If You're Dry and Oily, All Hope Is Not Lost(2019): Best Face Moisturizers for Combination Skin That’ll Keep Your Face Hydrated, Not Shiny

If You're Dry and Oily, All Hope Is Not Lost(2019): Best Face Moisturizers for Combination Skin That’ll Keep Your Face Hydrated, Not Shiny

Those with combination skin know the difficulty of finding a moisturizer that works. If you’re in need of one to get you started, we compiled a list of great options for people with combination skin below.

Importance of Moisturizing Your Face Every Day

Moisturising your face for hydration is as important as drinking water is for the body. The first step to developing a daily skincare routine is to identifying your skin type and choosing the right products. A right moisturizer can keep your face clean, fresh and healthy from skin infection and diseases. Failure to hydrate your skin daily could result in the early onset of wrinkles, dull flaky skin, increase the risk to acne and lose all the protection required for healthy skin. More importantly, dehydration of skin can lead to inflammation and breakouts.

How to Identify Your Skin Type

The best way to figure your skin type is to use blotting paper or lens cleaning tissue. Cleanse your face thoroughly and pat it completely dry. Then stick small patches of blotting paper or lens cleaning tissue on different parts of your face. If the tissue sticks to your face or leaves traces of oil, you have oily skin. If the tissue doesn’t stick to your face, you have dry skin. Although, a majority of women have combination skin. While you might think it’s either dry or oily, check for spots of oil or dryness to know your exact skin type. More common characteristics of combination skin are:

  • Oily T-Zone (forehead, nose to chin) but dry cheeks; or
  • Your skin type changes seasonally. It is oilier in the summer (often due to sebum collection under your skin) and dry in winters (due to the cold absorbing the oils); or
  • Breakouts during periods might make it seem like you have oily skin but once your period is done with, your skin becomes flaky and dry marking signs of combination skin.

Finding the Best Skincare Routine

The ideal skincare routine for all types of skin, recommended by a dermatologist, is to cleanse, tone and moisturise in the morning and at night. But the demands of the modern lifestyle can leave you with no time to maintain a daily routine. Keeping these points in mind will help you get into the habit of taking care of your skin:

  • Check for SPF in your face moisturizer. Regardless of sun or rain, even minimal exposure to UV rays can cause skin damage. The best defence against this is to use a face moisturizer with SPF.
  • Apply moisturizer right after you cleanse your face as it is important to lock in the moisture when the face is still damp.
  • The most common myth of combination skin is to avoid moisturizer when the skin is mildly oily. Use an oil-free moisturizer to ensure your skin does not overproduce oils to compensate after cleansing.
  • Exfoliating the essentially removing the dead skin but not all dry skin requires exfoliation. Know the difference between dry skin and dull skin. In the event of excessive flaking, your skin could be telling you it needs moisture instead of exfoliating the skin.
  • Applying the moisturiser right way can make an immense difference in how the skin feels within a few days. Stick to these rules for the perfect application routine:
    (1) Start from the centre of your nose, up and across your forehead;
    (2) Move to under your eyes starting from your nose across to the entire cheeks, upper lip and chin;
    (3) Swirl around your temples.
  • Never forget your neck. A face care routine does not end at your face. Always follow the same routine on your next to keep up the same texture and tone.

Best Moisturizer for Combination skin

Combination skin means medium-sized pores, smooth texture and an even tone. But battling between patches of dry and oily skin can be hard. Here is an ideal list of moisturizer that is tailor-made for keeping your combination skin healthy.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is ideal for combination skin, given its lightness and unique fast-absorbing technology that keeps your face hydrated all day while absorbing moisture from the air to balance the skin oils. Compacted with glacial glycoprotein, this face moisturizer is best for facial hydration and maintaining the skin barrier. While the price might be on the higher side, Keihl is recommended by various international make-up artists.

  • How to use: Apply twice a day or as you feel and after multiple uses, you can visibly notice smooth and soft skin.
  • Available on:Amazon India and Nkyaa.
  • Price: Rs. 1,350 for 28mi.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Combination Skin Moisturizer

Recommended highly by dermatologists, this face moisturizer nourishes your skin from deep under. The fragrance-free dual-formula is designed for combination skin. While the cream penetrates deep into the skin to keep the dryness at bay, the oil-absorbing micro-sponge system reduces oil on the T-zone giving it a slightly matte finish. Neutrogena proudly boats of the perfect moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

  • How to use: Apply twice a day, immediately after cleansing. You can also use as and when required during the day.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 375 for 118ml.

Forest Essentials Pure Aloe Vera Light Hydrating Gel

Organically procured aloe vera is made into this super light facial gel with immense soothing and healing components. With components of Gehu plant (for skin regeneration and prevention of skin aging), Ashwagandha (a rejuvenating herb for anti-ageing), glycerine (for preventing moisture loss and softening), Wheat-germ Oil (for repairing damaged skin) and Aloe Vera (for soothing, hydration and moisture), Forest Essentials has done its bit to solve multiple skin issues in one box.

  • How to use: Apply once in the morning after cleansing and toning.
  • Available on: Forrest Essential website, Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs.1,425 for 50ml.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer

Enriched with green tea extracts, this Plum Moisturizer is infused with anti-oxidants that break away acne-causing bacterial proliferation and removes dead cells for faster skin regeneration. Free from paraben, silicon and other harmful chemicals, the glycolic acid present offers multi-dimensional care for boosting skin repair, controlled hydration and providing a non-shiny matte finish.

