Finding a Korean skincare routine for combination skin that benefits both the oily & dry areas that come with the territory of combination skin is no easy feat. These products have done just that!
Korean skincare routine for combination skin: let’s start with a cleanser!
When you have combination skin you want your cleanser to cleanse away excess oil but not strip too much away from dryer areas of the face. In this case, I like to fight fire with fire; or rather fight oil with oil!
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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser (find it here) is a moringa oil and soapwort infused foaming face wash. Moringa oil naturally contains Vitamin C which boosts collagen and helps reduce fine lines. Soapwort also contains Vitamin C and is a natural foaming cleansing agent. This foaming action comes from soapwort’s saponin content; these are soap-like compounds that foam when mixed with water.
Look serums with Niacinamide
Niacinamide has been the knight in shining armor of my skincare routine!
I had a hell of a time finding a serum that addressed my numerous combination skin type woes and this lovely serum has checked every box for me.
Niacinamide is the water-soluble form of vitamin B3. It’s actually found naturally occurring in our skin and bodies. This miracle in a bottle is anti-inflammatory, brightening, regulates excess sebum, boosts collagen production, the list goes on and on! It also increases both the fatty acid content and ceramides in the skin, which helps to strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier.
I’m especially fond of the Cos De Baha Niacinamide 10 Serum which you can stock up on here.
Other ingredients to look for in a serum that benefit combination skin are:
- Green Tea Extract– antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, helps protect against UV radiation.
- Resveratrol– antioxidant, prevents sun damage and promotes collagen production. Rsveratrol is a powerhouse ingredient when combined with Hyaluronic Acid!
- Ferulic Acid – antioxidant, and protects skin from free radicals. This is great when combined with vitamin E or C!
If you want to learn more about the wonderful world of serums check out my guide on the best serum for your skin type here.
Korean skincare toner for combination skin
I’m also fond of the Korean skincare brand Cos De Baha’s Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Toner which I buy from Amazon here. This is an aloe vera based toner infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, witch hazel, and rosemary extract.
This toner will tackle oily T-zones but also moisturize any dry spots; we combination skin types have more than one issue to address so our skincare really has to bring it!
Korean skincare routine for combination skin: snail essence is the way to go!
Snail essence is one of the few buzzwords I’ve come across in the world of Korean skincare that actually works wonders for my combination skin!
One of my favorite snail products is the Nella Honey 1 Snail Cream which can be found here. There are two main reasons that I love recommending snail products for combination skin. Number one: snail essence infused creams tend to be very rich, absorb quickly, and leave skin feeling intensely moisturized and bouncy. Number two: they very rarely feel oily or greasy.
Finding a moisturizer that benefits both the oily and dry areas that come with combination skin is no easy feat. This cream seems to have done just that!
Last but not least, SPF!
Don’t you dare think about skipping your SPF or I will come and hunt you down!
I’m not too picky about sunscreens but this Etude House Sunprise SPF 50+ has gotten the GirlChickBetty seal of approval. It’s non-greasy and will not leave a white cast so it’s great for deeper skin tones. It can be tough to find an SPF that doesn’t cause a ghostly pallor once you get this high up in the SPF scale. It’s under $10 for 1.69 oz which seems like a bargain.
My only complaint is the fragrance; I do really wish it was fragrance-free. It’s a very light citrus scent but I prefer my skincare to be scentless. But it plays well under makeup which is hard to find so, I say c’est la vie. You can find it on Amazon here.
What are your essentials for your combination skincare routine?