Combination skin is one of the most challenging skin types to deal with. You’re faced with both dryness and oiliness, often at the same time and sometimes one more than the other, meaning your skin can be unpredictable and hard to address with a simplified skincare routine. Thick creams may help your dry patches but clog your oily areas, while light gel moisturisers will help to balance excess sebum, but won’t be moisturising enough for areas of dryer skin.
Typcially, if you have combination skin, you’ll find that you experience dryness on your cheeks and around your eyes, but oiliness on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). You might also find that your dryness worsens in the winter and your oily areas are harder to control during the summer. But while combination skin can fluctuate based on your environment, it is larely genetic. Cleansing and exfoliating with gentle products can help to achieve a more balanced complexion by removing dead skin and preventing congestion in pores. But moisturising regularly and effectively can also go a long way in helping to reduce excess oil production, nourish dry patches, and restore balance to skin. Make the most of your evening routine to pack in moisture with night creams that work to hydrate skin without contributing to oiliness—and that will also help to control sebum production in the process.
When it comes to finding the best moisturisers for combination skin, avoid textures that are very heavy or too light. Instead, look for lotion-like or gel-cream formulas which will deliver intensely hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and squalane, without clogging pores. Scroll down to shop our edit of the best night creams for combination skin.
1. Dermalogica Active Moist 2.0
Specifically formulated with combination skin in mind, this moisturiser helps to hydrate and balance the complexion, while also reducing shine. While it’s quite thick in texture, it’s water-based and oil-free, so won’t clog pores or leave skin feeling greasy. Instead, skin is left feeling intensely nourished but refreshed.
2. MAC Cosmetics Hyper Real Skin Canvas Balm
Since it’s designed to deeply hydrate skin but also to prep skin for makeup application, this moisturiser is perfect for combination skin. This balm-like texture instantly soothes and softens dry patches, while acting like a primer to prevent oil from shining through. Key ingredients include hydrating hyaluronic acid, skin barrier-supporting ceramides, and sebum-regulating niacinamide.
3. Sand & Sky Tasmanian Spring Water Renewing Night Cream
Thanks to hyaluronic acid, pure Tasmanian spring water, squalane, and glycerin, this moisturiser helps both to draw moisture into the skin and prevent it from escaping. This means it helps to improve skin healthy and balance skin in the long-term, too.
4. The Nue Co Barrier Culture Moisturiser
Lightweight in texture but packed with nourishing ingredients—if your combination skin is also sensitive, this is the moisturiser for you. Designed to protect the skin barrier, lock in moisture, and smooth skin texture, this face cream contains pre-, post-, and probiotics, plus ceramides, peptides, niacinamide, and squalane.
5. COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream
If your skin sits slightly more on the oily side of combination, it will love the lightweight, gel texture of this famous formula. Snail mucin helps to soothe, calm, and refresh skin while also plumping skin with moisture and preventing moisture loss. As it has reparitive and anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s great for those with active breakouts, too.
6. Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturiser
This is a thicker, creamier version of the brand’s gel-textured moisturiser (which is great for oily skin types) so works especially well for combination skin. Plus, it’s water-based and free from active ingredients or essential oils, so is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Powered by hyaluronic acid, glycerin, squalane, and ceramides, the formula promises 100 hours of hydration.
9. e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Face Cream
This affordable moisturiser is a perfect pick for combination skin because it’s so simple. Fast-absorbing and non-greasy, it instantly plumps skin with moisture. Hyaluronic acid helps to boost hydration while niacinamide works to balance oil production and support the skin barrier.
10. Starface Moisture On Mars Hydrating Face Cream
If you have combination skin but are also prone to acne or breakouts, this moisturiser will help you to restore balance and maintain healthy, happy skin. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E provide hydration and reduce flakiness, while zinc and copper soothe inflammation and redness, and work to heal damaged skin.
11. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
NMF stands for ‘natural moisturising factors’—ingredients that are naturally produced by the body to keep skin hydrated. This moisturiser works to replicate those in skin that’s experiencing moisture loss and showing signs of dryness and dehydration. In doing so, it restores hydration, but in a way that feels natural to the skin, and won’t clog pores or cause unecessary irritation.