Top 5 Moisturizers For Oily Skin


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Today we’re looking at the Top 5 Moisturizers for Oily Skin, as voted on by the pros. Happy shopping!

Top 5 Moisturizers for Oily Skin


Sonia Roselli Beauty Water Balm

[takes bow] Thank you! But for real, Water Balm kicks ass. I mean, do you think I’d put my name on a shit product? Hell. No. So, what makes Water Balm so great?

It’s a five-in-one multi-purpose gel creme that serves as your 1) moisturizer, 2) toner/serum, 3) day cream, 4) night cream, and 5) makeup primer--all in one. It’ll plump up fine lines and wrinkles and any other skin issues you may have to make it as smooth as a baby’s bum. And look as shiny as a wet dolphin.

What’s in it, you ask? Japanese spring water and organic rice, silk, soya milk, green tea, Japanese plum, and soybean. Cruelty-free, citrus-free, and paraben-free with no chemical colors or fragrances added. What’s not to love? The pros love it, and so will you...I promise!


Dermalogica Active Moist

If your skin’s got the oils, you don’t want to add more oils--pretty simple concept. That’s why Dermalogica Active Moist moisturizer is so popular with the pros…and it will be with you, too. Their sheer formula contains silk amino acids and a combination of plant extracts to help improve skin texture and fight surface dehydration--and it’s oil-free so it won’t make things any greasier.

Plus, you’ve gotta love how Dermalogica makes their products. No ingredients like artificial fragrances or colors, drying S.D. alcohol, or mineral oil that can mess up your skin. It’s gluten-free, vegetarian, paraben-free, and cruelty-free...and it’s made in the USA!


Chantecaille Bio Lifting Oil-Free Fluid+

If you’re looking to save a few bucks on a moisturizer...well, maybe you should look away now. But if you’re willing to pay for some of the best in the world, Chantecaille Bio Lifting Oil-Free Fluid+ might be the one for you. At $275, this isn’t going to be on the shelves of your local CVS or Walgreen’s, but in this case you really do get what you pay for--an oil-free formula that uses some of the most advanced, innovative botanicals in the world that moisturize the skin and work to visibly restore density and elasticity.

Bio Lifting Oil-Free Fluid+ is lightweight and works with any skin type as a kick-ass base to layer under makeup for smoother-looking skin, as an anti-aging moisturizer, and as an overnight treatment. The formula contains so many extracts, I’ll let you read them on your own--but there are a couple that are definitely worth noting here, especially if you live in cold and/or dry climates:

  • Daphne Stem Cell: Its extract comes from Winter Daphne, a plant] known for its ability to thrive in freezing alpine climates. It moisturizes dry skin and shields it from harsh environmental factors such as wind and freezing temperatures to increase moisturization.
  • Imperata Cylindrica Extract: Known for its ability to thrive in arid climates, this extract helps skin retain moisture efficiently, no matter how dry the weather.

It ain’t cheap, kids, but this formula from Switzerland gets the job done!


Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum

Imagine a lightweight moisturizer that melts right into your skin. That’s what happens every time you apply Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum from Caudalie. Oooh la la. The gel-like formula not only helps reduce the appearance of imperfections and tightens pores, but it also makes your skin look visibly refined, smoother, and luminous.

Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum is designed for oily to combination skin as well as skin prone to hormonal breakouts. How? Glad you asked! Salicylic acid flushes out excess oil and clarifies clogged pores while rosewater works to hydrate skin and make you glow like Rudolph’s nose on Christmas Eve. Trust me...this stuff is really, really refreshing and hydrating. 


Shiseido Waso Quick Matte Oil-Free Moisturizer

If you’re looking to hydrate your oily skin, but without the shine, Shiseido Quick-Matte Oil-Free Moisturizer does the job. The gel emulsion instantly mattifies and balances skin with all-day hydration. Because it’s oil-free, it helps to reduce shine and keep your skin looking nice and matte.

But its dewy texture is so refreshing, and the formula is full of antioxidants and powerful botanicals to protect and hydrate. Best of all--the price tag! Shiseido Quick-Matte Oil-Free Moisturizer is affordable and does a hell of a job, especially for the price. And that’s why it rounds out this Glossilist.

If you have oily skin, you can’t go wrong with any of the moisturizers on this list, especially the first one (nudge nudge, wink wink--and you know they’re good since they’ve been recommended by some of my favorite professional artists!

Stay tuned for the next Glossilist!

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