How to Care for Combination Skin in 4 Easy Steps
If your skin is dry in some areas and oily in others, you most likely have a combination skin type. When you have combination skin it can be challenging to create a skin-care routine that can address both dryness and an excess of oil. You may find that some products are too hydrating while others sop up too much oil, leaving your skin flakey and irritated. Needless to say, having combo skin can be quite a balancing act. Thankfully, we’ve done the grunt work for you! Ahead, find a few tips on how to care for combination skin and create a routine that works for you.
Step One: Cleanse Gently
If your cleanser doesn’t say that it’s made for combination skin, it’s time to get a new one. It’s best to use skin-care products tailored to your specific needs and this is especially true for combination skin types. Morning and night, use a gentle cleanser to rid your skin’s surface of dirt, excess oils and lingering impurities. It can be creamy or gel-based, so long as it’s non-irritating. The best type of cleanser for combination skin is one that can cleanse and mattify your T-zone (and other oily areas) without over-drying your cheeks. At night, always remove your makeup with a makeup remover wipe or cleansing water first. This helps ensure that your pores are free from buildup while you sleep.
Step Two: Balance With a Toner
After cleansing, help to restore your skin’s optimal pH levels with a nourishing toner. Look for one formulated to help hydrate dry skin and minimize oil at the same time, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. It’s formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface and remove any remaining residue and dirt without stripping skin of moisture.
Step Three: Moisturize Often
Having combination skin is no excuse to skip out on moisturizer. Similar to SPF, all skin types need hydration. Stick to oil-free moisturizers that won’t add additional grease to your T-zone. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat helps to target oil for a dual mattifying and pore-refining action, making it a great base to wear underneath makeup.
Step Four: Protect With SPF
The number one, non-negotiable skin-care product that everyone should be wearing every day — whether you have combination skin, sensitive skin or mature skin — is broad-spectrum sunscreen. It’s essential to protect skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin daily, even when it’s cloudy, and reapply as directed. If you have combination skin, look for a lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 60. It absorbs quickly and dries with a silky, matte finish.
Combination Skin-Care Tips
Cleanse, tone, moisturize and apply sunscreen—follow these four steps on a daily basis to care for your combination skin. To up the ante follow the helpful tips below, too.
Avoid Harsh Soaps
Some soaps are formulated with ingredients that can strip your combination skin of vital moisture. This may trick your skin into thinking it’s dry, leading to hypersecretion of oil. So, not only can harsh soaps irritate your skin, they can also further aggravate your skin concerns.
Blot Away Excess Oil
Store some blotting papers, like NYX Professional Makeup Blotting Paper, in your purse, at your desk and in your car to help address unwanted oil slick in a pinch. These papers help temporarily absorb oil and mattify skin without ruining your makeup.
Exfoliate Regularly but Not Too Often
Exfoliation is a key skin-care step that involves sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of skin. It helps your complexion not only appear less dull, but also feel smoother to the touch. As for how
often you should exfoliate, there’s no universal frequency because exfoliation largely depends on your skin’s tolerance levels. No matter your skin type, you’ll want to avoid over-exfoliating as it can irritate your face. When in doubt, tread lightly and start by trying it once a week and slowly build up to two-to-three times per week, as tolerated. Because you’re managing two skin types, your best bet is to reach for a scrub that’s suitable for all like L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub.
Multi-Mask to Target Different Facial Areas
One of the perks of having combination skin is being able to multi-mask. Multi-masking uses a targeted approach by allowing you to customize the way you use your face masks. For instance, it may be best to apply an oil-absorbing clay mask to your T-zone, like the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, and a hydrating face mask onto cheeks, like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, to add some moisture.
Don’t Touch Your Face
This seems easy enough to follow, but you’d be surprised how often your dirty hands come into contact with your face. Hands can carry a lot of germs which can wreak havoc on your skin. Resist the urge to rest your head on your hands at your desk, rub your eyes, and, of course, pick at any blemishes. Your skin will thank you.