The best moisturizers for oily skin

Mattifying facial lotions to help control oil

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Jun 08, 2020 · 2 min read

We’re here to share what we know — but don’t take it as medical advice. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions.

If applying moisturizer to oily skin seems redundant to you, you’re not entirely wrong: your skin is working to produce its own natural moisturizer (sebum, aka oil). But certain moisturizers may actually help reduce the appearance of oiliness with oil-absorbing ingredients and deliver more skin-satisfying benefits. So don’t give up on replenishing your skin — as frustrating as it can be to deal with oily skin, remember that it just needs a little love!

FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer

  • Mattifying

  • Hydrates and replenishes the skin with ceramides

  • Oil-absorbing and non-greasy

  • $30 (2 oz)

Cetaphil Pro Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30

  • Non-greasy and mattifying

  • My pick for best drugstore moisturizer for oily skin

  • Prevents sun damage with SPF 30

  • $18 (4 oz)

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

  • Water-based gel moisturizer

  • Ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing

  • With cactus and aloe vera

  • $38 (1.6 oz)

TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF35

  • Lightweight, oil-free formula

  • Helps give skin a smoother appearance

  • Doubles as a primer for wearing under makeup

  • $65 (2 oz)

Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion

  • Antioxidants help protect against skin damage from free radicals

  • Soothes skin with cucumber and lavender

  • Oil-free and noncomedogenic

  • $38 (1.7 oz)

Proactiv Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

  • Lightweight and quick-absorbing

  • Long-lasting matte finish

  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30

  • $24 (1.5 oz)

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The gel moisturizer by Curology

Developed by dermatologists, this nourishing gel-cream hybrid moisturizer is made with non-comedogenic, non-irritating ingredients. It’s the perfect everyday indulgence for any skin type, infused with soothing extracts and hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration all day long. It’s also free of parabens, common sulfates, fragrances, dyes, or any other common skin-irritating ingredients. You can get it as part of your Curology set.

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