Those who strictly have either dry or oily skin tend to have a fairly straightforward skin care routine process. Combination skin on the other hand, can be a little more tricky to work with since you’re then dealing with two completely opposite textures on one surface.
Here’s how I like to balance and care for my combination skin.
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I Use a Cleanser Designed for Combination Skin
Cleansers that specifically target combination skin are hydrating enough to care for dry spots, but are still mattifying enough to prevent irritation in your oily areas — They’re somewhere right down the middle. I like to use the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser because it’s a super mild, balancing formula and it always leaves my face clean and prepped for the next steps in my skin care routine.
I Use Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids In My T-Zone
Although there’s no way of actually shrinking your pores, you can definitely still make them look smaller by keeping them from getting clogged. I use Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser exclusively in my t-zone 2-3 times a week. Ever since I started doing this, my pores (especially around my nose area, where they’re the largest) look so much smaller and I can actually get away with not applying face primer before my makeup nowadays. I love this stuff!
I Use a Gentle, Soothing Toner
Toners are fast-penetrating liquids that bring the skin back to its natural acidic state. My favourite toner to use after cleansing is the Origins Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion (however, don’t be fooled by the word “lotion” in the products name; it’s very watery). It’s filled with tons of skin replenishing ingredients and is perfect for my combination skin since it nourishes my dry cheeks and minimizes the oil in my t-zone at the same time. It’s also paraben, phthalate, mineral oil, propylene glycol, and alcohol free; so if you have sensitive skin, this is a great option for you.
I Use Two Different Moisturizers
Since I have two different skin personalities on my face, it’s important that I target both of these areas according to their specific needs — especially when it comes to moisturizers, since these products stay on your face the longest. I like to use the Paula’s Choice Redness Relief Moisturizer for Normal to Oily in my t-zone and then the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer for Normal to Dry on my cheeks. The moisturizer meant for oily skin has helped me get fewer breakouts in that area (thanks to how lightweight and mattifying it is) and the moisturizer meant for dry skin has helped my cheeks feel plump and healthy (thanks to how rich and hydrating it is).