Packed with the same watermelon extract as its predecessor, Watermelon Glow Mask, the Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer comes with hyaluronic acid and a soothing, gel-like feel. 


For a Fragrance-Free Option

Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion



Umbrian Clay, meadowsweet extract, and vitamins C and E are the powerful ingredients your skin-saving army is missing. Together, they purify the skin, control oil, tone and restore moisture. 


For Priming Before Makeup

Online Only Green Tea Oil-free Moisturizer



You likely drink a cup of green tea every morning, but did you know it also works wonders for your skin? The fast absorbing formula melts into the skin without weighing it down and leaves skin supple to create a flawless canvas for your makeup. 


For a Matte Finish

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin

La Roche Posay


Reach for this moisturizer when you want to stay matte all day long. This oil-free lotion not only moisturizes the skin, but it helps to improve the appearance of pores and keeps you hydrated without any signs of grease. 

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