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If you have oily skin, you’ve probably had your fair share of experiences with lotions that left you lubed to the max. When you choose a brand that’s specially designed for your skin type, you can reap benefits of age-fighting ingredients without the extra-emollient additives. Some formulations even work overtime to wick away oil so you will stay shine-free throughout the day. Get glowing, not gleaming, with a lotion recommended by this quad of skin care experts from across the U.S.
Rx Systems PF Facial Moisturizer with SPF
Dr. Lawrence Samuels, chief of dermatology at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, recommends Rx Systems PF Facial Moisturizer with SPF 35 for oily skin. "Even patients with oily skin need sun protection,” he says, but stresses a good product and proper application go hand in hand. A person with oily skin should apply lotion sparingly and gently rub it all the way into the skin. You can always apply more if needed, but applying too much will make you feel greasy. Samuels says Rx Systems PF Facial Moisturizer with SPF 35 contains antioxidants, vitamins, and skin-conditioning agents beneficial for all skin types, including oily skin since it’s not too heavy.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum
“I take the lotions I recommend for oily skin very seriously, since I suffer from oily skin myself,” says Miami dermatologist Dr. Andrea Trowers. Her pick is SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Serum because it is a super light moisturizer that is absorbed immediately, leaving the skin with a pretty glow. “I even put it on before I go out at night,” she says. The formula’s powerful antioxidant blend includes the strongest formulation of vitamin C, which penetrates the skin and boosts the power of your sunscreen, she adds.
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
For oily-skinned patients, and even ones who aren’t, New York dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant says her favorite daily moisturizer is SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. Although products that steer clear of chemical sunscreens often weigh heavy on the skin, Krant says this one’s an exception. The lotion goes on light, absorbs shine and protects all day – it’s effective and invisible, formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Lotion Alternatives for Oily Skin
Austin dermatologist and natural skin care expert Dr. Renee Snyder says, “I personally don’t recommend moisturizers for my oily-skinned patients.” However, just because you’re shiny-faced doesn’t mean you should skip sunscreen, but many women do because they haven’t found the right product. Snyder recommends EltaMD UV CLEAR SPF 46, which won the “Elle” magazine Genius Award for skin products in 2010. It has niacinamide (vitamin B3) in it, so it’s healthy for oily and acne-prone skin. It’s noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, and free of fragrance and parabens. Trowers suggests Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Powder Brush, available in SPF 30 or 50 in three different shades. It doesn't moisturize, but it does provide effective sun protection and gives a matte effect for individuals with oily skin.