Figuring out your skin type is one of the most important steps you can take to get your aspired skin state. It can help answer many of your skin questions! If you’re curious to find if you have combination skin and if you need to moisturize it, I got you — with recommendations to boot.
What does combination skin look like?
Combination skin is typically characterized by dryness in most areas and oiliness in the T-zone (the forehead and the nose). This imbalance in needs can make it tricky to care for this skin type. But hope’s not lost! With the right products, you can attain balance in your skin.
Is moisturizer good for combo skin?
Using a moisturizer can benefit any skin type. That includes your combo skin! Just because you have oiliness in some areas doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizer. You need it more actually! When the skin isn’t moisturized properly, it can overcompensate and produce oil to mimic moisture. And since you have dry areas, you definitely need to moisturize those too.
What should a moisturizer for combination skin contain?
Now, what exactly should you be looking for in a moisturizer? You want something that will moisturize your skin but not add any oil (you already have more than enough of it). Water-based moisturizers are a great example.
Aside from lightweight formulas, you should also look for ingredients that lock in moisture in the skin. A few of the things to spot when you’re reading labels are glycerin, panthenol, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.
Best moisturizers for combination skin
To help you in your search, I’ve listed down moisturizers that fit these criteria below!
Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion
This is an oil-free moisturizer that’s also enriched with hyaluronic acid for lightweight but ample moisturization. It also contains ceramides that help strengthen the skin barrier.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This moisturizer has glycerin and hyaluronic acid for hydration. It comes in a lightweight water gel formula that feels lovely on the skin and doesn’t clog your pores too.
Aveeno Calm + Restore Oat Gel Facial Moisturizer
Give your skin 24-hour moisture with this product that also soothes and calms any irritation with the help of prebiotic oat and feverfew. If you have particularly sensitive skin, this one works great for it!
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer
If you’re looking for something simple but does the job effectively, this one’s it. This hypoallergenic moisturizer helps your skin fight against dryness, tightness and irritation.
BIOTEN Skin Moisture 24 Hour Moisturizing Gel Cream
Looking for one that’s packed with natural ingredients? This moisturizer is made with 93% ingredients of natural origin, including 100% natural Quince extract. It’s also enriched with prebiotics.
Melixir Vegan Relief Facial Moisturizer
This plant-based moisturizer is especially formulated for oily and combination skin. It has green tea extract and black cumin seed oil that soothe dryness and irritation. It also has anti-acne Aczero and centella asiatica.
Sulwhasoo Essential Comfort Balancing Emulsion Moisturizer
Packed with JAUM Moisturizing Complex™ — which includes Mulberry leaf extract, Arrowroot flower extract, Jujube berry extract, Hawthorn berry extract and Mountain yam extract — this moisturizing emulsion not only keeps the skin hydrated but also strengthens its barrier against damage.
Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream
Looking for deep hydration? This one promises to give you just that with the help of 1/2000 micro-sized hyaluronic acid. So it’s not just the outer layer of the skin that gets moisturized! It works great as a makeup primer too.
Wishful Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer
Enjoy the moisturizing and soothing benefits of manuka honey, the firming and strengthening power of peptides, and the plumping effects of collagen in this cruelty-free and ‘clean’ moisturizer.
Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Firming Cashmere Cream
Smooth out wrinkles and hydrate your skin with this moisturizer enriched with a patented mix of vine resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and vegan collagen.
Which of these moisturizers for combination will you give a shot?
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Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.