The day cream buys that'll harmonise your skin's two biggest ailments
The best moisturiser for combination skin is an elusive species, but it does exist.
The key is to nourish the skin without overwhelming it to the point of breakouts; you want an ounce of the key moisturising ingredients but so many that they’ll clog your pores to high heaven.
The classic defining features of combo skin are an oily t-zone and chin along with dry cheeks; however you may be here because you have predominantly oily skin with the occasional bout of dryness (or vice versa).
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
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.
Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skin
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.
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.
Combination skin is often overlooked when it comes to skincare ranges, as dry and oily types are often separated out. Aesop recently launched its aptly named In Two Minds range, specifically formulated to get the balance right with combination skin; the Facial Hydrator softens and hydrates the skin without overloading it with moisture to the point of greasiness, and a little goes a long way.
This hydrating jelly lotion is like a pint glass of water for your face, but don't be fooled that it's only good for dehydrated, lacklustre skin – the lack of oil in the formula means that it won't make your face greasy or clog it up with a lot of nourishing (but heavy) oils. It promises 24-hour hydration for the skin so is a great morning step every single day.
Despite its thick consistency, the Japanfusion moisturiser feels more like a dense gel rather than cream. The entire range is all about plumping and deeply hydrating the skin – and properly hydrated skin is less likely to overcompensate on the oil front. This one is better for those on the dryer side of combination, as it contains some rich ingredients like shea butter and squalane, but the finish itself is not greasy.
Mario Badescu is well known for having effective products that target several different skin concerns, particularly those who are oily or blemish-prone. A lightweight daytime moisturiser, the Buttermilk Moisturiser soaks in quickly without leaving any residue, thanks to non-clogging carnation oil and allantoin.
Combination skin can be pretty unpredictable so you may also experience a degree of sensitivity, whether full time or every now and then. Containing soothing Aloe Vera and a 'bioactive milk base' to help balance and soothe the skin, this Super Facialist cream is a great choice for skin that gets a bit unhappy from time to time.