Natural Ways To Moisturize Oily Skin

Written by Sucharita Mishra

Oily skin is not easy to deal with. Following a skin care regimen for oily skin involves a lot of challenges. You have to take care not to cause breakouts by over-moisturizing or make your skin look dull by not moisturizing at all.

We have put together some simple home remedies that can help you strike the perfect balance and make sure that your skin care regimen is not in vain. Read on to know how you can prepare moisturizers that will suit your oily skin.

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 as 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.
  • 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

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.

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

Lemon And Honey


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

Sunflower Oil


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.

6. Strawberry



Strawberries possess moisturizing properties that can promote less transepidermal water loss and leave your skin nourished and hydrated (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 emollient and humectant 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

Green Tea


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.

Managing oily skin can be challenging, but using the right moisturizer can help keep your skin moist without feeling greasy. Also, remember to do a patch test before trying out any of these moisturizers. If you experience any allergic reaction, discontinue use and consult a doctor or dermatologist immediately.

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Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.