How is it different from routines for other skin types?
It’s a good idea to think conservatively when figuring out your skin care routine for combination skin.
Go for gentle products that can moisturize dry areas without creating more oiliness. And only apply treatments to the needed areas for specific issues.
Use products in this order to help create more balanced skin.
Cleanser. It’s important to remove any buildup that occurs overnight.
Toner. Toner removes any oil that your cleanser didn’t and balances your skin’s pH levels. Make sure to grab an alcohol-free toner.
Serum. Serums, or treatments, hydrate and protect your skin. It’s best to opt for a serum with hyaluronic acid.
Moisturizer. With combination skin, you’ll want two moisturizers. For dry areas, choose a creamy formula. For oily parts, choose a lightweight, water-based formula.
Sunscreen. Choose a lightweight formula with at least SPF 30.
Makeup. If desired, use lightweight products. Foundation and concealer should have oil-free formulas.
In the evening, try applying products in this order:
Makeup remover. If you wear makeup, makeup remover helps keep pores unclogged and gives your skin a chance to breathe. Micellar water is one of the gentlest products to use for this.
Cleanser. A nighttime cleanser should remove any makeup remnants and natural buildup.
Exfoliant. Once per week, exfoliants are great for removing dead skin cells, which keeps pores clear and relieves dry areas.
Facial mask. Once per week, try multi-masking, which is when you apply different masks to different areas of the face.
Serum, treatment, or moisturizer. Evenings are for stronger products, so choose an emollient-rich moisturizer for dry areas.