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The Best Moisturizers For Oily Skin

Get the glow sans the shine.

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:

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 applied: Night

Price: P880

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

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 applied: Day and night

Price: Price available upon request

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

Estée Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism™ Radiant Gel Emulsion

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 tub is loaded with pomegranate extract that detoxifies and brightens your complexion with regular use.

Best applied: Day and night

Price: Price available upon request

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

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 applied: Night (Never use AHA in the morning!)

Price: P1,300

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source

Shisheido 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 applied: Day and night 

Price: P1,650

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

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 applied: Day and night 

Price: P335

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

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.

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Best applied: Night 

Price: P1,100

Where to get: Watsons

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. 

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 applied: Night 

Price: P780

Where to get: Watsons

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Refine your pores and even out your skin's surface with this radiance-boosting gel moisturizer. It has Alguronic Acid, an ingredient derived from blue algae, acts as an anti-aging agent while Salicylic acid takes care of pimples and enlarged pores. It provides a mattifying and pore-blurring finish without the silicone-film feel—like your skin but better!

Best applied: Day and night 

Price: P3,450

Where to get: Rustan's The Beauty Source

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 applied: Day 

Price: P795

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

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.

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Best applied: Night 

Price: P4,220

Where to get: SM Makati, SM Megamall

Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream

The beloved Clarins formula gets an upgrade. Its new version has Moonstone silica extract, which prevents and fights wrinkles, and Kangaroo flower extract, to 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 applied: Night 

Price: P5,350

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

23.5N Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask

While this mask is not meant for daily use, it can help lessen your skin’s oil production. The Oriental Beauty Tea plant extract refines pores and soothes the complexion. If your face is exposed to pollution and stress 80 percent of the week, this mask will give it the pampering treatment it deserves during your self-care sessions!

Best applied: Once a week

Price: P1,550

Where to get: Beauty Bar

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