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Best moisturisers for combination skin, tested and reviewed

Ah, the joy of having combination skin. Possibly one of the hardest skin types to navigate, it’s not always easy to seek out products that’ll successfully balance oiliness while also addressing (and quenching) the dry patches you have.

Some might say it’s impossible, but we beg to differ: finding the best moisturisers for combination skin really doesn’t have to be as difficult as it may seem on the surface. And while, it may feel like it’s something that’s only ever associated with teenagers, combination skin jan occur in pretty much anybody of any age, at any time in life, so you’re in good company.

Sound familiar? If you’re nodding along then chances are you’ll need a moisturiser that’s been formulated specifically for combination skin – and we’re here to help make finding the one perfect for you super easy.

SKIP TO: Our full product reviews | How we test | How do I know if I have combination skin? | Should I moisturise if I have combination skin? | What textures work best for combination skin? | What ingredients are best for combination skin? | OR: Best moisturiser for dry skin | Best moisturiser for oily skin | Best tinted moisturiser | Best moisturiser for mature skin


The best moisturisers for combination skin at a glance:

  1. Best Moisturiser For Combination Skin Overall: Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream, £13.50 Boots
  2. Best Mattifying Moisturiser For Combination Skin: Caudalie Vinopure Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid, £25, Cult Beauty
  3. Best Moisturiser For Sensitive/Combination Skin: Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid, £16.50, Boots
  4. Best Dermatologist-Recommended Moisturiser For Combination Skin: Aveeno Calm and Restore Oat Gel Moisturiser, £11.59, Boots

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream

£13.50 AT BOOTS

Caudalie Vinopure Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid

£25 AT CULT BEAUTY

£25 AT CAUDALIE

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser

£16.50 AT BOOTS

£13.65 AT AMAZON

Aveeno Face Calm + Restore Oat Gel Moisturiser

£11.59 AT BOOTS

£13.99 AT AMAZON

Meet the experts:


How we test moisturisers for combination skin:

GLAMOUR’s editors who have combination skin themselves endeavour to test as many of the moisturisers for combination skin that land on the GLAMOUR beauty desk as they can. They do so for a period of at least a month, assessing the texture, value for money and whether the packaging is recyclable. The products featured in this edit really deliver on promised results. Find out more about how we test.


How do I know if I have combination skin?

Of course, the biggest question is this: how do you know if your skin actually falls somewhere in the middle, rather than just being straight up dry or straight up oily? We asked Daniel Isaacs, Director of Research at Medik8, to explain.

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“Combination skin is characterised by areas of oily skin – typically in the T-zone area – as well as other areas of dry/normal skin,” he says. “Pore size is typically smaller in combination skin types, too, and interestingly, the product you use can exacerbate areas of either oiliness or dryness, so that’s why it’s important to select the right products in the right formulations.”

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Should I moisturise if I have combination skin?

If you have oiliness in your skin it would be fair to wonder if it’s even worth using moisturiser, but the answer, according to the experts, is yes. “It’s important to moisturise combination skin to maintain good skin health,” insists Dr Catriona Maybury, Medical Lead at Dermatica. “When the dry areas become too dry, the body’s natural response is to promote further oil production that can adversely affect the oilier areas of the skin. Therefore, using combination skin appropriate moisturiser, particularly over the dry areas, will help to balance the hydration of your skin overall. Additionally, moisturisers often contain other nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants that are beneficial to your skin,” she adds.

“By choosing the right textures and ingredients, you can effectively moisturise combination skin without upsetting its delicate balance,” agrees Dr Yuliya Krasnaya, Dermatologist and Medical Director at Evolution Aesthetic Clinic.


What textures work best for combination skin?

The key to finding a moisturiser that can work across both oily and dry skin is to get the texture right. “The best textures for combination skin are lightweight and non-greasy formulations,” explains Dr Yuliya. “Gel-based moisturisers are often recommended as they provide hydration without feeling heavy or clogging pores in oily areas. They absorb quickly into the skin, making them suitable for oily or acne-prone zones while still offering adequate moisture for drier patches,” she says.

It can be a good idea to choose oil-free formulas, plus, be tactical about where you apply your moisturiser. “Adjusting the amount of moisturiser [you use] by applying less over the oily zones and more over the drier zones would be helpful,” says Dr Catriona.


What ingredients should I watch out for if I have combination skin?

