These Are the Best Moisturizers for Combination Skin

Updated 07/13/18

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 moisturizer.

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' favorite moisturizers for hydrating and balancing combination skin.

1851 Ultra Facial Cream 0.95 oz/ 28 mL
Kiehl's 1851 Ultra Facial Cream $16

This moisturizer is rich without being heavy, perfect for hydrating dry skin while keeping oily skin at bay. The gentle formula actually pulls moisture from the air for 24-hour comfortability. 

Boscia Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer $38

Green tea slows down the aging process while hydrating skin and reducing sebum production. This oil-free moisturizer also uses burdock root to keep skin matte and blemish-free. In other words, your complexion will feel clear and balanced. 

Face Cream Women
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream $215

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 moisturizing treatment.

Zero Oil(TM) Oil-Free Moisture Lotion With Saw Palmetto & Mint
Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion With Saw Palmetto & Mint $30

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.

Renee Rouleau Daily Mattifying Solution $41

This lotion from celebrity skin expert Renée Rouleau is both a moisturizer and a primer. It hydrates while regulating sebum production, mattifying the skin, and providing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. On top of all of that, it will keep your makeup looking 100%.

Matte Balancing Moisturizer - Acai/Borago
Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturizer in Acai/Borago $69

This moisturizer from Australian brand Grown Alchemist was specially developed for combination skin. It has tomato extract, aloe vera, açai berries, and rice bran to smooth, nourish, and—most importantly—balance. 

Counter Balance(TM) Mattifying Moisture Creme 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Mattifying Moisture Creme $40

Another editor favorite, 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.

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel $29

This gel moisturizer is meant to be used at night, but it also provides lightweight hydration during the day. It has antioxidant and smoothing properties that work together to decrease the appearance of enlarged pores.

Renée Rouleau Sheer Moisture Lotion $40

Another pick from Renée Rouleau's namesake skincare line, this lotion has red marine algae and vitamin B3 to nourish and hydrate skin while providing anti-aging benefits. Basically, this lotion is the one for you if you want balanced, youthful-looking skin.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion $9

Thanks to hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, this lotion is super lightweight and moisturizing. It's one of our favorite drugstore picks since it's gentle, non-greasy, hydrating, and generally just really efficient at calming and balancing combo skin.

Bliss Fabulous Face Lotion $36

Apply this one after you cleanse your face in the morning. The SPF will keep your skin protected from damage caused by UV rays. Byrdie assistant editor Erin Jahns calls it "amazing," since it hydrates without contributing to extra oil production.

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