best moisturisers for combination skin

What are the best moisturisers for combination skin?

The thick creams that beautifully moisturise your dry areas make your oilier ones break out. And the lightweight gels that keep your t-zone shine-free aren’t a match for your dry patches.

How do you treat skin when you’re dealing with both issues? The trick is to stick to lighter moisturisers that hit that perfect spot: moisturising without being greasy.

Don’t worry, I won’t let you hunt them down on your own. Here are the best moisturisers for combination skin:

Best On A Budget: The Inkey List Multi-Biotic Face Moisturiser ($12.99)

The Inkey List Multi-Bionic Face Moisturiser gets its name from its biotic ingredients (pre-, pro-, and postbiotics) that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and help it maintain a normal pH (click here to find out what happens when your skin’s pH is out of whack). The lightweight texture – infused with a mix of squalane, oils, and hyaluronic acid – quickly sinks into your skin, keeping it soft and moisturised for hours without any greasiness whatsoever.

Available at: Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, and Look Fantastic

Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Really Work?


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Best Gel Moisturiser: IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Gel Moisturiser ($36.00)

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Gel Moisturiser is the most lightweight moisturiser on this list, but it still packs a little hydrating patch. It’s not moisturising enough if you have flaky patches. But if your skin is more on the oily side of combination, you’ll love the plumpness and dewy finish it leaves behind. No greasiness, either! Its secret? A mix of hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera, skin-smoothing silicones, and even a sprinkle of anti-aging peptides!

Available at: Cult Beauty, Sephora, and Ulta

Related: Are Silicones In Skincare Bad For You?

Best Moisturiser For Combination And Sensitive Skin: Paula’s Choice Calm Restoring Moisturiser Normal To Oily/Combination ($29.00)

Who said only dry skin is sensitive? You can be on the oily side of combination and still get flare-ups and irritations from skincare products. Ugh. So. Annoying. Enter Paula’s Choice Calm Restoring Moisturiser Normal To Oily/Combination. It’s loaded to the brim with soothing ingredients – think licorice and green tea (to name the most famous) – to reduce redness and irritation. Plus, a generous dose of hyaluronic acid and glycerin to add plenty of moisture back into your skin. The sheer, gel-cream texture sinks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind. Did I mention it’s fragrance-free, too?

Available at: Feel Unique and Paula’s Choice

Related: 9 Soothing Tips To Calm Down Sensitive, Irritated Skin

drunk elephant protini polypeptide cream

Best For Anti-Aging: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68.00)

Let’s be clear: peptides aren’t the anti-aging miracles brands make them out to be. And they surely can’t replace retinol. But if you want to add them to your skincare routine, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream is the best way to do it. A hybrid between a gel and a cream, the refreshing texture absorbs quickly, leaving skin moisturised, plumped, and dewy. I also dig the packaging: it’s an airless jar that’s both pretty and practical. You press down the cap and the cream oozes out. No chance of it getting contaminated with bacteria! You can check out my full review here.

Available at: Cult BeautySephora and SpaceNK

Related: The Truth About Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?

Best Moisturiser With SPF For Combination Skin: Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF 30 ($29.00)

First things first: you can use a moisturiser with SPF as sunscreen only if you use it as sunscreen. You need 1/4 of a teaspoon for the face alone and 1/3 for your face and neck. Apply any less than that and you won’t get adequate sun protection. All clear? Great. Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF 30 uses thick mineral filters to provide broad-spectrum protection, yet the texture is lightweight and fast-absorbing. It leaves no greasy residue behind – just a lovely, dewy finish. Unless your skin is very dry or very oily, this’ll give you all the moisture you need – together with plenty of antioxidants to keep those pesky wrinkles at bay.

Available at: Cult Beauty, Dermstore, Net-A-Porter, and Paula’s Choice

Related: How Much Sunscreen Do You Really Need?