- Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £23, Marks & Spencer
- Weleda Skin Food, £12.95, Feel Unique
- Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, £75, Shiseido
- Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex, £17, Fresh
- Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser, £13, Boots
- Baebody Retinol Moisturiser, £37.95, Amazon
- Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £24.50, Feel Unique
- Estee Lauder DayWear, £45, Estee Lauder
- CeraVe PM Cream Facial Moisturiser, £13, Boots
- Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, £60.98, Amazon
- Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, £31, John Lewis
- L’Occitane Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel, £29, L’Occitane
- Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, £75, Space NK
- Origins GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy Boosting Cream, £25, Feel Unique
- Shiseido Essential Energy Day Cream SPF 20, £59, John Lewis
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, £14, The Body Shop
- Avene Hydrance Optimal Riche, £14.50, Boots
- Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, £87, John Lewis
- La Mer Moisturising Cream, £125, Selfridges
- ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, £140, Harrods
- Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £20, Cult Beauty
- Zelens Marine Complex Deep Restorative Cream, £125, Cult Beauty
- By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream, £55, Space NK
- Votary Super Seed Nutrient Cream, £65, Net-a-Porter
- Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, £141.50, John Lewis
- Top Moisturizers for Combination Skin
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Glycerin Face Moisturizer
- Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer
- Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Aging Moisturizer & Serum
- Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
- Olay Complete Lotion All Day Face Moisturizer for Combination
- Pond’s Bio Hydratante Face Moisturizer
- AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer with Dead Sea Minerals
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturefor Combination Skin
- Pevonia Botanica Balancing Combination Skin Cream
- Mary Kay Time Wise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
- bareMinerals Smart Combination Lightweight Emulsion
- Florencia Sage & Citrus Lightweight Moisturizer
- Moisturizers (Humectants, Emollients and Occlusives)
- What is a moisturizer?
- Examples of Moisturizers by Type3
- What do moisturizers do?
- What are the best moisturizers for eczema?
- How often should I moisturize?
- Everyone should know the difference between the three types of moisturizers
- What kind of lotion is good for your face?
- 1. Identify Your Skin Type
- 2. Decide On A Consistency
- 3. What Time Of Day Is It?
- 4. Do You Need To Conceal Your Skin?
- Best Moisturizers For Oily Skin
- High-End Options
- 1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- 2. Olay Regenerist Whip UV SPF 30
- 3. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
- 4. Origins Zero Oil
- 5. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer
- 6. Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
- 7. Murad Oil Control Mattifier
- 8. COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
- 9. Olay CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer With Sunscreen
- 10. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Sebo-Regulating Moisturizer
- Budget-Friendly Options
- 1. Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer
- 2. Re’equil Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer
- 3. Himalaya Herbals Oil-Free Radiance Gel Cream
- 4. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturizer
- 5. Pond’s Light Moisturizer
- 6. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Oil-Free Moisturizer
- 7. Clean & Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer
- 8. Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer With SPF
- 9. Lacto Calamine Oil-Balance Daily Face Care Lotion
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Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £23, Marks & Spencer
People have lost their nut over this ‘miracle’ night cream and we can see why. In the world of bells, whistles and 10-step-regimes, this just makes your skin better and brighter, all on its own. Don’t believe us? Check out the 300 rave reviews on their website…
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Weleda Skin Food, £12.95, Feel Unique
Tonnes of celebrities swear by this green tub of goodness. Victoria Beckham loves to use it as a hand cream and Julia Roberts slathers the rich, buttery balm from top-to-toe. The online reviews don’t lie either, with five stars all round, hailing it as a ‘harsh weather lifesaver’. No wonder one is sold every 23 seconds.
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Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, £75, Shiseido
You can always rely on Shiseido to deliver cutting-edge skincare technology in the most luxurious of ways and the new Benefiance range is no different. It *casually* uses the principles of neuroscience to improve skin cells’ ability to communicate, optimising the benefits of each nourishing and age-defying ingredient.
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Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex, £17, Fresh
Every now and again, a truly great skincare product comes along and we savour every last scrap. This face cream from natural-based brand, Fresh, is one of them. Packed with botanical ingredients and vitamins, it has a lightweight, dewy texture, a seriously quenching conclusion and the scent of early morning dewdrops on freshly formed leaves.
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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser, £13, Boots
A best-seller since the 1950s and celeb secret weapon (we’re looking at you Khloe Kardashian), this simple and soothing lotion is great for dry, oil, sensitive, troubled, young or old skin. A proper all-rounder for £13? We’ll take 5 please.
