Those with oily skin face a strange conundrum. It stands to reason that if your skin is oily you should lay off the moisturizer for a few days and let your skin do the moisturizing for you. But the human body is a weird thing and that’s not generally the case. Stopping your moisturizing could cause your body to create more oils to compensate for the dryness, leaving you with more breakouts than you already had. So what you need is a moisturizer built just for you. Skincare Australia wants you to take a look at the list and see if you agree with the best moisturizer for oily skin.

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1. Omorovicza – Balancing Moisturiser

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: If you read up on this particular moisturizer you’ll get quite a bit of scientific jargon. Omorovicza claims that their “Hydro Mineral Transference” does quite a bit for your skin – and maybe it does. After all this is one of the most highly-rated moisturizers on the market. But I tend to think it’s just a good moisturizer that’s fragrance free and easily absorbable that tends to work good for oily skin without making it greasy. Whatever their scientific reasoning is, it seems to work.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: The real downside? The price. Oh my gosh, the price. For such a small amount (1.7 oz.) it’s almost $150 which is way more than I’m willing to spend on a moisturizer regardless of how well it works. Use this moisturizer once a day after you wash your face and give it a week to see how it really works. Just beware that if you are willing to give this cream a real chance, you’re probably going to pay hefty for it.

2. Lancome – Bienfait Aqua Vital Lotion

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: This moisturizer tends to have it all. It applies easily and absorbs quickly so that you can put makeup on afterwards if you choose. It’s also very lightweight so you don’t have to worry about a greasy complexion if you use it in the morning before you go out for the day. But make no mistake about this one – it’s still a very potent moisturizer that will do your skin a world of good. It’s also a step down, price-wise, from Omorovicza at less than half the cost.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: It’s still not your typical drug-store price at nearly $45 a bottle. But if you’re really trying to get your skin back on track, it may be worth the money. Some people complain about the moisturizer being too heavy when they use liquid foundation and that may be a problem. Try it with powder foundation instead to see how it works. This is also rated as a great product during the winter months, which probably means that it’s good for greasy skin but only when it’s been dried out a little bit by the natural elements.

3. Shiseido – Ibuki Refining Moisturizer

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: This moisturizer doesn’t have sulfates in it, which is great for oily skin. Users also said that they noticed improvements in their pores and a reduction of breakouts after using the product for four weeks, which is a pretty good endorsement if you ask me. It also gets absorbed by the skin pretty quickly so you know your face will be luscious and hydrated in a short time. This is also cheaper than the insanely priced Omorovicza.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Users suggest that you use this cream more as a nighttime moisturizer than during the day as it seems to be a bit heavier than the others on the list. The cream is extremely thick and may be hard to rub in, but with small gentle circles you’ll also be bringing the blood flow to your cheeks for a healthy glow. Although it doesn’t seem to be a greasy type of moisturizer, it doesn’t seem to be one that’s suited for use during the day AND night. Too much moisturizer for already oily skin can be a complete disaster.

4. Clinique – Youth Surge Night Age

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: This moisturizer is reasonably priced, especially for a Clinique brand. Made specially for nighttime use, this one is also made specially for those hoping to turn back the hands of time. It’s easily absorbable so it doesn’t stick around your face for too long and also fairly moisturizing. With a product that’s very moisturizing for already oily skin, you may see blemishes for the first week or so after you start using the product but your skin will likely balance out after continued use.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: It’s an anti-aging cream. Not that it means a whole lot since you’re free to use anti-aging cream whenever you please, but their main focus is on getting rid of wrinkles. Having adequate moisture in your skin will help prevent wrinkles all on its own. This one is also suggested for combination skin and most recommend not using it on your t-zone, which could mean problems for the rest of your face.  Try to find something that makes your whole face shine and your body will thank you for it.

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5. Origins – Plantscription Anti-Aging Cream

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: It’s oil free! Yay! The product claims to utilize raspberry stem cells for its anti-aging process (I guess I never thought about whether raspberries had stem cells or not before) which logically makes sense since raspberries are chock-full of restorative antioxidants. A little bit is better than a lot with this one too, so you don’t have to worry about buying bottle after bottle in the stores. Most describe it as being hydrating without being oily. Origins is a very reputable company and their products generally speak for themselves, just like this one here.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Several people have complained about skin reactions with this moisturizer which may be allergies, since it’s fragrance free. The price is also not so great, as it’s a bit more expensive than the other ones on the list (though still not as expensive as Omorovicza). It’s heavy, so again probably a cream that’s better to use once at night if you have oily skin. But given the one week test, you’ll probably feel your skin becoming for even and moisturized, instead of lumpy and greasy.

6. Clinique – Moisture Surge

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: This moisturizer is a cream-gel, which makes it easier to spread across your face without getting too intense. It’s also oil free (again, yay!) and nice for people with oily skin but even better for those with combination skin. This one is lighter than some of the others which means you can put it on in the morning after hopping out of the shower and before putting on your makeup and see how it feels.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Because it’s a gel, this one absorbs into the skin in a rather odd way. It applies almost like a slick hair gel and once on the face, if you apply too much it peels off almost like superglue stuck to your fingers. A little bit goes a long way with this one which is nice. But many people who use it as a nighttime moisturizer claimed they could still feel it in the morning during their showers, so it doesn’t absorb very quickly. Several people have also commented on having allergic reactions so while this may be good for people with oily skin, it probably isn’t great for those with sensitive skin.

7. Philosophy – Take a Deep Breath

Why It’s the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Good ol’ Philosophy knows how to make a product for everyone. This moisturizer is full of antioxidants (although not from raspberry stem cells, so not sure what to make of that) and is oil free, dye free and fragrance free. The products is praised as being very lightweight and easy to apply as well as easily absorbable so you don’t have to worry about a filmy residue on your face while out and about. This is a good summer product because it’s extremely light and that works best for hot temperatures.

Why It’s Not the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: This product is uber-glittery. Some people may enjoy the shiny luminescence of a product like this, but if you’re going for a more natural look you may want to avoid it. It also is suggested more for combination types than for those with oily skin so you may want to do a trial period before committing fully. It also doesn’t have an SPF in it, so this isn’t one that you should be wearing without sunscreen during long, hot days in the sun.

While I have a hard time accepting any science mumbo-jumbo that sounds like it was made up just to make a product sound sophisticated, this moisturizer does seem to have what it takes for those with oily skin. The bottles are relatively inexpensive ($34) and are far more natural than some of the other moisturizing products on the market right now. Stick with products that are free of chemicals, dyes and fragrances and let your skin be its natural, healthy self.

Like mentioned earlier, if you’re having a hard time with an oily complexion, don’t try to starve your skin of moisturizers in hopes that it will fix the problem. Your body tends to try to keep an even balance and if you have more dry skin or more oily skin there’s probably a reason why your body is out of whack. If you’re still having a hard time after switching moisturizers and have tried the products for a couple weeks (it doesn’t work as a magic wand) try seeing a dermatologist. Acne and oily skin can be an effect of a lot of different things that medication may be able to help you solve.