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The Best Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin Types

The Best Skin Care Routine for Combination Skin Types

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
October 20, 2020

Give your combination skin a boost with this skin care routine

“I have dry skin, but then in certain areas I have oily… which is really annoying.” Actual quote from Selena Gomez when she recently spoke to Vogue about her skin care routine and new makeup line, Rare Beauty. You know what that means? Way more people understand the combination skin struggle than you may believe, even Hollywood stars. Selena isn’t wrong, as this skin type can definitely be pretty annoying. Your T-zone is super oily while your cheeks are dry, and while you may think your skin is dry and cracked one day… all it takes is one moisturizer that’s too thick to clog your pores and make you break out. And don’t even get us started on the seasonal changes that make your combination skin more moody than ever. But you’re not alone, as this is the most common skin type there is, and all you need to do is form the right skin care routine for combination skin. That means hydrating moisturizers that don’t make you break out, serums to give skin a boost, and all the exfoliants that remove impurities and reveal your most radiant skin. Our community has all the best skincare products for combination skin, and these are our top picks you need in your beauty routine:

Cleanser

Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser by REN Clean Skincare, $32

Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser by REN Clean Skincare
Source: REN Clean Skincare

It’s all in the name. You need a cleanser that clears the oily and blemished parts of your combination skin, while calming and hydrating the dry areas. And you’ve definitely found yourself one of the best skincare products for combination skin that can “do both.” Clay is a beloved ingredient for the oily or acne-prone, as it detoxifies the skin and pulls oil and impurities trapped deep within the pores. Clearcalm 3 has all the oily parts of your face covered - with French Kaolin Clay to purify and absorb excess sebum, Zinc Gluconate to regulate oil production and redness, and Salicilin from Willow Bark to mildly exfoliate and provide antibacterial properties. But don’t think that it won’t take care of dryness, too. Your face will feel soft and moisturized after each use, without the dreaded “tight” feeling that often comes with dry skin, and our community gives this cleanser top ratings for being creamy, hydrating, brightening, and gentle.

Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu, $14

Enzyme Cleansing Gel by Mario Badescu
Source: Mario Badescu

“I love this face wash! I have combination skin and had trouble balancing my breakouts with dryness. This face wash helps minimize your pores to help prevent breakouts without being harsh on your skin and causing over-drying in other areas. Such a simple and affordable product!” Mario Badescu has skincare down to a science, and no other cleanser will compare after you add the Enzyme Cleansing Gel to your skin care routine for combination skin. The lightweight gel formula is gentle on both the oily and dry parts of your face, and features a sweet mix of Papapa and Grapefruit extracts to rejuvenate and refresh the skin. Removes excess oil? Yes. Minimizes dryness and dullness? Absolutely. Deep cleans and removes impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils? 100%. Wash away impurities, prevent clogged pores, and add major hydration with this cult favorite cleanser for combination skin. Every skin care routine for combination skin needs the right gentle and hydrating cleanser, and Checks and Balances can do it all.

Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins, $24

Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins
Source: Origins

The only thing more fun than putting on your makeup in the morning? Washing it off at the end of the day with one of the best skincare products for combination skin. Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash has a gel texture that feels cool and calming on your skin, made with broad-leaf kelp extract, wheat protein, and tourmaline to gently remove beauty products, dirt and oil - all the things that make your combination skin go crazy. Stop acne before it even happens, and hydrate the dry areas of your face that need it the most. This face wash wakes up your skin in more ways than one - with ingredients that create an energized complexion and more even skin tone, along with a sweet, minty smell that refreshes your skin.

Exfoliator

Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Exfoliator by Fresh, $33

Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Exfoliator by Fresh
Source: Fresh

From clay face masks to clay cleansers, we’ll never stop talking about the beauty of this skin care essential. Its greatest superpower is eliminating excess oil and pulling all the impurities from your pores, making it the ideal ingredient for exfoliators in your skin care routine for combination skin. Umbrian clay works to neutralize acidity, absorb oil, and refine the appearance of pores for your most pure complexion, while Natural Bamboo and Olive Exfoliants gently sweep away dead skin cells and Meadowsweet extract controls oil and shine. And this all happens while your skin stays hydrated and Fresh (pun intended) after each use. Our community says that this exfoliator is gentle, pore minimizing, and good for acne, while a clinical study by Fresh showed that 97% felt the product “exfoliated, deeply cleansed, and purified their skin.”

The Rice Polish: Classic by Tatcha, $65

The Rice Polish: Classic by Tatcha
Source: Tatcha

Go hard or go foam, right? We love a good foam cleanser, but there’s no product quite like The Rice Polish by Tatcha. This powder-to-foam formula feels silky and cloud-like as you transfer from your hands to your face, and features a list of Japanese ingredients to exfoliate and reveal your most non-oily, non-dry, and perfectly balanced complexion. Japanese Rice Bran is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nourishing moisturizers to promote cell turnover and unveil your most glowing, practically poreless skin. Rice and Papaya Enzymes sweep away dead skin cells, and Pearl hydrates the skin with amino acids, collagen, and minerals. And we can’t forget  Hadasei-3™, a Tatcha-exclusive trio of anti-aging Japanese superfoods (green tea, rice and algae) to restore your youthful radiance. Or retain it, whatever the case may be! These skin care hero ingredients come together to form one of the best skincare products for combination skin, and you’ll never go back once you understand the power of Tatcha.