When choosing a moisturiser for combination skin, it’s important to watch out for certain ingredients. “Avoid heavy, occlusive ingredients such as mineral oil or petrolatum, as they can be too rich for oily areas and may lead to breakouts,” says Dr Yulia. Meanwhile, “alcohol-based products can strip the skin of moisture, causing dryness and potentially exacerbating oil production in response,” she adds.

“Instead, opt for moisturisers with non-comedogenic formulations that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts,” says Dr Yulia. “Non-comedogenic ingredients are key for optimal hydration while minimising the risk of breakouts,” agrees Dr Catriona, so it’s a term to watch out for on the packaging. As for the ingredients your skin will love, we’ve listed some top-hitters below.

  • Niacinamide: “Niacinamide improves skin hydration and helps to regulate sebum production with the added benefit of reducing skin inflammation induced by excessive dryness,” says Dr Catriona.
  • Hyaluronic acid: “Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin without adding excess oil,” says Dr Yulia.
  • Squalene: “Squalene (derived from plants) forms a lightweight moisturiser that does not clog pores,” says Dr Catriona.
  • Glycerin and ceramides: Both “are other useful moisture locking ingredients that promote hydration,” says Dr Catriona.

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Scroll to shop our full edit of the best moisturisers for combination skin in 2024.

  • Image may contain Cosmetics Bottle and Aftershave1. Best moisturiser for combination skin overallVersed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream, £13.50 BootsWhy we love it: Satisfyingly lightweight with a gel-like texture, this moisturiser absorbs instantly and works to instantly hydrate without leaving any residue on skin. It’s packed with sodium hyaluronate, a humectant that helps draw moisture and retain moisture, along with hydrating aloe vera life juice and green tea, a natural antioxidant that soothes and calms inflammation.Save when you shop for the best moisturisers for combination skin with these Boots discount codes.£13.50 AT BOOTS
  • Image may contain Cosmetics Bottle and Sunscreen2. Best gel-cream moisturiser for combination skinBioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream, £18, Sephora UKWhy we love it: A brand known and loved for its micellar water, Bioderma actually has a whole lesser-known range of hardworking, affordable products in its line-up – including this gel cream. Alongside its hydrating properties, it also helps smooth skin texture without being greasy while providing a slightly glowy finish (but don’t worry, it won’t ever be mistaken for excess oil).£18 AT SEPHORA£19.50 AT AMAZON
  • 3. Best mattifying moisturiser for combination skinCaudalie Vinopure Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid, £25, Cult BeautyWhy we love it: A cream that works to intensely moisturise skin without leaving any oily or greasy residue, it’s formulated with a powerful blend of naturally-derived ingredients that promise to mattify the skin and improve its overall texture without stripping it of much-needed moisture.£25 AT CULT BEAUTY£25 AT CAUDALIE
  • Image may contain Cosmetics Bottle and Sunscreen4. Best under makeup moisturiser for combination skinGlossier Priming Moisturiser Balance, £26, GlossierWhy we love it: If you’re yet to try any skincare from Glossier, make this your first port of call. A moisturising, shine-controlling, pore-refining wonder product, it’ll hydrate and balance skin with a blend of marine extract, niacinamide and willow bark extract – but the best part is that it’s not drying and neither will it leave a flat, powdery finish like some similar products can.£26 AT GLOSSIER

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  • 5. Best moisturiser for combination and sensitive skinCetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid, £16.50, BootsWhy we love it: Cetaphil is an affordable brand that’s loved and recommended by dermatologists and skin experts alike – for extremely good reason. This light daily moisturiser might fast-absorbing but it’s still packed with hydration-boosting ingredients, it works to immediately relieve dry skin while also balancing any excess oil production.£16.50 AT BOOTS£13.65 AT AMAZON
  • Image may contain Cosmetics and Tape6. Best dermatologist-recommended moisturiser for combination skinAveeno Calm and Restore Oat Gel Moisturiser, £11.59, BootsWhy we love it: Aveeno’s gentle skincare range was a hit in the US before it launched over here. Formulated with colloidal oat, it’s soothing and restorative, working to nourish the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a good choice for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin or has perhaps gone a little too OTT with the acids or retinoids.£11.59 AT BOOTS£13.99 AT AMAZON
  • Image may contain Bottle Shaker and Cosmetics7. Best planet-friendly moisturiser for combination skinREN Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, £42, Cult BeautyWhy we love it: With its pledge to be zero waste by the end of last year (which it achieved, btw), Ren is the go-to brand when you want products that are as kind to skin as they are to the planet. This day cream is super gentle, making it ideal for sensitised, combination skin. It’s nourishing without being heavy, and it’s packed with skin-softening sea buckthorn oil along with replenishing camellia oil.£42 AT CULT BEAUTY£40 AT AMAZON
  • 8. Best balancing moisturiser for oily skinNivea 24H Moisture Mattifying Day Cream, £4.99, BootsWhy we love it: Cheap, cheerful but very effective, Nivea’s lightweight moisturising cream works to balance combination skin. Infused with aloe vera and minerals, it reduces oil levels to reduce unwanted shine while hydrating skin.£4.99 AT BOOTS