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Baebody Retinol Moisturiser, £37.95, Amazon
When a moisturiser receives over 3,000 positive reviews online and becomes Amazon Prime’s most in-demand cream, you know it’s good. Baebody Retinol Moisturiser promises to fight the signs of ageing (that’ll be the retinol), to leave skin soft, smooth and glowy. It targets everything from wrinkles and uneven skin tone to dark spots and dryness. If that wasn’t enough, it’ll help beat discoloration, sun damage and even work as an acne treatment. Talk about a multi-tasker.
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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, £24.50, Feel Unique
Formulated to hold moisture in the upper layers of your skin, this keeps things hydrated for much longer than most, but without any greasiness. If you’re a ‘one product and go’ sort of person, make it this.
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Estee Lauder DayWear, £45, Estee Lauder
Tick off your SPF and pollution protection in one handy application. Full of antioxidants, this day cream hydrates whilst shielding your skin from the elements.
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CeraVe PM Cream Facial Moisturiser, £13, Boots
The cult US drugstore brand has finally come to the UK, so you can now get your hands on the wallet-friendly moisturiser than many a blemish-free, hydrated American face swears by. Yee-haw!
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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream, £60.98, Amazon
When 100,000 women vote for this cream as their absolute favourite moisturiser, you know it’s pretty damn good. This creamy, whipped moisturiser promises to give skin an instant and sustained hydration without ever feeling heavy or greasy. Infused with a blend of six antioxidant-rich African oils to heal and renew; plantain extract to promote firmness, density and elasticity whilst evening skin tone; fermented green tea to combat ageing and inflammation and moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer to hydrate, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen formation. In fact, it’s so popular that Mecca Cosmetics hailed it the best moisturiser ever in their beauty awards.
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Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, £31, John Lewis
This goopy jelly goodness just became a best-seller on ASOS in the moisturiser category. It was one of two, alongside its sister, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Moisturiser. The see-through skin-slurping moisturiser penetrates faster than doughnuts disappear in the office, and locks in that moisture all damn day. Having only launched in August 2018, it seems the good word has definitely gotten out.
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L’Occitane Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel, £29, L’Occitane
If what your chops need are a whack of moisture like a cream-pie to the face, look no further. Very pleasing to use.
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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, £75, Space NK
We find this a bit heavy for a daily moisturiser. But for priming pre-makeup, evening out a patchy complexion or instantly feigning you’ve had 8 hours sleep? Nothing beats it. Keep it in your desk drawer for any last minute meetings or surprise hot dates.
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Origins GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy Boosting Cream, £25, Feel Unique
This not only revives and adds a glow to dull skin, but it also smells like chocolate orange, which makes it our number one of ‘creams to use on a hangover’. Especially great for late-teens and early-20s.
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Shiseido Essential Energy Day Cream SPF 20, £59, John Lewis
This baby glides on like creamy yoghurt but dissipates into silk to leave your skin makeup-ready. It’s also the first face cream to use neuro-technology, helping to send messages from your skin to your brain to help the regeneration process.
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The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, £14, The Body Shop
This might have been your first-ever skincare purchase as a pre-teen, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be your last, too. Buttery soft, non-irritating and packed full of goodness it’s a no brainer. Especially for the price.
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Avene Hydrance Optimal Riche, £14.50, Boots
If you’re feeling inflamed, itchy or just in need of a good watering, give this stuff a go. Calming, soothing and hydrating, use it on sensitive patches, post-sun or just when the daily grind has sucked the life out of your skin.
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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, £87, John Lewis
If you’re after a cream that works damn hard to hydrate and hold your skin firm, this silky slice of heaven is ready to start right away. Lacklustre skin that’s looking (dare we say) a little old, has a high chance of instant satisfaction.
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La Mer Moisturising Cream, £125, Selfridges
The original super cream, and one we’ll always come back to. Full of a secret ‘Miracle Broth’ it even things, brightens things, betters things. Being a traditional cream, it’s luscious and rich and a teeny-tiny bit goes a long way. Which basically makes it a bargain. Almost.
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ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, £140, Harrods
Created by a renowned Plastic Surgeon who realised more and more potential patients just needed to improve their skincare rather than go under the knife, this stuff is super sciency, resulting in mega results. Amazing for mature or stressed skin, it plumps, smooths, firms and brightens. And all while you sleep.
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Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, £20, Cult Beauty
If your skin is feeling Sahara-like, give it a monsoon of a moisturiser like this one. Light and slippy, give it a minute to sink in then reap the benefits of super intense hydration. A bestseller and Beauty Ed’s fave for a reason.
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Zelens Marine Complex Deep Restorative Cream, £125, Cult Beauty
Using a host of ocean dwelling ingredients, this is one of the best active but gentle creams on the market. Powerful stuff that even the most sensitive of skinned can use. Feels lovely and cool on application too.
