Can I use primer instead of moisturizer?

I have oily skin and like my routine to be pretty minimal in the morning.  Can I use a primer in place of a moisturizer so I don't have to keep piling products on my face?

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You should wear oil-free moisturizer. Never skip wearing moisturizer even if you already have got oils on your face because your skin  needs moisture, and if you don't have enough, then your skin will bring more oil to your skin, and no person will oily skin wants that, because i know how it feels, I have very oily skin also. If you're wanting to use primer though, i'd use the moisturixer also. 

Hope this helped.


You can try using Murad's Mattifying Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15. It acts like a primer and moisturizer. I would suggest using this during the daytime and a separate moisturizer during the night time. I also want to add that a lot of primers have silicones in them, which clog pores, so it's not the best idea to use a primer with that ingredient, but the Murad doesn't have silicones, and it's good for acne-prone skin. I hope this helps and good luck!

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Hello bluegrrl, 


I second Sara and Cherrybombtastic's suggestions. Using an oil free moisturizers, all in one foundations or mattifying primers/lotions are great solutions to keeping oily skin still hydrated, but without feeling like you have on too many products. I have combination skin that tends to get dry lately and I definitely can understand you not wanting to feel like you have a lot of product on. I don't like that feeling either! 


The Murad Oil Free SPF 15 Mattifier made a HUGE difference on my skin  with how my makeup settles and stays on throughout the day. Smiley Happy You may even want to try a BB Cream which is an all in one sort of product, typically oil free and with the same properties as a primer, moisturizer and foundation all in one. You can read more about the different BB Creams offered with Sephora here. Enjoy! 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana
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Another vote for Murad.  Right now I'm using Boscia oil free moisturizer SPF 15 and then applying Too Faced Primer.  I think it's called Poreless Perfection.  It's a great combo.  Also, make sure you moisturize at night even though you are oily!

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