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  • Image may contain Cosmetics and Bottle9. Best moisturiser for combination skin with SPFClinique Smart Custom Repair SPF15 Moisturizer for Dry/Combination Skin, £65, FenwickWhy we love it: Specifically formulated for combination skin, this clever moisturiser from Clinique hydrates, brightens and comforts skin while minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – all whilst helping to strengthen the all-important skin barrier. It’s got added UVA and UVB protection to shield against the sun’s harmful rays – although in an ideal world we’d still recommend you wear a minimum of SPF30 on top of this for ultimate protection.£65 AT FENWICK£27.93 AT AMAZON
  • Image may contain Cosmetics Bottle Mailbox and Letterbox10. Best drugstore moisturiser for combination skinAvène Hydrance Aqua-Gel Moisturiser, £25.25, BootsWhy we love it: Formulated with innovative Japanese methods and French manufacturers, you know this moisturiser is going to be good. It contains the brand’s ‘cohederm complex’ along with thermal spring water to hydrate skin for 24 hours, while also soothing any irritation without being overly heavy or greasy.£25.25 AT BOOTS
  • Image may contain Text Label Cosmetics and Bottle11. Best daytime moisturiser for combination skinOrigins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser, £32, BootsWhy we love it: Oil-free and bursting with coffee and ginseng, this moisturiser will wake up tired faces, working to hydrate and energise skin. It’s super lightweight so it won’t sit heavy under makeup, and skin will instantly look revived, refreshed and ready to face another day – we promise.£32 AT BOOTS
  • Image may contain Text Label Cosmetics and Plant12. Best natural moisturiser for combination skinAntipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream, £39.99, Sephora UKWhy we love it: Manuka honey is an incredible ingredient, acting as a natural humectant, it draws moisture deep within the skin while simultaneously working its antibacterial magic to help target breakouts and blemishes. Its texture is thicker than most, but it’s not heavy or greasy – and instead it’ll leave skin looking bright and feeling nourished.Save when you shop for the best moisturiser for combination skin with these Sephora discount codes.£34 AT SEPHORA

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  • Image may contain Cosmetics and Bottle13. Best affordable moisturiser for combination skinThe Inkey List Omega Water Cream, £11, Cult BeautyWhy we love it: A new addition to The Inkey List family, this day and night moisturiser is a lightweight, gel-based formula that optimises skin’s hydration levels without being sticky or oily. It contains the brand’s omega ceramide complex which works to prevent water loss while boosting skin’s elasticity, plus glycerin to pull in moisture and niacinamide to target oil production and redness.£11 AT CULT BEAUTY£11 AT AMAZON
  • Image may contain Bottle and Shaker14. Best triple-threat moisturiser for combination skinDermatica Soothing Centella Gel Moisturiser, £12.95, DermaticaWhy we love it: This comes recommended by the expert thanks to its blend of multiple combo skin-friendly ingredients including niacinamide, squalene, glycerine and ceramides, to protect and hydrate those combination skin.£12.95 AT DERMATICA
  • Image may contain Cosmetics and Deodorant15. Best techy moisturiser for combination skinAugustinus Bader The Cream, £230, Cult BeautyWhy we love it: OK, we know this is expensive but believe us when we tell you that it’s worth every. Single. Penny. Formulated with the brand’s patented TFC8 complex, The Cream not only stimulates your skin’s own renewal process, but it also keeps it hydrated and plump – all while protecting against harmful free radicals. It’s the ultimate one-and-done cream, and once you try it you’ll never look back.£230 AT CULT BEAUTY
  • Image may contain Cosmetics and Bottle16. Best high-end moisturiser for combination skinStriVectin Re-Quench Water Cream, £45, Sephora UKWhy we love it: A combination of replenishing electrolytes and hyaluronic acid, this smart moisturiser specifically targets the parts of skin that need moisture the most, promising to balance out the complexion to leave it looking healthier, glowy and energised.£45 AT LOOK FANTASTIC£45 AT AMAZON

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