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Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin – 5 Simple Steps

By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist


Combination skin is oily in some parts and dry in other parts. But it doesn’t mean you have to follow two separate skincare routines. Instead, you have to strike a balance. This is why a skincare routine for combination skin can mimic steps from other routines.

For Morning

1. Cleansing

Follow the instructions given for oily skin. If this is too drying for your skin, switch to a cleansing lotion that does not foam or lather.

2. Toning

Use toners designed for combination skin. They are specially formulated to cleanse the skin without dryness. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, witch hazel, green tea, and lactic acid. Avoid alcohol and fragrance-based products.

3. Serum

A hydrating serum is the best pick for combination skin. Serums provide an additional dose of hydration to your skin, prevent tightness, and do not feel heavy. Pick a serum that contains hyaluronic acid. Vitamin C-based serums are also ideal for combination skin as this antioxidant can protect the skin from environmental aggressors.

4. Moisturising

While you do not need to use an oil-free moisturiser for combination skin, invest in a lightweight mattifying moisturiser that will control oiliness while keeping your skin hydrated.

5. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must for all skin types. Choose a sunscreen that has SPF 30 and PA+ rating and gives a matte finish.

For Night

1. Cleansing

Use the same cleanser that you use in the morning.

2. Toning

Tone your face with the same toner that you use for your morning routine.

3. AHA/BHA Serum

Pick an AHA/BHA serum for your skin. AHA is extremely gentle on your skin and BHA (such as salicylic acid) exfoliates your skin and prevents acne.

4. Eye Cream

You need to nourish the area under your eyes. If you have any specific issues, like puffy eyes and dark circles, pick an eye cream that addresses these issues.

5. Moisturising

Moisturise your face with the same product that you use in the morning.

Additional Treatments

Like oily skin, you may use clay masks just on the areas that are oily. You may also massage your face with a face oil occasionally. This keeps your skin hydrated without causing excessive oiliness.


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