There's a certain irony to shopping for moisturizers as someone with oily skin. At first glance, it appears as though this is an unnecessary item—slicked skin wouldn't need more moisture, right? Well, as it turns out, that line of thinking isn't true.
"All skin types can suffer the consequences of skin dehydration: wrinkling, ashy skin, and poor tone," says Tanuj Nakra, MD, cosmetic surgeon and co-founder of AVYA Skincare. "Even if you have oily skin, you are not adequately protected from these negative skin conditions. Proper moisture, even for those with oily skin, can lead to beautifully plump, dewy complexions."
Nakra says that shopping for a moisturizer to hydrate oily skin is easier than it seems. All it takes is to identify products that are non-comedogenic, and avoiding those that have fatty-chain compounds. "Humectants are water-attracting compounds that are oil-free and excellent choices for those with oily skin," Nakra continues. "Effective humectants include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and snow mushroom extract. These are the exact ingredients found in the AVYA Skincare Day Moisturizer, a product that was specifically designed for oily skin."
As you search, Nakra jokes that you should "run far, far away" from oil-based moisturizers with these ingredients to keep skin looking clear: petroleum jelly, wheat germ oil, soybean oil, and palm kernel oil. And don't even think about using toners, even if not doing so seems ironic, too. "Unfortunately, many people with oily skin use toners to strip the skin's oils in the hopes of reduced acne and oiliness," he continues. "Toners are a holdover from historical skincare routines, and should not be used, as they strip natural oils, seriously dry out the skin, and lead to all sorts of negative consequences."
These are the best moisturizers for oily skin, according to Nakra, which will help simplify your skincare routine from day to night and make your profile look smooth and clear. It's only too bad he can't go shopping with you.
"This is carefully crafted for oily skin, and protects, hydrates, and soothes," he says.
"This is a cult favorite," Nakra says. "It is light, effective, and has a high SPF rating."
"This is a non-comedogenic moisturizer that gets the basics right," he continues.
"Thoughtfully created for oily skin, this product exfoliates, nourishes, and boosts radiance with active botanicals," Nakra says.
"This product features glycerin and other active hydrating lipids," Nakra adds.
"This smooth product features vitamin C, one of the most powerful active ingredients that fights aging," he says.
"This is a no-frills, non-comedogenic cream that delivers on the basic needs of oily skin," Nakra notes.