The skin care regimen on this page is designed for combination skin. If you don’t know your skin type yet, go here.

The primary goal of the combination skin regimen is to care for two types of skin on one face by clearing the oily areas and hydrating the dry regions.


1. Cleanse

Wash your face with a mild non-soapy cleanser that does not require scrubbing.

Recommended cleansers:
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Pur-Delicate by Pur~lisse or
Cleansing Gel for Face by Decleor or
All-In-One Cleansing Foam by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare or
Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser by Murad*

*If using the “All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner” by Dr. Gross or the “Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser” by Murad, there is no need to apply a toner separately as it’s combined with the cleanser, and you may skip the next step.

2. Balance

After cleansing, apply an alcohol-free toner using a cotton pad.

A toner will give your skin the right pH balance. (A pH imbalance may lead to skin dryness.) In addition, the toner prepares the skin for better absorption of the day and night creams.

Note that even though there are many alcohol based toners, in my experience, alcohol free ones work best for all skin types. An alcohol-free toner won't strip your own natural moisture nor irritate your skin.

Recommended toner:
Tonifying Lotion by Decleor

3. Moisturize and Protect

After applying the toner, moisturize your face, and for maximum effectiveness, moisturize before your skin dries.

Use a moisturizer that’s suitable for all skin types or one that is specifically designated for combination skin.

To protect against harmful sun rays, use a moisturizer that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher.

Recommended day moisturizers:
Daily Defense Cream SPF 30 by Kinerase or
Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15 by Murad or
All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare*

*This “All-in-One Tinted Moisturizer” includes foundation makeup. Be sure to choose a suitable color for your skin tone.

Night (Right Before Bedtime)

1. Cleanse

As in the morning.

2. Balance

As in the morning.

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliation peels off dead skin cells and leaves your skin more refreshed and better capable of absorbing nutrients. To exfoliate, use exfoliating pads or cream.

Exfoliate one night a week, but if you find that the surface of your skin is becoming too dry, red or irritated, stop exfoliating for a period of time.

Also skip exfoliation during summertime, or if you are vacationing or residing in a very sunny area, as exfoliation leaves your skin exposed and prone to sun damage and discoloration.

Recommended exfoliants:
Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare or
Advanced Radiance Facial Peel by Kinerase or
Instant Radiance Facial Peel by Kinerase or
Phytopeel – Natural Exfoliating Cream by Decleor

4. Moisturize and Treat

Next, whether exfoliating or not, apply a moisturizing night cream. The purpose of a night cream is to moisturize and treat your skin with smoothing and anti-aging ingredients.

For combination skin, use a night cream that’s suitable for all skin types or one that is specifically designated for combination skin.

If your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is very oily, you may skip moisturizing it at night.

Recommended night creams:
Essential-C Night Moisture by Murad or
PhotoFacials Night Moisturizer by Kinerase or
Ultimate Night Moisturizer by Kinerase or
Pur-Moist by Pur~lisse or
Aroma Night Regenerating by Decleor

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