There has been a misconception going around for the longest time that only people with dry to normal skin need to moisturize, and those with oily skin need not to because it will make their skin oilier and greasier. Most especially in the Philippines, where the climate is hot and humid, no one would want to walk around looking shinier than a disco ball.
According to dermatologists, all skin types (yes, even oily skin types) need moisturization. Leaving it out of your skincare routine does not do any good, making your skin much oilier and greasier than you want. Below we present how to choose a face moisturizer for oily skin types with some comments and tips from dermatologist Dr. Maria Elinor Grace "Meg" Sison! After that section is a list of our top 10 picks!
Our skin inherently produces sebum or oil through the sebaceous glands, which help keep the skin hydrated and function properly. However, some people's sebaceous glands produce more oil than others, especially when dehydrated and lack moisture.
Unfortunately, you can't always cure oily skin. One measure to control or prevent it is by using a moisturizer to hydrate it from the outside. A hydrated body ultimately leads to hydrated skin, so don't forget to hydrate more internally by drinking water also for more health benefits!
The skin may be oily, but it can be dehydrated due to a lack of moisture. This holds true even if we live in a hot, humid country like the Philippines. The reason why the skin is oily is due to the increased sebum production by the skin's sebaceous glands.
Moisturizers help the skin to prevent water loss from the skin's outermost layer. Skin hydration is a function of the skin being able to retain moisture to keep the skin barrier intact and maintain the skin's elasticity, plumpness, and resiliency.
The right moisturizer that suits oily skin types may be a little hard to find, but don't you worry. We got you! Read on to find out the things to consider when choosing a moisturizer.
Most moisturizers usually include humectants such as glycerin, aloe vera, honey, and etc. to hydrate, emollients like plant oils and butters to soften, and occlusive ingredients like silicone to lock in moisture. However, these ingredients differ in ratio depending on the product. People with oily skin should choose a moisturizer with a higher content of humectants.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the best known ingredients for skin hydration and retention as it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. It is a natural substance that is also found in our body and it depletes as we age, just like collagen. Not only is hyaluronic acid good for hydration, but it also an anti-aging ingredient and it helps brighten the skin.
Other ingredients that are beneficial for oily skin are salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, dimethicone, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, zinc, and retinoids. These ingredients are also acne-prone skin-friendly!
Moisturizers contain a mixture of occlusives, emollients, and humectants. Choose moisturizers with lightweight formulations (lighter lotion or gel formats) containing humectants such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and heparan sulfate that draw water from the atmosphere and hydrate the skin.
Moisturizers containing BHAs like salicylic acid are also good for oily skin because they also help unclog the pores. Just make sure that the concentration of salicylic acid is <2% to avoid irritation.
Moisturizers with AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid can also act as humectants at low concentrations and these are also helpful because they improve fine lines and skin texture. Niacinamide is helpful in maintaining the skin barrier and can also regulate sebum production. Retinoids in moisturizers also help with anti-aging but these need to be used for at least 6 months to see the benefits.
Who doesn't love a product that hits two birds with one stone? For a simpler AM skincare routine, you could opt for a moisturizer that contains SPF. A moisturizer with SPF keeps the skin moisturized, prevents wrinkles, protects your skin from sun damage and harmful UVA and UVB rays as well.
You can actually use a moisturizer with SPF during the morning but make sure this is at least SPF 30. If the SPF in the moisturizer is less than this, you still need to use a separate sunscreen during the day.
Non-comedogenic means that the ingredients used in the product will not clog your pores. Clogged pores will lead to more skin troubles such as acne and blemishes. Also, an oil-free moisturizer is easier for the skin to absorb, and it prevents extra grease or oil in the face.
For those who do not want even a tiny bit of a shine, you may also try a mattifying formula. It is usually indicated in the product label whether it is non-comedogenic and/or oil-free.
