Oily skin, meet your new BFF: oil-free moisturizers.
Don’t get scared. I know the last thing you want is to add more to oil to your face. It pumps out way too much on its own, doesn’t it?
But oil-free moisturisers aren’t like other moisturisers. There’s one key difference that makes them perfect for your skin type. Here’s what I mean:
Why Traditional Moisturizers Contain Oils
The job of a moisturizer is to prevent dryness.
Your skin gets dry when your skin’s protective barrier is damaged. Moisture evaporates through the holes, making it all dry and flaky.
Most moisturizers fix this by creating a barrier on the skin that patches up the holes in your own barrier and traps moisture in. That’s a job for oils.
Oils like mineral oil, coconut oil, and olive oil (to name a few!) seal everything in, including moisture.
If you have oily skin, that’s the last thing you need. Your protective barrier is perfectly intact. Heck, your skin pumps out so much oil, that barrier keeps getting stronger and stronger.
That’s when oil-free moisturisers come in.
Related: Is Mineral Oil Bad For Skin?
How Do Oil-Free Moisturizers Work?
Oil-free moisturizers help skin retain moisture, too. But in a slightly different way. They use emollients and humectants to do the job.
Emollients, like silicones and hydrogenated polyisobutene, work similarly to oils. They create a barrier on the skin that holds moisture in. But they’re much lighter than oils so don’t clog your pores or turn your face into a greasy mess.
Humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, are moisture magnets. They attract moisture from the air into skin and bind it. They’re the best way to hydrate skin without adding more oil to it.
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What Are The Best Oil-Free Moisturizers?
- Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisture ($78.00): available at Nordstrom and Sephora.
- Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52.00): available at Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK.
- First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($30.00): available at Dermstore, Feel Unique, Sephora and Ulta
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The Bottom Line
If you have oily skin, oil-free moisturisers are the way to go. They keep your skin hydrating without adding more oil it. Win win.
What are your fave oil-free moisturisers? Share your picks in the comments below.
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