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Presenting: The *Very* Best Moisturizers For Oily Skin (2021 Edition)

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Let's get straight to the point: Oily complexions need a moisturizer. Yes, despite having excessive sebum production, the frequent appearance of breakouts, and the fear of clogged pores, you have to use a hydrating product to keep your complexion clear. A major reason why you get so shiny before lunchtime is because your face thinks you need the extra dew. And you know what goes with having a greasy face: pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads!

Thankfully, overactive oil glands can be tamed by using the right face moisturizer. Choosing a lightweight, non-comedogenic humectant with the right blemish-fighting ingredients is the ultimate answer! Here are some you can try to restore balance in your complexion:

Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin

Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Clearing Moisturizing Gel

This moisturizer can help you stop worrying about your oily skin and pimples. It has salicylic acid to unclog pores, and Acnacidol™ BG to stop acne-causing bacteria from multiplying. Plus, its gel formula will leave your complexion feeling fresh and calm.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Clearing Moisturizing Gel



Best applied: Day and night 

Price: P335

Where to get: SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Stores, Watsons, Landmark Department Store, Lazada, Zalora

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COSRx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

This ultra-hydrating cream contains 92 percent snail mucin extract that can aid in healing blemishes. Aside from treating existing pimples, this cream also prevents wrinkles and sagging. It's the ideal moisturizer if your priorities are to fight zits and stop the signs of aging.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: COSRx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

Best applied: Night 

Price: P1,100

Where to get: Watsons, BeautyMNL

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COSRX Ultimate Honey Moisturizing Mask

Another one from the K-beauty brand, COSRX, this gel mask works as a sleeping pack/moisturizer. It has propolis extract, which heals pimples, and beeswax for that much-needed moisture. A good technique to apply this is by lightly massaging it all over face, then tapping it to wake up the blood circulation. 

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And no, this never feels sticky on the skin and it smells yummy, too! You'll wake up to soft, glowing skin the next day!

Best moisturizer for oily skin: COSRX Ultimate Honey Moisturizing Mask


Best applied: Night 

Price: P780

Where to get: Watsons

ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream

Refine your pores and even out your skin's surface with this radiance-boosting gel moisturizer. It has hyaluronic acid acts as a hydrating agent that never feels sticky on the face. Centella Asiatica, Licorice, Betaine, Chamomile, Rosemary, and Houttuynia Cordata extracts soothe inflammation and bring out your skin's natural glow.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream



Best applied: Day and night 

Price: P1,000/100ml

Where to get: Seek Space

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

Since this is a spin-off of Clinique's best-selling moisturizer (Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion), you are guaranteed that this derma-approved, gentle formula will give your skin proper hydration without ever looking slick.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel



Best applied: Night

Price: P1,990/125ml

Where to get: SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM Aura, Rustan's The Beauty Source, Lazada

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream For Normal To Oily Skin Types

This oil-free gel's formula allows easy skin absorption. It has Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to help skin retain its hydration levels. The best part? This moisturizer also offers oil and shine control!

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream For Normal To Oily Skin Types
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Best applied: Day and night

Price: P1,850/50ml

Where to get: Greenbelt 5, SM Aura, SM Makati, Lazada

Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer

Are you spotting a trend already? You see, gel-based moisturizers are oily skin's BFF for life. It's refreshing and won't leave a heavy, sticky film on your face! This particular tube is loaded with Centella Asiatica extract that soothes inflammation (and maskne!) with regular use.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream



Best applied: Day and night

Price: P379/50ml

Where to get: Zalora, BeautyMNL

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisturizer

Tea tree oil is known for banishing zits. Using a moisturizer with this magic ingredient will prevent pimples from frequently popping up. You can use this as a makeup base or a priming moisturizer because of its lightweight and mattifying formula.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisturizer



Best applied: Day 

Price: P795

Where to get: SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM Southmall, Greenbelt 3, Lazada

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Son & Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow

Do you want to get that IG filter, glass skin glow? Well, you must try this internet-famous priming moisturizer from Son & Park (the makers of the cult-favorite Beauty Water). The lightweight base is loaded with flower extracts that control sebum production grant a cottony-soft finish to your complexion. It contains pearls (!!!) that create a luminous glow.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Son & Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow

Best applied: Day 

Price: P1,500/40g

Where to get: Go Bloom Glow, BeautyMNL (Currently out of stock)

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Mario Badescu AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer

If you want a radiant glow without the greaseball shine, then slather this lightweight moisturizer on your face and neck every night. It has AHA, which gently lifts dead skin, to reveal a glowing complexion. Its other main ingredient, ceramide, is responsible for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. (Ed's note: AHA micro-peels, i.e. no visible flakes, the skin's surface, so you should always wear sunscreen during the day to prevent irritation.)

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Mario Badescu AHA & Ceramide Moisturizer
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Best applied: Night (Never use AHA in the morning!)

Price: P1,300

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source

Shiseido Wasu Quick Matte Moisturizer

This has Loquat Leaf Cells which offers an antioxidant effect that balances your complexion's hydration and oil production. Plus, it has sebum-absorbing powder that creates a matte (But not flat!) finish, making it suitable for daytime use as well. Glycylglycine also refines the appearance of visible and large pores.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Shiseido Wasu Quick Matte Moisturizer



Best applied: Day and night 

Price: P1,900

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source, Landmark Department Store, SM Makati, Century City Mall, 

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Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom Soothing Face Lotion

This is highly recommended if your skin is prone to breakouts and sensitive AF. Its lightweight formula gets easily absorbed and doesn't leave a sticky feel. As for angry zits and flare-ups, Reishi and Cordyceps Mushrooms soothe any redness in your complexion. The price tag may shock you, but its clinical formula makes it worth the splurge.

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom Soothing Face Lotion

Best applied: Night 

Price: P4,220

Where to get: SM Makati, SM Megamall, Zalora

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizes & Quenches Cooling Gel

The beloved Clarins moisturizer now comes in a gel formula that refreshes tired skin. It's enriched with hyaluronic acid to effectively hydrate and keep your face firm and supple. This luxurious night cream improves the skin's elasticity and evens out the complexion. It also easily melts on the skin so you will never have to worry about it feeling sticky and heavy or transferring to your pillowcase and sheets!

Best moisturizer for oily skin: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizes & Quenches Cooling Gel



Best applied: Night 

Price: P2,501/50ml

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source, SM Makati, Zalora

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