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 (for me, around my nostrils and eyes, but often cheeks as well with others), 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.
Historically, I’ve opted for 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, I tested a variety of different moisturisers, which claim to work for both dry and oily areas of the face. I applied morning and evening, after cleansing and toning (and a serum in the evenings), 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, I was looking for a moisturiser that sat well under make-up and kept my skin feeling hydrated for an entire day of being in different temperatures and environments. For a night moisturiser, I want a product rich enough to have a noticeable effect in the morning, but not so thick that it clogs my pores.
In an ideal world, I’d love to be able to use just one moisturiser as a day and night product (and as an eye cream too – I’m pretty lazy with my skincare), but depending on your preferences and needs, that might not be possible for everyone.