Chapter 64: How to Build a Basic Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin

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Does your face have a combination of oily and dry areas? If so, you have combination skin. This skin type normally features an oily T-zone and dry cheeks. To take care of combination skin, you need products that control excess sebum, especially in your T-zone area, while keeping the rest of your face hydrated. Although dealing with both dry and oily areas can be difficult, one of the upsides of having combination skin is that you can enjoy incorporating a variety of ingredients into your routine.  

Here’s a breakdown of a simple routine for combination skin:

A Step-by-Step Guide

If you can’t choose between cleansing oil or cleansing balm, the good news is you can use either one. On days when your skin is on the drier side, go for a cleansing oil that is lightweight but still nourishing for your combination skin. A good option is SKIN 1004’s Madagascar Centella Light Cleansing Oil, a lightweight formula that removes all impurities without stripping skin. 

You can alternate with a cleansing balm, like the Pure Fit Cica Smoothing Cleansing Balm from COSRX. Transforming from a balm to silky oil when lathered, it breaks down oil and dirt while also soothing and nourishing skin, thanks to the Pure Fit Cica-7 Complex in its formula.

Cleansers with a gel-like consistency are ideal for combination skin. Since you have to clean both the dry and oily areas of your face, go for a cleanser that gets the whole job done and leaves skin feeling fresh and balanced. 

SOME BY MI’s Super Matcha Pore Clean Cleansing Gel reduces sebum production and provides skin with just enough hydration. Combination skin can be more prone to sensitivity so to treat irritated skin, reach for Barr’s Centella Calming Gel Cleanser. It’s infused with centella asiatica extract to calm skin and allantoin to keep it hydrated.

When choosing a moisturizer for combination skin, stick to ones with a lightweight texture like gel creams. A gel cream hydrates skin and doesn’t feel too rich or heavy during the day. Plus, it won’t leave your skin, especially the T-zone, looking slick by midday.

Refresh and replenish skin with Abib’s Hydration Gel Water Tube. Its featherlight formula works great on oily areas and still nourishes dry areas. With summer around the corner, your skin can get greasier than usual. To limit shininess, try KLAVUU’s The Origin Deep Ocean Gel Comforter. It provides hydration, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, and it works great under makeup. Store it in your fridge before applying to enjoy an instant cooling effect that’s perfect for summer! 

To complete your basic skin care routine, apply a layer of sunscreen to protect skin from damaging UV rays and lessen your risk of skin cancer. The Eco Earth Aqua Sun Gel from The Saem combines the powers of chamomile flower water and aloe vera leaf extract to provide long-lasting hydration without making your skin feel greasy. You don’t have to worry about a white cast as the sun gel provides a flawless finish with broad-spectrum protection.

Head back to Chapter 63 for a basic skin care routine for dry skin and Chapter 62 if you have an oily complexion.

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