For those of us with combination skin, finding the right moisturiser can be one of the hardest parts of a beauty regime. We want something that really moisturises the dry areas without emphasising the oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and making it look greasier. Throw in problematic blackheads or acne-prone areas and it can turn into a minefield.

One option is to use two moisturisers for different areas, but with all the technology in the world, surely there are products out there which can do everything. In trying to streamline a routine and save space, you want one product which works across the board.

Here, we tested a variety of different moisturisers, which claim to work for both dry and oily areas of the face. We applied morning and evening, after cleansing and toning and sometimes using a serum, and wore them for a few days each to get a sense of how they really function in the real world.

For a morning product, we were looking for a moisturiser that sat well under makeup and kept the skin feeling hydrated for an entire day of being in different temperatures and environments. For a night moisturiser, we want a product rich enough to have a noticeable effect in the morning, but not so thick that it clogs the pores.

In an ideal world, it would be great to use just one moisturiser as a day and night product (and as an eye cream too but the laziest among us), but depending on your preferences and needs, that might not be possible for everyone.

Of course, moisturisers are not the be all and end all of good skin. Thoroughly cleansing every day without fail is the most crucial part of looking after your skin, but some cleansers, toners, masks and exfoliators can end up stripping the skin of its natural moisture, so it’s important to use a product which replenishes it, to keep the skin supple and get that glowy, bouncy look.

Here are the moisturisers we’ve found that really do work for both the dry and the oilier areas of a combination skin face.

The verdict: Moisturisers for combination skin

Dr Jart+ has managed to create the perfect all-rounder: a moisturiser that really hydrates dry areas without adding any oiliness to the T-zone, works beautifully under makeup and makes a great night cream – it can even be used in the eye area and comes in travel-friendly packaging. It’s as close to the perfect moisturiser for combination skin as we’ve been able to find, although for a more affordable day-time alternative, Mario Bedascu is great value for money.

If you’re looking specifically for a night cream, The Ordinary is a good simple product. For something that will look great under makeup in your dry and oily areas, Hydraluron is the one. And if you’re looking to invest in more plant-based ingredients and cruelty-free brands, the new Clarins range is a great option.

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