Bonus: Plum recycles the bottles and containers. Collect empty bottles after use and return to them for recycling.

  • How to use: Apply dots on forehead, cheeks and chin to rub gently with fingers in a circular motion.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nkyaa.
  • Price: Rs. 470 for 50ml.

Best Moisturizer for Oily skin

Oily skin usually means shiny skin around your T-zone due to larger pores and over-production of sebum oil under your skin. Use oil-free and light products, exfoliate only twice a week and cleanse your face twice a day. Here is a list of face moisturizer to keep your oily skin healthy and not-so-shiny.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

This Non-Comedogenic and Oil-Free Gel is perfect for oily skin as it contains glycerine and hyaluronic acid, both good for skin hydration without pore-clogging. It effectively penetrates the skin to retain and lock in moisture for effective hydration. The olive extracts are beneficial for preventing moisture loss and strengthens skin regeneration. The lightweight formula designed for oily skin has proven to reduce acne, smoothen skin and reduces the oily texture to the skin when continuously worn over time.

  • How to use: Apply small amounts every day in the morning after cleansing.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nkyaa.
  • Price: Rs. 849 for 50ml.

L’Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel

This dermatologically tested Face Gel is infused with sea minerals and zinc to regulate sebum within the skin, retain water for moisture and hydration. Enabled with microsponges, this icy gel absorbs excess sebum from the skin giving a subtle matte look. Use it every day to slowly tighten the pores and get rid of oily face for smooth skin texture. With just a dollop enough for a day’s worth protecting, the purifying minerals soothe and heals the skin over time.

  • How to use: Apply every morning and night after cleansing your face.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 570 for 50ml.

Himalaya Herbals Oil-Free Radiance Gel Cream

Himalaya’s Oil-Free Gel Cream is light, non-greasy and easy to use for an oil-free glow. Enriched with Barbary Fig and Winter Melon extracts, this gel-cream is rich in polysaccharides that give moisture and anti-oxidants that keep the skin away from acne, healthy and rejuvenated. Free from paraben and comedogenic, this gel-cream absorbs easily into the skin gives natural radiance like no other.

  • How to use: Apply evenly on your face and neck twice a day for over a week to notice a difference.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 260 for 50ml.

Lacto Calamine Oil Balance Lotion

Water-based lotion that is light and perfect for very oily and rough skin. Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, and Kaolin present in the lotion help clog pore thereby controlling oil and increasing softness. Oils in the skin help reduce wrinkles, slows down ageing and keeps the skin hydrated for long however excessive oil often causes severe acne and breakouts. This Lacto Calamine Oil Balance Lotion is perfect for absorbing excess oils to retain the right balance for healthy skin.

  • How to use: Apply the lotion in dots across the face and gently massage until it fully dries.
  • Available on: Flipkart and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 198 for 120ml.

Best Moisturizer for Dry skin

Dry skin is tight skin. You feel like the skin is stretching causing it to flake with red spots. Use creamy moisturizers and keep your skin hydrated to keep the pores open for healthy skin. Use the following products to make your daily routine meaningful.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Clinique offers intense moisture with this oil-free cream-gel that is perfect for very dry to dry skin. Apply every morning after cleansing for 24-hour hydration with this deep absorption formula. It is fragrant free, rich in hydrants and makes skin super soft after continuous use. The moisture surge hydrating supercharge concentrate keeps your skin plump and dewy. It is also highly vouched by make-artists for its effective qualities.

  • How to use: Apply twice a day.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 1,680 for 30ml.

Lotus Herbal Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal

Lotus Herbal Alphamoist is ideal for rejuvenating your skin for a younger and softer feel. The goodness of grape extract helps with astringent properties to tighten the skin, aloe vera with antioxidant for deep moisture, and milk enzymes with antimicrobial properties for healing, anti-inflammatory and soothing for wholesome care. It provides vibrant smooth complexion, keeping skin hydrated for hours and relishes skin moisture.

  • How to use: Apply lavish amount on your face and skin twice a day for a couple of weeks to notice any change.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 295 for 80ml.

Cetaphil Dam Daily Advanvce Ultra Hydrating Lotion

Demagogically recommended and chemical-free, Cetaphil Daily Advance Hydrating Lotion provides intense moisturizer for 24 hours. It contains natural ingredients like macadamia oil and shea butter which is enriched with Vitamin E and Vitamin B5. With a unique combination of ingredients like Humectant (for attracting and retaining moisture in the skin), Emollient (for softening and soothing the skin), Lipids (for strengthening skin barriers), Waterlock (for hydrating the skin) and skin-replenishing agents that maintain healthy skin. This non-greasy formula is fragrant free and does not clog skin pores.

  • How to use: Use every morning after cleansing and as required.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price: Rs. 166 for 30ml

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

This Vitamin E Cream by The Body Shop has the lightness of a lotion but the intensity of thick creams for deep skin moisturization. Formulated with bio-fermented hyaluronic acid and wheat germ oil, it helps ward off dryness. The cream also easily absorbs face and locks moisture for controlled hydration which leaves the skin soft and smooth. Best used right after cleansing the face when its till moist to absorb all moisture.

  • How to use: Use every morning after cleansing and as required.
  • Available on: Amazon India and Nykaa.
  • Price:Rs. 995 for 50ml.
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