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Best products for combination skin

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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.

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Try these top products if you have combination skin:

Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap


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.

Also try Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser ($21), another great non-drying cleanser that won't clog pores.

Pangea Organics Italian Green Mandarin with Sweet Lime Facial TonerToner

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.

We also love the fresh scent and skin-balancing benefits of Pangea Organics Italian Green Mandarin with Sweet Lime Facial Toner ($26).

Dealing with a fickle face


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.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing GelMoisturizer

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.

Also try Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel ($24.50), an excellent oil-free hydrator that soaks into skin instantly for lightweight moisture.

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Dealing with a fickle face


Combination skin can be tricky, but luckily there are products specifically formulated to accomodate. During your skin care regime attend to each area of your face (dry & oily) once at a time.


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