Those with combination skin know the difficulty of finding a moisturizer that works. Because some areas of the face are too dry and others are oily, many basic moisturizers can leave the T-zone prone to breakouts. So it’s important that one finds a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer which won’t clog the pores.
Then, focus on technique. Start by moisturizing only the dry areas, leaving the T-zone without moisturizer. For some people, a lightweight moisturizer like this will be enough to keep the skin hydrated after using a cleanser and applying toner. Another option, depending on how oily your skin appears, is to use two moisturizers: a lighter moisturizer for the T-zone and a thicker cream for the cheeks and dry areas.
If you’re in need of one to get you started, we compiled a list of seven great options for people with combination skin below.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture
This lightweight moisturizer is specifically designed for combination skin. The fragrance-free formula moisturizes dry areas while controlling shine in the T-zone, delivering a natural matte finish. It comes highly recommended by dermatologists and also happens to be the the most affordable (and easy to procure) options on the market.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
This oil-free moisturizer is fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic. It contains a high concentration of Prebiotic Thermal Water to help you skin retain a healthy microbiome. Along with the positive aspects of prebiotics, it utilizes ceramide-3, niacinamide and glycerin to ensure nourished and protected skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream
This lightweight face cream was inspired by the brand’s “Greenland First Ascent” Ultra Facial Cream. To keep the skin balanced and hydrated, the cream utilizes Antarcticine (a glycoprotein that can withstand extreme cold), fountain plant to help the skin maintain its natural moisture reserves and squalane to help keep the skin soft and supple.
Anthony Oil Free Facial Lotion
Anthony takes a three-pronged approach to its lightweight facial lotion. It uses sodium PCA to keep your face hydrated, aloe and chamomile to soothe irritation and glycerin to retain moisture. It is fragrance free and also works with oily skin.
EltaMD PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer
Appropriate for morning or evening use, this lightweight moisturizer is loaded with ceramides to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and peptides to stimulate cell growth and collagen formation. The addition of niacinamide and antioxidants will help skin tone and texture over time.
Boscia Green Tea Oil-free Moisturizer
As the name suggests, this oil-controlling moisturizer is infused with Japanese green tea which helps reduce sebum production while delivering antioxidants to the skin. Burdock root helps absorb excess oil giving the skin a matte finish through the day and additional antioxidant-rich ingredients like marine complex and wine yeast extract help protect against free-radical damage.
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Hydrator
This rapidly absorbing formula delivers hydration with a matte finish. The woody-scented hydrator features witch hazel to soothe skin, sandalwood for its antibacterial properties and andiroba seed to calm and hydrate the skin. Simply apply two pumps of the product into your hand and apply to the face and neck after using cleanser and toner.