When your face is naturally greasy, you might think twice before slathering on more hydrators on it. But having oily skin doesn’t mean give you license to skip the moisturiser step, because despite your hesitation, it remains an important step in preserving your skin’s natural oils and barrier. Plus, not using a hydrating and moisturising agent can lead to the skin over-producing oil to compensate, which can further result in oilier skin, clogged pores and acne issues—especially if you’re using drying acne products like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulphur that can strip the skin of oils.
A good rule of thumb for oily skin, considering the moisturiser will stay on through the day, is picking a non-comedogenic and oil-free cream that’ll hydrate without looking greasy. A good moisturiser will have antioxidants like green tea and humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to pull surface water to skin cells without feeling too heavy. For acne-prone skin, a day cream that has Vitamin C is ideal as it can help lighten and soften the dark marks from acne scars while also hydrating and building collagen. Since they are worn in the day, an SPF component is recommended too. Layering skincare products on top of each other can cause heat and bacteria to be trapped on the surface with oily skin types. Using a SPF-fortified day cream can negate that extra step completely.
In terms of texture, gel- and lotion-based creams are lighter and easier on the skin than heavier formulations. Ingredients like lanolin, almond oil, shea butter, lauric acid and stearic acid can leave skin feeling supple and smooth, but can clog pores in reactive skin types, so it is best to steer clear of these when browsing skincare aisles. We put together our guide to ten best moisturisers for oily skin, and the best part is that they are as light on your wallet as they are on your skin.
Scroll ahead for the best day creams for oily, acne-prone skin that cost less than Rs 500.