12 lightweight moisturisers to try if you have oily skin

Best nongreasy lightweight moisturisers for oily skinIf shiny T-zone and breakouts are your concerns, then you might be avoiding lightweight moisturisers to keep your skin dry and sans greasiness. However, as ironical it sounds, it is a fact that oily skin becomes oilier and more disposed to acne when dehydrated. When the skin lacks water and you skip using a moisturiser, it overcompensates by producing more oil. Excess sebum production further leads to breakouts and blemishes. Hydrating oily skin is the most underrated way to balance and calm. Pro tip: Don’t forget to exfoliate. Not only will your inflammation and redness be soothed, but also the skin will appear brighter and smoother.


Ahead, read through our curation of new-age lightweight moisturisers for oily skin.

D’you In My Defence

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Repair your skin’s natural barrier with D’you’s newly launched ceramide moisturiser, which locks in moisture, prevents dryness and irritation. It uses a high concentration of ceramides with patented dispersion technology that makes the formulation extraordinarily lightweight and non-greasy.

Earth Rhythm Phyto-Gel

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Packed with gotu kola and horsetail extract, Earth Rhythm’s gel-based moisturiser is formulated to calm acne-prone and sensitive skin. Its plant-based actives can be layered with retinol and vitamin C too.

Dr G HA Intense Moisturiser

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It’s a lightweight moisturiser but still packs in plenty of hydration thanks to advanced hyaluronic acid technology, which provides 24-hour hydration.

Vaunt Skincare – The Calm Cream Moisturizer

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Here’s a multi-purpose moisturiser to complement your acid and actives-packed routine. Along with skin-soothing cica and nourishing oats, it also has a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.

Pixi pHenomenal Gel

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This ultra-light gel moisturiser sinks into the skin without leaving a trace. A combination of horse chestnut extract, witch hazel, and ginseng evens out complexion while aloe vera soothes and hydrates.

Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturiser

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Besides plumping, it refines the skin giving it a smooth air-brushed feel. It’s an excellent buy if you are inclined towards Korean beauty products.

Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

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The refreshing, oil-free gel cream is an updated version of Cliniques’ cult-favourite moisture surge formula and gives the skin an instant moisture boost.

Daughter Earth Calendula + Ceramide Daily Moisturiser

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Made up of a host of skin-friendly botanicals, from wild sea berries to calendula it has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and calm sensitive, reactive, and stressed skin.

Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream Light

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Grape-seed oil, ginger root extract, and hyaluronic acid deliver powerful hydration in this light, sensorially-pleasing moisturiser. Its hero ingredient is purslane, an anti-ageing powerhouse, which helps calm the skin and reduce the visible signs of irritation.

Elemis Pro-collagen Marine Cream

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The lightweight formula is clinically proven to improve skin texture in 4 weeks. It contains plant-based marine actives that help hold moisture and fight fine lines and wrinkles.

Chemist at Play Combination Skin Face Moisturiser

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This budget-friendly ceramide moisturiser is enriched hyaluronic acid, enzymes and 1 % pentavitin that’s a plant-derived hydration hero. It boosts radiance, repairs skin barriers, and combats acne.

Sebamed Moisturising Cream

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The formula contains vitamin E and boasts of a clinically proven pH of 5.5, a level at which skin best maintains its barrier.

This article first appeared in Vogue



  • Aparrna Gupta

    Transitioning from crafting stories for The Asian Age and Bombay Times to setting beauty trends in Verve, Aparrna Gupta’s journey has always revolved around resonant storytelling. Her prowess in content creation is unparalleled, with articles featured in renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel India, Lifestyle Asia, Elle, and Femina. She also excels in content ideation, trend identification, mood board creation, and product styling. Her expertise has proven invaluable to homegrown brands, enabling them to authentically connect with their audience.

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