Indian Beauty Secrets,  Skin Care

5 Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin in India / How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Oily Skin

I always assumed that  people with oily skin did not require a moisturizer . It sounded so wrong to moisturize when the face was already dripping with oil.

So, the logical step is skip the moisturizer.

If you are one of them then this article is for you and it busts many myths so be prepared.

Is Moisturizer Necessary for Oily Skin ?

A moisturizer is  very much needed  for people with oily skin.
It is very much a MUST if you are taking treatments for acne.

Usually acne treatments means it includes Salicylic acid, Adapalene, tazarotene, or tretinoin, Benzoyl peroxide.

All of these work like magic on the skin but  they dry the skin out .

Hence a moisturizer is a must in such cases.

Even if you are not undergoing treatments, DO NOT skip the moisturizer.

If your skin is not moisturized, guess what…

The system goes into overdrive and starts  producing more oil 

So you end up having more oily skin… breakouts, blackheads, pimples, whiteheads..

Your moisturizer is a life saver.

A good moisturizer will balance out the oils and give you a good moisturization.

How to Choose the Right Moisturizer for Oily Skin ?

There are  3 important things  to look out for when selecting a moisturizer for oily skin.
The product should mention oil free ( we don’t want more oil added), non-comedogenic ( don’t block the pores please), alcohol free ( it is going to dry your skin).

How to use Moisturizer for oily skin ?

Here are the simple steps for applying a moisturizer.

Step 1 Cleanse the face

Cleansing for oily skin is a MUST.

Select a cleanser for Oily skin. Don’t use cleansers which are for dry skin.

Now depending on what type of oily skin you have ( acne prone, combination) you might have to cleanse once or twice a day.
By cleansing I mean using a good cleanser suited for your skin and working it into the skin. If your skin has dry patches or acne or is irritable or itchy, too much cleansing will worsen it.

In that case cleanse your face towards the end of the day. This removes all makeup, dirt, pollutants, dead skin, bacteria. In the morning rinse with lukewarm water to flush out any bacteria , dead skin.

Step 2 Toner

Use a toner suited for oily skin type. Toner though optional can help tighten pores and has many other benefits which other products cannot provide.

Step 3 Moisturize

Find a good moisturizer which has no irritants and is non-comedogenic. This locks in moisture and addresses the signs of ageing such as fine lines.

Follow up your cleansing with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

Having a good skin care routine which  includes a moisturizer and sunscreen  will help you with premature wrinkles, damage to the skin and skin discoloration.

When to apply moisturizer for oily skin

Ideally you should be cleansing your face twice a day. Each time you cleanse the face, you must apply the moisturizer.

Right way to apply moisturizer

After cleansing your face, dab it dry and let it still have some water on the face.

Apply the moisturizer on the slightly damp face. This will help the moisturizer penetrate and will lock the moisturizer in.

Is gel moisturizer good for oily skin

Gel based moisturizers are basically water based moisturizers and are very good for oily skin. They have a non oily texture which is just perfect for oily skin. Gel based moisturizers are absorbed faster.

Look for a gel moisturizer which has hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water. These will keep your face feeling refreshed longer. Some moisturizers have hydra-glycerin ( a humectant ) which makes skin look plum and hence makes the fine lines less visible.

If you want it to be a bit creamier but not too creamy, you can even look at gel moisturizer creams.

is cetaphil moisturizer good for oily skin

Is tinted moisturizer good for oily skin

Sometimes you want a little colour and full coverage then tinted moisturizers come in handy. The advantage is tinted moisturisers are loaded with humectants and are good for oily skin.


The colours can cause irritation

There might be alcohol present which can irritate the skin

Which is best moisturizer for Oily Skin in India ?

  1. SebaMed Face Care Gel
  2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
  3. Forest Essentials Rose Water
  4. Aroma Magic Juniper Berry
  5. Aroma Magic Clary Sage

SebaMed Face Care Gel


Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask


Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycogen, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Lysine HCl, Magnesium Sulfate, Mannitol, Manganese Sulfate, Serine, Sucrose, Stearyl Behenate, Citrulline, Alanine, Arginine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Zinc Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Threonine, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Propanediol, PCA, Histidine HCl, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1

This is a must have product in your skin care regime. This is not a moisturizer but many people find it so revolutionary that they use it as a moisturizer. It is perfect for all skin types, has natural extracts which produce salicylic acid which is an acne buster. It penetrates and forms a moisture barrier, locks in moisture, helps with fine lines, wrinkles and makes you look younger. Added advantage it also has skin lightening ingredients.

It needed a post all for itself, so I wrote a review on Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.


Forest Essentials Pure Rosewater Light Hydrating Gel

Aroma Magic Juniper Berry Oil Free Moisturiser

Aroma Magic Clary Sage Moisturising Lotion

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