If you struggle with combination skin, you’re not alone. Among our elite readers, BeautyPass members, TestTube subscribers, and Free Gift Friday recipients, we have a beauty community unparalleled in its expertise, and we’re sharing the products they love for their skin concerns. Dealing with combination skin, battling both oiliness and spots of dryness, isn’t easy, but with the help of our Reader’s Choice Awards, you can easily build the ideal skin-care routine for your specific skin type.
Cleansers for Combination Skin
Combination skin needs a special balancing act when it comes to cleansers. You need something powerful enough to remove the dirt and oil that can plague parts of your face, while not fully stripping or drying out the skin. That means paying special attention to hydrating ingredients and gentle formulas.
Tatcha The Rice Wash ($40)
Rice in skin and hair care is an ancient practice quickly gaining ground in the modern age for its brightening and hydrating benefits. Tatcha’s gentle cleanser is formulated with rice powder to carefully soften skin without stripping it of essential oils and nutrients.
“This smells great. It has little beads that exfoliate, but not too hard, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.”
Janine N., 61 | Skin Type: Combination, Sensitive | Skin Concerns: Fine Lines, Lack of Firmness
Enzymes are the plant-powered skin-care solution we’re all crazy about, and this cream cleanser’s pumpkin enzyme is no different. Able to smooth and soften skin, and packed with vitamin A, pumpkin ferment extract is just one reason to love this formula.
Promising 12 hours of continuous moisture, this cream cleanser is strong enough to remove waterproof makeup without drying skin out or clogging pores.
“It cleans without stripping skin. I’m used to double cleansing, but with this there’s no need. Just one pump removes makeup, leaving my skin clean. I just love this so much.”
Grettel M., 56 | Skin Type: Combination | Skin Concerns: Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation
Moisturizers for Combination Skin
We all need to moisturize, no matter your skin type. For skin that can be oily and dry, the goal is to find something that can provide hydration to the oily parts of your skin without, you know, making your face more oily. At the same time, you need to provide more serious moisture to the dry parts of your skin.
This lightweight moisturizer is the anti-aging skin defense of your dreams, packing in serious hydration while antioxidants protect the skin from damage. Fragrance and essential oil-free, this formula visibly plumps and firms skin while replenishing the moisture barrier.
“I love that this creamy moisturizer isn’t heavy on my face and helps when my skin is feeling extra parched.”
Jackie T., 67 | Skin Type: Combination, Sensitive | Skin Concerns: Wrinkles, Hyperpigmentation
Gel-based and oil-free, Moisture Surge promises to last 100 hours, delivering powerful hydration the entire time. Packed with aloe, hyaluronic acid and vitamins c and e, this moisturizer is designed to deliver hydration and keep it sealed in tight.
“This moisturizer hydrates my skin so well without clogging my pores.”
Miriam M., 46 | Skin Type: Combination | Skin Concerns: Acne, Wrinkles
SPF for Combination Skin
We all want to protect our skin from sun damage. A serious sign of aging skin, sun damage can be easily prevented with a good sunscreen routine, but you might struggle to find something that’s lightweight and oil-free.
When you want sun protection, you might as well take the Skin Cancer Foundation’s advice. In fact, Sunforgettable is the only powder sunscreen the foundation recommends for active use. This mineral sunscreen is water and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and can be worn alone or over the top of your makeup.
“I absolutely love this mineral brush-on sunscreen!”
Barbara M. | Skin Type: Combination | Skin Concerns: Wrinkles, Lack of Firmness
Lightweight, all-mineral and lightly tinted, this sunscreen may even become your next foundation, if our readers are right! This antioxidant-rich formula includes hyaluronic acid to provide lasting moisture to skin, while zinc oxide keeps your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays.
Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, this sunscreen is also a skin-perfecting, brightening skin tint that also protects your skin from blue light pollution.
“This is absolutely the best sunscreen. Tinted and mineral-based, it covers great! I actually use it as my foundation. It lasts on my skin and stays where I put it. I play a lot of tennis in the humid Dallas weather, and it never melts into my eyes. It’s moisturizing and blends beautifully into my skin.”
Treva G., 67 | Skin Type: Combination | Skin Concerns: Melasma, Wrinkles