Natural Ways To Moisturize Oily Skin

Say 'no' to greasy skin with some hydrating ingredients from your kitchen!

Medically reviewed by Dr. SchwarzburgDr. Schwarzburg, MD
By Sucharita MishraSucharita Mishra  • 

Oily skin is difficult to manage. For instance, you must be careful about following the exact correct ways to moisturize oily skin so as not to over-moisturize it or leave your skin looking lifeless by not moisturizing it enough.

Following a skin care routine for oily skin comes with many difficulties. To make your life a little easier, we have compiled a list of essential home treatments that will help you find the right balance and ensure that your skin care routine is effective. Continue reading to learn how to make moisturizers suitable for oily skin. Scroll down.

Why Is It Necessary To Moisturize Oily Skin?

The biggest challenge of having oily skin is maintaining its moisture balance. It makes you avoid using moisturizers as you fear increasing the oiliness of your skin.

This is bad as it starves your facial skin of the much-needed hydration. To add to this, regular use of chemical cleansers and face washes can strip your skin of natural oils and make it dull and dry.

Depending on how oily your skin is, you can choose to moisturize it once or twice a day. In the next section, we will see when you should moisturize your skin.

When Should You Moisturize Your Skin?

If you have oily skin, you must use a moisturizer:

  • After washing your face in the morning the face wash or cleanser can strip your skin of natural oils.
  • After a shower (use a light moisturizer) as it helps restore the natural moisture balance of your skin. But keep in mind that hot showers typically dry out the skin, so it is best to stick to lukewarm water.
  • At the end of the day, after you have washed your face (use a water-based moisturizer), as it helps in preventing your skin from becoming too dry overnight.

Not all chemically formulated moisturizers may suit oily skin. Hence, we have compiled a list of homemade moisturizers that can help you out.

Natural Ways To Moisturize Oily Skin

1. Milk

Woman applying milk to her face

Image: Shutterstock

Milk contains lactic acid, which has moisturizing properties (1). It also helps in maintaining skin barrier function.

Take a quarter cup of fresh milk and add a few drops of lime juice to it. Mix well and apply it to your face. Wash off with water after 10 minutes. You can do this once a week.

Fun Fact
The use of milk as a skin care ingredient can be traced back to Nefertiti in 1372 BC. The Queen is said to have used face masks made of ostrich eggs, milk, and honey.

2. Rose Petals

Research shows that rose petal extracts exhibit anti-inflammatory effects on the skin (2). Both rose petals and rose water exhibit toning and astringent effects on the skin (3).

Take some rose water in a saucepan and add a cup of rose petals to it. Bring it to a boil. Cool and strain the solution. Add aloe vera gel to it and refrigerate this mixture. Apply this to your face and leave it on. You can do this every night before going to bed.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can not only moisturize your skin but also protect it from UV-induced damage (4), (5).

Mix one teaspoon of carnauba wax, two to three tablespoons of jojoba oil, and a tablespoon of water. Melt the mixture by placing this in a water bath. Allow it to cool down and add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Apply this moisturizer to your face and neck. Do this every night before going to bed.

4. Lemon And Honey

Ways to moisturize oily skin using lemon and honey

Image: Shutterstock

Lemon acts as an astringent. Honey is an excellent emollient that not only moisturizes your skin but may also reduce acne (6).

Squeeze the juice of a lemon and add honey to it. Mix well and apply it to your face and neck. Wash it off after 15 minutes. Repeat this 1-2 times a week for best results.

5. Sunflower Oil

Ways to moisturize oily skin using sunflower oil

Image: Shutterstock

Sunflower seed oil contains linoleic acid that hydrates your skin and strengthens the skin barrier (7).

Take a few drops of sunflower oil and massage it into your skin. Leave it on. Do this at least once a day to keep your skin moisturized.

Native Americans are said to be the first to have begun sunflower cultivation around 3000 BC. They used parts of the plant to soothe snakebites and condition skin and hair.

6. Strawberry

Ways to moisturize oily skin using strawberry

Image: Shutterstock

Strawberries possess moisturizing properties that can promote less transepidermal water lossi  XThe amount of water that passes through the skin layers and evaporates through the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). and leave your skin nourished and hydrated without the oiliness (8).

Mash two to three strawberries to get a thick pulpy paste. Add a tablespoon of fresh cream and one to two teaspoons of honey to this paste and mix well. Apply this moisturizing face pack on your face and neck. Rinse thoroughly after 10 minutes. You can do this two times a week.

7. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil has emollienti  XIngredients that provide a softening and soothing effect to the skin and are often used in numerous skincare products. and humectanti  XThe ability of a substance to attract water from the air and lock it deep inside the skin to help retain moisture. properties (9). It is used as an ingredient in sunscreens and moisturizers due to these properties.

Take a few drops of jojoba oil in your palm. Massage it gently into your skin after a shower. Alternatively, you can also add a few drops of jojoba oil to your facial moisturizer and apply it on your face and neck after a shower.

8. Green Tea

Ways to moisturize oily skin with green tea

Image: Shutterstock

Green tea can help prevent transepidermal water loss and maintain the moisture balance of your skin (10).

Steep green tea bags in hot water. Allow it to cool down and empty the contents in a bowl. Add honey to this and apply the pack on your face and neck. Wash it off after 10 minutes. Apply this moisturizing face pack 1-2 times a week.

Infographics: Hydrate Oily Skin with Natural Ingredients

Why would oily skin require to be moisturized? Simply because maintaining the hydration level required by the skin is not always easy when it comes to oily skin. Managing oily skin is challenging and requires a delicate balance. To make things simpler, we have put together a list of home treatments that can help adjust your skin care routine to be more effective. Read on to learn how to tailor moisturizers for oily skin from natural ingredients.

hydrate oily skin with natural ingredients(infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Save the high-quality PDF version on your device now.

Download Infographic in PDF version Download Infographic
Download Infographic in PDF version

Did you know that oily skin also needs moisturization? Often, people find it difficult to manage oily skin as they do not know the correct ways to moisturize oily skin. If you know the right products that work wonders for your skin, consider half the work done. You can moisturize your oily skin once or twice a day after washing your face and before going to bed. Homemade moisturizers with milk, rose petals, aloe vera, lemon, honey, sunflower oil, strawberry, jojoba oil, and green tea may help maintain your skin’s moisture balance. However, do a patch test before applying these DIY moisturizers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is aloe vera moisturizer good for oily skin?

Aloe vera moisturizer absorbs quickly, making it suitable for oily skin. After bathing, one can replace the regular moisturizer with aloe to help retain moisture in the skin.

Does oily skin age better?

The aging process for oily skin differs from that of other skin types. Because oily skin has a thicker structure and wider pores, fine lines and wrinkles do not emerge as quickly as in dry skin.

Does oily skin need a toner?

Yes. Toners are beneficial to oily skin since they penetrate the pores to provide a deeper cleanse and assist in balancing the skin tone.


Articles on StyleCraze are backed by verified information from peer-reviewed and academic research papers, reputed organizations, research institutions, and medical associations to ensure accuracy and relevance. Check out our editorial policy for further details.
Was this article helpful?
The following two tabs change content below.