Winter Face Oils + Creams for Oily Skin (Well All Skin Types)

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Once you start using face oils you’ll never go back.

Along with a few other changes, the saving grace when it comes to my oily skin has been 2 things; using face oils and creams that I would have otherwise been told to stay far far away from and avoiding anything that can cause over drying. People (and companies too) tend to approach oily skin the wrong way. They immediately want to over cleanse and strip everything away and this leads oily skin to produce even more oil. It becomes an endless cycle of trying to rid your skin of its natural oils while causing it to produce even more oil. Pretty convenient that they have you coming back for more yet the problem isn’t getting any better. Stay away from irritants like menthol and mint, over drying products like alcohol and bar soap, and look to balance. Soon I am actually going to look into using natural only products as I am yet to give it a go, but I have heard some people have great experiences. Obviously, everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to different chemicals, so trying natural products does excite me. I will get back to you all with a new post once I get my hands on some Nature Mary products!

Right now I’m only going to focus on various face oils and cream moisturizers that I’m loving and using this winter. My skin is balanced but this funny L.A. winter caused some dry patches and overall I just had to go with products that are geared more towards normal to dry skin. As always if you plan on using face oils you should always gently press the product into your skin and follow it up with a cream to seal the nourishment. Some can use oils alone (depending on your skin and the oil) but for the most part prepare to pair it with a cream.

If you’re not sure if you have oily skin here are a few characteristic to look out for:

  • Noticeable sheen/ shine a couple hours after cleansing
  • Large or visible pores
  • Makeup seems to slide, lift, or disappear
  • Clogged pores, blackheads, or acne in oily areas


L’Occtiane Shea Face Comforting Oil – This lightweight oil is made for dry skin but I’ve had a lot of luck with it. It had a dry silky texture and for me I’ve found that it’s great layered before creams or with a tiny pump added to the L’Occtiane Shea Face Soothing Fluid.

The Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil – I’ve been talking about this natural pigment oil for weeks and definitely shouldn’t have teased you guys before it was even available. This oil is bae. After a few days I saw noticeable lightening of sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. I have forsaken my hardcore lighteners (but still plan on finishing them). But most of all it feels great as a standalone moisturizer. You can even use it with most lightening treatments. If you do, you the treatment first followed by the oil.

Algenist Advanced Anti-aging Repairing Oil – This fast absorbing oil helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle with the help of microalgae oil. I love how smoothes the texture and feel of my skin. It doesn’t necessarily tighten my pores it just improves the texture which is a better payoff IMO. Smooth texture always outlasts temporarily tightened pores.

The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil – This is my basic go-to face oil when I don’t feel like thinking about what face oil I should be using which isn’t often. But if you have normal skin or you’re looking for a starter face oil this is a great starting point.


StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer with SPF 30 – This is my go-to sun protection this season. It’s a medium weight moisturizer that’s also a multipurpose product that repairs and protects. It contains their patented NIA-114 which converts free radicals to nourishment and from what I can tell it’s been working. My skin remains supple during the day and my dark spots don’t get any darker which cuts down on having to purchase 2 different products.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – This lightweight moisturizer is big on hydration, absorbs quickly without being greasy or oily, still contains skin-loving oils like avocado, olive, and sunflower. With 1.7oz of product you might consider sharing with a friend.

Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream – This lightweight (slightly medium) cream is great for those with oily skin but especially those with mature skin or those incorporating anti-aging products. It combines both Alguronic Acid and ProPeptide3 to help with elastin and collagen support.

Bask & Bloom Essentials Vibrant Radiance Face Cream – The rich medium weight moisturizer is super rich, can handle dry patches, and it’s the least expensive moisturizer of the group. But don’t let the price fool you. I’ve compared it to both Embryolisse and La Mer.

L’Occtiane Shea Face Soothing Fluid – This gem is a newcomer on the block. This lightweight lotion-like fluid is big on hydration and moisture but it’s also super soothing and nourishing. If you have oily, sensitive skin this is going to be your new BFF.

DHC Beauty Lift Cream – Use this when you have to pull out the big guns. This heavy duty moisturizer can handle dry patches like nobodies business. I’ve tried using it all over and it was just to heavy for my oily skin (as expected) but I love how it handles dry spots, patches, and my neck and chest areas.

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