Which is the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin? My recommendations


Hi everyone!

Today I’ll be talking about Moisturizers for oily skin which is perhaps the most often asked query I get from readers!


Which is the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin? My recommendations
Which is the Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin? My recommendations


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Many women are under the misconception that if they have oily skin, they do not need moisturizer. The truth is, everyone needs moisturizer, you just need the texture and formula suited for your skin type! Moisture/Hydration is different from oil/sebum and if your skin is oily, it doesn’t imply that it is hydrated! Oily skinned women need to use light weight moisturizers in form of lotions or gel and should stay away from heavier creams which may log the pores and lead to pimples and blackheads. Oil free moisturizers absorb quickly into the skin leaving behind a clean non-greasy finish.

I was unaware about this for quite a long time and used to skip moisturizer. Acne problems led me to start reading up about skin care for oily skin and that is when I found out about CTM – Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing! Within a few months of using an appropriate Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer, I noticed a reduction in oiliness and acne and an overall glow in my skin which was lacking before. c

So today I’m sharing some of my favorite moisturizers for oily skin –


1. Lotus Herbals alphamoist oil free moisturizer (Rs 175 for 80 ml)

This is was my first moisturizer and very gentle and light weight. I have repurchased that since and recommended it to many readers too.


1. Lotus Herbals alphamoist oil free moisturizer
1. Lotus Herbals alphamoist oil free moisturizer


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2. Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer (Rs 250 for 118 ml)

This is another very light weight moisturizer. Best suited for very oily skin or summer season since its quite light. It is also available in another variant for combination skin.


Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer
Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer


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3. Fab India Vitamin E skin hydrating cream for oily skin (225 Rs for 120 ml tube)

This one comes in another variant for normal/dry skin. I did not like the fragrance but apart from that it is  good option too for oily skinned women.


Fab India Vitamin E skin hydrating cream for oily skin
Fab India Vitamin E skin hydrating cream for oily skin


4. Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte daily sunscreen with SPF 40 (Rs 295 for 120 ml)

This is not a moisturizer per-se but I have used it alone directly after toning when my skin is very oily and it gives a clean matte finish with the necessary hydration. Reviewed HERE.


Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte daily sunscreen with SPF 40
Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte daily sunscreen with SPF 40


There are a few other moisturizers I have used when my skin is feeling a little less oily and needs some extra hydration. These are not oil free but have worked beautifully for my skin!

5. Lotus Herbals whiteglow microemulsion (Rs 245 for 40 ml)

This is quite a popular product and loved by all skin types! It could break you out if you have oily/sensitive skin. Best recommended for combination skin type or for winters. Reviewed HERE.


Lotus herbals whiteglow micro emulsion
Lotus herbals whiteglow micro emulsion


6. Oriflame aloe vera soothing face cream  (Rs 249 for 75 ml)

I loved using this one too. Very light and soothing on the skin. Makes the skin quite soft and supple.


Oriflame aloe vera soothing face cream
Oriflame aloe vera soothing face cream


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7. Neutrogena fine fairness lotion with SPF 30 (Rs 240 for 150 ml)

This is not oil free and leaves a thin white cast on the face but its suits me when my skin is in combination phase and also gives a nice glow!


Neutrogena fine fairness lotion with SPF 30
Neutrogena fine fairness lotion with SPF 30


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8. Dermalogica Sheer moisture SPF 15 (Rs 2170 for 44 ml)

This is quite an expensive product and has quite a few cons but it is quite hydrating and still keepS the skin oil free for a long time. Reviewed HERE.


Dermalogica Sheer moisture SPF 15
Dermalogica Sheer moisture SPF 15


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This was my list of favorite moisturizers for oily skin. There are many more products in the market which I may not have come across yet but your recommendations can be really helpful. Is there any moisturizer you’ve used and loved? Share it below in the comments section!

Which is your favorite moisturizer for oily skin?



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  1. Will check out the very first one first. Should be easier to find as well. lakme honey avocado one was good for me in winter (rather the dry winter months, we dont really have a winter) but the peach one broke me out.

    1. I’m liking the Lakme honey avocado one too though I don’t need it in Mumbai, it was really useful when I was at home for Diwali. Do check out Lotus alphamoist.

  2. I have the Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer, Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte daily sunscreen with SPF 40 , Lotus Herbals whiteglow microemulsion.Of these i love the micro emulsion one.. Will definitely try Lotus Herbals alphamoist oil free moisturizer in the future..
    Thanks a lot for this post ankita!

