ELLE 5ves: I’ve Oily Skin And These Oil-Free Moisturisers Saved Me

I committed the fatal mistake of skipping moisturiser for the longest time because I had oily skin. I always assumed that it was counterintuitive to moisturise your face when it already seems so hydrated, but boy was I wrong. Just because your skin feels like an oil rig throughout the day, that doesn’t mean you can skip out on one of the most vital steps of your skincare routine. Sometimes, your skin being too oily is a major sign that it’s lacking moisture—yep, your skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.

I’ve run through countless tubs of moisturisers trying to narrow down which ingredient, formula and texture works like a dream for my skin. In this long journey of mine, I discovered that ingredients such as peptides, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid proved to improve the health of my skin while choosing an oil-free, water-based formula ensured that my oiliness was always in check.

Here are my tried-and-tested picks of moisturisers that cater especially to oily skin.

Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

Love at first application? The Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion helped me experience that. This product is a hybrid between a gel and a cream which ensures your skin is hydrated without it feeling greasy at all. Its hypoallergenic formula is infused with Japanese marine algae and amino acids, keeping your skin barrier healthy.

Available on sephora.in

Paula’s Choice Oil Free Moisturiser

Paula’s Choice always gets it right with their carefully formulated products and the Oil-Free Moisturiser is right up there. I reach for this moisturiser when my skin is purging. With a weightless texture, this product comes enriched with ceramide and niacinamide that work in tandem to hydrate acne-prone and oily skin.

Available on paulaschoice.in

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Creme


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I have a soft spot for viral products, so when I found out that one tube of the Versed Dew Point Moisturising Gel-Creme is sold every minute, I got it and I do not regret it. Its jelly-like texture is all thanks to ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, green tea leaf extract and hyaluronic acid. A little product goes a long way with this moisturiser so you only need a small dollop for your whole face. Being non-comedogenic, your pores are safe from all breakouts. With consistent usage, your skin won’t just be hydrated without the greasiness but it will also improve its texture.

Available on nykaa.com

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream


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The Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream comes with Reese Witherspoon’s stamp of approval so you know it’s a must-have. The ingredients of this moisturiser are what convinced me to try it out in the first place. Sugarcane-derived squalane, acai berry sterols, omega fatty acids and ceramides? Sign me up. Despite being loaded with ultra-hydrating ingredients, this moisturiser gets absorbed into your skin with ease and doesn’t leave a film on your skin.

Available on sephora.in

COSRX AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturiser


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I have to admit that Korean skincare unfortunately hasn’t worked for my oily skin, or that’s what I thought. However, COSRX’s AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturiser changed my view. It has an oil-free finish and is non-sticky upon application, so you don’t have to worry about your skin sweating incessantly in the summer. With triple centella ingredients such as madecassic acid, asiaticoside and asiatic acid, this moisturiser performs the task of treating acne along with providing your skin with deep hydration.

Available on limese.com

Shopping for any skincare product can be a little overwhelming, especially when there are so many options available. Always remember to choose products with ingredients and textures that work for your skin type instead of blindly following Internet trends.

- Beauty Writer


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