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By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream, £55, Space NK
Man this stuff smells good… powdery, floral, a bit Grandma-ish, but in a lovely nostalgic way. It’s also soothing and smoothing, and velvety to the touch. But mainly it smells lush. (Unless you don’t like rose, in which case it’s probably not the one for you.)
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Votary Super Seed Nutrient Cream, £65, Net-a-Porter
Their Super Seed Oil has been a skincare hero since its launch, harnessing the soothing and rebuilding properties of natural ingredients such chia and rosehip without the strong scents of essential oil based products. This cream version is perfect for those with an aversion to (or just plain scared of) oils.
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Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, £141.50, John Lewis
Sisley’s much-loved Black Rose oil and face mask now have a cousin in the form of this non-greasy, hydrating face cream. Use it as part of an at-home facial, or an everyday treat if budget allows. Smells freakin’ delicious.
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Last Updated on Jan 14, 2020
Dry, oily, or combination skin types, they’re all different. This means we should be using products that are suited for our skin type. While the options for dry and oily skin can be endless, the ones for combination skin specifically can be challenging to find.
Using a skincare product that is designed for oily skin when you have combination skin, will result for your dry skin area to get dehydrated and irritated. Opting for a product that is rich in hydration can result for the oily zone of your skin to be clogged. This clogging could lead to pimples or even blackheads.
If you have a combination skin type, you need a moisturizer that will control the oily zone while moisturizing the dry region at the same time. A common way to tackle the combination skin problem is to use two different skincare products. One could be a moisturizer to moisturize the dry skin, and the other could be a gel moisturizer that is lightweight and deals with oily skin.
But using more than one product is not convenient. Hence, finding a product that can deal with your combination skin can be such a blessing.The question here is what to look for in a moisturizer? It definitely should be lightweight and oil-free. Though an oil-free moisturizer may not moisturize the dry skin care sufficiently, it will still moisturize it a bit. This moisturizer should be non-comedogenic too. By this, we mean it should not lead to the clogging of the pores.
If you’re in the hunt for the best moisturizer for combination skin, well, you’re in the right place.
Top Moisturizers for Combination Skin
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Glycerin Face Moisturizer
This formula is lightweight. The dry skin is moisturized just enough so that it won’t get dry. There will be no shiny or greasy look after its application. Its unique micro-sponge system controls the oily part of the skin from shining and absorbs the oil. It is a clinically tested moisturizer that provides the skin surface with hydration that is long-lasting. It keeps the skin softer, smoother, and younger-looking. It also provides sun protection to a great extent apart from preventing the skin from showing signs of premature aging. This formula is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. There is no oil in it, nor any alcohol or fragrance. The skin gets a matte natural look that lasts the whole day.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer
This moisturizer provides the skin with deep hydration and keeps your skin fresh and soft the whole day. Garnier as a company started in 1904. It has been providing skin and hair solutions by using naturally derived and inspired ingredients since onset. 96% of the ingredients present in all the products of the Garnier SkinActive brand are natural. The formula contains vitamin E & C and antioxidant fruit liquid. This helps to hydrate and refresh the skin the whole day. The Garnier Skin Active Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer can be used on all skin types which includes, oily, dry and combination types of skin. This moisturizer gets moisture locked in instantly and prevents any skin dryness. Its formula is lightweight and oil-free. The skin is protected from daily stress and pollution. You will find the moisture barrier of the skin strengthened. The skin is left feeling softer and healthier.
Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Aging Moisturizer & Serum
This product helps moisturize the skin while reducing any aging signs. It uses a formula which is a blend of a moisturizer and a serum that gets absorbed in the skin very quickly. It helps reduce wrinkles in two weeks. This formula consists of rice peptides. Rice peptides are an extract which has cationic amino- acids, anionic amino- acids, and pre-retinol which is a type of vitamin A. It also has Shea butter extract, which keeps the skin hydrated and smooth by acting as an emollient. It is a dermatologist-tested formula and hence is definitely safer to use than most of the products on the market. It has been allergy tested and the skin pores do not clog on applying it. The moisturizer feels gentle and leaves no greasy feel on the skin.
