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Moisturizer picks for combination skin

Treating combination skin can be tricky. Generally speaking, combination skin is when some parts of your face are oily (usually the T-zone: forehead, nose and chin) and other parts are dry. Combination skin can be difficult to treat because you are often battling breakouts and flaky skin at the same time. When choosing a moisturizer for combination skin, aim to find products that contain these skin-repairing, balancing ingredients.

woman with combination skin

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells and reduces the damage caused by UV rays, pollution, smoke and other environmental elements that produce cell-damaging free radicals. It’s an important ingredient in moisturizers, no matter your skin type. Vitamin E also has anti-aging effects, helping to hydrate and tone the skin while reducing the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles.


Aloe vera is known for treating sunburn, but nutrient-rich aloe is also a common ingredient in a number of skin care products. Aloe works extremely well with combination skin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce redness and irritation. Aloe also helps balance the skin’s pH in oily areas by acting as an astringent and in dry areas as a hydrator. Using an aloe-based moisturizer on combination skin can help retain the skin’s moisture, leaving it soft and supple but never oily.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba is the oil that is closest to the skin’s natural sebum — so it’s perfect when you are looking to balance your skin. Jojoba is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy oil that alleviates inflammation, prevents moisture loss, improves firmness and minimizes the appearance of pores. At the cellular level, it helps stimulate collagen to repair and protect skin. Jojoba balances oily areas and hydrates dry areas — the perfect combination for combination skin.


You have probably seen many skin care products that contain lavender essential oil or lavender water. Lavender offers a lot more than just a fragrant, calming scent. It works as an antiseptic and speeds healing — perfect for the oily, acne prone areas of your face. Additionally, it hydrates and helps regenerate dry, damaged areas. Lavender also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and balance your skin. Plus, it can help increase circulation to bring nutrients and oxygen to your skin’s cells — leaving you with healthy, glowing skin.

Hyaluronic acid

Look for products containing skin-identical ingredients like hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring moisturizer, but as we age our bodies produce much less of this substance than they did in our youth. Hyaluronic acid serums can be used on oily or dry areas of the face, making them perfect for combination skin. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin’s cells, helping skin stay hydrated and smooth while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

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