Is your T-zone oily but the rest of your face dry? Then you just might have combination skin! And that means that caring for your complexion could very well prove pretty tricky. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a few hacks you can add to your skin care routine to help make life with combination skin a little easier. Commit the following combination skin care tips to memory—and stock your skin care product arsenal with face scrubs, face masks, and more.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #1: CLEANSE THE RIGHT WAY
When it comes to combination skin, it’s all about balance. You want to make sure you’re mattifying your oily T-zone without over-drying your cheeks. Try using a clay facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is suitable for all skin types and rids the surface of skin without over-drying it. Once a day, squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your skin, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #2: EXFOLIATE WEEKLY
Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin—these dead cells can buildup, leaving your complexion looking dull. There’s no definitive number of times you should exfoliate every week—some people can benefit from this step daily, while others can only handle once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for your combination skin, and try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, which effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and polishes away dead skin. Apply the face scrub to dry skin, then massage it in with wet hands and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry. Use three times a week for best results.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #3: fight aging with cica cream
One of our favorite skin care products of the moment happens to be cica cream, and it’s one that you should consider adding to your skin care routine if you have combination skin and are starting to think about anti-aging. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica helps repair the skin barrier to resist visible signs of aging. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, suppler, and firmer, while the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is minimized with continued use over time.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #4: MOISTURIZE METICULOUSLY
Just because parts of your face are oily doesn’t mean you should skip out on the moisturizer all together. You just have to find the right one for your combination skin! The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is oil-free, non-greasy, and formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. It’s also got a matte finish, which can help prevent your oily T-zone from looking overly shiny.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #5: GET IN ON THE MULTI-MASKING TREND
Multi-masking is a popular skin care trend that involves applying different masks to different areas of your face—at the same time. That can be particularly useful if you have combination skin! Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask. Each face mask should be applied in an even layer to clean dry skin, left on for 10-15 minutes, then rinsed off. Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #6: START YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE WITH PRIMER
Without primer, applying makeup to combination skin can be a bit of a gamble. Oily areas and dry patches could leave your foundation looking uneven. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer blurs imperfections while leaving your face with a matte finish. Smooth it all over or to targeted areas, like your T-zone.
COMBINATION SKIN HACK #7: BLOT AWAY MIDDAY GREASY
Midday oiliness have you feeling less than gorgeous? Girl, we feel you! That’s why we suggest tossing a pack of blotting papers in your purse. Blotting sheets can help sop up excess grease. Score!
For more combination skin tips, here are 4 Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Have Combination Skin.