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Our Best Oil-Free Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil Free Moisturizer

If you have oily skin, you might feel like the last thing you want to do is apply a moisturizer. It seems like your skin is already supplying more than enough, so why bother? The reality is that oily and combination skin types need to hydrate their skin just as much as those with dry skin. In fact, sometimes the reason that oily skin goes overboard with sebum production is precisely because it’s trying to compensate for a lack of hydration.

Rather than shy away from moisturizer altogether, the key is to find a moisturizer for oily skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), oily skin types should seek products that are water-based and non-comedogenic1. In other words, the best moisturizer for oily skin is one that’s water-based, lightweight, and isn’t going to clog your pores.

IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer ticks all those boxes and more.

Meet Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer

Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer is an ultra-light, fast-absorbing gel moisturizer made with oily skin types (including combination skin!) in mind. That means it goes on, your skin drinks it up, and you’re left with a hydrated, yet shine-free, finish.

What’s more, you’ll get an essential boost of hydration while absorbing excess sebum and strengthening your skin moisture barrier all with one product. Our gel-cream moisturizer is also free of pore-clogging oils including mineral oil. With skin-loving and oil-fighting ingredients like Air Licium®, zinc PCA and PHA, our formula also helps balance skin and minimize the looks of pores and texture over time.

While gel moisturizers are excellent for combination and oily skin types, others can benefit from using an oil-free moisturizer as well. For example, climate can sometimes be a factor. In the thick of a hot and humid summer, a lightweight, water-based moisturizer may feel more comfortable on your face. The same might be true if you’re vacationing somewhere warm and tropical. You might also find that a lightweight, gel moisturizer is more comfortable to wear when working out, or worn during the day, and then switching to something more rich and emollient (like our original Confidence in a Cream) at night may be your preference.

How and When to Apply Our Gel Moisturizer

Because Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer works best on clean skin, we recommend applying it after cleansing your face.

  1. Start with Confidence in a Cleanser to gently sweep away the day, including makeup, impurities, and grime, for skin that feels soft, refreshed, and balanced.
  2. After cleansing and applying a toner or gentle exfoliating serum like our Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum (once daily at night), apply Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil Free Moisturizer to slightly damp skin. You can move straight on to your makeup or straight to bed if you’re working through your nighttime skincare routine.
  3. After your moisturizer, apply CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte Foundation with SPF 40 to visibly diminish imperfections and discoloration.
    • This sister to IT Cosmetics’ original CC+ Cream delivers that same reliable, full-coverage finish, but oil-free!
    • It’s also designed to create a matte effect for those who prefer less shine, which is a major plus for oily skin types.
    • Plus, it’s formulated with SPF 40 to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
  4. Use the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection #7 Makeup Brush to make buffing and blending your foundation effortless for a shine-free, flawless-looking complexion.
  5. Lastly, to set your look, use Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder.
    • Formulated with kaolin clay, it helps absorb excess oil and control shine.
    • It's also made with nourishing silk, hydrating coconut water, and skin-loving rice protein.

Ultimately, finding the best moisturizer for oily skin means seeking an oil-free formulation that goes on lightly and won’t lead to breakouts. We’re confident that you—and your beautiful skin—will find that and more with our Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer.

1. “How to control oily skin.” American Academy of Dermatology Association.

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