What does ‘oil-free’ mean in skincare? And will an oil-free moisturiser suit my skin type?

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What does ‘oil-free’ mean in skincare? And will an oil-free moisturiser suit my skin type?


In the world of skincare terms like "oil-free" are often used, but what does it actually mean? With the launch of our brand-new Amino Acid Oil-Free Moisturiser, we’re here to debunk this mystery and get to the bottom of who could benefit from ‘oil-free’ formulas..

What makes a product oil-free?

When a product is labelled as ‘oil-free’, it means that it’s formulated without the presence of oils (anhydrous). Instead, they’re often water-based and formulated with alternative humectant ingredients (like Glycerin), which offer effective hydration without added oil. Oil-free formulas tend to feel more absorbable and have a lighter texture when applied to the skin.

What are the benefits of oil-free formulas?

Those with oily, stressed and combination skin will find the most benefits in an oil-free formula. These products are often non-comedogenic, meaning they do not contain ingredients that clog or congest pores. This makes them a great option for those who suffer from acne, breakouts, and blackheads.

It’s a common misconception that if you have oily skin, you don’t need to moisturise. Leaving out a moisturiser from your routine can cause your skin to overcompensate and produce excess oil to hydrate itself. Incorporating an oil-free moisturiser into your daily routine can help regulate oil production while delivering a much-needed dose of hydration.

Can anyone use an oil-free moisturiser?

While oil-free moisturisers are particularly beneficial for those with oily, stressed, or combination skin, they can be used by anyone. Oil-free products are a great choice for daytime use as they’re ultra-lightweight and absorb quickly – perfect if you’re a makeup wearer.

Even if your skin tends to be on the drier side, you can still incorporate an oil-free moisturiser into your skincare routine. For individuals with dry skin, using an oil-free formula during the day and opting for a richer, oil-based moisturiser in the evening can help to strike the perfect balance between lightweight hydration and necessary nourishment. It also makes for a great base for makeup!

The Amino Acid Oil-Free Moisturiser

If reading this blog has made you feel your routine is lacking an oil-free moisturiser, then you’re in luck! Introducing… the Amino Acid Oil-Free Moisturiser, the ultimate solution for rebalancing and restoring oily, congested, and stressed-out complexions.

Q+A Amino Acid Oil-Free Moisturiser

Enriched with L-Arginine, an Amino Acid naturally found in the body, this formula supports overall skin health by delivering antioxidant protection and a healthy glow. With a low potential for irritation, it’s ideal for stressed and blemish-prone skin. Alongside this, Saccharide Isomerate (an Amino Acid derivative derived from Alanine and Serine) helps to absorb excess oil, limits sebum production, and mattifies the skin while maintaining optimal hydration – the ultimate oily skin saviour!

As an alternative to oil, Glycerin is used to provide the necessary hydration to the skin. As a humectant, it draws moisture from the atmosphere, relieving dryness and revitalising your skin. This unique blend also includes the multi-talented Niacinamide to help to provide calming, soothing, and pore-minimising properties.

Whether you’re trying to combat an oily t-zone, banish breakouts or just looking for the ideal skin prep for makeup, the Amino Acid Oil-Free Moisturiser may just be what’s missing from your regime.

You may have already tried our brand-new product if you got your hands on one of our mystery gifts! If that’s the case, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Until next time,

Charlee @ Team Q+A

Charlee Grimson

Marketing & E-commerce Administrator | Current favourite: Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleanser