The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness

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The best moisturiser for combination skin is an elusive species, but it does exist. There’s no reason why you can’t have soft and nourished skin you’re after, you’ve just got to know what your skin needs.

‘First thing’s first, you’ve got to know your skin type before you take action,’ consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto tells us. ‘There’s no point forking out your hard-earned cash for a trendy new product that’s targeted at dry patches when you’ve got oily skin! You should fall into either dry, sensitive, oily or combination.

Dr Mahto’s top tips for picking a combi-cented formula? ‘Opt for a moisturiser that is specifically designed to tackle your oily t-zone and add hydration. A good one will have a thick consistency, but shouldn’t leave any greasiness.

‘If in any doubt, speak to a dermatologist, GP or sales assistant to find the perfect moisturiser to suit your individual needs. There is no one size fits all when it comes to skincare.’

Without further ado, kep reading to find your perfect moisturiser match, and, when you’re done here, be sure to bookmark the best foundation for combination skin too.

Best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, £30, Lookfantastic

best moisturiser for combination skin with SPF


Getting the balance between deep moisture without being too heavy for oilier complexions just right is Paula’s Choice’s Daily Defense. When it comes to picking the best SPF moisturisers, the key is to seek out a formula that offers broad spectrum protection; that is to say it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This one won’t leave you looking even shinier than you were before, plus it’s fragrance-free so won’t worsen any existing sensitivity.

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Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £17, Boots

best moisturiser for combination skin drugstore

Its reputation precedes it as one of the best moisturisers on the block for oily skins, but LRP’s Effaclar Duo+ is also great for combination types. Helping to unclog pores and prevent further congestion, it’s still a moisturiser and so will help tackle those tight or flaky patches too, plus you’ll find it in just about every high street drugstore under the sun. No claggy feelings or shininess here: we love it.

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Consider your combination skin needs fulfilled with our edit of the best moisturisers for your skin type.

Read on for more of Team Marie Claire‘s hero picks for combination skin.

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