Best Moisturizers for Oily skin in Summer/ Monsoon season

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In my previous post on the Best facewashes for oily or Acne prone skin, a lot of you also asked me about the best Moisturizers for oily skin. But before we go onto that… let us first answer a common question.

Why do we need to moisturize in summer?

It is a myth that we do not need moisturization in summer or monsoons. Skin that is dehydrated will not look bouncy and or glowing.

Oily skin is not always hydrated skin and that is why we need to moisturize our skin ( more so because of using air conditioners that can strip the skin of its moisture) or certain beauty products like retinol, salicylic acid or Vitamin c serums /facewashes also exfoliate and dehydrate the skin.

Now that we are convinced that we need to moisturize in all weathers, the next question is which is the best moisturizer for oily skin and here is my detailed well researched answer for you:

Best moisturizer for oily skin


10 Best Moisturizers for Oily skin

Here is my list of some of the best moisturizers for oily skin in India. There is one of every budget and most of these are time tested and available in India:

1 . Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Gel

Best Moisturizer for Oily skin Neutrogena

Price – Rs 450/2 for 15 gms

A lightweight, oil-free gel formulation that provides hydration without clogging pores.It promises (and delivres) 5X hydration and refreshing plump skin.( you might also like to check out my review of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+)

P.S.- I swear by it!

2 . Cetaphil PRO Oil Control Moisturising Lotion 

Bets Moisturizer for oily skin

Price  – Rs 1250/- for 120 ml

Non-greasy and suitable for sensitive skin. Not only does this moisturizer helps control oil and shine it comes with SPF 30 for added sun protection. Talk about multitasking!

Also read my review of Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion

3 . La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Daily Moisturizer

Bets moisturizer for oily skin La Roche Posay

Price – Rs 5477/- for 40 ml

Specifically designed for oily skin, it mattifies the skin and reduces excess oil. As a bonus it also contains zinc and vitamins that are good for the skin. Active ingredient inlcude LHA ( a mild exfoliant) , Glycerin and Antioxidants like Selenium.

4 . Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil-Free Moisturizer

Best Moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 335/- for 80 ml

Contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to gently exfoliate and hydrate oily skin. Further check out Lotus Herbals Rosetone Rose Petals Facial Skin Toner

5 . Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Flawless Skin Moisturizer

Best Moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 220/- for 120 ml

A budget-friendly option with a light texture that moisturizes without making the skin greasy, also contains Vitamin E

6 . Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer

Best Moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 470/- for 50 ml

Infused with green tea extracts known for its anti -inflammatory properties, it helps control sebum production and provides a matte finish. It works really well if your skin breaks out into acne easily.

7 . Avene Cleanance Mat Mattifying Emulsion

Best Moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 5500/- for 40 ml

The French skin care brand Avene Cleanance Mat Mattifying Emulsion offers long-lasting mattification while keeping the skin hydrated. It is specially suitable for excess oil, visible shine, uneven skin texture with blemishes and enlarged pores.

Check out another favourite –Avene Tricneal Expert Soin Emulsion

8 . Lacto Calamine Skin Lotion – Skin Balance Oil Control

Bets moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 140/- for 60 ml

A classic product known for its oil-absorbing properties thanks to Kaolin clay as an active ingredient, this is good for gentle hydration. This brand has been around for years and is time tested which makes it a good budget moisturizer for oily skin.

9 . Kaya Skin Clinic Acne Free Purifying Nourisher

Best moisturizer for oily skin


Price – Rs 690/- for 50 ml

Formulated to hydrate acne-prone oily skin without aggravating breakouts. I have used it and I find it quite light textured and perfect to keep skin hydrated without giving that greasy shine. Also read my review of Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel

10 . Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Aloe Vera

Best moisturizer for oily skin

Price – Rs 1550/- for 50 gms

A pure aloe vera gel-based moisturizer that cools and soothes oily skin while providing the necessary hydration.This is purely herbal product and you pay for the purity. Having used it, I honestly did not feel that this did any more wonders than your cheap aloe vera products. But if you are a hard core fan of Ayurvedic or herbal products and won’t mind paying a premium price for purity than this one is for you. It has no added color or fragrance.


Coming now to the end of this list of the 10 best moisturizers for oily skin in India , I must underline the fact that each individual’s skin is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. The choice of moisturizer also depends on what other skin care products you are currently using. While I have taken care to list only the products that are for sensitive skin and well tolerated, it’s essential to do a patch test and consider your specific skin concerns before choosing a moisturizer. Furthermore , you may need more intense hydration if you are using Retinol, Vitamin C or Salicylic acid in skin care.

Consult a dermatologist for personalized recommendations or you may leave your query in the comments below and I shall answer it to the best of my knowledge.


Images courtesy – Pixabay , Canva, Amazon.in

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

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