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Caring for combination skin can be complicated. That’s because you may experience different skin issues on different areas of your face. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, combination skin is a well, a combination of oily skin and dry skin. If you have combination skin, you may notice that your T-zone (which includes your forehead, nose, and chin) are oily, while your cheeks are dry.
Having combination skin can make it difficult to find the right skin care products, including moisturizer, for your skin type. Of course, you’re probably well aware that using moisturizer should be part of your daily routine, regardless of your skin type, so finding the best one for you is definitely important. Keep reading to find our best moisturizers for combination skin below—along with a step-by-step skin care routine for your skin type.
No matter what skin type you have, you should be using a moisturizer twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). So, finding the right one for your skin type is key. Try one of the following moisturizer options if you have combination skin.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin: Does your T-zone tend to look oily? Then look for a moisturizer that has a matte finish, like this one. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water, this water-based, oil-free, non-greasy moisturizer helps to provide long-lasting hydration with a fresh, matte look.
How to use it: Every morning and night, apply the moisturizer to your face and neck after cleansing, gently smoothing it onto your skin.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light: As you age, your skin can start to appear duller. Enter this facial oil, which can help provide hydration and the appearance of brighter skin in mature skin that’s oily or combination. It’s formulated with a purifying blend of eight essential oils and has a weightless finish that leaves skin looking dewy and vibrant, not greasy.
How to use it: Every morning and evening, apply 4-5 drops onto the palm of your hand. With your finger, dab the facial oil in small dots onto cleansed skin. Then, gently smooth and press the facial oil onto your face and neck, using the whole surface of your hand.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30: Sun protection is a must for all skin types, including combination skin, year-round. (Yep, you should still take sun protection measures even when it’s not summer!) To simplify your skin care routine, look for a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like this one, which is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30. Immediately after use, skin feels silky soft, smooth, and hydrated.
How to use it: Apply as directed. According to the Food and Drug Administration, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily as directed and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Your work shouldn’t end there, though. In addition to applying (and reapplying) sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Now that you know how to find a moisturizer for combination skin, it’s time to put it to good use! Follow our guide to taking care of combination skin below.
What to do every day: Cleansing and moisturizing should be top of mind as part of your skin care routine for combination skin. You should be taking both skin care steps twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. You now have a better idea of what kind of moisturizer to use when you have combination skin, so let’s talk cleansers.
Just as we told you to consider trying a moisturizer with a matte finish, you can also think about picking up a mattifying cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, as well. To use, squeeze the cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
What to do a few times a week: There are some parts of your skin care routine that don’t need to be done every day, like exfoliating and using a face mask. Exfoliating dead skin cells from the surface of your skin can help make your skin appear brighter, as dead skin cell buildup can cause the look of dullness. As far as how often you should exfoliate goes, it depends. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others can only handle doing so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you. Then try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, which is suitable for oily and combination skin and helps to purify skin of dirt, oil, and pollution.
A face mask can also be a great product to incorporate into your skin care routine if you have combination skin—and actually, you may want to use more than just one. Try multi-masking, which involves applying different face masks to different areas of your face at the same time, if you have combination skin. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask.
Ready to go out into the world and show your combination skin the TLC it deserves? Get even more beauty advice for your skin type by reading our article, 5 Makeup Tips for Combination Skin.