The 31 Best Oil-Free Moisturizers

Non-greasy picks for every complexion.

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The debate about oils in face creams 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—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, 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.