The Best Face Masks for Combination Skin

Choose a mask that will both zap oil and retain moisture.

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You've got a conundrum: Some parts of your complexion are greasy, and other parts are dry. That makes picking out a face mask hard, as those made for oily skin are too dehydrating for your dry skin and those made for dry or normal skin don't do enough against your oils. Thankfully, some masks contain a balance between the two extremes, helping you to zap oil without sucking out all your moisture. If only solving all your other beauty and style conundrums was this easy.

Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn & Cucumber Moisturizing Mask

Pick a green skincare product that leaves your girlfriends turning green with envy! This organic face mask comes formulated specifically for combination skin and contains "good anti-irritants," says skin expert and author Paula Begoun, also known as the Cosmetics Cop. That's perfect for combination skin prone to redness. All-natural nut meals like organic almonds help to gently exfoliate your skin for a more glowing complexion, while antioxidants like vitamin C help protect your skin. The absorbent additives such as plant flours absorb excess oils in your greasy T-zone, and natural moisturizers like organic aloe hydrate your drier areas.

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay

You want to be a breakout star, not a victim of acne breakouts. For combination skin that's prone to blemishes in its greasy areas, try SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay mask. The website for "InStyle" Magazine praised it, noting that its natural clays help absorb excess oil without dehydrating your skin, which is perfect for targeting oily spots without dehydrating your drier skin regions. Meanwhile, a combination of all-natural acids treats excess oil production and blasts away your pimples.

Kiss My Face Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask

For normal and combination skin, "Real Simple" magazine's website recommends Kiss My Face's mask. While clay helps soak up the oil and dirt clogging your pores, aloe vera, glycerin and other natural moisturizers keep your dry skin soft and happy. The addition of tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic ingredient, keeps acne at bay. With skin this perfect, who wouldn't want to kiss your face?

Caudalie Paris Vinopure Purifying Mask for Combination Skin

Just because you can't afford a trip to Paris doesn't mean you can't enjoy some of the city's finer things. True to its name, this Parisian mask contains a "mix of absorbents and emollient...thickeners," reports Begoun. The emollients, including antioxidant-rich grapeseed oils, help moisturize and soothe your dry skin, while bentonite clay and kaolin clay help draw out the toxins in your pores and absorb your skin's grease.

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