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Finding the best moisturizer for your skin is hard enough, but add combination skin into the mix and things get complicated. That’s because the best moisturizer for combination skin practically has to do it all. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), combination skin is just what it sounds like: a combination of oily skin and dry skin, which can happen on any area of the face. That means you need a moisturizer that can address your oily spots and hydrate dry patches, which can be a lot to ask of one product. Thankfully, there are moisturizers for combination skin out there—you just need to find them. To help you out, we’re cutting out the guesswork and naming our three best moisturizers for combination skin, plus making a few other combination skin care product recs.
No matter what skin type you have, you should be using a moisturizer twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). And with a product you’re going to be using every single day, more than once, it’s definitely key to find one that suits your skin. If you have combination skin, try one of the following moisturizer options.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin: Does your T-zone tend to look oily? In that case, look for a moisturizer that has a matte finish, like this one. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, this water-based, oil-free, non-greasy moisturizer helps to provide long-lasting hydration with a fresh, matte look.
How to use it: Every morning and night, apply the moisturizer to your face and neck after cleansing, gently smoothing it onto your skin.
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica: This lightweight yet potent cream is formulated with Pro-Retinol to help fight fine lines and wrinkles while still moisturizing skin. Over time, skin appears revived and noticeably more hydrated, while the skin barrier is stronger and tone improves.
How to use it: After cleansing, smooth a light layer of this moisturizer over your entire complexion until thoroughly absorbed. For best results, use twice per day—every morning and night.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30: Sun protection is a must for all skin types, including combination skin, year-round. (Yep, you should still take sun protection measures even when it’s not summer!) To simplify your skin care routine, look for a moisturizer with SPF, like this one, which is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30. Immediately after use, skin feels silky soft, smooth, and hydrated.
How to use it: Apply as directed. According to the Food and Drug Administration, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Your work shouldn’t end there, though. In addition to applying (and reapplying) sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
You’ve tackled one major thing—finding a moisturizer that will work for your combination skin—but that doesn’t exactly make for a complete regimen. It’s time to put your moisturizer for combination skin to use and add it to a well-rounded routine. Follow our handy guide to take care of your combination skin.
What to do every day: Cleansing and moisturizing should be top of mind as part of your skin care routine for combination skin. You should be doing both twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. You now have a better idea of what kind of moisturizer to use when you have combination skin, so let’s talk cleansers.
Just as we told you to consider trying a moisturizer with a matte finish, you can also think about picking up a mattifying cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser. To use, squeeze the cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Lastly, you also need to remove your makeup every single evening—no excuses! Try adding a micellar water into your routine, such as the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types or the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin, both of which double as a gentle facial cleanser.
What to do a few times a week: There are some parts of your skin care routine that don’t need to be done every day, like exfoliating and using a face mask. Exfoliating dead skin cells from the surface of your skin can help make your skin appear brighter, as dead skin cell buildup can cause the look of dullness. As far as how often you should exfoliate, that depends. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others can only handle doing so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you. As for what you should exfoliate with, use a gentle facial scrub, like the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub or the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub. Both scrubs are meant to be used three times per week for the best results!
A face mask can also be a great product to incorporate into your skin care routine if you have combination skin—and actually, you may want to use more than just one. Try multi-masking, which involves applying different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time. It’s the perfect way to address the combination of skin care concerns you’re dealing with! Mix and match with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask.
Okay, you’ve officially been briefed on combination skin care, now it’s onto makeup. Here are 10 Easy Expert Makeup Tips for Combination Skin.