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream
This hydrating cream is high on performance. It makes sure to keep the skin well moisturized and hydrated by using complex deep-sea minerals. These minerals are extracted from maritime plants like Seaweed, Chlorella, plankton, and water-soluble collagen. Its hyaluronic acid helps to strengthen the skin’s ability to protecting itself from possible dehydration and external aggressors. Its formula is available in 3 different colors. Each of these targets 3 different surface types. For oily skin, you can use the blue color, while for dry skin it is the pink color, and for combination skin, it is the green color. The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream watery consistency quickly absorbs and easily spreads on the skin. It does not leave any greasy feeling and has a nice floral scent. Its price is quite reasonable as compared to other cosmetic brands that are expensive.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
This facial moisturizer is oil-free and works by improving and softening the skin. It leavesyour skin looking healthy, well-hydrated, and glowing.Its nice consistency gives it a nice spread and easily absorb on the skin.It complements the Clinique’s 3-step skincare system including their company’s lotion+ and cream. To get the best results you have to apply it in the morning and at night. This cream can be applied on the face along with the neck area. Its formula does not include any sulfates, parabens, phthalate, mineral oil, alcohol, fragrance, SLS, and talc. Only vegan ingredients are used in it. This doesn’t clog the skin pores.It works on combination and oily skins.
Olay Complete Lotion All Day Face Moisturizer for Combination
Olay moisturizer uses a lightweight formula that protects your skin from the aging effects which are caused by harmful sun rays. It has SPF 15 which gives coverage all day by blocking both UVB and UVA rays from hitting the skin. This formula is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, E, and B3 help in keeping the skin looking healthy. This cream uses a patented SolaSheer Technology. Unlike the other moisturizers with SPF, this keep the skin fully hydrated and protected from the sun’s harmful rays. The skin is not left looking or feeling greasy after using the Olay Complete Lotion All Day Face Moisturizer, but it looks healthy and glowing. This cream is non-comedogenic, oil-free and contains no aluminum.
Pond’s Bio Hydratante Face Moisturizer
Pond’s Bio Hydratante Face Moisturizer is a hydrating light cream. It can be used on skin types from normal to oily. This facial cream hydrates the skin well enough to leave it feeling smooth and fresh. The formula used here ensures that no clogging of the skin pores happens. There’s also a cotton extract in the moisturizer which helps in maintaining the moisture of the skin. It has been tested to be used on the neck and face area. To get better results, apply it two times every day. This moisturizer smoothly spreads on your face and leaves a mild fresh scent. No oils are contained in it and it is non-comedogenic.
AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer with Dead Sea Minerals
This moisturizer has an exclusive mix of nutrients originating from the Dead Sea waters. It contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Its formula helps in giving you a soft and smooth complexion along with a youthful and healthy glow. The vitamin E and aloe vera contained in it help protect and soothe the skin against any environmental aggressors. Its lightweight formula makes it easy to use everyday. Even a person having sensitive skin could use it. On applying it on the skin’s surface, it flows nicely and gently and gets absorbed faster, leaving no residue. The skin is left shine-free and looks perfect even with makeup on. The skin gets well nourished and is kept supple. The skin’s cell metabolism is optimized and the protection from the sun’s UV rays is improved by it. Its formula contains vegan ingredients and is hypoallergenic.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturefor Combination Skin
This lightweight formula Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture addresses the skin’s dry areas while controlling the shiny and oily areas of the face at the same time. A patented oil-absorbing microsponge system is used by this moisturizer which helps manage the oils produced in the skin’s T-zone and any area where the skin is oily. The glycerin used in it moisturizes the skin. The Cyclomethicone, cetyl octanoate, and cetyl ricinoleate help soften and smoothen the skin. This is a lightweight moisturizer that flows smoothly on the skin’s surface. It has a watery consistency that lets it be applied evenly or uniformly. It also get absorbed quickly on the application, leaving the face feeling smooth. Its formula is allergy tested and is non-comedogenic. There is no alcohol, oil, nor any fragrance contained in it.
Pevonia Botanica Balancing Combination Skin Cream
This is a product of Pevonia Botanica which is a famous line of spa care products that are made for both women and men. It only uses the best botanical and marine ingredients. These ingredients provide mind-blowing skin instant results. All the products of this company help in giving the skin a younger, healthier and brighter look. It aims to control the skin’s oiliness and reduces any skin pores from appearing especially in the T-zone area. Necessary nourishment is also provided to the surface of the skin which helps it to remain healthy and soft. The aloe, lemongrass, and arnica contained in it hydrate the skin and help in balancing the complexion of the skin. It also uses cucumber extracts which helps in soothing the skin and keeping it healthy and soft.
