The Moisturizers You Need to Add to Your Skin-Care Routine If You Have Oily Skin

We know hydrating shiny skin sounds counterintuitive, but a good moisturizer is essential to any skin-care regimen, even for those with oily skin. To nourish your skin and help prevent those annoying oil-caused breakouts, try out one of these highly rated oil-free moisturizers ASAP.

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The Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Take it from someone who has very oily skin—I know how frustrating it can be to feel like there is no solution. Thanks to the humidity of summer, my skin this time of year is oily, shiny, and damp all day every day—and there are only so many oil-absorbing sheets you can use to try to wipe away the problem.

Tip: It is crucial to prep your skin in the morning before applying makeup. After washing your face with your favorite cleanser, hydrate with an oil-free moisturizer. The common misconception is that people with oily skin shouldn't use moisturizers—why would you want to hydrate an already oily face? The truth is, skipping moisturizing can actually dry out your skin, causing it to produce more oil. But when you find the right product, it can help restore balance, feeding your skin with nutrients and hydration—it can even help unclog pores.

Hopefully with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer, you can feel like oily skin is much easier to manage. Check out our top picks based on reviews from customers with oily skin.

Best Drugstore Option: Cetaphil Pro Oil Absorbing Moisturizer

With more than a thousand reviews on Amazon, earning a spot as an Amazon's Choice product, this moisturizer is a force to be reckoned with—and did I mention it's a drugstore product? Pick it up the next time you're making a "quick run" to Target: Not only is this face moisturizer affordable, but it's also is a fan favorite.


From Cetaphil, this oil-absorbing moisturizer is an essential component of skin care. Created as a gentle 3-in-1 formula, this product works to control oil all while hydrating your skin without clogging pores. It's so effective, that it's even been shown to reduce dryness for people using prescription acne treatments, which are known to cause red, patchy skin. Don't be fooled by its creamy texture: The key is its lightweight formula that works to absorb built-up surface oil. It also comes with a non-greasy SPF—thank you, Cetaphil! With a mattifying finish, this oil-absorbing moisturizer is a perfect base before your makeup application for an oil-free start to the day.

To Buy: $14; target.com

Best Mattifying Option: La Roche-Posay Mat Daily Face Moisturizer

Dermatologist recommended for consumers with sensitive and oily skin, this mattifying moisturizer from La Roche-Posay is a game changer. This daily moisturizer can even replace your makeup primer (win!) and leaves behind a gorgeous matte finish to help even out your skin tone.

Created with Sebulyse technology, which means it has a dual-action formula to both reduce oil and tighten pores, this gentle moisturizer can be used both morning and night. One customer raves, "I've used a ton of moisturizers from the dermatologist, drugstore, and ULTA, but I love this one because I have very sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin and it doesn't cause me to break out, or make me oily. It goes on great under makeup, almost like a primer itself."

To Buy: $32; laroche-posay.us

Best Long-Lasting Option: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer

This oil-free moisturizer from Neutrogena is perfect for a day spent out in the sun. It can be applied after cleansing and stay active up to 12 hours. Meant for your neck and face, this non-greasy moisturizer has a sheer formula that is extremely absorbent to help unclog oily pores throughout the day.

One five-star reviewer says, "This is my favorite face moisturizer. I love the SPF protection. The formula is light and oil-free. It makes your face feel soft but not overly greasy and dries in maybe 15 minutes."

To Buy: $10 (was $12); amazon.com

Best Natural Option: Caudalie Natural Oil Control

Is anything better than an all-natural moisturizer that helps reduce oil? I don't think so! This formula was created with a mixture of different essential oils like lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, and spearmint, which also contributes to its amazing smell. This 100 percent natural and antibacterial formula will not only help even out your skin tone, but it also helps reduce oil and prevent blackheads. It contains antioxidants for protection, and it helps clean your skin while actively cleansing your pores to control oil buildup from the inside out.

