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How to Moisturize Oily Skin

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: November 12, 2020
How to Moisturize Oily Skin

Each type of skin deserves special care, but above all, all skin types need hydration. But many skin types are prone to an excessive production of sebum on the dermis, or oil on the skin. Lots of people fear that hydration will only make the skin feel oilier and tend to avoid using hydrating products.

This decision certainly affects the appearance of the face, as oily skin also requires hydration, but there may also be dry areas on the skin that must be attended to. So, where to start? On OneHowTo.com, we explain in this article how to moisturize oily skin.

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Before addressing the issue of how to moisturize oily skin, it is important to make it clear that this type of dermis needs a proper cleaning that will eliminate the accumulation of fats, keeping the pores free of impurities and ensuring that more grease does not seep out throughout the day. To achieve this, it is important to focus on two key areas: cleaning your face properly and choosing the appropriate cosmetics.

Cleaning the face

It is essential to wash your face twice a day, morning and night, and increasing the amount for those days when you're bound to sweat a lot, as well as when you're working out. In the morning you will remove all the dirt and grease accumulated over the hours of sleep, while at night, we also get rid of all the impurities and make-up. This procedure should preferably be done with a liquid gel cleanser because milks or creams leave behind a residue so they are not suitable for a dermis that is already coated in fatty waste. If you're not sure which type of facial cleanser to use, you should read our article about how to choose a facial cleanser.

Choosing the right cosmetics

All the products that you apply on your face, without exception, must be indicated for oily skin. The facial cleanser, whether it's liquid or a powder based, must be suitable for skin that produces fat, so the term oil-free cosmetics should be of interest to you. In our article make-up tips for oily skin you will learn what products are suitable for your skin type.

How to Moisturize Oily Skin - Step 1

The first step to moisturize oily skin is obviously to choose a suitable product. It is important that the moisturizer is free of oil or oil free. However, in most cases, many moisturizers will still contain oil in its composition. Check the label and make sure you opt for beauty products where the proportion of water is higher than the oil content.

If you are looking for a cream, it will be difficult to find one with these characteristics, so the best for oily skin are the silicone based products such as serums, gels or ampoules. Such options have a slight water based primary texture, giving moisture to the face without increasing the amount of fat on your skin.

How to Moisturize Oily Skin - Step 2

Once you have chosen moisturizer for oily skin, it is time to determine when it should be applied. While it is true that specialists recommend using a moisturizer for the day and another for night, the truth is that oily skin does not require so much hydration so it's enough to use it only at night. During that time the compounds pierce and deeply penetrate the skin, moisturizing it carefully. During sleep your skin is regenerated, so if you apply your moisturizer before bed and if you've previously cleaned your face, you are ensuring a much more powerful effect.


If you prefer to use a moisturizing product for the day too, it must have these recommended features: it should preferably be silicone-based, with a major component of water and very light on the skin.

You must apply it after cleansing your face and wait at least 20 minutes for it to be absorbed before applying any make-up, thus you reduce the chances of the appearance of nasty fat and grease on your skin.

How to Moisturize Oily Skin - Step 4

Now you know how to moisturize oily skin, but if you want your skin to look perfect, it is always important to have other tricks on hand to ensure the beauty of your skin. So, on OneHowTo, we have prepared some articles that you might find useful to enhance the beauty of your face. Discover them here and now:

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