These Are the Best Moisturisers for Combination Skin
Having combination skin is hard because you have to deal with double the skin issues, making it feel like you need to use double the skin products. Take it from me and my annoyingly unbalanced complexion. Half of my face is drier than the Sahara, and the other half (namely, my T-zone) is oily and prone to breakouts. After years of using opposing products on each half, I've finally come round to find a more simplistic routine that benefits both—and a lot of that is due to finding the right moisturiser.
You see, for years I searched near and far for one that lands in the sweet spot of being non-greasy yet rich and hydrating. Thanks to a lot of trial and error, along with some expert recommendations from other Byrdie editors, I think I've found the ultimate collection of moisturizers that benefit combination skin. Click through to see 11 of Byrdie editors' favourite moisturisers for hydrating and balancing combination skin.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream ($210)
Yes, the price is extravagant, but so is the formula of this face cream. It's gentle, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and firming. Apply it in the morning to drench skin in hydration or apply it in a thick layer at night for an intensively moisturising treatment.
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion ($41)
Refreshing is the word that best fits this face lotion, thanks to crisp palmetto and cool mint. The former keeps skin clear while the latter smooths texture and minimizes shine. If you have combination skin with breakouts in your oily zones, this one will work to reduce blemishes as well thanks to the salicylic acid inside.
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Creme ($58)
Another editor favourite, this one is designed to give the skin a "matte glow." That might sound like an oxymoron, but it isn't. Thanks to vitamins A, C, D, and E; aloe; and oat flour, it results in a shine-free and lit-from-within look.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion ($26)
Thanks to hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, this lotion is super lightweight and moisturising. It's one of our favourite drugstore picks since it's gentle, non-greasy, hydrating, and generally just really efficient at calming and balancing combo skin.