Moisturizer is a must-have in any skin care routine, especially when winter rolls around. But let’s be clear: not only dry skin is in need of hydration; oily skin needs to use a great moisturizer just as much as any other skin type. We get that adding a cream on top of an already shiny or greasy complexion can be intimidating, but as long as you pick the right one, moisturizer can be the MVP of your skin care routine. Just look for oil-free formulas that will give your skin the hydration it needs while also keeping sebum (natural oil produced by your body) under control. Not convinced? Keep reading, because we’re breaking down exactly why oily skin types need moisturizer and how to control oil with the rest of your skin care routine.
Why Oily Skin Needs A Face Moisturizer
The thought of slathering moisturizer onto skin that’s already shiny isn't very appealing, but before you go running in the opposite direction it’s important to understand just how beneficial the right moisturizer can be. In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. Skipping moisturizer altogether and focusing on harsh acids that dry out the skin can actually cause oil glands to go into overdrive. As a result, your complexion can start to look even more oily. And while moisturizer is a must, it’s best to opt for oil-free, water-based non-comedogenic (read: doesn’t clog pores) and lightweight formulas.
One of our all-time faves is the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal and Oily Skin. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to provide long-lasting hydration. Plus, it provides a matte-finish that will help keep your skin shine-free throughout the day. It’s especially great for controlling shine along the T-Zone!
Best Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin
Step #1: Use a Clay Cleanser
If your skin is oily, consider using a clay facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser. This clay-to-mousse cleanser, formulated with red algae, goes beyond daily cleansing by exfoliating for skin that feels smoother and softer. It’ll help get rid of daily gunk, like makeup, excess oil and pollution, to reduce the appearance of pores.
Tip #2: Apply an Oil-Free Moisturizer
When picking a moisturizer, look for words like oil-free, mattifying or oil-control. Products with these traits will still give your skin hydration, but won’t contribute to shine, or make you look greasy. A few of our favorites are the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal and Oily Skin and the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer. They both feel very lightweight and breathable upon application, are non-comedogenic (so they won’t contribute to breakouts) and leave skin feeling soft, never greasy.
Tip #3: Incorporate a Face Mask
These days, we can all use a self-care Sunday. Indulge in some rest and relaxation by applying a face mask at least once a week. One of our go-tos is the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. It’s formulated with red algae to help draw out the buildup of debris, unclog pores and address rough skin. Just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove it with lukewarm water.
Tip #4: Don’t Skimp on Eye Cream
Whether your skin is oily, dry or anything in between, eye cream is a non-negotiable step in any skin care routine. And with the drier, winter air, the delicate skin around the eye definitely benefits from hydration morning and night. Need a drugstore rec? Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye, which will instantly perk up your under eye area and smooth out the skin.
Tip #5: Keep Blotting Papers On-Hand
Blotting papers are life savers for oily skin! If your face looks shiny, dab your T-Zone with a blotter to help soak up excess grease. Just avoid rubbing the paper around your face — it can spread oil to other areas.
Tip #6: Use a Setting Spray
Whether you’re wearing a full face of makeup or simply doing skin care, a few spritzes of a matte-finish setting spray can help lock in your look and prevent shine from creeping up during the day. Just take your favorite product (we love the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray, which is non-comedogenic and ideal for sensitive skin) and spray it in an “X” motion over your face.