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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I would like to know if Oil of Olay is the best moisturizer for combination skin of a 41 year old? If not, what is a good moisturizer? I currently use Neutrogena and used a trial size of the new Oil of Olay, Total Effects.

A: It's difficult to say that one moisturizer is the "best", although some are certainly better than others! A good moisturizer will hydrate without greasiness while leaving your skin smooth, soft, and - optimally - protected from sun damage. Also, many moisturizers now target older skin with an arsenal of anti-aging ingredients - alpha and beta hydroxys, grapeseed, retinol, etc. What's best for one person's skin may be a disaster for another. You didn't mention whether you have sensitive skin, breakouts, lines or other problems, so it's hard make a recommendation. Total Effects is targeted toward anti-aging, but it may be a bit rich for some combination skin. If you feel greasy, you might want to try an oil-free daytime moisturizer and use something richer at night.

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