The 10 Step Routine For Combination Skin

By June 14, 2017

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: Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity banila-co-clean-it-zero-purityWhen looking for an oil cleanser, choose one that will help to balance your skin. The Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity is perfect since it’s formulated with evening primrose oil which is fully of essential fatty acids that help calm skin. There’s also licorice root extract which helps get rid of those annoying under eye circles.  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 Cleanserneogen-real-fresh-green-tea-cleanserOne 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 Fresh 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.


Exfoliator: Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off skinfood-strawberry-scrubExfoliation is key for combination skin! The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off  gives you the unique blend of a moisturizer and exfoliator all-in-one. The product contains strawberry seed oil which is full of Vitamin E, an essential moisturizer. Meanwhile the scrub works on the skin’s surface to clear away dead skin cells. This exfoliator will leave you with noticeably 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.


Sheet Mask: Manefit Bling Bling Hydrogel Whitening Platinummanefit-bling-bling-maskOiler 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.


Toner: RE:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad rep-toner-padsIf 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 RE:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad can do just that. It’s packed with calendula extract, lavender, damask rose extract, and tea tree extract which tones the skin while also moisturizing. This soothing formula is a perfect balance that leaves you with hydrated skin!


Essence: Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moistmissha-first-treatment-essence-intensive-moistIf you really want to help balance your skin, look no further than Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist. The superstar ingredient, 90% fermented yeast extract from Himalayan purple barley, is known to help repair skin while leaving you with a plump and hydrated complexion. This is a super concentrated treatment that will help repair the skin from any dry patches, active acne, and rid the skin of hyperpigmentation.


Serum: Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoulemissha-time-revolution-night-repair-new-science-activator-ampouleWhile the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Intensive Moist essence help to brighten and balance  and hydrate the skin, the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule works helps to hard core reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. This serum will be your new go-to as because it’s formulated with Bifida Ferment Lysate, a fermented yeast that visibly reduces signs of aging and improves skin elasticity while protecting the skin.


Eye cream: Goodal Moisture Barrier Eye Creamgoodal-moisture-barrier-eye-creamWe 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 loads of collagen and peptides, which help 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 also has niacinamide which helps to brighten the entire eye area.


Moisturizer: Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotionbenton-snail-bee-high-content-lotionFor 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 Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion is packed with bee venom and snail mucin that will aid in repairing damaged skin and fighting acne scars. In combination with aloe and willow bark extract, it will help to soothe irritated skin, gently exfoliate, and most importantly impart all day hydration.


Sunscreen: My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Up Sun SPF 42 +++dr-g-brightening-up-spfChoosing 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 My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Up Sun SPF 42 +++ works wonders. 

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 tannin complex that helps to regulate oil production even on the hottest of days. It has an anti-pollution formula that fights every day environmental skin stressors. Plus, it also works well under makeup!

+ What’s your skincare routine for combination skin? Let us know in the comments below!
This is a repurposed, updated article. Original article was published on June 14, 2017. Includes additional reporting by Alexis Diaz.

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