The Best Products for Combination Skin
Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
This wash lifts makeup (and even sunscreen) in record time but doesn’t lather so much that it strips skin of all its oils. It feels creamy and contains soothing botanicals, so it deep-cleans “without leaving your face tight,” said a tester.
To buy: $19.50, clinique.com.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser
Smooth microbeads slough off dead cells, while glycerin helps skin to retain moisture. Testers liked that the formula “felt gentle, not scratchy, and washed off with no gritty residue.”
To buy: $22.50, elizabetharden.com.
REN Clarifying Toning Lotion
To combat the oily, breakout-prone T-zone that comes with combo skin, you may want to reach for a toner. This gentler alternative to the typical astringent uses exfoliating enzymes and willow bark to keep pores clear and tight.
To buy: $28, renskincare.com.
Best Daytime Moisturizer
Murad Balancing Moisturizer
Praised as “the full package” by a tester, this lightweight lotion (with broad-spectrum sun protection) hydrates, while Japanese alder-flower extract helps prevent blackheads and lends a “lovely, subtle scent.”
To buy: $35, murad.com.
Best Night Cream
No. 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream
The glycerin-filled potion sinks right in to moisturize without clogging pores. Zinc and witch hazel regulate oil production, and vitamins E and C brighten so you wake up radiant but not shiny. “Finally, a night cream that doesn’t feel like a mask!” said a tester.
To buy: $14, target.com.