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Look, we love a dewy complexion just as much as the next person, but there’s a fine line between a glowing complexion and a greasy one—which is exactly what led us on our search for the best matte moisturizers for oily skin.
If you’re not into mid-day powdering or don’t have time for constantly using blotting papers, starting with a mattifying moisturizer can help out in a big way. If you have oily skin or simply tend to get shiny as the day goes on, starting with an oil-free and oil-controlling base will not only keep oil at bay, but it can also help extend the wear time of your makeup as well. Some mattifying moisturizers also boast the ability to minimize the appearance of your pores.
While you may be tempted to forgo the moisturizer altogether in order to stay matte, skipping this skincare step can actually cause your skin to produce more oil to compensate for the dehydration. That’s the last thing you want.
Here are some of our favorite, editor-approved products that will seriously help you cut out the shine—for good.
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Not only does this oil-free moisturizer keep shine at bay thanks to “micro-sponge technology,” it also improves the appearance of wrinkles with apple stem cells and provides UVA/UVB sun protection with SPF 32 — making this a great choice for oily and acne-prone skin types looking for anti-aging benefits.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion
This vegan moisturizer promises a shine-free day. It has soothing tea tree oil in it, which will quench your skin’s thirst without clogging your pores. Use this as your day moisturizer.
Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion
Embryolisse’s matte light formula hydrates and absorbs into your skin with just a few gentle pats; a time-saver if we ever saw one. It also doubles as a skin-smoothing primer pre-makeup. It’s been one of my favorite skincare products for years now.
Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer
You can’t go wrong with this seriously popular Cetaphil mattifying moisturizer. It has more than 4,000 reviews on Amazon—and 84 percent of those are four-stars and above. Plus, it protects your skin from UVA/UVB rays while giving you a lightweight finish.
Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Moisturizer
This mattifying oil-free moisturizer from Formula 10.0.6 is seriously shine-free. It leaves skin quenched, but doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue as it wears throughout the day.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat Moisturizer
Not only is this moisturizer from La Roche-Posay anti-shine, but it’s also “anti-enlarged pores,” and wear well under your makeup all day long.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer
Get glowing skin without any of that greasy shine with this moisturizer. Packed with awesome ingredients like bamboo extract, vitamins E, C and B5, this oil-free moisturizer will minimize your pores.
A version of this story was originally published on August 15, 2019.