The Best Skin Care Routine for Normal to Combination Skin

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Before we begin, it’s important to understand what normal to combination skin actually means.

“Normal” skin refers to well-balanced skin, neither too oily nor too dry.

On the other hand, combination skin is characterized by having both dry and oily areas. It's like having a little bit of everything, a skin cocktail if you will.

Understanding these skin types is crucial when developing a normal-to-combo skincare routine and addressing the specific needs of combination skin types. I’m here to help and guide you toward the right skin care routine that will effectively address your specific skin concern. Stay with me, my combo-skinned pals, as we navigate the path to achieving a well-balanced complexion.


Signs of Combination Skin

Okay, let's get down to business and decode your skin type. 

Normal to combination skin is a unique combination of both dry and oily skin. You might notice oily areas; typically the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) tends to be oily, while the cheeks are relatively drier.

It's like your skin has a personality of its own!

Common Issues Faced by Individuals with Combination Skin

Combination skin can present a unique set of challenges. Some common issues faced by individuals with this combination skin type include oily areas, dry and oily patches, an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), and drier cheeks. These issues can lead to an uneven skin tone and skin texture. Finding the right balance is key when treating combination skin.

Combination Skin Challenges
Overlay image of a woman with combo skin: T-zone oily and  cheeks drier

Others may also encounter issues such as enlarged pores, difficulties in product selection, balancing hydration, acne and breakouts, challenges in applying makeup, skin sensitivity, and difficulty maintaining a consistent skincare routine. These concerns highlight the unique needs and struggles associated with managing combination skin.

It's important to choose products that are suited to most skin types, balancing hydration needs without aggravating any existing skin conditions. This involves moisturizing the dry areas without exacerbating oiliness, managing shine throughout the day, and addressing the specific concerns of combination skin. You can achieve healthier and more balanced skin by understanding your skin's needs and using appropriate skincare products.

By understanding your skin's needs and using appropriate skincare products, you can achieve healthier and more balanced skin.

Importance of a Skincare Routine for Normal to Combination Skin

Why is a skincare routine so important for your fabulous skin? 

Why is a skincare routine so important for your fabulous skin? Well, having a consistent skincare routine is essential for maintaining the health and appearance of your skin. A well-rounded routine helps in exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin from environmental stressors

For individuals with normal to combination skin, a carefully curated routine can help balance oil production, hydrate dry areas, and prevent common skin issues.

Your Morning Routine

Now that we're on the same page about your skin type, let's dive into a morning skincare routine that will kick-start your day with a vibrant complexion. Picture this routine as your morning cup of coffee for your skin—energizing and invigorating!

Step-by-Step Guide to the Skincare Routine Order for Daytime

1. Exfoliate (twice a week)

Gently exfoliate your skin twice a week with Sexapeel to unclog pores and achieve a radiant glow. It's like giving yourself a rejuvenating spa treatment by removing dead skin cells and revealing a fresh, smooth complexion. Pay extra attention to areas prone to clogged pores or rough texture, such as the T-zone.

2. Cleanse

Cleansing is the backbone of any skincare routine. It helps wash away impurities and sets the stage for the rest of your routine.

And let's not forget our before-bedtime skincare regimen. It's important to cleanse your face thoroughly every night using a gentle cleanser like Japanese Cleansing Oil to remove excess oil, makeup, and dirt that can clog pores and contribute to skin issues.

3. Serums

Choose a hydrating serum like Water Elixir that focuses on hydrating and balancing the skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or niacinamide, which can help retain moisture and regulate sebum production. This potent ingredient not only helps to hydrate dry skin but is also gentle enough for sensitive and delicate skin types.

4. Moisturize

Give your skin a hydration boost with Water Balm, a lightweight moisturizer that helps your skin retain moisture. It's like a comforting embrace for your skin, ensuring it stays nourished and protected throughout the day. Whether you have combo skin or sensitive skin, a good moisturizer can work wonders in maintaining a healthy skin barrier. It not only keeps your skin smooth but also helps improve its texture over time.

5. Sunscreen

Remember to always apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before you head out! Think of it as your not-so-secret weapon against premature aging and sun damage. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays, keeping it looking youthful and radiant. By adding sunscreen to your daily skin care regimen, you not only help prevent dark spots and fine lines, but also support the skin's natural barrier.

Woman using facial oil blotting paper on T-zone to remove excess oil

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Happy woman applying sunscreen to protect the natural barrier of her combo skin

Blot Away Excess Oil

Excess oil production in certain areas of your face can be frustrating. Don't worry, though—there are effective ways to combat the shine and keep your skin looking fresh and matte throughout the day.

To manage excess oil production throughout the day, consider using oil blotting papers. These help absorb oil and reduce shine without stripping away moisture.

