Best Oil Free Moisturizers: Top 7 Picks That Work

(Last Updated On: June 28, 2019)

How can something so simple, something that we’ve been doing ever since we were 16, be so complicated? Skincare trends and dermatologist advice seem to change so rapidly that sometimes we find ourselves completely confused and not sure on even the most basic of things like the proper ways and time to apply a moisturizer, or if our skin is really ‘combined’ like we always thought it is or is it just ‘hyper sensitive’?

Also Read about the most effective drugstore tinted moisturizers here

Benefits of Using Oil Free Moisturizers

These are just some of the reasons why you should use an oil free moisturizer:

  • It controls oils and prevents breakouts
  • An oil-free moisturizer, rich in vitamins and nutrients will help by forming a protective barrier against pollutants and antioxidants.
  • By providing the skin with rich hydration, along with antioxidant vitamins, you help to promote the formation of collagen.
  • Oil-free moisturizer packed with antioxidants will prevent the signs of aging

How to choose an Oil Free Moisturizer

It’s actually easier as it might seem, since it all comes down to checking the label:

  • Be careful for most drugstore moisturizers are filled with chemicals and unhealthy oils that will clog up your pores. To avoid this, opt for products that are labeled as ‘non-comedogenic’
  • Stay away from chemically-laden products, instead choose natural, organic products.
  • Check for beneficial additives, like vitamin C, green tea, spirulina and aloe.

Best Oil Free Moisturizers Worth Trying!

Christina Moss Naturals Facial Moisturizer

This moisturizer is full of the freshest ingredients, and has no added harmful chemicals or preservatives. It suits all skin types, and hydrates and feeds your skin with the essential organic ingredients. It’s not tested on animals, and each jar is made fresh using recycled plastic and biodegradable labels.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Great for super sensitive skins
– All organic ingredients
– No animal testing

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Keep In Mind:
– The smell is not really nice for some
– Might leave an oily residue on oily skin types

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer

This oily skin moisturizer uses Sebulyse Technology for a dual-targeting action on excess oil to mattify and visibly tighten pores. It gives a light matte finish and is excellent as a makeup base. It mattifies the skin and refines the pores, while providing daily hydration.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Great for sensitive, acne prone skin
– Controls oil for hours
– Amazing as a makeup base
– Little goes a long way

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Keep In Mind:
– Might not be strong enough for very oily skin types

Serumtologie PURE Whipped Chiffon Moisturizing Skin Care Cream

This is an all natural, vegan moisturizing cream that instantly nourishes the skin without any pore-clogging ingredients. It enhances the body’s hydration level by improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture, revealing a more radiant, youthful complexion. It consists of organic ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter and olive fruit oil to deliver deep moisture, visibly nourish your skin, and restore skin elasticity.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Vegan product
– Includes jojoba oil, shea butter, green tea and olive fruit oil
– Fits all skin types
– Minimizes appearance of pores
– Diminishes fine lines

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Keep In Mind:
– Might dry out the skin, so needs to be applied twice or combined with another moisturizer

Natural Non-greasy Sunscreen & Vitamin E Moisturizer

This product offers both UVA and UVB protection while reducing the appearance of aging with antioxidants and Vitamins E & B5. It’s a lightweight, mineral moisturizer with a matte finish, that you can wear under makeup. It’s Non GMO, chemical free, cruelty free, organic, natural and hand-made in the USA.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Hand-made, organic, chemical-free, all natural moisturizer
– UVA & UVB protection
– Reduces the signs of fine lines
– Packed with antioxidants and Vitamins E & B5
– Smells nice

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Keep In Mind:
– Might need to reapply for very dry skin types
– Thick formula

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer

This toner is suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin feeling clean and soft. It’s made with rose-petal water and witch hazel extract. It will cleanse, tone and soothe your skin.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Good for all skin types
– Good for postnatal care
– Packed with witch hazel extract
– Reduces appearance of pores
– Suitable for acne prone skin types

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Keep In Mind:
– The smell of the product is not so pleasant

Tips on Moisturizing Your Face

So according to the latest dermatologists’ opinions, these are the things you should know in order to hydrate your skin properly:

  • Use a moisturizer based on your skin type. It’s one of the basic mistakes people make – choosing products that doesn’t fit their skin type. And if you’re still not sure on how to know which type your skin is – look at it at the end of the day, look to see if your T-zone is dry, oily or somewhat normal.
  • Keep in mind that surrounding climate impacts your skin. For instance, if you live in a humid environment, you might want to try swapping your lightweight moisturizer for a gel, which is more hydrating. On the other hand, a creme is a great option for those living in super dry places.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, or use lotions with added SPF protection
  • When testing a new moisturizer, be cautious. If you’re trying out a new moisturizer, you should test it on your forearm first and wait for two weeks for the result before you decide.


You can’t go wrong by treating yourself (and your skin) to some nice oil-free, organic moisturizer (you can also read my Honeyskin Moisturizer article) that will help you feel better the whole day. Just remember to chose one that fits your skin type for the best results.

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