Best Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

Knowing your specific skin type is key when it comes to finding the perfect daily skincare routine. The trial and error process of finding the right products for your skin can seem endless; weeks, if not months, of testing new creams and serums, only to start from scratch when nothing solves your skincare dilemmas.

Combination skin can be both a blessing and a curse–you’re not plagued with consistent dryness everywhere, but you also experience a more oily T-zone than preferred. It’s tough to anticipate how your skin is going to behave on any given day, especially with seasonal changes. The skincare routine for combination skin needs to be effective enough to target excess oil and sebum production, without drying out more sensitive areas like the cheeks and chin. 

To help ease your complexion concerns, we’ve nailed down the best skincare routine for those with combination skin, and we feel pretty confident you’ll love it too. Read on for our advice!

Our recommended everyday skincare routine for combination skin:


Start by cleansing your skin to clean away any dirt or buildup that may have collected on your face overnight. Immediately after cleansing, follow up with a toner to balance your skin’s PH levels and wipe away any leftover oil your cleanser may have missed. We recommend the Dawn to Dusk cleanser and the gentle complexion-perfecting Detox Pads

After cleansing and toning, the next step in the skincare routine for combination skin should be to restore hydration with serums and moisturizers. We suggest seeking out products that contain Hyaluronic Acid to help provide lightweight hydration that sinks into the skin. For all-over moisturizers, combination skin can be a bit picky. For areas that tend to get oily, opt for a water-based formula that won’t cause additional shine, like this Hydro-Gel mattifying formula. For dry areas that could use a bit more care, we recommend a creamier moisturizer like this Hydro-Screen hydration souffle

Lastly (and most importantly), slather on that SPF!

We could fill up a textbook with reasons why you need to protect your skin from the sun, but we’ll stick with the basics here. Harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can cause dark spots, premature wrinkles, skin damage, irreversible signs of aging, and even skin cancer. Combination skin might seem tough on the outside, but it’s more sensitive and delicate than you may think.

After following all previous steps, finish off your combination skincare routine with a sunscreen containing at least 30+ SPF, like this Daily Antioxidant sunscreen with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide. 

And that’s all! The skincare routine for combination skin is tricky, but it can be easy to maintain with the proper high-quality products. Additionally, don’t forget to exfoliate regularly and never skimp on your moisturizer. For more top-notch skincare picks, shop all Nassif MD products now!