Mary Kay Time Wise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
The Mary Kay Ash Company has been around since 1963. It is designed with the intention of reducing wrinkles and fine lines. The moisturizer is rich in antioxidants which fights the free radicals brought on by the sun’s UV rays. It moisturizes and nourishes your skin for approximately 10 hours.This means reapplication would be the least of your worries. This product acts as both moisturizer and age-defying cream which saves you a few bucks for your skincare buys. Its ingredients make it a good night cream. Thus your skin heals while you sleep.
bareMinerals Smart Combination Lightweight Emulsion
bareMinerals boasts moisturizing formula that helps to replenish normal and combination skin. This gives the skin a smooth and fresh feeling after application. This emulsion rich formula has peptides and ceramides which retain the moisture of the skin and prevent fine lines from appearing. Its consistency is amazing, giving you an easier glide on application. Its easily absorb by your skin and doesn’t leave you with a greasy feeling. It also helps provide the skin with water-binding agents to make sure that the skin is soft and smooth. There are no sulfates, irritating chemicals, nor any parabens contained in this formulaand it is not animal tested.
Florencia Sage & Citrus Lightweight Moisturizer
This formula is lightweight and works on all skin types including combination, normal and oily skin. It hydrates the skin. This is a water-based formula that flows smoothly onto the skin and is absorbed quickly because of which the surface of the skin is left looking healthy and radiant. There are no oils or artificial fragrances contained in it. Also, no testing is done on animals.
If you have combination skin, you will be on the lookout for the right moisturizer that can take care of your dry and oily skin areas while making it look smooth without the risk of any skin reactions. Your best bet is to go for a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer. It should not only hydrate your skin but also should provide other benefits to your skin.
All the moisturizers that we reviewed above are perfect for combination skin. You will also need to follow a clear and good skincare routine. You need to wash, cleanse and moisturize your face and follow it up with a sunscreen if going out in the sun.
However, if you still find yourself lost as to which products best would suit your combination skin type; the best thing to do is to opt for skin care products designed for sensitive skin. And, if there is acne on the skin, it is advisable to go for spot treatment instead of using products to fight the acne. This is because acne products may dry the skin further. Try using products that can multitask. They should have anti-inflammatory properties. Or they could be moisturizers that have the ability to repair barriers.
Moisturizers (Humectants, Emollients and Occlusives)
Moisturizers are one of the most important elements in good skin care for people with atopic dermatitis (AD), regardless of the severity of their disease. Moisturizers may be the main treatment for mild AD and should be a part of therapy for moderate to severe AD. AD damages the barrier of the skin, which leads to increased water lost through the surface of the skin and an increased irritation due to allergens, chemicals, and fibers. The damaged skin barrier also puts people with AD at a higher risk for skin infections.1,2
What is a moisturizer?
Moisturizers may be called by several different terms, such as ointments, creams, lotions, or emollients. All of these products are mixtures of lipid (fat) and water. Ointments have the highest proportion of lipid and likewise, feel “greasy.” An example of an ointment is petroleum jelly, which is 100% lipid. Creams are emulsions of water in lipid and contain stabilizers to keep the ingredients from separating. Although creams can be less greasy than ointments, some contain other ingredients that may sting or irritate AD skin. Lotions contain a higher percentage of water to lipids, and lotions will need to be applied more frequently to maintain skin hydration.1
Types of moisturizers
There are different types of moisturizers that may be used by people with AD, including:
- Humectants, which attract and bind water from deeper layers of the skin
- Emollients, which contain lipids (fats) naturally found on the skin and smooth skin by lubricating the skin
- Occlusives, which form a hydrophobic film to reduce the loss of water from the skin3
Examples of Moisturizers by Type3
Humectants Emollients Occlusives Glycerin Collagen Carnauba wax Alpha hydroxy acids Colloidal oatmeal Lanolin Hyaluronic acid Elastin Mineral oils Sorbitol Glyceryl state Olive oil Urea Isopropyl palmitate Petrolatum Shea butter Silicone Stearic acid
What do moisturizers do?
Moisturizers play an important role in the treatment and maintenance of AD and provide several benefits, including:
- Helping repair the skin barrier
- Combat the water lost through the skin
- Increasing the hydration of the skin
- Treating and preventing dry skin
- Helping control itchiness, redness, cracking, and thickening of the skin (lichenification)2
What are the best moisturizers for eczema?
There have been few clinical studies comparing moisturizers to determine which is the best, and the trials that have been performed have not demonstrated one moisturizer as superior to others. Due to their high lipid content, ointments tend to have the greatest moisturizing effect, followed by creams, then lotions. However, the best moisturizer is usually individually determined by a number of factors, including individual preference, safety, effectiveness, cost, and the absence of fragrances or other chemicals that may cause sensitivity. Regardless of which product is used, the regular application of moisturizers to the skin is an important part of the therapy for AD.1,2
How often should I moisturize?
