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The Best Moisturizers to Balance Combination Skin

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 22, 2020
The Best Moisturizers to Balance Combination Skin

Care for your combination skin with these moisturizers

It’s not easy to create a skincare routine when your skin is moody AF. Your T-Zone is greasy and shiny after just a few hours, while the cheeks are really feeling the seasonal dryness. Yes, we’re talking about combination skin. This skin type is exactly what it sounds like - dry in certain areas, and ultra-oily in others.

Despite being the most common skin type (even Selena Gomez has it!), it can be a challenge to find the best moisturizers for combination skin that balance, brighten, and beautify. Lightweight formulas don’t always do the job, and don’t even get us started on heavy formulas that you think will hydrate your skin… only to clog your pores and make you break out.

Ugh. Luckily, there are tons of gorgeous moisturizers out there to balance your combination skin, and here are our favorites on MIRA BEAUTY!

Waso Clear Mega Hydrating Cream by Shiseido, $38

Waso Clear Mega Hydrating Cream by Shiseido
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It’s a catch-22: you want the most hydrating moisturizers to balance the dry parts of your combination skin, without clogging the oily parts in the process. The struggle is real. But it doesn’t have to be with the Waso Clear Mega Hydrating Cream by Shiseido. This clear, jelly-like formula is refreshing and lightweight like all your favorite summer skincare products, yet still defeats winter dullness and dryness with a 24-hour moisture surge and powerful nutrients. It’s infused with Carrot Cells to deliver endless moisture for a healthy radiance, Peony Root Extract to boost skin clarity, and Glycylglycine to reduce the appearance of pores. Oh, and a PhytoResist System+ that “uses the power of botanicals to help heighten skin’s resistance to internal and external stressors while infusing rich moisture.” Pretty cool. Shiseido understands that beauty is a science, and you can protect and perfect your complexion with the best moisturizers for combination skin by this cult brand.

Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream by Saturday Skin, $57

Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream by Saturday Skin
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Our biggest moisturizing tip for your skin care routine for combination skin? Whipped creams. Lots of them. This texture is lightweight enough to not freak out your complexion, while still delivering all the hydration and shine-banishing benefits you need. And you’ll be feeling fresh with Pretty Pop by Saturday Skin. With a rich blend of prebiotics and probiotics to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling smooth, this moisturizer for combination skin can do it all. Niacinamide protects and evens out tone, Hibiscus Esculentus Extract reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and Lupinus Albus Seed Extract leaves your skin looking supple. And provides that healthy, radiant glow that all the K-Beauty brands do best, of course. Pretty Pop made its mark in the beauty world all through 2020, even winning an Allure Best of Beauty Award, and your skin care routine for combination skin will never be the same with this moisturizer.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream by Clinique, $30

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream by Clinique
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“I love this gel moisturizer and I have been using it for at least 6-7 years! The gel is the way to go for combination skin and for sensitive skin. It is lighter on my face and doesn’t dry leaving a thick and heavy feeling like the lotion version does.” Look, we love the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion as much as the next skincare enthusiast, but this MIRA review has a point. This gel-like cream feels like a cream on combination skin, providing all-day protection and hydration that only Clinique can do. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or beyond… this moisturizer will provide more resilient and nourished skin while making your complexion look Dramatically Different. 100% of MIRA guests say that this Clinique product is great for combination skin, and 98% call it hydrating and lightweight.

Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream by Sunday Riley, $22

Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream by Sunday Riley
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Looking for a complexion as bright as your future? Sunday Riley has your back. Your combination skin needs to look glowing, not greasy, and the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream has all the best natural ingredients to balance your skin. Like not one, but two types of Hyaluronic Acid. This natural substance holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, and this skincare product pulls moisture into the skin while hydrating for up to 24 hours. Tamarind Extract works along with HA to increase moisture levels, and Alpha Arbutin and Papaya Enzymes exfoliate the skin for a smoother, more even texture that’s free of discoloration and dark spots. #SelfCareSunday is always better with Sunday Riley, and this is one of the best moisturizers for combination skin to brighten up your beauty routine. 100% of MIRA guests say that Tidal Brightening is lightweight and evens out skin tone, while 97% call it brightening.

Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins, $30

Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins
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Just like you enjoy caffeine in your mug every morning, you’ll like it on your mug too. Caffeine is the main ingredient in this oil-free moisturizer by Origins, which works alongside Ginseng to nourish and recharge your combination skin. Finding a balance with your complexion is necessary, and Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer provides 72 hours of continuous hydration (thanks, Hydra-Hug™ Technology!) to banish shine and moisturize dry areas. And we really meant the “no shine” part, as this Origins favorite creates a natural matte complexion that won’t emphasize large pores or excess oil. How do you know that it’s one of the best moisturizers for combination skin? 96% of MIRA guests say so, along with 97% that call it lightweight, brightening, and ideal for evening out skin tone.

AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer by EltaMD, $35

AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer by EltaMD
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If you’re looking to repair and refresh your skin, look no further than the AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer by EltaMD. It contains peptides to encourage cell turnover and reduce issues like acne and irritation, ceramides to repair the moisture barrier and encourage hydration, and all the antioxidants to leave your combination skin more healthy than ever. Which antioxidants, you ask? Niacinamide to fade discoloration and dark spots, and Vitamin E to nourish, smooth, and reveal a radiant look! Prevention is always best, but sometimes you just need to repair your complexion after a long and chilly winter… and this EltaMD moisturizer fits right into your skin care routine for combination skin.

The Water Cream by Tatcha, $68

The Water Cream by Tatcha
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You need the best moisturizers for combination skin that will add moisture to the dry areas of your face, without clogging the oily parts in the process. It’s harder than it sounds. But Tatcha understands the combination skin struggle extremely well, and The Water Cream is a silky moisturizer that works like a dream for any skincare routine. This oil-free, anti-aging cream is formulated with Japanese nutrients like Wild Rose, Leopard Lily, and Hadasei-3 Complex to hydrate your skin throughout every season - with water-burst technology that adds moisture throughout the day for optimal hydration and a poreless appearance. And since it’s oil-free, you won’t even have to worry about breakouts! This moisturizer is as luxurious as the glass jar it comes in, and you’ll notice extreme moisture and a balanced complexion with The Water Cream. It's one of the best Tatcha skincare products ever!

Daily Moisturizing Lotion by CeraVe, $13

Daily Moisturizing Lotion by CeraVe
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“I get severely dry skin and occasional psoriasis, but my skin breaks out SO easily. Every moisturizer that actually moisturized would make me break out, and moisturizers that didn’t make me break out didn’t moisturize at all. I was so happy to find this!” Us too, our dear MIRA guest, us too. There’s no denying all the CeraVe love in 2020, whether it’s from skin-fluencers like Hyram Yarbro or your drugstore beauty-obsessed colleague, and the Daily Moisturizing Lotion will take your combination skin to the next level. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer contains Hyaluronic Acid to intensely hydrate without clogging your pores, along with three essential ceramides to repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier. These natural ingredients are ideal for balancing even the most moody complexions, and this CeraVe favorite also features MVE Technology for continuous 24-hour hydration. 100% of MIRA guests say that Daily Moisturizing Lotion is good for combination skin, brightening, and hydrating!

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer by IT Cosmetics, $49

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer by IT Cosmetics
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Confidence in a Cream by IT Cosmetics definitely lives up to its name, and the 98% of MIRA reviews that call it brightening, hydrating, and great for combination skin don’t lie. It’s an incredibly lightweight, barely-there gel moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid to lock moisture into the skin, all while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also features ceramides, one of HA’s best friends, to help with the hydration efforts and provide up to 72 hours of moisture. Yes, 72 hours. In addition to softer and smoother skin, you’ll also likely notice a significant reduction in pores and less discoloration on your face. Is there anything this moisturizer can’t do? Didn’t think so. It even doubles as a primer before you do your makeup for a Zoom date!

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, $39

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
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Watermelon is the amino-rich ingredient that every skin type needs in their routine, but those with combination skin will get a real watermelon sugar high with this cult favorite by Glow Recipe. This fruity nutrient hydrates and smooths out your skin while protecting against environmental stressors - balancing out the oily and dry parts of your face while preventing early signs of aging. It also gets a little help from Hyaluronic Acid for a moisture surge, which works even better when combined with Jasmine and Peony extract to balance combination skin while brightening and adding even more hydration. So. Much. Hydration. And then there’s the sweet watermelon scent, which will refresh the senses and wake you up during your AM skin care routine for combination skin. Our MIRA community says Watermelon Glow is lightweight, brightening, hydrating and good for acne… and don’t even get us started on all the kind words from our favorite beauty influencers!

Find all the best moisturizers for combination skin on MIRA.