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How to adapt your moisturizer for oily skin throughout the year

Temperatures and seasons can affect oily skin. For some people warmer weather can make their skin secrete more oil. When winter comes along, the dry heat indoors and wind chill outdoors can leave your skin dry. We’ve outlined how you can update your moisturizer routine for seasonal changes. Find our sample yearly routine for oily skin below.

How to adapt your moisturizer for oily skin throughout the year


If you have oily skin your pores are continuously producing excess oil. As the temperature rises in spring and summer your pores are likely to be opened because of heat and sweating. This may further increase your skin’s oiliness so you need to pay special attention to your skin care routine and how you moisturize. We recommend cleansing your skin twice daily with products formulated with salicylic or glycolic acid. This will remove excess oil from your skin and deeply cleanse your pores creating a clean base for toner, moisturizer or make up. Hydrating your skin is extremely important when it comes to oily skin. Not giving your skin enough moisture can interfere with how it feels and how much oil and sebum it produces as a result of being dried out. Here are easy ways to moisturize and cleanse your skin to help stay blemish- and shine-free (not to mention hydrated!) over the warmer months.

1. SPF Moisturizer

It’s very important that you protect your oily skin from sun damage. Always protect your skin from the sun every day but pay extra attention in the spring and summer when sun exposure can be greater. This is particularly true if you use topical products that may increase sensitivity such as retinoids. Make sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher on a daily basis to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Kick your SPF into high gear with Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. It is formulated with Vitamin C and E, and gentle exfoliating lipo-hydroxyl acid (LHA). This fast absorbing, non-greasy formula helps reduce the look of visible sun-damage, revealing radiant, more even-toned, younger-looking skin. It both hydrates your skin and helps prevent sun damage to your skin.

2. BB Cream

Looking for a product to cover blemishes and also regulate shine on your face? BB cream is the product for you. It can help even out and perfect the appearance of your skin but also help prevent it from looking excessively oily. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free formulated with mineral perline, antioxidant wild berry and tinted mineral pigments is a great option. It’s specifically designed for oily to combination skin to give five skin-perfecting benefits: control shine, minimize pores, even skin tone, hydrate and help prevent sunburns. Use it in the morning to get an easy shine-free and even-toned complexion. Note: BB cream can be used all year long but can help mattify oily skin that is more likely to be shiny in spring and summer months.

3. Cleansing Towelettes

Cleansing Towelettes are perfect while you are on the go, whether that’s spending more time outdoors or traveling in the summer. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean + Purifying Oil-Free Towelettes are breathable towelettes that instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil and makeup. The formula infused with charcoal draws out impurities like a magnet.


Your skin may appear to be slightly less oily in the winter. You should adjust your skin care slightly but can still maintain the good habits you developed in the spring/summer seasons. Cleansing your skin twice a day is still essential. Just as important is applying the right moisturizer. See our recommendation for your skin care routine below.

1. Hydrating Moisturizer

After cleansing your skin it’s important to use a product that can help restore moisture to your skin. A water-based moisturizer can hydrate your skin and give it a healthy look and feel. Try using Garnier SkinActive’s Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream to give your skin moisture and enhance and restore your skin’s barrier function. Your skin can feel hydrated for up to 24 hours and look healthy. This is particularly helpful when your skin is losing more moisture indoors due to heaters and dry air.

2. Night Cream

While it can feel counterintuitive, keeping oily skin moisturized is one of the most important ways to keeping skin healthy. When the weather begins to cool and your skin is exposed to the elements, end your daily skincare regimen with a heavier moisturizing formula like Garnier Miracle Anti Fatigue Sleeping Cream.

The key take away is that oily skin always needs to be moisturized to function well. Not hydrating your skin can lead to it looking dull, feeling rough and potentially breaking out. Always moisturize and adjust your products according to the seasons.