Non-Greasy Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Fight Dryness Without the Shine

Wearing a greasy face, more prone to acne, makeup that wouldn’t stay in place — living and coping with oily skin is never easy!

Come to think of it, even if you were blessed with another skin type, you’d probably still have to deal with another skin issue.  Just think about it, people with dry skin have to deal with premature aging, while combination skin types may be even more challenging.

Just because oily skin is greasy, many people who have this skin type prefer not to wear moisturizer which is a big no-no!  In fact, keeping the skin well moisturized should be prioritized for oily skin types.

How to choose the right moisturizer for oily skin

Rather than completely excluding moisturizer from your routine, you should instead be looking for a moisturizer for oily skin.  Below are some tips for you to find the right product that suits your skin type:

1.  Re-examine your skin.

This is particularly important if you have mature, aging skin because aging skin is generally characterized as dry.  It’s possible that your skin may have also changed to combination skin.  Moreover, basic moisturizers may not be sufficient to supply all the growing requirements of aging skin.  In which case, an anti-aging moisturizer may suit you more.  When choosing a moisturizer, your skin type is important but so too is your age.

2. Choose non-comedogenic.
 For your oily skin, it is important that you use only products that do not clog your pores.  Else, oily skin will not be your only skin issue but also acne.

3. Choose only water-based moisturizers.

Heavy, cream-based or oil-based moisturizers will feel too heavy on your skin and are likely to leave the surface of your skin with a greasy feel.  Water-based moisturizers are lightweight, sheer and easily penetrate your skin.  Plus, it will not result to acne.  Gels and serums will work better for your skin.

4. Refrain from layering products.

Whenever you can find a multifunctional product, go for it.  Layering different products, most especially products that likely do not complement each other because these are made under different brands, can cause your skin to feel thick, heavy and worse, irritated.  For your daytime wear, for instance, a Blemish Balm (BB) cream is more ideal as it already packs in sunscreen, moisturizer and cover up all folded in one fluid.

5. Look for moisturizing ingredients suitable for oily skin types.

Refrain from picking up products that contain denatured alcohol, soaps and sulfates which strip skin of natural oils and leave skin too tight and too dry, driving oil glands into overdrive.  Petrolatum is another ingredient you should avoid as this does not just leave your skin greasy, it also clogs your pores.

The ingredients you should be looking for to find the moisturizer for oily skin are as follows:
Sodium hyaluronate, which closely resembles hyaluronic acid naturally produced by the skin, helps attract moisture.

Co-enzyme Q10, also supports skin in holding moisture oily skin over prolonged periods.

Essential oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, easily penetrate skin and become assimilated, allowing these to instantly moisturize skin.

Sodium PCA, like sodium hyaluronate and co-enzyme Q10 also attracts hydration. Alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, citric acid and lactic acid, help unclog pores of excess oils and other skin impurities.

These ingredients are particularly important for nighttime moisturizer.
Salicylic acid, like AHAs, this ingredient also helps keep pores clean.

6. Always perform a patch test when trying new products.

Take a small amount and apply on a spot on the side of your face near your ear only.  Leave over night.  Observe for redness, swelling or any sign of irritation.

7. Ditch products that are causing your skin to become oilier.
Now that you know what exactly your oily skin needs and doesn’t, dump everything that may be causing your skin to ooze with oil.


Keeping skin clean, clear and moisturized are the basics of good skincare.  There are products out there that will answer to the hydrating needs of your skin.  You’ll just have to work doubly hard to find one that suits you.

Addie Davison, health and beauty consultant from New York, New Jersey, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She likes to write about beauty, skin care, makeup. She is very passionate about writing. Her articles mainly focus on content quality and originality. She has self-promotion abilities and works independently on her own initiatives. Contact with her on
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