  3. These are not only the best moistureizers for oily skin but combination skin too. Moreover, if ur skin gets oily using these products just dab on or brush some talcum powder, it will work wonders n keep u oil free for next 3-4 hours.

    1. Dabbing compact is the best practice Razia but talcum powder can actually block pores and lead to pimples. It has happened with me in the past. One should stick to non-comodogenic compacts especially oily skinned women.

  4. hi ankita.nice post..i have been following your blog religiously but was running out of patience to type….i do skip the moisturizing part
    but wil give it a thot

  5. currently using lotus microemulsion and its quite nice! for me i love lacto calamine the best! it suits me well especially summers..as i have combi skin i am using microemulsion for winters..gets absorbed easily! thanks for recommending it!

    1. I can’t believe I did not mention Lacto Calamine. I’ve used it a lot earlier too! Will add that to the post. Glad you’re liking the micro emulsion!

  6. i have used lotus 3 in 1
    oriflame aloe cream
    loved lotus 3 in 1
    microemulsion broke me out
    currently i am on dermatologist’s prescriptions 🙁

    1. 🙁 What happened? Skin going through a rough phase? I’m having some breakouts too! What all has the derma recommended to u?

      1. yeah 🙁 its been the worst of it ever
        i have been prescribed keracnyl facewash (has been reviewed on IMBB)
        keracnyl cream
        acinin face pack
        facelin a gel
        kojic cream by curatio
        been 25 days since i am applying these..but my skin has dried up completely
        its a BIG vicious circle 🙁

  7. I use Clinique Anti blemish solutions oil free moisturiser its amazing.. Do try that out. so light on skin and very apt for sensitive acne prone skin. I have also used Clinique Dramatically diff moisturising gel. no prod can be better thn Clinique when it comes to moisturisation on oily skin

  8. corallista…
    Hi 🙂 i’m really excited writing to you…

    I have oily and pimple porn skin…so when i try moisturisers…i will be attacked by lot of pimples the very next day…i never thought i wil be using a moisturiser on daily basis….thanks alot to your review…i had gone through many hundreds of web pages buy your review made me decide to try out lotus alphamoist……

    thank you!!! you really made my day…

    I will really be thankful to you ever if you could help me out to my questions…

    O moisturiser is very important everyday….on your review i strongly decided to use lotus alphamoist (thnak you again!!!!!)

    O I have small pores on my skin (visible when looked closer) please suggest any cream which would do even complexion and pores reduction on my face

    O I already have a fair skin….but i would to match up my body color which is not exposed to skin to the face and neck/hands…as you said Lotus Herbals whiteglow microemulsion is not for oily skins….please do suggest me a brightening product (specially for face and neck)

    I always prefer herbal products on my skin…so please suggest herbal ones and what ever products and brands you suggest i will use them so please do also tel me the procedure of applying which one first and at what times

    awaiting to your reply

    1. Hi Sandhya, unfortunately pore size is hereditary and you cannot do much to reduce their size. The only thing you can do is keep them clean because when there are dirt/oil deposits stuck in the pores, it makes them look bigger and more prominent. Use a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week, I’d recommend Clean and Clear daily scrub or Neutrogena deep clean scrub.

      As for skin brightening, you can try the Lakme Perfect Radiance 4-week intense brightening treatment, I have reviewed it here –


  9. Ankita, what are your thoughts on Sebamed clear skin gel? Have you ever tried it? I have an oily and acne prone skin.. Planning to try Sebamed.

  10. Hi Ankita,
    A very nice post indeed. I need ur help since u hv used both d moisturisers that I hv chosen for summers to buy next. I hv combination skin (towards dry) & want to know –
    Which of the 2 is better – Lotus whiteglow Microemulsion or d Alphamoist lotion, – for summers as a day moisturiser for everyday purpose, indoors, since I use proper sunscreen outside?
    I m wheatish complexioned & i want the hydration, dewy look & d glow.
    Pls reply. I want to decide which one to buy. And ur advice will be useful 🙂

  11. hi ankita , i have oily skin which is acne prone … i am confused abt choosing facewash whether to buy lancome or clinique … wat would u suggest…

    1. Hi, sorry I haven't tried Face washes from Lancome or Clinique. You could try either The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. Both work well for oily acne prone skin.

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