The 31 Best Oil-Free Moisturizers

Non-greasy picks for every complexion.

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The debate about oils in face creams (opens in new tab) is as divisive as the fat-free debate in the nutrition industry. Some dermatologists are vehemently opposed, saying oils are too dense for most skin types and only clog the skin, leading to breakouts and a greasy complexion. Other experts are of an entirely different opinion, thinking that facial oils (opens in new tab)—primarily those derived from botanicals—are, in fact, the key to optimal skin hydration, offering a nutrient-rich and readily absorbed option for deep moisturization. The truth is, oil-free facial moisturizers are the best bet for many skin types, with those who are acne-prone topping the list. And it's also true that oil isn't the only ingredient that can effectively hydrate any complexion.

What ingredients should I look for in an oil-free moisturizer?

Oil-free moisturizers can deliver hydration through other proven ingredients like hyaluronic acid (opens in new tab), glycerin, and silicone adjacents like dimethicone. It's a delicate moisture balance, but the best oil-free moisturizers containing these types of ingredients can harness prime skin function for every complexion and re-establish healthy hydration. These formulas also tend to feel lighter on the skin—many have a matte finish, and some contain anti-acne ingredients or skin brighteners. So not only are you more likely to reach for an oil-free moisturizer to calm over-productive oil glands but even more so if it feels nice and simultaneously addresses other skin concerns, right?

Ahead, scroll on to discover the best oil-free moisturizers—some of our favorites are creams, others are lotions, and a few are gels and serums. Once you choose the one that seems to address your concerns best, prepare to transform that previously slick skin.

Hannah Morrill is a writer and editor based in Portland, Maine. She’s an avid reader, an indifferent face-washer and a sunscreen/retinol evangelist.