5 Moisturizers for Combination Skin

Having a combination skin type can be tricky when it comes to skincare—my skin can quickly transform from sandpaper to an oil slick over the course of one day. Managing combination skin is all about balancing the two out. It’s especially important to keep your skin moisturized to the max because dehydration is often the root of the problem. Below are my top five picks for moisturizers that target the needs of combo skin both day and night.


Tatcha The Water Cream

$68 USD

If you’re looking for an instant boost of hydration without having to splash a gallon of water on your face, this Tatcha moisturizer is the closest thing I’ve found to it. The oil-free, anti-aging formula transforms from a cream consistency to a burst of water on the skin immediately upon application. The Japanese botanicals, wild rose and leopard lily, balance the skin’s natural oils to provide a shine-free glow.

Dr. Jart Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

$39 USD

Similar to Tatcha’s at almost half the cost, this gel-cream from Dr. Jart provides ultimate hydration with an ultra lightweight feel. The formula contains a blend of AquaMinerals that help to balance the skin’s moisture levels. This is one of my go-to daytime moisturizers to energize my skin in the morning and keep it looking fresh.

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer

$28.50 USD

While this moisturizer from Origins is more of a thicker gel consistency than those from Tatcha or Dr. Jart, I find that it is equally as absorbent and lightweight (and oil-free!). The “GinZing” line is coined by its key ingredient, panax ginseng, as well as coffee bean to brighten and refresh lackluster skin. For a coffee addict like me, why not have caffeine in my moisturizer, too?


Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème

$48 USD

Practically at five stars on Sephora’s website, this new moisturizer from Herbivore Botanicals is a fan favorite—and for good reason. Although on the thicker side, the formula melts quickly into the skin and truly feels like a “pink cloud”on your face. Formulated with natural rosewater, aloe water, sodium hyaluronate, white tea, and rice extracts, the cream hydrates and soothes without leaving my skin more oily.


Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

$68 USD

Lastly, I thought I would throw in this brand new release from Drunk Elephant since I’ve had the chance to test it out for a couple weeks now. Their new Protini Polypeptide Cream is packed with as much moisture as it is skin-improving ingredients. The protein moisturizer is concentrated with nine signal peptides that support the skin’s renewal process to revive, firm and plump your complexion. Unlike their Lala Retro Whipped Cream, this formula has a gel-cream texture perfect for combination skin types (but all skin types, for that matter). As DE themselves put it, it really is like adding a shot of protein to your smoothie.