These Are the Best Moisturizers for Combination Skin

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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

OLEHENRIKSEN Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator

Courtesy of Sephora

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 Classic: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream

 Courtesy of Sephora

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. 

Best Lightweight: Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

 Courtesy of Sephora

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. 

Key Ingredients

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 Matte Finish: Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturizer in Acai/Borago

Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturizer in Acai/Borago

 Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

This moisturizer from the 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. 

Best Gel: Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

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.

Best Multitasker: Renee Rouleau Daily Mattifying Solution

Renee Rouleau Daily Mattifying Solution

 Courtesy of Renee Rouleau

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

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

 Courtesy of Sephora

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

Renée Rouleau Sheer Moisture Lotion

 Renée Rouleau

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.

Key Ingredients

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

Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion With Saw Palmetto & Mint

 Courtesy of JC Penny

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.

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