Finally, a full 10-step Korean skincare routine for combination skin!
Combination skin can be complicated, to say the least. Being dry in some areas and oilier in others is not a fun way to live, and having combo skin makes choosing skin care products a straight up hassle.
But before we get into the routine, let’s make sure you actually have combination skin. If you suffer from an oilier T-zone and drier cheeks, it’s likely you’re dealing with combo skin.
This skin type is a result of a variety of issues such as simply having more active oil glands on certain parts of your face but more often than not, it’s just genetic. So while you can’t completely “cure” combination skin, you can choose the right products that will help to balance it out. Having a healthy balance will help your skin to reduce the production of oil on certain parts and keep your drier parts hydrated all day long. Try out this routine:
Oil cleanser: Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil
When looking for an oil cleanser, choose one that will help to balance your skin. The Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil is perfect since it’s formulated with black bean oil, which will help to control sebum production. Its hypo-allergenic formula will also help to nourish the skin while balancing it out, aiding in a clearer and brighter (makeup free!) complexion.
Water-based cleanser: Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser
One of the struggles of combination skin is finding a cleanser that will help rid the skin of any impurities without leaving that dreaded tight feeling behind. The Neogen Green Tea Real Foam Cleanser is a unique and gentle foam that won’t leave your skin begging for moisture.
The green tea in the cleanser will help to cleanse your skin from any impurities like sweat and sebum without stripping your skin of its natural oils. This will leave you with skin that feels both clean and hydrated—the perfect combo.
If you have an oilier T-zone, you’re likely dealing with larger pores, so you want to choose a toner that features ingredients that will deep clean! The Missha Super Aqua Pore-Kling Toner can do just that. It’s packed with Italian sparkling water which helps to purify the skin while also regulating sebum production. This soothing formula is a perfect balance that leaves you with smaller pores and hydrated skin!
Exfoliator: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling in Lemon
Exfoliation is key for combination skin! The Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling in lemon gives you the unique blend of a physical and chemical exfoliator all-in-one. The pad is soaked in lactic acid which works beyond the skin’s surface to dissolve impurities and debris from your pores while clearing away dead skin cells. With lemon extract and sodium hyaluronate, this exfoliator will leave you with brighter, more hydrated skin.
For the T-zone, this exfoliator will help to combat the oil while also preventing and treating any breakouts that you may have. On your drier parts, this will gently exfoliate leaving you with smooth, dry patch-free skin.
If you really want to help balance your skin, look no further than snail mucin. This superstar ingredient is known to help repair skin while imparting deep, light-weight hydration that won’t clog your pores. The Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Essence contains 80% snail secretion filtrate, making this a super concentrated treatment that will help repair the skin from any dry patches, active acne, and rid the skin of hyperpigmentation.
Serum: Neogen Pore Refine Serum
While the snail mucin essence help to brighten and balance the skin, the Neogen Pore Refine Serum works to tighten pores. In reality, you can’t really change the size of your pores but you can make them appear smaller with the right products. This serum will be your new go-to as because it’s formulated to combat large pores while targeting oil production to create a healthy balance. If your skin is also on the sensitive side, this contains herbal extracts help to calm redness and irritation.
Sheet Mask: Manefit Bling Bling Hydrogel Whitening Platinum
Oiler skin is more prone to breakouts since the overproduction of sebum can clog the pores, which means you might be dealing with acne scars. To combat the dark spots, choose brightening treatments like the Manefit Bling Bling Hydrogel Whitening Platinum sheet mask.
Before you get confused, know that whitening doesn’t actually mean you whiten the skin—this term refers to brightening products that help to fade acne scars. This particular sheet mask will help to make your skin glow since it’s formulated with niacinamide and platinum powder to help fade pigmentation and even out your skin tone.
Eye cream: Erborian Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte
We all tend to not get the right amount of sleep, so it’s important to keep the eye area hydrated to look more awake and refreshed. This unique eye cream has a soothing gel texture that contains bamboo sap, which helps to intensely moisture the skin by working to visibly reduce signs of fatigue, such as fine lines and dark under eye circles. This eye cream has a subtle matte finish so you get deep hydration without the oily residue.
Moisturizer: Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
For your combo skin, finding the right moisturizer can seem almost impossible. Lightweight ones either help to hydrate your T-zone and leave your drier parts desperate for moisturize and emollient-rich ones leave your T-zone looking like an oil slick.
You want to go for a lightweight formula that imparts deep hydration without any residue. The Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream is packed with 70% snail secretion filtrate which—much like your essence—will aid in repairing damaged skin and fighting acne scars. In combination with arbutin and baobab seed extract, these powerful ingredients will help to soothe irritated skin, brighten your skin tone, and most importantly impart all day hydration.
Sunscreen: Missha Waterproof Sun Milk
Choosing a sunscreen for any skin type seems like a never ending frustrating task when it seems like all of them are either too thick and gloopy or too thin and drying. It’s hard to find that perfect in-between balance, but the Missha Waterproof Sun Milk is a personal favorite of mine.
It has a thin, lightweight texture that goes on smooth and quickly absorbs into the skin without any greasy residue. Something I can’t stand is a sunscreen that takes forever to absorb, so if that’s your pet peeve too, choose this sunscreen. It leaves a subtle matte finish that won’t dry out your skin and has a water-resistant formula (without any white cast!) that helps to regulate oil production even on the hottest of days. Plus, it also works well under makeup!