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We hate to break it to you, but having oily skin doesn’t give you a free pass to skip out on using moisturizer as part of your everyday skin care routine. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! The thing is, when you cleanse oily skin and don’t apply moisturizer afterwards, this can lead to a loss of moisture and in turn an increase in oil production. Meaning you could end up with skin that looks even shinier! Of course, how you moisturize oily skin will be different from how you moisturize dry skin. Keep reading to learn how to moisturize oily skin like a pro along with skin care product recommendations for our best moisturizer, face mask, and more for oily skin.
Before applying moisturizer in the morning or at night, cleanse your complexion first. If you have oily skin, look for a facial cleanser that can help mattify the appearance of your skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser. This clay-to-mousse facial cleanser is formulated to purify skin’s surface of dirt, oil, and pollution, leaving skin with a clean, clear look and a matte finish. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. If you’re traveling, pack a micellar water, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin, with you so that you can easily cleanse your complexion on the go prior to moisturizing.
Another step you can take before applying a moisturizer to your oily skin is using a mattifying face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask. Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, clogging pores and leaving your skin looking overly shiny. This face mask is formulated to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, absorb impurities and unclog pores, reduce the appearance of excess shine, and refresh skin. Immediately, skin is perfectly clean and clear, pores look unclogged, and skin looks less shiny. Three times a week, apply an even layer of face mask to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
The moisturizer that your dry-skinned BFF uses won’t necessarily be what’s best for your oily skin. Look for a moisturizer that offers lightweight hydration and is oil-free, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. This moisturizer acts like a “boost” of water for the skin, continuously refreshing it with hydration. The fresh, watery, oil-free formula is air light and glides on easily, leaving skin feeling refreshed and clean. Immediately, skin looks mattified. Smooth it over your skin morning and night.
In the morning, follow up your moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (apply as directed) and remember to take other sun protection measures as well, including limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade when you’re outside, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Just as you did with moisturizer, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is lightweight and oil-free if you have oily skin.
Yep, there is a correct way to apply moisturizer—and this rule applies to not just those with oily skin. After you’ve cleansed your complexion, don’t completely dry off your face. That’s because the best time to apply moisturizer is when skin is still damp, as this can help lock in hydration.
For another skin care lesson for oily skin, check out our article, Best Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin, next.