Finding the perfect skincare texture is not an easy job, especially if you have combination or oily skin. You need to find products that hydrate the skin deeply, all the while feeling weightless on the skin to avoid excess shine or oiliness. We’ve searched hard and we’ve found just the perfect formulas to meet your needs. These moisturizers feel fresh and cool, and they work hard to make your skin happy. But before diving into the best lightweight moisturizers for oily skin, let’s find out why this product should be part of your skincare routine!
Why does oily skin need a moisturizer?
Oily skin benefits from a moisturizer just as much as any other skin type. Let’s consider that the moisturizer completes two main functions: it provides the skin with comfort and it—surprise, surprise—moisturizes the skin! While oily skin produces more than enough oil, that doesn’t mean that it can keep the skin moisturized, or hydrated. To keep your skin hydrated, it’s important to provide it with humectants, a group of ingredients that draws water to your skin—and our beautiful moisturizers are a great way of gifting your skin with humectants.
Some people may get just enough comfort using the facial serum alone, and that should be ok as long as your skin feels good! However, if your oily skin needs more than a serum to get the comfort it deserves, or if your skincare routine can be summed up to the moisturizer application, then choosing a texture that is suitable for the needs of your skin is key!
Why choose a lightweight moisturizer for oily skin
If your skin produces more oil than you can comfortably handle, you need the right textures by your side to make your skincare routine work. If you apply a cream with a richer texture than your oily skin needs, it’s going to feel too heavy on the skin, and it may even lead to some wild pimple appearances. By choosing a water-based and lightweight moisturizer, your skin is getting the best of a moisturizer’s potential: comfort as well as replenishing, weightless moisture.
These are the best lightweight moisturizers for oily skin!
COSRX Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream
Refreshing & calming
This cooling jelly moisturizer delivers all the moisture and freshness in a texture lighter than air. Featuring botanical extracts and panthenol on a water base, this COSRX formula brings irritated skin back to balance, granting an immediate feeling of freshness. It absorbs quickly, just as you need, leaving no residue on the skin. Take good care of your oily skin with this fresh and lightweight moisturizer!
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
A cult formula for oily skin
If you have oily skin, you’ve heard about this one! Even though this gel needs no introduction, here we go. Dermatologist-developed to answer the specific needs of sensitive skin, this moisturizer is a dream for anyone with combination or oily skin. It feels lightweight, and the pump on the bottle makes it easy and quick to apply. As you massage it, the skin feels hydrated without any added shine.
SVR [Pepti] Biotic Regenerating Smoothing Matt Gel
Anti-aging care for oily skin
This SVR cream proves that you can manage excess oiliness all the while addressing visible signs of aging! Starring hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin C and pasteurized prebiotics, it delivers all you can need in a non-comedogenic formula. Equally important, the formula is fully compatible with makeup, so you can follow your moisturizer application with a foundation for oily skin.
Mádara Deep Moisture Oil-Free Gel
Organic & oil-free gel
Get long-lasting hydration in a texture that’s tailor-made to oily skin needs. With a powerful blend of ingredients of natural origin, while excluding ingredients of animal origin, this Madara gel moisturizer makes sure that oily skin looks radiant without ever looking greasy. Each use contributes to keeping the skin balanced and hydrated, with just the perfect amount of shine!
Holika Holika Hyaluronic Hydra Gel Cream
12 different types of Hyaluronic Acid
Replenish your skin with immediate and long-lasting hydration thanks to a formula rich in hydrating ingredients. Featuring a complex of 12 types of hyaluronic acid, this formula manages to boost the skin with hydration while keeping light and fresh. Fast-absorbing and a treat to your senses, this gel creates an invisible shield that protects your skin from environmental aggressions.
Clarins My Clarins Pure-Reset Matifying Hydrating Blemish Gel
Hydrating & mattifying
You can get the best of both worlds with this formula: a lightweight moisturizer that also helps to mattify the skin! Especially formulated for combination to oily skin types, it helps to reduce excess sebum with meadowsweet and arbutus extracts. At the same time, hibiscus and tamarind work to refine skin texture, while the exclusive Healthy Plant Complex, featuring bio coconut water and Alpine rose, grants hydration!
COSRX Full Fit Propolis Honey Overnight Mask
Overnight magic with propolis
Who doesn’t love a good multi-purpose formula? This overnight mask works beautifully as a leave-in night moisturizer, as a rinse-off mask or as a hydrating day cream. You get to choose how to use it every time! This fresh, non-oily gel brings your skin back to balance thanks to the antiseptic and antibacterial action of propolis and organic beeswax. Empower your skin with this perfect lightweight moisturizer for oily skin.
Are you not sure what to use before and after applying your new lightweight moisturizers for oily skin? We have a few suggestions, as usual! The facial serum is the one that goes before your moisturizer, and the sunscreen should be the product that you apply right after (in the morning). Try our suggestions for a complete routine targeted for oily skin types.
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