While there is not an official recommendation for frequency of application, it is generally believed that moisturizers should be applied often enough that dry skin (xerosis) is minimal. It is especially important to apply moisturizers after bathing when the skin is still damp. This helps seal the water into the skin.2
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Everyone should know the difference between the three types of moisturizers
Flickr/Katie Tegtmeyer If you’re hitting the beach and frolicking in the waves this summer, that glowing tan and beach-tussled hair may not be the only thing you’re coming home with. That sea salt may be leaving your skin dry, cracked, and flaky.
Your skin is the largest organ in the body and the first line of defense against harmful microbes, pollution, and UV rays.
In scientific terms, your skin is technically “dry” when its moisture level is less than 10%. That’s when you’re most likely to smother yourself in body lotion.
But how do moisturizers work their skin-smoothing magic in the first place?
Cracked, flaky, and dry skin — which tends to occur when humidity drops in the chilly months — goes by a mouthful of a scientific name: transepidermal water loss, or TEWL.
At its simplest, TEWL is a measure of how much water seeps from the inside of the body through the different layers of the skin and out into the atmosphere.
Especially dry, irritated, or inflamed skin is also called xerosis, which is usually a minor and temporary problem that can be solved with good moisturizing lotions.
Here’s how moisturizers work.
There are three different layers of the skin: the outer layer (epidermis), middle layer (dermis), and lower layer (hypodermis or fatty layer).
Moisture is delivered to the skin via blood vessels, but they only supply moisture to the middle layer of the skin — the dermis. From there, water travels upward and outward through the epidermis before evaporating into the atmosphere.
This evaporation causes skin to crack and flake. This process happens constantly, but skin isn’t always dry. That’s because the dryer the air the more moisture it will pull from your skin.
YouTube/Reactions Moisturizers work in one of two main ways: they either trap moisture in your skin to keep it from escaping, or they restore moisture in the outer layer of skin that’s already been lost.
With the glut of lotions and creams on the market, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of brand-named jellies. At the most basic level, however, there are three types of moisturizers. Each works slightly differently, but most products combine all three.
These are called the “old school” or “first generation” moisturizers — think petroleum jelly or its brand name, Vaseline. This class of waxes, oils, and silicones work in a very simple way: They create a barrier over the skin, trapping water in the skin’s layers and stopping evaporation.
The molecules in these moisturizers contain long chains of carbon atoms that repel water. While occlusives are super effective at minimizing dryness — they cut TEWL by a whopping 98% — they can be sticky, messy, and not very cosmetically appealing.
This class of moisturizer, which exists in the form of creams, ointments, lotions, and gels, are generally preferred over occlusives because they feel less sticky. Whereas occlusives coat the skin, emollients penetrate it, making the skin feel soft and flexible.
Emollient products are made with a variety of chemicals, but their basic building blocks are the same as occlusives — long chains of carbon atoms that repel water. Emollients work a little differently than occlusives, though.
Think of the outer layer of skin as a brick and mortar structure: the dead skin cells are the bricks and surrounding matrix of fats and proteins are the mortar. Special proteins link the dead cells together, forming a barrier between the inside of the body and the bacteria and chemicals outside, as demonstrated in this video by the American Chemical Society:
YouTube/Reactions When the air gets dry, it dries out this matrix, and the links between the proteins and skin cells fall apart and fracture. Emollients are like cement in those gaps, restoring moisture and keeping skin smooth.
Humectants work by attracting moisture to the skin and keeping it there. This is basically the opposite of occlusives and emollients, which don’t like water. Humectants penetrate the outer layer of the skin, attract water to it, and lock that moisture in.
This happens because humectants have hydroxyl groups in their chemical structure (an oxygen and a hydrogen atom), which loves water. Humectants also prompt the production of ceramides, our body’s natural waxy molecules that play a major role in the structure of the skin.
But beware, in dry conditions, humectants can draw moisture from the younger, moist cells in the lower layers of the skin instead of pulling moisture from the air. Over time, this could eventually lead to even dryer skin. Minimize this by pairing a humectant with an occlusive, which seals in the moisture.
You should also check out the full video from the American Chemical Society’s Reactions channel on YouTube:
If you need help selecting a good lotion, there are a few guides like this one that stand up to consumer and scientific testing. And if lotions aren’t enough, try turning down your heat or investing in a humidifier.
Stay moisturized, people!
What kind of lotion is good for your face?
1. Identify Your Skin Type
The lotion you use on your face should match your skin type. Drier skin types need nourishment in the form of humectants and lipids. Combination skin and oilier skin types typically can benefit from oil-free or mattifying products that keep oiliness and a-10-minute-shine-decreasing-skin-routine-for-oily-skin. Sensitive skin can became easily upset and is most compatible with products that don’t contain fragrance, alcohol or dyes.
