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If you are constantly reaching out for blotting papers, or trying to powder-up your face, you know the struggles of having an oily skin. Your skin needs natural oil to remain healthy. But an excess sebum (or oil) production means overactive sebaceous glands. [1]

The culprits behind this excess sebum could be stress, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, pollution and improper skin care. By applying the right moisturizer, your skin’s sebum levels will begin to decrease and your skin will not look so greasy anymore.

1. Does Oily Skin Need A Moisturizer?

It is a wrong notion that oily skin does not require moisturization. Moisturizers offer the necessary hydration to skin, which is different from oiliness.

A general moisturizer forms an occlusive (obstructive) layer on the skin’s surface and prevents water loss, whereas a barrier repair formula penetrates deep to repair and renew your skin's natural barrier. [2]

Skin Barrier

2. Moisturization is A Boon For Oily Skin

Battles Wrinkles

Dehydrated skin can gather wrinkles and lead to untimely maturing. Moisturization helps keep the skin smooth and supple.

Forms a Defensive Layer

Other skincare items in your routine may tend to dry out your skin. Moisturization acts as a soft, defensive layer under your ever-increasing number of makeup and other products.

Leaves No Itchy Feeling

Remember that tight feeling you get in your skin after washing. Moisturization hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft throughout the day.

Controls Acne

Dry skin can clog up your pores. Moisturizers help in unclogging them and control the excess creation of sebum.

3. How Do You Moisturize Oily Skin?

Moisturization rules for oily skin applies to other skin types as well.

Apply moisturizer gently with your fingers, after cleansing your skin. Moisturize your cheeks first, using smooth outward strokes (not circles or up-and-down).

Use very gentle strokes around your eyes. When applying lotion to your neck and forehead, switch to gentle upward strokes.

A. How Often To Moisturize Oily Skin?

Re-apply your moisturizer every time you wash your face (twice a day is ideal for oily skin).

B. What Kind Of Moisturizer Should I Use For Oily Skin?

  • Choose a moisturizer that is non-greasy (oil-free), lightweight and easily absorbing.
  • Consider one with SPF to block those rays.
  • Use a moisturizer that does not contain comedogenic ingredients (that can clog pores and build up acne) like coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, linoleic acid, isopropyl palmitate, mineral oil, olive oil, lauric acid, stearyl alcohol etc.[3]

C. Ingredients To Look For in Your Moisturizer

Even though your moisturizer is lightweight, it should provide the right hydration and contain effective ingredients.

1. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin without clogging pores. What follows is a softer, smoother and healthier skin. [4] It slows the rate at which the water evaporates and hence prevents TEWL (total epidermal water loss).

2. Niacinamide

Evidence shows that niacinamide absorbs excess sebum. Also called as Vitamin C3, Niacinamide strengthens skin's barrier, stimulating the natural production of collagen. [5]

3. Kaolin

Kaolin is a naturally occurring white clay that helps absorb oil. [6]

4. Dimethicone

Dimethicone mimics oils, leaving your skin feeling healthy yet dry after use. Dimethicone is a type of silicone. Because of its fluid properties, dimethicone helps create improved texture in skincare leaving it smooth. [7]

D. How Much Moisturizer Should I Use For Oily Skin?

A nickel-sized amount should be enough for your entire face. Using an excessive amount can make your skin look shiny and lead to breakouts. Using too little will not hydrate the skin and can lead to tightness.

E. When To Apply Moisturizer For Oily Skin?

The best time to apply moisturizer is once in the morning and once before hitting the bed. Moisturize your skin after cleansing and applying serum for acne, if you have any.

F. Signs Of Over Moisturizing

  • Clogged Pores
  • Breakouts
  • Overproduction Of Oil
  • Bumps
  • Buildup Of Dead Skin Cells

G. Why Does My Skin Feel Sticky After Moisturizing?

If your skin feels sticky even after using a non-greasy and lightweight moisturizer, you may consider:

  • Using A Gentle Patting Method
  • Exfoliating To Remove Buildup
  • Layering Skincare The Right Way
  • Using Moisturizer Made For Your Skin Type

H. Moisturization Mistakes To Avoid

1. Layering Your Products The Wrong Way

To get the best out of moisturization, you should layer the lightest products first and heaviest last. Make sure you cleanse, apply medicine (a serum for your acne, if any), moisturizer and sunscreen/makeup.

2. Rubbing The Moisturizer in Too Hard

Gently massaging the skin with moisturizer can help in blood circulation and absorption of product. But rubbing it in too hard can over exfoliate the skin. This can lead to disruption of the skin's natural barrier, making it prone to infection from bacteria.

3. Ignoring The Skin Around Your Eyes

The skin around your eyes is the area that has the first signs of aging. This skin is gentle and needs to be hydrated to slow down the aging process.

4. Using The Wrong Moisturizer

There are chances that you may be using a moisturizer that has potentially damaging ingredients like chemical fragrances, petrolatum, parabens and the likes. It is important to find a moisturizer that suits your skin and has all the right ingredients.

We have tons of moisturizers for you to pick from. If you are wondering whether the moisturizer will suit your skin, we’ve got you covered. Read on to know about SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum customized for oily skin.

4. SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum For Oily Skin

SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum for oily skin is a moisturizer that repairs and strengthens skin’s natural barrier besides offering intense hydration to the skin.


A. Ingredients in SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum

  • Ceramide EOP - Repairs your damaged skin barrier
  • Ceramide AP - Restores the hydrating agents
  • Cermaide NP - Prevents excessive water loss
  • Phytosphingosine - Prevents inflammation and infection
  • Dry emollients - Leaves the skin feeling smooth and non-greasy

B. Why SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum is Different?


SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum contains all the ingredients that your skin needs. It is formulated based on your skin type and skin needs.

Handpicked and Safe Ingredients

SkinKraft Barrier Repair Serum is free from sulfates, parabens, allergens, toxins and fragrances.

Dermatologist Recommended

Dermatologists at SkinKraft custom formulate your Barrier Repair Serum. They understand your skin and its unique requirements based on a skin questionnaire.

Research Based

Our team of dermatologists, formulators and skin experts conducted 10,000 hours of research to come up with customized skincare solutions. We analyzed the skin profiles of 800 Indian women.

5. Good Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin

You can manage oily skin with a skin care routine tailored for oily skin type. Besides moisturization, some of the important steps in your skincare routine are:

A. Cleansing

Washing off excess oils, dirt and makeup residue is a crucial first step in a good skincare routine for oily skin. Make sure to deep cleanse, but do not over cleanse. Over cleansing washes off your face’s natural oils and disturbs the pH balance of the skin.


B. Exfoliating

Be kind to your skin, when it comes to exfoliating. Do not over scrub. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and minimise clogged pores.


C. Treating

Acne is one of the biggest concerns in people with oily skin. Using a good acne control face cream or serum can help reduce acne and maintain healthy skin.


Moisturization offers a host of benefits to oily skin. Never step out without moisturizing your skin and see your skin transform into healthier, softer and younger looking skin. You are unique. So should your skincare be? Customized skincare solves your problem of experimenting with random skincare products.

SkinKraft’s customized skin care recommends a 3-step regimen based on a SkinID™ questionnaire.

You will get a

  • Customized cleanser
  • Customized moisturizer
  • An active to treat your dark patches

Begin By Knowing Your Skin