If you think you don't need a moisturizer because of your oily skin, think again. The older you are, the more you need to use a moisturizer even if your skin is oily -- oil seals in moisture, but it doesn't replace the moisture you lose as you age [source: WebMD]. Oil-free facial lotions are great for people whose skin is naturally oily and prone to breakouts -- they deliver all the benefits of moisturizers without the pore-clogging ingredients. In fact, some oil-free lotions are even formulated to help prevent acne. An oil-free lotion that contains salicylic acid does double duty -- the moisturizing elements keep your skin from drying out, while the salicylic acid unclogs pores that could form blemishes. Lotions with salicylic acid may work even better than salicylic acid cleansers -- you aren't rinsing the lotion off your face, as you would the cleanser, so it does its job throughout the day [source: Prevention].
If you're an adult with acne and wrinkles, look for oil-free lotions that contain antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, retinoids or vitamin C. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles [source: Suzman]. Alpha-hydroxy acids help lift the top layer of dead skin cells to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and these acids may also stimulate collagen production. Retinoids reduce the appearance of wrinkles and repair sun damage, and vitamin C can increase collagen production and protect skin from ultraviolet rays [source: Bouchez].
Although there are many benefits to oil-free facial lotions, oil-based moisturizers can also be good for your skin. Read on to learn more.