Nighttime moisturizing for oily skin

Nighttime moisturizing for oily skin

This one’s for all my oily skin girls. 

You wake up in the morning, glance in the mirror, and are greeted by a familiar sight—your skin, gleaming with an unmistakable sheen of oil. Sounds familiar? I’m sure it does! 

For many individuals with oily skin, this scenario is all too common. And quite frustrating too! And the quest to combat the excess oiliness often leads down a path of harsh cleansers, drying treatments, and a relentless pursuit of a matte complexion. 

But what if I told you that the solution to oily skin lies not in stripping it of moisture, but in embracing the power of hydration? Not sure what I mean? Keep on reading to find out more! 

Understanding Oily Skin: 

Before we delve into the science behind moisturizing oily skin, let's first understand what exactly oily skin entails. 

Oily skin is characterized by an overproduction of sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands. This excess sebum can result in a shiny or greasy appearance, enlarged pores, and a predisposition to acne and breakouts.

The misconception surrounding oily skin often leads individuals to believe that the solution lies in drying out the skin. However, this approach can backfire, triggering the skin to produce even more oil in an attempt to compensate for the loss of moisture. 

This vicious cycle of oiliness and dehydration perpetuates the problem, leaving many feeling frustrated and defeated in their skincare journey.

The Science Behind Moisturizing Oily Skin: Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing oily skin can actually help regulate sebum production and restore balance to the skin. 

But how does it work? Let's explore the science behind this phenomenon.

When the skin lacks moisture, it signals to the sebaceous glands that more oil is needed to maintain hydration. This leads to an overproduction of sebum, exacerbating the problem of oily skin. By providing the skin with adequate hydration through moisturization, we can effectively signal to the sebaceous glands that they don't need to work overtime to compensate for moisture loss.

Additionally, moisturizing oily skin helps to strengthen the skin's natural barrier function. A healthy skin barrier is essential for retaining moisture, protecting against environmental aggressors, and maintaining overall skin health. When the barrier is compromised, as is often the case with oily skin, it can lead to increased sensitivity, inflammation, and a higher risk of breakouts.

Choosing the Right Moisturizer: 

However, finding the right moisturizer for oily skin is key to achieving balance and hydration without exacerbating oiliness. Look for lightweight, oil-free formulas that provide hydration without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, niacinamide, and ceramides are particularly beneficial for oily skin, as they help to hydrate, soothe, and strengthen the skin's barrier.

Avoid moisturizers with heavy, occlusive ingredients like mineral oil, petrolatum, and lanolin, as these can exacerbate oiliness and lead to pore congestion. Instead, opt for non-comedogenic formulations that are specifically designed for oily or acne-prone skin. The Leovard Multicream is a great pick, as it is lightweight, non-greasy and is free of artificial additives that would irritate the skin. It contains the right balance of hydrating and nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, vitamin E and others to ensure that your skin feels loved and cared for. 

Incorporating Moisturizer into Your Skincare Routine: 

Now we come to the part we’ve all been waiting for. Should we apply moisturizer on oily skin during the day or at nighttime? 

Applying moisturizer to oily skin can be beneficial both during the day and at nighttime, but there are certain factors to consider when deciding the best time to moisturize.

During the Day: Moisturizing oily skin during the day can help maintain hydration levels and provide a smooth base for makeup application. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with mattifying properties to control shine throughout the day. Applying moisturizer in the morning can also help protect the skin from environmental stressors such as pollution, UV rays, and dry air. Look for daytime moisturizers that contain broad-spectrum SPF to provide sun protection and prevent premature aging

At Nighttime: Moisturizing oily skin at nighttime is equally important, if not more so, as the skin undergoes its natural repair and regeneration process while you sleep. Using a moisturizer before bed helps replenish lost moisture, repair the skin barrier, and support overnight cell turnover. Nighttime is also an ideal time to incorporate other skincare treatments, such as exfoliants and targeted treatments, which can be drying or irritating to the skin. Applying a moisturizer after these treatments helps soothe and hydrate the skin, minimizing the risk of irritation and promoting better results.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to moisturize oily skin during the day or at nighttime depends on personal preference and lifestyle factors. Some individuals may prefer to moisturize twice a day for round-the-clock hydration, while others may find that nighttime moisturization is sufficient for their needs. However, if you do choose to moisturize your oily skin once, do it at nighttime as per the experts because that’s when your skin loses the most water. 

When applying moisturizer, use a nickel-sized amount and massage it gently into the skin, focusing on areas prone to oiliness and dehydration. Be sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly before moisturizing to remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities. Consider applying a hydrating serum like the Leovard Serum, before applying moisturizer as it is a great way to really lock in the moisture and wake up with supple and dewy skin instead of the greasy sheen you’re all so used to. You can thank me later. 


In conclusion, the key to achieving balanced, healthy skin lies in understanding and embracing the science of moisturization. For individuals with oily skin, moisturizing may seem counterintuitive, but it is essential for regulating sebum production, strengthening the skin barrier, and maintaining hydration levels. By choosing the right moisturizer and incorporating it into your nighttime skincare routine (if not both), you can achieve a radiant, balanced complexion that defies the myth of oily skin. 

So, say goodbye to the cycle of oiliness and dehydration, and hello to the power of moisturized, balanced skin.

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