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Match IT: How to Find the Best Moisturizer For Oily, Dry, and Combination Skin Types

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Applying a moisturizer seems simple enough. Grab a cream in a pretty jar, apply it to your face, and then go about your day. While this carefree selection method can end up working out for some people, other times you may find that your moisturizer isn’t delivering the results you want. Maybe your skin still seems dry, perhaps you’re breaking out, or maybe you’re dealing with stubborn signs of aging that just get worse despite routine slathering.

The reality is that finding your skin cream soulmate makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. To find your perfect moisturizer match, we’re helping you identify your skin type, outlining what factors to look for, and offering recommendations for each.

Which IT Cosmetics Moisturizer Is Best For Dry Skin?

There are a handful of ways to know if you fit into the “dry skin” category. Perhaps your face feels tight, rough in texture, or has flaking and peeling in some spots. If you look in the mirror and see fine lines, that could also be an indicator. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), fine lines occur because skin is depleted of moisture instead of plumped and hydrated.I What’s more: these dry-skin signals could be exacerbated after showering or washing your face. 

While anyone can have dry skin, it does become more common for mature skin since our bodies produce less sebum as we age. If you’re in the market for a top-notch moisturizer fordry skin, then look for rich, oil-based creams that hydrate and bolster the skin barrier.

Confidence in a Cream™ Hydrating Moisturizer contains shea butter, a skin-loving emollient that soothes, softens, and nourishes. It’s also made with plumping hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that draws moisture from the air and supports skin elasticity while improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

This does-it-all moisturizer is also formulated with peptides for smoother, firmer-looking skin, and ceramides to help reinforce the skin barrier so it retains moisture more effectively. What’s more, it delivers a whopping 24 hours of serious hydration. Basically, it’s a dry skin hero.

Another option for dry skin isSecret Sauce™ Moisturizer, an anti-aging cream that helps visibly plump, hydrate, and nourish skin via hyaluronic acid, peptides, and hydrolyzed collagen. It’s also powered by our Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a blend of 7 ingredients that work overtime to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Meanwhile, real diamond powder acts as your skin’s best friend to deliver that enviable, lit-from-within glow.

Pro Tip: To add even more hydration to your routine, we recommend applying 2-3 drops of Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum before your moisturizer, morning and night.

Which IT Cosmetics Moisturizer Is Good For Oily Skin?

The biggest indicator of an oily skin type is a slick look and feel—especially on your nose and forehead. (This is often referred to as the “T-zone.”) People with oily skin also tend to have larger-looking pores since oil settles into them, and they might also be more prone to developing acne.

There’s a widely-held belief that if you have oily skin, you don’t need a moisturizer, but this is a myth! Sometimes if your skin isn’t moisturized, it can overcompensate by producing more oil. In that sense, everyone can benefit from moisturizing. 

If you have oily skin, the key is to use a lightweight, water-based product that absorbs quickly, such as Confidence in a Gel Lotion™. This gel moisturizer for oily skin feels weightless, but still manages to deliver an impressive 72 hours of intense hydration. It’s infused with moisture-boosting glycerin and cactus flower extract to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and leave skin looking radiant and healthy. You can even use it as a makeup primer to help your cosmetics glide on more seamlessly.

In cases where you’re dealing with Bye Bye Redness™ Sensitive Skin Moisturizer helps soothe and hydrate while improving the look of facial redness via colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, and anti-inflammatory cucumber. 

Pro Tip: It’s not just dry skin that benefits from exfoliation. To reduce the look of large pores (a common side effect of oily skin), we recommend applying 4-5 drops of Bye Bye Pores Glycolic Acid Serum before your moisturizer at night.

Which IT Cosmetics Moisturizer Is Good For Combination Skin?

Combination skin types can experience the best and worst of both worlds. This ultimately looks different for everyone, but it often presents as areas of both oily skin and dry skin on different parts of the face. Striking the perfect balance in your routine should be goal number one. That means paying attention to how your face looks and feels on a given day, and being ready to reach for the right product according to your skin’s needs.

Generally speaking, using a sheer moisturizer for combination skin is ideal, and Confidence in a Gel Lotion is an excellent choice. If you notice areas of your skin begin leaning more into dry territory—maybe after a hot shower or during the winter months—then reach for a heavier, oil-based product such as Confidence in a Cream™. 

Some people with combination skin can also find the perfect balance by using a lightweight moisturizer in the morning and then subbing in a heavier skin cream as part of their nighttime regimen. As a precursor to your moisturizer, you can also pair our Bye Bye Serums together to address multiple skin concerns at the same time. Ultimately, it’s about finding that perfect routine for your skin, so experiment until you feel things click into place.

Few things are certain in life, but applying moisturizer is one bit of advice you—and your skin—can rely on. Here’s to finding (and using) a game-changing product that makes you feel happy, and keeps your skin looking hydrated, healthy, and absolutely radiant.


  1. “Dry skin: Signs and symptoms.”American Academy of Dermatology Association.
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