The Best Moisturizers for Oily Skin, Acne-Prone Skin, and More



Like cleanser and sunscreen, facial moisturizer is a daily necessity for all skin types, not just dry skin. While your moisturizer hydrates, the right face cream can repair your skin's barrier function, restore its firmness, soften texture, smooth fine lines, and more. 

With so many formulas to choose from (light gel, face oil, skin cream?), it can be overwhelming to know which one is right for your skin. Below we explain the different types of moisturizers and how to use them. 

Apply moisturizer. Let's start with the basics. Everyone can benefit from moisturizing twice a day: once during your morning skincare routine and once before bed. 

Depending on your preference, you can use the same formula twice, or opt for a thicker formula at night, as skin loses moisture overnight. 

Moisturizer should be one of the last steps in your skincare routine, applied after serums and treatments but before sunscreen and face oil (if desired). Warm a peanut-sized amount of formula in hands and gently massage into skin in circular motions to allow product to absorb. 

Be careful not to pull or pull the skin. If you're going to be applying sunscreen or makeup afterwards, leave the formula on for a few minutes first. 

The Best Moisturizing Treatments for Your Skin Type. Not all moisturizers are created equal, and depending on your skin type, concerns, and goals, some may be better for you than others. Find the right solution for your skin below. 

Oily skin. Oily skin is genetically prone to producing excess sebum (a waxy substance that keeps skin hydrated), so adding more moisture may seem counterintuitive, especially if you're prone to oil and shine. While oily skin is never dry (lack of fat), it can become dehydrated (lack of moisture). 


This is more common than you might think, especially since oily skin tends to prefer formulas that absorb excess sebum, like the clay in our Purifying Mask. (That's why we always recommend hydrating the skin after applying a mask or facial scrub.) 

When skin is dehydrated, it signals the body to produce more sebum to compensate for the loss of water, which can clog pores and cause acne. To find the perfect balance, moisturize with a moisture-focused lightweight gel formula, like our Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream. 

It uses Sodium Hyaluronate (which has properties similar to Hyaluronic Acid to retain 1,000 times its weight in water) and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice to hydrate skin without weighing it down. 

Dry skin. Dry skin genetically produces less sebum, which means dry skin is always looking for moisture, moisture, moisture. If you have dry skin, follow with a moisturizer that is naturally thick and rich in skin-nourishing oils like Jojoba, Squalane (found in our Rich Moisturizer), and Blackcurrant Seed Oil. If it's really dry, you can apply facial oil afterwards. 

Remember: Skin can be dry and dehydrated. If you find your moisturizer is not enough, add a drop or two of Hyaluronic Acid Serum Booster to your moisturizer before applying. Are your elbows or knees dry? Moisturize under the chin with Keep It Suple Body Oil. 

Combination skin. Dry in some places, oily in others... Combination skin can be a challenge for moisturizers. One way to do this is to use a lighter formula on oily areas and a rich lotion or balm on dry areas to hydrate the skin. 

If that's a little too complicated for you, opt for a blend, like our Antioxidant Oil Serum. It's both hydrating and hydrating, offering the best of both worlds in one bottle. 

Acne prone skin. Acne-prone skin can also be dry, oily, or a combination of both. Choose the type that best suits your hydration and hydration needs, and also pay attention to the term "non-comedogenic." That means the formula has been proven not to clog pores, which people with acne-prone skin should definitely avoid. 

The dew point is non-comedogenic. The non-comedogenic ingredients in our Hydrating Plumping Mask also moisturize, including Tea Tree Oil, Squalane and Rosehip Oil.
skin aging
As we age, our skin produces less oil, which exacerbates dryness and makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Lack of hydration also weakens the skin's barrier, allowing external invaders like pollution and UV rays to cause oxidative stress (aka damage). 

To support aging skin, add a night cream to your routine. Our skin goes into repair mode overnight, releasing growth hormones, stimulating collagen production and shedding old skin cells. A night cream like Recovery Mode Advanced Night Cream supports these functions while addressing moisture loss, softening fine lines and smoothing the texture of wrinkles. 

Don't forget about the rest of the body, too. Retinol Body Lotion relieves dryness while tightening skin and repairing age spots.
Dull complexion + uneven skin tone
Worth noting: Dullness is a common byproduct of dehydration. If quenching your skin's thirst isn't exactly refreshing (or maybe you also suffer from hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone), opt for a vitamin C moisturizer that brightens and hydrates skin at the same time. For rounded glow and moisture barrier support, try our Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Moisturizers. With 2.5% vitamin C, you'll see visible results without the irritation - a common side effect of traditional vitamin C.
For even more radiance, you can also use Luminizing Glow Drops; its polyglutamic acid is also four times more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid.
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