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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.
Read on for the best moisturizers for combination skin.
Best Overall: Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
A Byrdie 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.
Best Budget: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
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.
Best Lightweight: Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer
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.
Burdock root is a vegetable with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that, when applied topically, benefit the skin. It is has been used to treat acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Best Multitasker: Renee Rouleau Daily Mattifying Solution
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%.
Best Splurge: Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream
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.
Best Brightening: Renée Rouleau Sheer Moisture Lotion
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 and brightening benefits. Basically, this lotion is the one for you if you want balanced, youthful-looking skin.
Red marine algae is a common type of sea vegetable that grows in the ocean. Due to its immune-enhancing properties, it is believed to support healthy skin and has been used to combat psoriasis, eczema, and herpes.
Best for Breakouts: Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion With Saw Palmetto & Mint
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.
Best with SPF: Bliss Fabulous Face Lotion SPF 15
Apply this one after you cleanse your face in the morning. The SPF 15 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.