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When it comes down to it, cleansing and moisturizing should be two of the most important steps in any skin care routine—regardless of your skin type. Of course, how you actually cleanse and moisturize depends completely on your skin type. While those with dry skin can often benefit from using a cream cleanser and heavy moisturizer, those with oily skin are better off using mattifying skin care products. Makes sense, right? Things can be a little more complicated for combination skin types, though. That’s why we’re sharing exactly how to cleanse and moisturize combination skin—plus, other useful skin care tips for this skin type.
Before we get to how to cleanse and moisturize combination skin, it’s important to determine whether or not this is actually your skin type. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), combination skin has areas on the face that are dry and areas on the face that are oily. Oftentimes, those with combination skin find that their T-zone (which is comprised of your forehead, nose, and chin) are oily, while their cheeks tend to be dry, according to the AAD.
There’s no way around it: Cleansing should be the first step in both your morning and evening skin care routines. That’s because cleansing can help remove impurities from the surface of your skin. According to the AAD, you should reach for a mild cleanser if you have combination skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser, which lifts dirt and impurities without over-drying skin.
Heading to the gym or traveling? Pack a micellar water with you, as it’s a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, cleans dirt and impurities form the surface of your skin, and removes makeup. All you have to do to use it is soak a cotton pad with the cleanser and wipe the pad across your face.
Just as cleansing should be a part of everyone’s skin care routine—regardless of skin type—so should moisturizing. When you have combination skin, look for a moisturizer that most closely suits your complexion’s needs. For example, if your T-zone tends to get oily, you may want to consider applying a moisturizer that has a matte finish. 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. Smooth your moisturizer over your face and neck after cleansing morning and night.
A comprehensive skin care routine goes beyond just cleansing and moisturizing. Follow these additional guidelines to help care for your combination complexion.
Combination skin care rule #1: Try multi-masking. Multi-masking involves smoothing different masks onto different areas of your face to address different needs at the same time. Put this skin care trend to good use with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Mask.
Combination skin care rule #2: Take sun protection seriously. Really, this tip goes out to everyone—no matter your skin type. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily, and reapply at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Don’t stop there, though! According to the FDA, there are a few other sun protection measures you should take in addition to wearing sunscreen. You should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up exposed areas when you’re outside.
Combination skin care rule #3: Blot away excess oils. Blotting sheets are about to become your makeup bag’s new BFF. Keep the convenient absorbent sheets on hand, and use them to help soak up excess oils throughout the day without messing up your makeup. Win, win!
Combination skin care rule #4: Exfoliate weekly. Sloughing away dead skin cells from your skin’s surface with a gentle scrub can help brighten the look of your complexion. As for how often you should exfoliate your combination skin, it depends. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to figure out what works best for you.
Next, check out these makeup tips for combination skin!