Exfoliating Scrub by Clinique, $23

Exfoliating Scrub by Clinique
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“This exfoliator is just strong enough to get rid of my dead skin but gentle enough where it doesn’t completely dry out my skin. If you have dry skin though I definitely suggest moisturizing after use.” Solid advice from this MIRA review, as we always recommend moisturizer, but you’ll never have to worry about dryness with one of the top-rated skincare products for combination skin by Clinique. This water-based scrub sweeps away dead cells and removes oil and dirt under the skin, refining your complexion and leaving you feeling refreshed. You’re supposed to exfoliate 1-3 times per week (no more!) to remove all the junk from within your pores, and this process is even more important for moody combination skin. Try this top-rated exfoliant that MIRA reviews say is gentle, pore minimizing, good for acne and reduces redness.  

Moisturizer

The Water Cream by Tatcha, $68

The Water Cream by Tatcha
Source: Tatcha

“It’s excellent for oily skin but it's also super hydrating. So you don't have dehydrated oily skin. Works also with combination skin to smooth out dryness.” Your skin care routine for combination skin needs the right moisturizer, but it’s not always easy to find. The best products will add moisture to the dry areas of your face, without simultaneously clogging the oily parts and causing a mega breakout. The Water Cream by Tatcha is here to help. It’s a silky, oil-free moisturizer formulated with Japanese nutrients like Wild Rose, Leopard Lily, and Hadasei-3 Complex to hydrate and restore your skin while providing intense anti-aging effects - even if you don’t need them quite yet. The Water Cream contains water-burst technology that provides bursts of moisture throughout the day for optimal hydration and a poreless appearance, as large pores in the T-zone are a common complaint from those with combination skin. And since it’s oil-free, you won’t even have to worry about causing breakouts. This moisturizer is as luxurious as the glass jar it comes in, and makes an ideal addition to your skin care routine for combination skin.

Celery Green Cream With Hyaluronic Acid + Peptides by Volition Beauty, $55

Celery Green Cream With Hyaluronic Acid + Peptides by Volition Beauty
Source: Volition Beauty

“As a girl with combination skin, this has been a new go-to! I would describe this as being a blend between a gel and a cream. The oil-free formula keeps my t-zone grease free while the Hyaluronic Acid keeps the pesky dry patches away!” Celery Green Cream is like a detox for your face, powered by the veggie to purify your skin through the seasons. Which you’re definitely going to need, as moody weather is no friend of combination skin. This moisturizer was inspired by a gold medal gymnast who discovered that celery wasn’t just a way to train for sporting events, but also a skin care hero that minimizes pores and reduces oil to give the complexion. And even if you don’t plan on running any 5K’s or doing a tumbling tournament anytime soon, the celery seed extract in this cream is going to do the same for you. Along with hyaluronic acid for a moisture surge and peptides to plump the skin while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Celery Green Cream is one of the best moisturizers for combination skin in our community, rated as lightweight, hydrating, gentle, and good for acne.

Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth to the People, $58

Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth to the People
Source: Youth to the People

While Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream is a bit thicker than the lightweight gels and creams we like to use on this skin type, it’s still one of the best skincare products for combination skin on MIRA. What else would you expect from Youth to the People? This cream features squalane to mimic your skin’s natural oils to boost hydration, which is pretty much the coolest trick on combination skin we’ve ever heard, along with Fermented Reishi to hydrate and detoxify and calming peptides to protect against environmental stressors. Adaptogens have been used as medicine for thousands of years, and the Proprietary Adaptogen blend of Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and Reishi have the same healing effects as your skin receives a deep moisture surge and eliminates excess oil.

Serum

Double Serum by Clarins, $124

Double Serum by Clarins
Source: Clarins

You may have heard about this iconic serum and its anti-aging effects - packed with a potent antioxidant complex and countless other nutrients to give skin a youthful appearance while protecting against environmental stressors and minimizing the appearance of pores. Among many other things. However, Double Serum is also a must for any skin care routine for combination skin, whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s. Environmental factors play a huge role in the way your combination skin behaves, as cold air can dry out your skin while heat can turn up the sebum production. The antioxidants in Double Serum protect against pollution and keep skin in check regardless of the weather, while Pumpkin Ferment and Pomegranate Extract enzymatically dissolve dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Double Serum isn’t just an anti-aging dream that prevents fine lines and wrinkles before they even happen, it’s also one of the best skincare products for combination skin that keeps the pimples, excess oil, and dry patches away for good.

C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum by Drunk Elephant, $80

C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum by Drunk Elephant
Source: Drunk Elephant

The dream ingredient team for your skin care routine for combination skin? Pumpkin Ferment and Pomegranate Extract. They work together to enzymatically dissolve dead skin cells and minimize the appearance of pores… and you won’t just find them in the Clarins Double Serum we just told you about, but in this Drunk Elephant favorite. You’ll also find a long list of other powerful ingredients in C-Firma, including Vitamin C for brightness and protection against free radical damage, Indian Gooseberry to firm the skin and slow signs of aging, and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer to deeply hydrate the driest areas of your combination skin. Drunk Elephant is famous for their clean beauty products that provide the complexion you deserve without irritating your skin, and you’ll always be feeling fresh with one of the top-rated skincare products for combination skin.

Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum by Hey Honey, $48

Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum by Hey Honey
Source: Hey Honey

“I love this Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum sooo much! It glides on my skin like silk, and leaves my face feeling the same way with no greasy feeling left behind, only hydration! It works amazing with my combination skin.” Hey Honey, you need to try this serum. Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum is one of the best skincare products for combination skin that also doubles as a primer, and contains a blend of nourishing and moisturizing ingredients for silky skin all day. Formulated with Honey, Silk Amino Acids, Sea Buckthorn Oil & Vitamin E, this serum is like a sweet veil that hydrates and protects your skin for hours, whether you’re wearing it alone or under foundation for an enhanced radiance. Honey is a top ingredient for combination skin, as it deep cleans pores and leaves complexion feeling calm… and you’ll definitely want to buy all the Hey Honey products after using this serum.

Complete your skin care routine for combination skin with these favorites, all on MIRA.