Everything You Need to Know about Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Discover the benefits of moisturizer, which ingredients are crucial, and why you should be using an oil-free moisturizer yourself, morning and night!
How many times have you skipped applying a moisturizer after cleansing? Don’t worry, we've all done it at one point or another. It’s natural that if you have oily skin, you may not see the benefit of applying more hydration to your skin, and many of us have faced the dilemma of whether to moisturize or risk feeling greasy all day. 

But here’s the deal, while it might seem counterintuitive, oily and acne-prone skin needs to be moisturized, too. That's where oil-free moisturizers come in.

Lightweight water-based formulas hydrate without the added weight or shine, perfect for oily skin types. However, not all oil-free moisturizers are created equal. Some can be too drying, while others may exacerbate oiliness.  In this guide, we'll explore the benefits of hydration for oily skin, debunk common myths, and recommend other Jess Beauty products to complete your skincare routine.


Say hello to radiant, refreshed skin without the hassle. Let's get started!


What happens when we don’t moisturize?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and an incredibly complex system, to which we do not grant enough credit. When we neglect moisturizing, especially in the case of oily skin, a series of unfortunate events can unfold.

We get it, your skin is already oily, and the last thing you want to do is slather on more moisture, fearing it will worsen the situation. But here's the twist—by skipping moisturizer, your skin goes into overdrive, producing even more oil in an attempt to compensate. It's a vicious cycle, leading to more breakouts and frustration. What not everybody knows is that hydrating your skin can actually help to reduce oiliness. 

There's a common misconception that moisturizers are off-limits for oily or acne-prone skin. Quite the contrary! Opting for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer can signal to our oil glands that the skin is adequately hydrated, thus regulating sebum production.


Even if you're battling breakouts, moisturizing remains crucial, especially when using acne-fighting treatments. These treatments, while effective against pimples, can also leave your skin parched and vulnerable. By moisturizing, not only you restore balance to your skin's hydration, but you can also fortify its moisture barrier, keeping acne-causing bacteria at bay.


Choosing the right moisturizer doesn't have to be a daunting task. Look for oil-free formulas rich in nutrients, designed to nourish without exacerbating oiliness. Remember, your skin deserves care and attention, regardless of its type. So, whether you're combating breakouts or managing oily skin, make moisturizing a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Your skin will thank you for it.

What to look out for when choosing an oil-free moisturizer


  • Look for calming and age-defying nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C, green tea, aloe vera, centella asiática, or niacinamide.

  • Avoid products with "oil" in the label. Ensure "water" is listed as one of the primary ingredients.

  • Check for the "non-comedogenic" label to prevent pore congestion. Comedogenic products can lead to breakouts, particularly for acne-prone or oily skin types. Opt for oil-free moisturizers, which are more likely to be non-comedogenic and suitable for these skin concerns.

The Best Skincare Routine for Oily Skin


Now that you've got the lowdown on moisturizers, including the perks of going oil-free and why hydration is key, let's dive into an easy-peasy routine tailored for oily skin.

Step 1. Perfect your daily cleansing routine

Let's start from the beginning; every good skin-care routine begins with a cleanser. It's essential to wash your face in the morning and before bedtime, choosing a gentle gel cleanser that uses hydrating and revitalizing ingredients to avoid stripping away essential moisture and natural skin oils.


Our Face Reset Cleanser deeply cleanses the pores and balances oil production without damaging the skin's natural barrier function, soothing redness, and irritation. The key to reducing oiliness is proper cleansing (without overdoing it!) and good moisturizing.


Step 2. Restore that healthy glow to your skin with a Serum

Apply a localized treatment or serum with ingredients like retinol, salicylic acid or niacinamide to help control oil production and skin breakouts. Jess Beauty's Shine Bright Serum is key to restoring your skin's vitality, featuring ingredients like Niacinamide, which simultaneously brightens and hydrates, protecting the skin from bacteria and germs and positively impacting the appearance of your complexion.


Step 3. Don't forget to moisturize!


Hydrated skin is essential for maintaining a healthy skin barrier, and moisturizers are necessary to prevent dehydration. The key is to find the right product, and oily complexions probably won't react well to thick, heavy creams. Oily skin might benefit from a lightweight gel formula. 

Looking for a new moisturizer but want something lightweight that won't leave you greasy? Enter: our Post Workout Gel Mask, that’ll leave your face silky smooth and shine-free, no matter your skin type or concerns. This gel-like water-based moisturizer will become an essential ingredient of your moisturizing and post-workout routine, making your skin look firmer, shinier, and clearer than ever and. Infused with Centella Asiática, Niacinamide and Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), it also helps minimize the signs of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines, giving a radiant and youthful complexion.


Step 4: Sunscreen: Your Daily Armor


Sun protection is non-negotiable. Daily use of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen is crucial to prevent premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. Jess Beauty's Let It Sun SPF 50+ Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection with a lightweight, non-greasy formula. It's perfect for daily wear, as it absorbs quickly and won't clog your pores. Apply it after your skincare routine every single day (yes, even on cloudy days), every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming.




In conclusion


Picking the right moisturizer for your skin can feel like navigating a maze with so many options out there. And to add to the confusion, what works like magic for one person might not do a thing for you, because, well, everyone's skin is as unique as a fingerprint. 
The key to finding a skincare product that's a match made in heaven for your skin? Ingredients, my friend! If you've got oily or acne-prone skin, start by looking for an oil-free moisturizer. But don't stop there—make sure it's also non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. Once you find that perfect combo, your skin will be singing your praises!


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