It’s not oily, but it’s not dry; it’s a little bit of both, which makes caring for combination skin one of the trickiest beauty tasks. Before you get frustrated, take a look at some of our picks for managing your skin’s multiple personalities.
Try these top products if you have combination skin:
Cleansing combination skin means keeping dry or normal areas hydrated, while not overloading a congested or oily T-zone. You won't be disappointed with Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap ($26), which removes all traces of dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils and much-needed moisture.
To tackle both shine and dryness with skin that doesn't quite know whether it's dry or oily, try Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 ($12.50 to $27). This gentle toner helps exfoliate dry skin while clarifying oily and congested areas to keep skin clear.
If you don't want to go out and buy a mask made specifically for combination skin, double up with masks you already have: Use a clarifying mask on your T-zone and a moisturizing mask on your cheeks and other dry areas. If they need the same amount of time, use them together; if not, put them on separately.
If you're buying something new, a good mask for combination skin is Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask ($22.50), a single-dose weekly treatment that dissolves dead, dry skin while hydrating and revitalizing.
Finding a moisturizer that hydrates but isn't too heavy for oily areas can be tough. One good option is Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer ($32). This lightweight, easily absorbed cream/gel helps regulate excess oil production while keeping normal and dry areas moisturized.