Ladies with combination skin (as in, your T-zone gets oily, but you have dry patches elsewhere), don’t you feel like you get the short end of the stick? There are tons of products specifically for oily or dry skin, but fewer for your unique blend of the two. If you’ve ever struggled to strike a balance between adding moisture and controlling shine, look no further, because these are the five best combination-skin moisturizers on the market right now.
NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL
If you haven’t tried a gel moisturizer yet, it’s time. This one from Neutrogena hydrates without making your face feel slippery or look shiny. It also absorbs immediately, meaning you can apply makeup right after moisturizing. Heads up that a little goes a long way, so this small pot will last you for quite a while.
TATCHA THE WATER CREAM
Using Japanese botanicals, this cream from Tatcha clarifies and refines skin. Wild rose tightens pores and smoothes the skin’s texture. Leopard lily helps to control excess oil and supports natural skin turnover. And green tea, rice and algae restore radiance. This soothing formula also imparts a super-subtle glow that’s less shiny and more “yes, I really am this goddess-like.”
GARNIER MOISTURE RESCUE REFRESHING GEL CREAM
For $6, you can’t beat Garnier’s gel moisturizer. In addition to feeling really refreshing and cooling on the skin (a trademark of gels), it’s super lightweight and breathable, making it the perfect first layer for your daily skin-care and makeup routine. Your skin will be markedly more supple without that heavy, covered-up feeling you get from other moisturizers.
SUSANNE KAUFMANN FACE FLUID LINE F
Yes, this one’s a bit pricey, but if you can afford to splurge, it’s worth it. Made in Austria from high-quality, organic ingredients, Kaufmann’s Line F is formulated specifically for people with oilier T-zones and drier cheeks. Like all of the products in Line F, it contains a blend of calendula blossoms, camomile flowers and witch-hazel, all of which are meant to slow oil production. It also smells like a spa.
LUSH ENZYMION MOISTURIZER
If your face is on the oiler side of combination, Lush’s Enzymion moisturizer is for you. A blend of astringent citrus fruits (including papaya and lemon) help mop up excess oils and cleanse your face of the dry skin that has built up throughout the day. Then avocado and evening-primrose oils replenish essential vitamins and minerals. This guy goes on smooth and matte and pretty much renders oil-blotting papers obsolete.