Don't Forget to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is key to maintaining a healthy complexion for combination skin. It removes dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, glowing skin underneath. But remember, exfoliating is like dancing—it's all about finding the right rhythm. For your normal to combination skin, I recommend using the Sonia Roselli Sexapeel Exfoliation Spray twice a week.

Sonia Roselli Sexapeel Exfoliation Spray

This exfoliation spray works wonders for your combo skin! It gently dissolves dead skin cells, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. With the help of glycolic acid, it gently but effectively improves your skin's texture. Use it twice a week for radiant skin.

Don't Skip Moisturizer

While combination skin may have areas of oiliness, it still requires proper moisturization to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. Here are some recommendations for the best moisturizers for combination skin:

  • Lightweight Formulas: Look for lightweight, non-greasy moisturizers like Water Balm that won't clog the pores or contribute to excessive oiliness. Gel-based or oil-free moisturizers are great options for combination skin.
  • Hydrating Ingredients: Choose moisturizers that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients help attract and retain moisture, leaving the skin supple and plump.

Best Natural Products for Combination Skin

So, let me spill the tea on the best natural products for combination skin because I've been around the block when it comes to beauty needs and skincare. You don't need to work too hard to find the right skincare products that suit your specific skin concerns for your routine. Consider us your reliable partner in beauty!

As a seasoned esthetician and makeup artist with over two decades of experience, I've seen it all back in my Chicago studio – clients with dry patches, oily T-zones, the works! That's why I've made it my mission to uncover the holy grail of multitasking skincare and discover the magic behind Sonia Roselli Beauty's innovative creations.

Our products target all sorts of skin concerns, even the most sensitive, while promoting the balance we all crave.

Best Cleansers for Combination Skin

Cleansing is the foundation of any skincare routine either in the morning or before going to bed. Think of it as saying goodbye to the day's impurities and welcoming a fresh start. Here's a cleanser that's perfect for normal to combination skin:

Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil is like a spa day for your skin. It effortlessly melts away makeup, dirt, and impurities while nourishing your skin with its blend of botanical oils.

Best Serums for Combination Skin

Here come the serums, the superheroes of skin care! Treat your skin to a serum packed with skin-loving ingredients. Look for serums that hydrate, brighten, and address any specific concerns you may have. It's like giving your skin a boost of confidence to face the day!

Sonia Roselli Water Elixir

This serum is like a magical elixir for your skin. Packed with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, it hydrates, plumps, and gives your skin a radiant glow. Consider it your secret weapon for tackling redness, dry patches, and dullness.

Best Moisturizers for Combination Skin

Lock in all that goodness with a lightweight moisturizer. Think of it as a hydrating hug for your skin, keeping it nourished and protected throughout the day.

Sonia Roselli Water Balm

Our beloved Water Balm is your multitasker BFF!

Serving you multiple day-to-day benefits all in one jar: moisturizer, serum, day cream, night cream, and even a makeup primer! 

This gel moisturizer is like a big gulp of hydration for your skin. Its lightweight formula not only improves skin texture but also helps strengthen the skin's natural barrier. It effortlessly sinks in, providing the perfect balance of moisture without feeling heavy or greasy.

What's the Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine for Combination skin?

We can't forget about our beautiful skin's journey through time. 

Yes, I'm talking about anti-aging. Combination skin types can benefit from an anti-aging skincare routine that addresses specific skin concerns such as mature skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture. 

Follow these steps to create an effective anti-aging regimen for combination skin:

Beautiful mature woman glowing with minimal fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture
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Exfoliate Twice a Week

Exfoliating is essential for promoting cell turnover and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Remember, moderation is key, so don't go overboard.

Cleanse Tenderly

Choose a cleanser that removes impurities without stripping the skin's natural oils.

Nourish with Serum


Incorporate hydrating, anti-aging serums into your skin care regimen. Look for serums that contain active ingredients that can help improve skin texture and firmness.


Moisturize for a Plump and Youthful Look


Use a moisturizer that specifically targets anti-aging concerns. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to plump fine lines, hydrate, and protect the skin.


Shield your Skin with Sunscreen


Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is crucial for preventing premature aging. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day.

As we reach the end of our guide to the best skin care routine for normal to combination skin, we hope this article has provided you with valuable insights and practical tips to combat the unique challenges of this skin type.


We understand the struggles that come with combination skin—the battle between dry and oily patches, the search for products that strike the perfect balance.

While on your skin care journey, keep in mind a few friendly reminders.

FIRST, consistency is key—stick to your routine faithfully to see the best results and choose the right skincare products.

SECOND, hydration is your best friend. Drink plenty of water and moisturize your skin to keep it supple and nourished.

LASTLY, protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunscreen daily.

We genuinely hope this article has armed you with the knowledge and tools to tackle the unique struggles of normal to combination skin.

Remember, it's not just about achieving flawless skin, it's about embracing your individuality and celebrating your own unique beauty.

Wishing you the best as you strive for healthy skin.

Esthetician & Professional Makeup Artist


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