Have you noticed that some parts of your skin are dry while other parts are oily? If that’s the case, you might have combination skin. It can be tricky to figure out how to care for your skin properly since different parts of your face have different needs. But you can help your skin find the perfect balance by following a skin care routine for combination skin. Ahead, we’re sharing some tips on how to treat combination skin and the must-have products to help give it the balance it needs.
How To Tell If You Have Combination Skin?
You’ll know you have combination skin when you feel like you’re dealing with two different skin types at the same time. When you have oily skin, you can expect to deal with a greasy-looking complexion all over your face. You can also likely expect blackheads and pimples to become a factor. With dry skin, you can experience patches of dryness and even flaking. When you have combination skin your cheeks, temples, and eye area are dull and dry, while other parts of your face are oily, especially around the T-zone area (the central part of your face, including your forehead, nose, and chin).
Ahead, check out helpful skin care tips and product recommendations that can help you put together a tailored skin care routine based on your combination skin needs.
1. Use A Gentle Facial Cleanser
Your skin’s surface becomes covered with dirt, excess oils, and impurities throughout the day. Make sure to use a facial cleanser that will help mattify your oily T-zone without over-drying your cheeks and under-eye area. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types is a great pick for combo skin. It’s a no-rinse facial cleanser that can be used to clean out the surface of your skin.
Editors Tip: This step is crucial when wearing face masks throughout the day. Masks can create build-up on the skin and lead to irritation while sitting on top of the face for extended periods of time, so make sure to wash your face twice daily.
If you have combination skin, grab a face scrub that’s suitable for all skin types since you are dealing with two types of skin, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub. It will work to remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface and polish away dead skin. With continued use over time, your pores will look tighter and less visible. Keep in mind that you should only exfoliate a few times a week to avoid being too harsh on your skin.
3. Apply A Moisturizer
The best moisturizer for combination skin would be an oil-free option, as it won’t add any additional slickness to your already oily T-zone area. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica is formulated with tiger grass which helps to repair the skin barrier to resist visible signs of aging. Every morning and evening, smooth it over your face until thoroughly absorbed.
4. Stop Touching Your Face
We get it: This is easier said than done. But your hands carry a lot of invisible dirt (amongst other things), and you don’t want to transfer that to your face, as it could end up clogging your pores.
5. Blot Away Oil
Dealing with excess shine? Reach for blotting papers! These papers are easy to fit in your bag and can offer you a quick way to cut back on excess grease mid-day. They’ll temporarily absorb oil without ruining your makeup.
6. Make Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Your BFF
One of the best ways you can care for your skin is by applying a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF value of 30 or higher) each day. Spending time in the sun sans SPF protection can cause damage, which can lead to visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re pressed for time, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30.
7. Treat Your Complexion To A Face Mask
Multi-masking is a great way to take care of combination skin. Simultaneously, applying different face masks to other areas of your face is the perfect technique for combination skin types. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which is formulated with charcoal to help draw out impurities and tighten up your pores. Apply the mask on your T-zone area or on parts of your face that get the most oil. On the drier areas, try using the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask that will calm stressed skin and cleanse while adding moisture back to your complexion thanks to gentle ingredients like seaweed.
8. Don’t Forget About Your Eyes
Keep an eye cream on hand to help minimize the appearance of dark circles or under-eye bags —and apply it morning and night. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye is an anti-aging eye cream formulated with light-diffusing pigments to instantly reduce the appearance of aging and fatigue around the eyes. The look of dark circles, crow’s feet, and puffiness are minimized with continued use over time.