8 Oil-Free Moisturisers That Keep Hydration In And Grease Out
One of the secrets to great skin is to maintain an optimum oil-water ratio so that the skin doesn’t overproduce sebum, and what better way than to use a great moisturiser? This is especially true for people with oily skin, since dehydrated skin will lead to an overproduction of sebum. This could be the reason why your skin feels oily. The solution: Pile on the hydration. All you need is a lightweight moisturiser that’ll quench thirsty skin but doesn’t leave an uncomfortable feeling afterwards. Sounds complicated? Fret not, we’ve got your back. Here are the best eight to try.
Text: Kayce Teo
Additional Text: Zoe Zeng
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1. Tatcha The Water Cream, $98
This oil-free moisturiser not only keeps skin hydrated, but it also has Japanese Wild Rose to diminish the appearance of enlarged pores and Japanese Leopard Lily to regulate sebum production. Japanese green tea, rice and algae makes skin look radiant. It also encourages cell turnover rate, leaving skin feeling velvety smooth too. It is non-comedogenic and free of synthetic fragrances, parabens and urea, which makes it suitable for those with sensitive skin too.
2. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, $60
This is a super lightweight oil-free moisturiser that keeps skin hydrated up to 24 hours without leaving a greasy finish, making it great for people with oily skin who sleep in air-conditioned room. It uses a Clean-Shield Technology that protects skin against pollution to keep skin healthy and glowing. Plus, there is a variant of this moisturiser called Clinique ID, which allows you to add a custom cartridge to the gel to target your skin concern such as uneven texture, dull skin, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and irritated skin, at the same time (this version costs $75).
3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free, &77
For days when you want to go makeup-free, this oil-free tinted moisturiser gives a natural, second-skin feeling and a matte finish that is said to last the entire day. The SPF 20 is also good for those people who avoid sunscreens that leave a greasy finish.
4. Re:erth Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, $85
This oil-free, lightweight moisturiser from local skincare brand Re:erth has a patented colostrom extract that is antibacterial and has vitamins B and E to nourish skin. Turmeric root extract also helps protect skin against inflammation and free radical damage.
5. Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, $50
Lightweight moisturisers are great for people with oily skin because they do not sit on skin and add greasiness. This oil-free moisturiser keeps skin hydrated with boosters such as panax ginseng and coffee bean extracts and improves skin radiance at the same time.
6. Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion, $90
This oil-free, paraben-free moisturiser has a water-break gel-cream technology to keep skin plump and hydrated. It contains Japanese algae that’s rich in amino acids and B vitamins to enhance skin elasticity and moisture. Plus, it plumps up fine lines for a more youthful-looking complexion.
7. Shiseido Waso Quick Matte Moisturizer Oil-free, $55
This mattifying oil-free moisturiser, from Japanese beauty giant Shiseido’s skincare range that targets millennials, regulates sebum production with antioxidant-rich loquat leaf cells. It also smooths and hydrates skin, while increasing skin’s resilience to external pollutants.
8. Indie Lee Active Oil Free Moisturizer, $88
This clean beauty brand’s products are free of chemicals and synthetic ingredients, which make them suitable for people with sensitive skin. This lightweight moisturiser has milk thistle and glycerine to protect against pollutants and nourish skin at the same time, and makes skin feel smoother and look brighter after application.