2. Decide On A Consistency
Lotions come in a variety of consistencies ranging from lightweight to thick creams. Since oily skin already features excess oil, a gel or gel-cream might be more compatible with your skin type as it doesn’t add extra oiliness. Many people also like a more lightweight consistency in summer months when temperatures are more humid. If someone has drier skin, a thicker consistency may be better and provide hydration and nourishment, especially during the colder months.
“Products with oil are excellent for dry skin,” says Garnier consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. “Oil decreases transepidermal water loss keeping the barrier intact. An intact barrier protects skin from daily insults like dirt, pollution and free radical damage. Our skin is made of lipids. As we age our lipid production decreases and the skin becomes drier. Dry skin looks older as you can see wrinkles. Skin that retains moisture is healthier-looking.”
3. What Time Of Day Is It?
If you’re applying moisturizer during in the morning before you head out for the day, find-the-right-spf-moisturizer-for-your-skin-type. Sun damage accounts for most of our skin’s aging process. You should wear a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher every single day, rain or shine. If you’re applying lotion on your face before going to bed SPF is of course not necessary so you likely will have a different lotion for your day and nighttime routine.
4. Do You Need To Conceal Your Skin?
There are lotions and moisturizers that can help your skin look more even-toned and hide blemishes, dullness and dark spots. Garnier SkinActive 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream can help your skin look more even can add radiance to your complexion. It’s a hydrating lotion that can also help perfect the look of your skin.
Top 19 Moisturizers For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin – 2019 Ramona Sinha Hyderabd040-395603080 January 13, 2020
Even oily and acne-prone skin needs moisturization. Before you think I am out of my mind, here’s what you need to know – moisturization helps to keep the skin barrier intact. This is especially true if you are using acne medication for your skin. Such medications tend to dry out the skin and damage the skin barrier. This is where an excellent oil-free moisturizer comes to your rescue.
Picking the right moisturizing lotion for oily and acne-prone skin can be very tricky. To save you the confusion, here is a list of best moisturizers for oily and acne-prone skin. Scroll down. (Psst! We have listed products to suit every budget!)
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Best Moisturizers For Oily Skin
If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks, indulge your skin with these moisturizers:
1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This is a gel-based moisturizer that provides intense hydration to your skin without making it oily. It has a water-gel formula that keeps your skin soft and smooth. It can also double as a makeup primer.
- Contains hyaluronic acid
- Quickly absorbed
- 100% alcohol-free
- 48-hour hydration
2. Olay Regenerist Whip UV SPF 30
The days of watery moisturizers are over. Olay Regenerist Whips belong to a new range of light-weight products that focuses on reversing the visible signs of aging. Olay Regenerist Whip UV SPF 30 is a revolutionary moisturizer with a whipped cream base. It has numerous benefits starting with its non-sticky, grease-free texture. The moisturizer gives a smooth matte finish and could be the perfect primer to help make-up stay on until removed. It uses the Active Rush Technology for easy absorption and is replete with anti-aging ingredients.
- Whipped cream base for light and airy feeling
- Turns to liquid on contact for ease of absorption
- Smooth, non-sticky finish
- Anti-oxidants and other anti-aging ingredients
- SPF 30 UVA/UVB Protection
3. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
This moisturizing lotion contains a blend of ceramides and hyaluronic acid that keeps your skin moisturized. It is gentle and suits sensitive skin. This lotion keeps your skin oil-free, and the vitamin B3 further strengthens the skin barrier.
- SPF 30
- Developed by dermatologists
- Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation
4. Origins Zero Oil
This moisturizer is completely oil-free (as the name suggests). It prevents breakouts and keeps your skin moisturized without overdrying it.
- Contains salicylic acid
- No parabens
- No SLS and SLES
- No harmful chemicals (such as formaldehyde and mineral oils)
- No synthetic fragrance
5. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer provides instant hydration. It tightens the skin and also has an anti-aging effect. It regulates excess oil production and minimizes breakouts.
- Contains amino acid derivatives
- Water-based formula
6. Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
This face moisturizer regulates the activity of your sebaceous glands and reduces excessive oiliness. The micro pearl technology reduces shine and gives your skin a matte finish.
- SPF 30
- Quickly absorbed
- Not sweat-proof or waterproof
- May need reapplication
7. Murad Oil Control Mattifier
This product claims to provide oil-free skin for up to 8 hours. It helps regulate oil production while preserving skin hydration levels to give you a matte finish.