Moisturizers with comedogenic ingredients such as isopropyl myristate, isopropyl palmitate, and coconut oil should not be used for those with oily skin and acne-prone skin.
Put in mind that heavy formulas are not oily skin-type friendly! You may use it for the body but definitely not for the face. Avoid heavy ingredients such as petrolatum (petroleum jelly), mineral oils, Vitamin E (better to be taken internally), and lanolin.
These ingredients will make your face oilier and greasier instead of a healthy glow. You may benefit more from lightweight moisturizers that are gel or water-based formulas.
Those with oily skin should avoid oils or heavy cream moisturizers. Lightweight formulations (lighter lotion or gel formats) are preferred for those with oily skin for easier application.
Now to introduce the 10 best face moisturizers available online! Hopefully, these can help you narrow down your search for the one that will best suit your skin's needs.
Disclaimer: These products are recommendations made by our team at mybest Philippines. Our expert, Dr. Maria Elinor Grace Sison, MD, MPM, FPDS, is not affiliated with, nor is she endorsing any of the brands we mention below.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Key Ingredient||Hyaluronic Acid|
|Key Ingredient||Glycerin, Pro Vitamin B5, Aloe Vera|
|Type||Cream to Liquid|
|Key Ingredient||Vitamin B3, Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Peptides|
|Key Ingredient||Aloe Vera|
|Key Ingredient||Birch Sap|
|Key Ingredient||Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Amino Acid, Botanical Extracts|
|SPF Protection||SPF 30|
|Key Ingredient||Avobenzone, Glycerin, Dimethicone|
|Type||Gel Cream-Like Formula|
|SPF Protection||SPF 30|
|Key Ingredient||Glycerin, Avobenzone|
|Key Ingredient||Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine|
Hydro Boost Water Gel
Hydration Facial Moisturizer
Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
DermaControl PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30
Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30
Ultra Facial Oil-free Gel Cream
A Lightweight Gel Moisturizer Packed with Hyaluronic Acid
A Water-Based Formula That Has a Triple Moisturizing System for a Smooth and Shine-Free Skin
A Moisturizer that Primes and Mattifies Skin
92% Aloe Vera Leaf Extract that Moisturizes, Soothes, and Firms the Skin
A Lightweight Moisturizer With 70% Birch Sap to Hydrate and Calm Skin
A Non-Greasy Formula with Silk Amino Acids to Hydrate and Improve Texture
A Moisturizer that is Made Up of Compounds Found Naturally Present in the Skin
A Super Light Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF
A Lightweight and Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30, Perfect for Morning Skincare Routine
A Gel Moisturizer with an Instant Cooling Effect and Hydrates Even on a Hot and Humid Day
|Price Starts at||₱900||₱250||₱1,999||₱245||₱1,040||₱2,500||₱600||₱1,190||₱1,850||₱1,850|
|Volume||50 g||100 ml||10 g||300 ml||100 ml||50 ml||30 ml||118 ml||59 ml||50g|
|Type||Gel||Water-based||Cream to Liquid||Gel||Lotion||Lotion||Cream||Lotion||Gel Cream-Like Formula||Gel|
|SPF Protection||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||SPF 30||SPF 30||No|
|Key Ingredient||Hyaluronic Acid||Glycerin, Pro Vitamin B5, Aloe Vera||Vitamin B3, Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Peptides||Aloe Vera||Birch Sap||Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Amino Acid, Botanical Extracts||NMF||Avobenzone, Glycerin, Dimethicone||Glycerin, Avobenzone||Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine|
Choosing a moisturizer for oily skin types can sometimes be trial and error. Consult a board-certified dermatologist for guidance in choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type.
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With so many face moisturizers available at the market, we hope you could choose from the products we recommended from the list above.
Remember that you should not leave out applying moisturizer as part of your skin routine in the AM and PM, no matter which skin type you have and no matter how hot and humid the environment is. For oily skin types, hydrating your face and drinking a lot of water will be very beneficial.
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