How to Care for Combination Skin in 4 Easy Steps
When you have combination skin it can be a confusing process to create a skin care routine that can address both dryness and an excess of oil. Thankfully we’ve done the grunt work for you! Below find a few tips on how to care for combination skin in four easy steps!
Is your skin dry in some areas and oily in others? You may have combination skin. As someone who has an oily T-Zone and dry cheeks, allow me to officially welcome you to the club. Unlike traditional clubs, you likely won’t find much reason to rejoice or “party” over your fickle skin type. Unlike skin types that are either dry or oily, we have to deal with both. You may find that some products are too hydrating while others sop up too much oil. Needless to say, having combo skin can be quite the balancing act. But just because it’s frustrating to deal with two opposite skin personalities doesn’t mean you should throw your hands up in defeat. There are tons of useful tips and tricks to help please both areas of your skin—and we’re sharing them with you ahead! Keep reading to discover how to care for your combination skin in four easy steps!
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 that have been created for 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 (or other oily areas) without over-drying your cheeks. At night, always remove your makeup with a makeup remover wipe or tissue-off makeup remover first. This helps ensure that your pores are free from buildup while you snooze.
STEP TWO: BALANCE WITH A TONER
After cleansing, help to restore your skin’s optimal pH—more on the importance of pH balance here!—with a nourishing toner. Look for one formulated to help hydrate dry skin and minimize excess oiliness at the same time. Reach for an alcohol-free toner, 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, dirt, and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.
STEP THREE: MOISTURIZE OFTEN
There’s no excuse to skip out on moisturizer. Similar to SPF—more on that below!—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 in skin care—whether you have combination skin, sensitive skin, or mature skin—is broad-spectrum sunscreen. All skin needs protection 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 45 Face. It absorbs quickly and dries with a silky, matte finish.
OTHER TIPS TO FOLLOW
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 a hypersecretion of oil. So, not only can harsh soaps irritate your skin, they can also further aggravate your skin concerns. In addition to cleansing up to twice per day (more than that can also be problematic!), stick to a gentle formula that’s suitable for combination skin. Lucky for you, we share exactly how to find the best cleanser for your skin type—plus, a handful of our favorites from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—here!
BLOT AWAY EXCESS OIL
Excess oil got you down? Don’t fret. Store some blotting papers—like NYX Professional Makeup Blotting Paper—in your purse, at your desk, and in your car to help address an unwanted oil slick in a pinch. These papers help temporarily absorb oil and mattify skin without budging your makeup.
EXFOLIATE REGULARLY…BUT NOT TOO OFTEN
Exfoliation is a key skin care step for sloughing away dead skin cells from the surface of skin, which can help your skin not only appear less dull but also feel smoother to the touch. As for how often one should exfoliate, there’s no universal frequency. Why? Because exfoliation largely depends on your skin’s tolerance levels. No matter your skin type, over-exfoliating is what you want to avoid since this can irritate all areas of your face. When in doubt, tread lightly. Start with once a week and slowly build up to 2-3 times per week, as tolerated. Since you’re managing two skin types, your best bet is to reach for a scrub that’s suitable for all skin types—like Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial 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, my T-Zone is oilier than my cheeks, which tend to be dry. Thus, I’m best suited to apply an oil-absorbing clay mask to my T-Zone and a hydrating face mask onto my cheeks to add some moisture. This way, each zone of my face is receiving the proper care.
Ready to give multi-masking a try? We share the 411 on this uber-popular masking technique, here!
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 invisible 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, pop those zits. Your skin will thank you.
By following the tips above your combination skin care routine should be a breeze!