The Ultimate Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin

What Causes Combination Skin?

According to dermatologist and certified esthetician Kavita Mariwala, MD, FAAD, combination skin is as common as any other skin type.

The difference is that combination skin is oily in some places and dry in others. For example, Marivala notes that oily T-zone and dry cheeks are common.

There’s nothing that causes combination skin (it’s genetic), but it can change with hormones and seasons.

As we age, skin tends to become drier and less oily in response to hormonal changes. Other hormonal factors that can cause skin changes are menstruation and birth control.

Combination Skin Conditions

A combination of oily and dry skin can manifest in different ways and in varying amounts.

There are no hard and fast rules for how you look and feel, it changes based on weather, lifestyle factors and stress.

With a little observation, you can get an idea of exactly what your combination skin looks like.

Engine oil symptoms may include:

glowing skin
large visible hole
Symptoms of dehydration may include:

great title
tightness or roughness
The Best Skincare Routine for Combination Skin
When deciding on a skincare routine for combination skin, it’s a good idea to think carefully.

Use gentle products that moisturize dry patches without excess oil, and treat only specific problem areas.

normal morning

Use products in this order for more balanced skin.

Cleaner It is important to remove any buildup that may have formed overnight.
Toner. The toner removes any oil that the cleanser doesn’t and balances the skin’s pH. Just be sure to bring an alcohol-free toner.
serum. Serums moisturize and protect your skin. It is best to choose a serum that contains hyaluronic acid.
Moisturize. For combination skin, you will need two moisturizers. For dry areas, choose a creamy formula. For oily areas, choose a light, water-based formula.
Sunscreen Choose a lightweight formula with at least SPF 30.
If applying makeup, use a light product. Foundations and concealers should be oil-free formulas.
usually afternoon

At night, try applying products in the following order:

Makeup remover. If you wear makeup, makeup remover will help unclog pores and give your skin a chance to breathe. Micellar water is one of the milder products available for this purpose.
Day and night cleanser. A nighttime cleanser should remove makeup residue in addition to natural buildup.
scrub. A weekly scrub is great for sloughing away dead skin cells, keeping pores clear and soothing dry patches.
Face mask. Try using multiple masks once a week, that is, applying different masks to different parts of your face.
Serum, treatment or moisturizer. Stronger products are best used at night, so opt for a gentler moisturizer for dry patches.

Ingredients to consider:

Hyaluronic acid is great for the face because it hydrates the skin without making it oily, which can add to the oiliness.
Salicylic Acid regulates oil production and helps unclog pores.
Lactic Acid acts as a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin cells from dry areas and gently unclog pores.
Emollients are things like shea butter and coconut oil that soften dry skin.
Antioxidants protect you from environmental damage. For overall skin health, be sure to choose products that contain vitamin C. Be sure to use sunscreen or a vitamin C product at night to protect your skin from UV rays.
Photography: Ohlamore Studio, Design: Alexis Lira

The Best Skincare Routine for Combination Skin Acne
If you have combination skin and frequent breakouts, try these additional steps.

Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid.
If you wear makeup, cleanse twice at night.
Use a toner to remove excess oil and help fight blackheads and blemishes.
Best Natural Remedies for Combination Skin
When it comes to treating combination skin, you can find plenty of home remedies in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinet.

coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil can be a good choice for dry skin.

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