How To Moisturise Oily Skin

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If you’ve got oily skin, the idea of slathering on moisturiser can be unappealing. Sometimes it feels better to just not moisturise at all! But without moisturiser, your face won’t be able to replenish its natural oils – especially if you’ve used a face wash to cleanse your face of all the day’s oils. Stripping your face of oil completely will cause your skin to produce even more oil to compensate, leading to a never-ending vicious cycle of oiliness.

So you need to moisturise enough to keep your skin from going haywire but without overloading it.  Finding that perfect balance can seem intimidatingly difficult, but don’t worry – we’re here to help. All you need is the right type of moisturiser. 

Look for water-based lightweight products that will hydrate without heaviness, like products that contain hyaluronic acid. Also look out for products that tout themselves as being ‘oil-free’, which means they are formulated without heavy fatty alcohols and oils that can feel uncomfortable on already oily skin.

Here are some great oily-skin friendly moisturisers you can try.


Ignore the “for men” bit – anyone can use this ultra-light moisturiser that utilises NASA-approved oil-absorbing technology to absorb sebum and sweat all day long. It’s also the only moisturiser my boyfriend will put on his face – he feels oily with anything else.

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