This tiny-but-mighty tube of mattifying moisturizer doesn't just hydrate your skin and minimize unwanted shine. It also acts as a small exfoliator, removing dead skin cells and smoothing skin's texture over time.

Here's why one customer gave it five stars: "I LOVE this moisturizer! As a glasses wearer with an oily t-zone, I've struggled with keeping my glasses from sliding down my nose. I've been using this for about 3 months and it keeps my face oil-free and my glasses where they're supposed to be! Highly recommend."

Bonus: With your purchase, you're supporting the environment. One percent of all sales goes toward planting trees!

To Buy: $39; sephora.com

Best for Minimizing Pores: Origins Skin Matte Moisturizer

You may think that someone with oily skin would want to stay away from products that boost moisture to get a glow. But this moisturizer from Origins was made to help customers reduce oil and get a flawless (non-greasy) dew. Not only do we love the feminine packaging, but this lush water cream is known for its pore-minimizing qualities.

We love this moisturizer because of its flawless afterglow and ability to even out the skin tone giving a fabulous matte finish. One customer even said this moisturizer changed her life. If you end up loving it as much as she does, you may want to check out other products in the Origins skin collection.

To Buy: $35; macys.com

Best Lightweight Option: Clinique Moisturizing Gel

This gel moisturizer from Clinique is a fan favorite with over 70,000 (!) loves on sephora.com. This moisturizing gel is made for oily and combination skin, and customers love it for its lightweight formula that helps control grease and keep excess oil at bay. This lightweight moisturizer provides all-day hydration to keep your skin feeling refreshed. We love that it's 100 percent oil-free, vegan-friendly, and helps control shine all day long.

One customer says, "I have been using this gel for about a month now and it has really helped with keeping my combo/oily skin under control. I use this morning and night."

To Buy: $28; sephora.com

Best Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier

We are all about this oil-free tinted moisturizer from Laura Mercier. The perfect pick-me-up, it combines skin care and makeup to control oil production, hydrate skin, conceal blemishes, and gives your complexion a hint of color for a natural-looking glow all while leaving a flawless matte finish. With over 80,000 loves on sephora.com, we can see why this tinted moisturizer is a fan favorite. Offered in 15 shades, you'll be sure to find a match for your skin tone.

To Buy: $46; sephora.com

Best Anti-Aging Option: Glo Moisturizer

This anti-aging moisturizer needs to be added to your daily beauty regimen STAT. Rich in antioxidants, it helps strengthen skin all while reducing shine and oil buildup. But what makes this moisturizer an anti-aging hero is hyaluronic acid, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps retain skin's moisture. This product also includes jojoba oil (which is actually more of a wax mixture than oil) to help balance oil production and soothe irritated skin (bonus!).

To Buy: $46 (was $48); amazon.com

Best SPF Option: Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer

This prescription-turned-OTC brand is not only affordable, but its oil-absorbing moisturizer also includes SPF 30—goodbye, sun damage! Finding a non-greasy SPF moisturizer can be challenging, but this lightweight, oil-free formula was developed by dermatologists specifically for people with oily skin. It provides the skin-care benefits of a moisturizer with the sun protection of sunscreen, all with a matte finish. One customer who lives in hot, humid Texas calls it a "miracle for oily skin." It can last all day underneath makeup without making your face shiny. That's what we call a win-win. If you're using it as a facial sunscreen, remember to apply it 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply at least every two hours.

To Buy: $11; walmart.com

Best Gel Cream: Estee Lauder DayWear Matte

You can finally say goodbye to unwanted shine with this DayWear Matte high-end moisturizer made for oily skin. The ultra-light moisturizer hydrates, refreshes, and smooths skin without leaving behind an oily residue. One five-star reviewer says this is the only moisturizer she's ever used that didn't make her look shiny. Other customers love how cool the gel cream feels, making it a great choice for summer skin care. And as if its lightweight, mattifying formula isn't enough, it can also help fight the signs of premature aging.

To Buy: $54; esteelauder.com

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