Combination skin can be particularly challenging as the seasons change, necessitating a flexible approach to skincare.
Taking care of combination skin


What is combination skin?

Characterized by an oily T-zone with enlarged pores and drier cheeks, combination skin requires a careful balancing act to address both moisture needs and oil control.  

Here’s how to adapt your skincare routine through the seasons to keep your skin looking its best. 

Spring and summer 

As temperatures rise, so does the production of sebum, particularly in the oily zones of combination skin. Switch to lighter moisturizers, such as gel-based formulas that provide hydration without adding extra oil. Incorporate a mattifying primer in the T-zone to control shine throughout the day.  

Sunscreen is crucial, and opting for an oil-free, broad-spectrum SPF can protect your skin without exacerbating oiliness.  

Exfoliation becomes even more important to prevent buildup in pores. Opt for gentle, chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid that target the T-zone without irritating drier areas.  

Fall and winter 

Drier weather can leave the cheek areas of combination skin feeling tight and parched. This is the time to layer hydrating serums under a richer moisturizer that can lock in moisture without overwhelming the T-zone.  

Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin that attract moisture to the skin without adding oil. Consider switching to a creamier cleanser that can remove impurities without stripping natural oils.  

A weekly hydrating sheet mask can help restore balance and comfort to dry areas without over-moisturizing oily patches.  

Year-round tips  

Regardless of the season, certain elements of your skincare routine should remain consistent. Always remove makeup before bed to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Maintain a regular exfoliation schedule—about twice a week—to keep skin clear and receptive to products. Regularly assess your skin’s response to your current regimen; as your skin changes with the seasons, so too might its needs.  

Adjusting your skincare routine to suit the changing seasons can seem daunting, but with the right approach, it can also be an opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh your complexion. By understanding the needs of combination skin and responding to seasonal changes, you can maintain a balanced, healthy glow all year round.