- No parabens
- No sulfates
- No phthalates
- Expensive for the quantity
8. COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
This moisturizing lotion is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. It keeps the skin oil-free and hydrated all day long.
- Contains birch sap
- Contains tea tree oil
- May not suit those who are allergic to essential oils (tea tree and lemon)
9. Olay CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer With Sunscreen
This is a boon for anyone who is looking for a tinted moisturizer. This color correcting cream from Olay has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce excess sebum and keep your skin happy.
- Contains SPF 15
- Provides sheer coverage
- Overpowering fragrance
10. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Sebo-Regulating Moisturizer
This face moisturizer gives your skin a matte finish and is developed using Sebulyse technology. It targets excessive oiliness and offers sebum control.
- Refines the pore size
- Anti-shine effect
- Improves skin texture
- Can be used as a makeup base
- Contains alcohol
- Contains artificial fragrance
We have got something for every budget. If you are looking for top oil-free moisturizers that won’t cost a bomb, here’s a list for you.
1. Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer
This matte finish moisturizer suits all skin types, especially oily and acne-prone skin. It provides controlled hydration and reduces acne and pimples to give you clear skin.
- 100% silicone-free
- Contains green tea extracts
- Contains glycolic acid
2. Re’equil Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer
This moisturizer has an oil-free formula that regulates excess sebum production and keeps your face shine-free for hours. It also reduces the size of the pores on your face.
- Clinically proven
- Dermatologically tested
3. Himalaya Herbals Oil-Free Radiance Gel Cream
This lightweight cream gently hydrates your skin and gives it an oil-free radiance. It contains herbal extracts that nourish your skin and keep it healthy.
- Dermatologically tested
- No mineral oils
- No parabens
4. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturizer
This daily face moisturizer provides 24-hour hydration without clogging your skin pores. It has a fast-absorbing formula that leaves your skin soft and smooth with regular usage.
- Dermatologically tested
- Mild fragrance
5. Pond’s Light Moisturizer
This nourishing cream is lightweight, doesn’t make your skin excessively oily, and can be used on the face and other body parts. It spreads easily and is absorbed instantly.
- Water-based, non-oily formula
- 24-hour moisture block
- Contains vitamin E
- No SPF
6. Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Oil-Free Moisturizer
This oil-free moisturizer is enriched with AHA and milk enzymes. This product rejuvenates your skin and nourishes it. This moisturizer has an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin and is extremely gentle.
- Can double as a makeup base
- Doesn’t clog skin pores
- Contains parabens
7. Clean & Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer
This product keeps your skin moisturized minus the greasiness. It doesn’t clog your skin pores and also claims to prevent blackheads and breakouts.
- Contains salicylic acid
- Contains parabens
- Contains alcohol
8. Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer With SPF
This daily facial moisturizer claims to protect your skin from sun damage and prevent sun-induced aging. This oil-free moisturizer nourishes your skin without making it greasy.
- Contains alcohol
- Contains parabens
9. Lacto Calamine Oil-Balance Daily Face Care Lotion
This product contains kaolin clay extracts that absorb excess oil and keep your face shine- and oil-free for hours. It also helps to balance the moisture level of your skin so that it doesn’t feel dry.
- Matte effect
- Strong fragrance
These moisturizers will keep your skin glowing without the excess sebum. Hope this list is helpful! Let us know if you found the perfect match for your skin in this list.
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Choosing a good moisturizer for your skin
A good moisturizer is one of the foundations of an effective skin care regimen for dry, older skin. Moisturizers can soothe dry skin and make wrinkles less noticeable, even though the effect is temporary. But with so many to choose from, how do you decide?
Petroleum jelly is one of the most effective moisturizers, especially when used right after bathing to seal in moisture. It is also one of the least expensive. But many people dislike using it on their faces because it looks and feels greasy. Instead, creams and lotions that contain some water are a better choice for a facial moisturizer. Many of these creams and lotions are humectants, an oil-free class of moisturizer that binds water to skin, so the smoothing, softening effects may last longer.
Most moisturizers contain water, glycerin, petrolatum, stearic acid, propylene glycol, and lanolin. Some contain botanical ingredients, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, and linoleic acid, which help maintain the skin’s outer layer of keratin and keep skin supple. Manufacturers use other ingredients, such as cetyl alcohol, palmitic acid, and dimethicone, to give moisturizers a creamy, velvety, or translucent look and feel, and to help shore up the “mortar” that keeps skin soft and smooth.
Some moisturizers also contain sunscreens and cosmeceuticals, which help prevent or even correct fine wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, and other signs of aging and photoaging.
For more advice on keeping your skin healthy, read Skin Care and Repair, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.
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