The best moisturiser for combination skin to balance oil and dryness levels

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

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, £29, Amazon

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.

Buy now

Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, 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.

Buy now

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.

Reading now

Popular beauty stories