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If you have dry skin or oily skin, taking care of it is pretty clear-cut. You look for skin care products formulated for your skin type and add them to your skin care routine to keep your complexion looking its best. But combination skin can be a little trickier. Before diving head first into a skin care routine for combination skin, let’s take a minute to discuss the ins and outs of combination skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, combination skin is often marked by an oily T-zone (your forehead, nose, and chin) and dry cheeks. Since you’re dealing with oily skin and dry skin on different parts of your face, it’s not surprising that you may not be sure where to start when it comes to putting together a skin care routine. Wondering which facial cleanser, moisturizer, or face mask to use on combination skin? Below, we’re sharing more on our best skin care products for combination skin and tips for caring for combination skin.
Start off your skin care routine with a no-rinse cleanse using a micellar water. Look for one formulated for all skin types, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Once you’re done with micellar water, reach for a rinse-off cleanser to help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin. Have combination skin? Try the L’Oréal Paris Purify & Mattify Pure-Clay Cleanser, which helps remove impurities without over-drying skin. It also has a matte finish. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face in circular motions, then rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.
When you have combination skin, finding a moisturizer that works for your entire complexion is super-important. The thing is, you might find it makes more sense to use a couple of different moisturizers on different areas of your face depending on your combination skin’s needs. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin are both formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
Why use one face mask when you could use a few? If you have combination skin, think about multi-masking and applying different face masks to different areas of your face, depending on your skin’s specific needs. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Apply your face mask(s) of choice to clean, dry skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Another skin care tip for combination skin: Try exfoliating a few times a week. Check out the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub. Each face scrub is formulated with three sugars and melt into skin for a luminous, soft finish. Use three times a week for best results.
No matter you skin type, or the season of the year, you should keep sun protection top of mind in your skin care routine. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily as directed—and limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
And there you have a skin care routine for combination skin! Next up, check out 5 Makeup Tips for Combination Skin.