The Ultimate Guide To Oil-Free Moisturizers: Why Are They Essential For Oily Skin

The Ultimate Guide To Oil-Free Moisturizers: Why Are They Essential For Oily Skin

  • By Srishty Singh

Moisturization can be a little tricky to master for people with oily skin. The sight of massive pores and a perpetually shiny T-zone can influence many to skip the step altogether. On the other hand, using an ill-suited product (like a heavy cream) can cause uncomfortable stickiness, clog the pores and cause acne breakouts. Enter oil-free moisturizer.

An oil-free moisturizer is a Godsend for folks with oily or acne-prone skin. It is a lightweight, occlusive-devoid (more on that later) formula that deeply hydrates the skin while alleviating inflammation. In this blog, we elaborate more on the composition of an oil-free moisturizer and how it benefits the oily skin type. We also attempt to answer a  flurry of burning questions on maintaining the oily skin type. Does one really need to moisturize oily skin? Let’s find out.

 Is moisturization important for oily skin?

Yes. Moisturization is indispensable for the health and healing of your skin (oily skin type is not an exception). Skimping on your moisturizer on account of skin greasiness, stickiness or even scalding temperatures can be counterproductive. For the unversed, the absence of moisture flags off the sebaceous glands into overdrive mode to overcompensate. 

 What is an oil-free moisturizer?

In simple terms, an oil-free moisturizer lacks the presence of oils on its ingredients list. The formula aims at delivering moisturization, hydration and nourishment to the skin without weighing it down.

 How is an oil-free moisturizer different from a regular moisturizer?

For all our skincare beginners, a regular moisturizer carries three different components – each with its unique function.

1. Humectants: Humectants like glycerine, hyaluronic acid, and more bind water molecules to the skin, ensuring long-lasting hydration.

2. Emollients: Slightly thicker in consistency (as compared to humectants), emollients fill the gap between skin cells and strengthen the lipid barrier. They are responsible for the soft and supple appearance of the skin.

3. Occlusives: Occlusives form a protective barrier on the dermis, preventing TEWL. Available in the form of silicones, vegetable oil, wax and more, they can have a sticky feel on the skin.

An oil-free moisturizer is free of these (aforementioned) occlusives and doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. It relies on a medley of hydrators (humectants) and emollients for intense moisturization without clogging the pores.

 Why should you try Foxtale’s Oil-Free Moisturizer?

We have already established that an oil-free moisturizer is a must-have for folks with oily skin. So, why not try Foxtale’s widely-loved offering? If you’re still wondering whether to shop or swerve, scroll ahead.

1. Marine Synthesis Technology: Foxtale’s innovative Oil-Free Moisturizer travels to the deepest layers of the skin to boost moisturisation from the inside out. It boasts a blend of powerful humectants like hyaluronic acid, red algae extracts, and blue-green algae extracts.

2. Bolsters Skin Barrier: The breathable formula helps elevate your skin barrier by ensuring continued hydration.

3. Relieves Acne And Related Inflammation: The gel-based formula alleviates acne and inflammation with use.

4. Clarifies Complexion: Our oil free face moisturizer also carries Niacinamide. For those new to the active – Niacinamide regulates sebum production, unclogs pores and administers a balanced skin microbiome. It also possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making the formula a perfect remedy for active acne.

 The perfect skincare routine for oily skin

All you need is a 4 step routine to care for your oily/acne-prone skin.

1. Cleanse: Oily skin attracts excess dirt and pollutants to its surface, leading to unwarranted build-up. To dissolve these impurities and excess sebum, try Foxtale’s Acne Control Cleanser with Salicylic Acid. A form of BHA, Salicylic acid, gently exfoliates the skin without stripping it of the essential oils. The formula is packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide that have a soothing effect on the dermis.

2. Treat: To cast away the stubborn band of dead cells on your skin, try Foxtale’s AHA BHA Exfoliating agent. The lightweight formula unveils a brighter, cleaner surface sitting underneath.

3. Moisturize: We know that skipping moisturizer (even for the oily skin type) is out of the question. Lack of moisture cues the sebaceous glands into overdrive mode to compensate. Results? More grease. Foxtale’s Oil-Free Moisturizer delivers a dose of hydration to the skin without adding weight or oil to it.

4. SPF: Use Foxtale’s Matte Finish Sunscreen for a smooth, shine-free canvas. The perfect bet for oily skin, the formulation curbs sebum production and unclogs pores.

Conclusion: If you struggle with oily or acne-prone skin, Foxtale’s Oil Free Moisturizer should be a part of your skincare rotation. The gel-based formula ensures deep moisturization and nourishment to the skin without weighing it down. Moreover, it doesn’t feel icky on application and won’t clog pores.


1. What is an oil-free moisturizer?

Ans. In simple terms, an oil-free moisturizer lacks oils on its ingredients list. It ensures hydration, nourishment and rejuvenation of the skin without weighing it down. 

2. Are all oil-free moisturisers non-comedogenic?

Not necessarily. Contrary to popular belief, not all oil-free moisturizers are non-comedogenic. Thankfully, Foxtale’s innovative Oil-Free Moiusturizer doesn’t clog pores even in the slightest.

3. I have dry/combination skin? Can I use Foxtale’s Oil-Free Moisturizer?

Absolutely. People with dry or combination skin can use our Oil-Free Moisturizer. It is the perfect fit for most skin types during the summer season. If you have extremely parched (flaky skin), use the Oil-Free Moisturizer in the AM and opt for the Hydrating Moisturizer at night.

4. What are the best skin care products for oily skin?

We at Foxtale carry a range of products that help in maintaining the oily skin type. For your daily 4 step skincare regime, try the Acne Control Cleanser with Salicylic Acid, follow up with the AHA BHA Exfoliating Serum, and a generous lather of the Oil-Free Moisturizer. Finally, apply a dollop of the Ultra Matte Sunscreen to prevent sun-induced damage.

4. When can I use Foxtale’s Oil-Free Moisturizer?

You can use our Oil-Free Moisturizer during your morning/nighttime skincare routine. If you have dry or brittle skin, use the Oil-Free Moisturizer in the AM and the Hydrating Moisturizer in the PM for best results.

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