We all want perfect skin but not all of us are born with it. Are you struggling to keep your oily skin healthy, beautiful, and Instagram-worthy?
Is your skin routine not yielding the desired results? How about trying out a Korean moisturizer to get the skin you have been dreaming of?
- 1 What Causes Oily Skin?
- 2 How can you Control the Oil in your Skin?
- 3 Can you skip the moisturizer?
- 4 Why choose a K-moisturizer to help your Oily Skin?
- 5 What types of K-moisturizers should you look for to treat your Oily Skin with?
- 6 Top Korean Moisturizers for Oily Skin
- 6.1 Era Organics Tea Tree Oil Face Cream – For Oily, Acne Prone Skin Care Natural & Organic Facial Moisturizer with 7X Ingredients For Rosacea, Cystic Acne, Blackheads & Redness
- 6.2 Murad Acne Control Skin Perfecting Lotion – Oil-Free Daily Hydrating Face Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin with Retinol and Allantoin to Reduce Oil, Tighten Pores, and Calm Skin
- 6.3 Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream
- 6.4 COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
- 6.5 Nature Republic New Soothing Moisture Aloe Vera Gel 92 Percent
- 6.6 Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturizer
- 6.7 Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
- 6.8 TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream
- 6.9 Mizon Face Moisturizer with Snail Mucin Extract
- 6.10 ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream
- 6.11 Bella Terra BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer, Mineral Foundation, Concealer, Anti-Aging, Natural Sun Protection
- 6.12 Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel
- 6.13 BENTON Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
- 6.14 MAKEP: REM Hydrate me Micro Tension Moisturizing Hydration Cream for Dry Sensitive Oily Aging Acne Skin
- 6.15 Face Cream Moisturizer by LilyAna Naturals
- 6.16 Paula’s Choice SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Gel Moisturizer with Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid
- 6.17 Eco Beyond Lotus Aqua Bloom Cream
- 6.18 Mamonde Floral Moisture Cream
- 7 Conclusion
What Causes Oily Skin?
Our skin naturally makes its hydrating moisturizer. This is a waxy substance called Sebum and is produced by the sebaceous glands. But for some of us, these glands may be overworking for various reasons like pollution, stress, poor lifestyle, medication, genetics, or hormonal changes. This leads us to have oily skin and clogged pores.
How can you Control the Oil in your Skin?
Managing one’s lifestyle, diet and hygiene can help keep our oily skin in check. A good regular cleansing routine is a must. All of this requires willpower, determination, and patience. Unless your skin is severely affected and requires a dermatologist’s help, you can develop your own skin cleansing routine which should include:
- Exfoliating at least once a week
- Using astringent about 2-3 times in the week
- Regular face packs and masks
- Cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day
Can you skip the moisturizer?
Absolutely not! Although it is tempting to think of moisturizers as adding more oil to your skin, that is not what the right kind of moisturizer will do to your skin. Oily skin needs water or gel-based moisturizer. Skipping the moisturizer in your skincare routine can lead to excessive dryness and this will in turn make your sebaceous glands overwork and produce more oil. So the moisturizer is an essential must-use as it helps your skin to control its oil production.
Why choose a K-moisturizer to help your Oily Skin?
Korean beauty products are a world leader for a reason. They are known to be consistently yielding great results for all skin types. Most of them are free of harsh chemicals, lightweight, and mix traditional skincare with modern science. The Korean range of moisturizers too does all of this and is known to work wonders for the skin. So why not give their range for oily skin a try?
What types of K-moisturizers should you look for to treat your Oily Skin with?
Your K-moisturizer should be oil-free if you are looking to control the oil in your skin. Opt for ones that are water or gel-based. It is an added advantage if it is high on glycerin and aloe content. Check for natural astringents like rosewater in the ingredient list. You may want to go for a moisturizer which leaves your face with a matte effect. A mattifying lotion cuts the shine and greasiness of the face by blotting out the excess oil it produces.
Top Korean Moisturizers for Oily Skin
The Korean Moisturizer market caters to all budgets. Most of them are such good quality products that it is difficult to pick one over the rest. Nevertheless, I will try to shortlist it out for you by listing out my top picks of K-moisturizers for oily skin here.
Era Organics Tea Tree Oil Face Cream – For Oily, Acne Prone Skin Care Natural & Organic Facial Moisturizer with 7X Ingredients For Rosacea, Cystic Acne, Blackheads & Redness
The name says it all. This face cream is an organic potion that uses ancient wisdom with salicylic acid to treat nearly all problems arising from oily skin. In addition to moisturizing and nourishing the skin, it reduces pore clogging which helps control impurity build-ups. I like that it doubles up as an astringent and antiseptic. The mildly fragrant moisturizer comes in an elegant jar. Apply a penny-sized amount all over your face and neck to experience the magic!
Murad Acne Control Skin Perfecting Lotion – Oil-Free Daily Hydrating Face Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin with Retinol and Allantoin to Reduce Oil, Tighten Pores, and Calm Skin
Priced slightly on the higher end, this lotion has been known to even out skin tone besides controlling oil in the skin. But a little blob is enough to work out your entire face and neck so the investment is worth it. This calming lotion gives your skin the much-needed hydration without adding a shiny feel. Adding this lotion to your facial routine is sure to leave your skin energized and smooth.
Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream
This seawater based cream brings the goodness of Portulaca Oleracea, and Licorice extracts to regenerate and moisturize your skin. It has a high absorbency and is very budget-friendly too. I love how light the cream is. Not to mention, the delicate blue of the lotion looks really pretty on my dresser!
COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
If you are looking for a decently priced vegan K-moisturizer, here is a great paraben-free option. I like its mild scent. This birch sap based lotion is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that make it ideal for oily as well as combination skin. The lotion stays on for quite long and true to its name, leaves your skin feeling ultra-hydrated and energized.
Nature Republic New Soothing Moisture Aloe Vera Gel 92 Percent
The price is great if you consider the size of the tub this light gel comes in. As it is made of 92 percent aloe, this gel is the perfect buy if you want to treat sunburns, itchiness, and redness in addition to balancing the oil in your skin. Non-greasy and versatile, this one is a winner for all skin types.
Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturizer
Another 100% vegan moisturizer, this product uses lilac extract and chlorella as its prime ingredients. Moderately priced, this sulfate-free and paraben-free moisturizer can fit into your morning or night skin routine with equal ease. The mattifying effect of the moisturizer makes it an ideal base for makeup as it blots up the excess oil from your skin. I am pleasantly surprised by how long an application of this moisturizer lasts.
Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
If you prefer a stronger fragrance in your moisturizer, you could go for this moderately -priced gel-based cream. It leaves your face feeling moist, and energized. I love the texture of the cream. Although it is more goo-ey than most gel creams, it does not leave the skin feeling sticky. This cream uses Biogen technology to reduce your skin temperature for optimum benefits. Now that indeed is a cool cream!
TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream
This is yet another gel-based moisturizer. It is “watery” in texture but let that not be a deterrent. Made with a uniquely fermented green tea extract (“chok chok”) this cream is full of antioxidants that are just right for your skin. I like how refreshing and nourished it leaves the skin on application. The natural botanical oils added to the green tea extract help the product double up as an antibacterial cream. So if your skin is prone to breaking out and infections, this cream can work as a natural medicative guard for it.
Mizon Face Moisturizer with Snail Mucin Extract
An all-in-One Snail Repair Cream, look no further if you wish your moisturizer to double as a Recovery Cream that works for blemishes and wrinkles as well. This product is a boon if you suffer from cystic acne and want a scar-lightening component in your daily care routine. Regular use of this cream is sure to leave your skin feeling smooth, young, and supple.
ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull Collagen Cream
This one is a super absorbent gel-based moisturizing cream. Its key ingredients are baobab oil and collagen water particles- both of which are great for tightening and rejuvenating the skin. The scent is a bit strong but fades quickly. Moreover, the price is a steal for the quantity you get!
Bella Terra BB Cream Tinted Moisturizer, Mineral Foundation, Concealer, Anti-Aging, Natural Sun Protection
The name says it all. Available in a variety of shades to suit your skin tone, this one doubles up as a make-up base by combining the functions of a foundation, concealer, and sunscreen with that of a moisturizer. I consider it a good addition to your morning skincare routine if you are looking to cut down on the cosmetics you wear for the day. It feels light to wear but stays on for a long time. A little pricey but on the other hand, it saves you the price of so many other products, you cannot really complain!
Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel
Another revitalizing gel-based moisturizer, this product combines the goodness of witch hazel with green tea, Bulgarian rose oil, algae, and several other ingredients to heal and pamper your skin. Use it any time of the day to treat acne, scars, and heat rashes. The price does not pinch your purse too much either.
BENTON Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
This is an extremely light gel made with aloe juice and propolis extract. These ingredients not only soothe your skin, but they also heal your acne scars as they have good antiseptic and regenerative powers. Tey it out if getting rid of blemishes is a big concern in addition to maintaining the oil balance in your skin.
MAKEP: REM Hydrate me Micro Tension Moisturizing Hydration Cream for Dry Sensitive Oily Aging Acne Skin
Meant for all skin types, the goodness of natural ingredients are brought together to hydrate and clear clogged skin pores in this cream. The ingredient list is extensive and includes antioxidants, vitamins, minerals to create a pampering cold cream that you will love wearing during night or day.
Face Cream Moisturizer by LilyAna Naturals
I love this one for the richness of its ingredients. This product works well as a skin tightener, hydrating, and repair cream as well as an anti-aging cream. A vegan cream, I also love the detailed unique packaging of the jar. Consider trying it out if you have combination or oily skin and are looking to heal and repair tired worn-out skin.
Paula’s Choice SKIN BALANCING Invisible Finish Gel Moisturizer with Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid
Aimed at persons in their thirties, this cream is meant for sensitive oily or combination skin. The ingredients are good for battling acne and clogged pores. The moisturizer is very light and would make an ideal base for make-up. Wear it during your morning cleansing routine if you choose to go with this gel-based moisturizer.
Eco Beyond Lotus Aqua Bloom Cream
This product is fragrance-free and uses the traditionally recommended ingredient of lotus extract. Packed with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, the cream is great for revitalizing and hydrating the skin. The ingredients make it a good purifying cream as well for anyone having combination or oily skin. Use it regularly and you will soon be having a glowing skin!
Mamonde Floral Moisture Cream
I love the floral scent and the non-greasy texture of this cream. A little expensive but it is a good vegan investment. I recommend using it for a night moisturizer as it does not get fully absorbed and may not be the right kind of moisturizer to wear under make-up.
Remember no matter which moisturizer you choose, your skin will not respond as desired until you maintain a good skincare routine that combines diet, sleep, and cleansing. Overwashing will make your skin more oily as will the wrong kinds of food. So give your skin the love it needs. I personally love K-beauty products and believe your skin can experience wonders if you give it some good skincare routine and top it up with a Korean moisturizer.
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