If you have oily skin, the last thing you want to do is add more oil to your face. It produces way too much on its own, doesn’t it? But, that may make it so tricky to find a good moisturizer. In fact, you may have given up on them altogether!
But, what if your skin could do with one? Where to turn to? Oil-free moisturizers are the answer, my smart friend. Here’s why:
Why Moisturizers Contain Oils
A moisturizer is basically a product that adds moisture to the skin. But, it’s not enough to give skin moisture to keep it hydrated. This moisture must stay into the skin.
That’s usually a job for oils. Oils like mineral oil, coconut oil, and olive oil to name a few, create a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss. This is why they are called occlusive.
But, if you have oily skin, you really don’t need those. Enter oil-free moisturizers.
So, How Do Oil-Free Moisturizers Work?
Oil-free moisturizers have ingredients that can create a barrier on the skin that retain moisture, too. But, they’re not oils. They are ingredients, like silicones and hydrogenated polyisobutene, that behave similarly to oils. These substances are less heavy, so can do the job without causing pimples or adding more shine.
Oil-free moisturizers also contain higher concentrations of humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. These are ingredients that can attract, and bind moisture to the skin. They’re a great way to hydrate skin without adding even more oil to it.
What Are The Best Oil-Based Moisturizers?
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisture ($78.00)
This lightweight moisturizer contains lots of antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, so it can fight wrinkles while hydrating skin. It also has a small amount of bentonite clay to absorb excess oil. Available at Sephora.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52.00)
This is a water-based gel moisturizer, so it feels very lightweight and refreshing on the skin. I love it because it also contains lots of natural extracts (such as watermelon, apple, pineapple, and bearberry) that have antioxidant properties, too. Available at Dermstore.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($30.00)
There is nothing in here that can absorb excess oil, so if that’s what you expected from the name, you’ll be disappointed. But, it does dry to a matte finish, and it is so lightweight, giving oily skin all the little hydration it needs. It also contains a good mix of wrinkle-fighting and brightening ingredients like niacinamide and licorice, which is always a plus. Available at Sephora.
The Bottom Line
Most moisturizers contain a combination of oils and humectants, because it’s such an effective way to moisturize skin. But, if yours is oily, definitely ditch the oils and opt for an oil-free moisturizer, instead. It’ll keep your skin moisturized without adding extra oil.
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Do you use oil-free moisturizers? If so, which are your favorites?