Your Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

Your Skincare Routine for Combination Skin - Three Ships

We get it, having combination skin isn’t the easiest to navigate. Knowing what products to use and when to use them can be difficult - but this doesn’t always have to be the case. 

Typically, combination skin can be characterized as having dry skin on the cheeks and oily skin in the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin). Factors such as sebum production and environmental climate can contribute to its severity over time. Signs of combination skin include acne, shiny skin, dry patches and the appearance of larger pores. 

Here’s your Three Ships routine for combination skin:

Combination Skin Routine Graphic

1. Cleanser 

Cleanse your skin with our Refresh Papaya + Salicylic Acid Cleanser to combat acne growth. Papaya Extract (Carica Fruit Extract) gently exfoliates the epidermis layer of the skin whereas Salicylic Acid (derived from Aspen Bark Extract) clears away pore-clogging oil. Though this cleanser is tough on dirt and breakouts, it won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.

Refresh Papaya + Salicylic Acid Cleanser Studio Image

2. Mask 

If you’re looking for a product that will draw out dirt and oil from the skin, our Detox Green Tea Antioxidant Clay Mask is just for you! Its use of Kaolin Clay makes it the perfect foundation for a mask that deeply cleanses while removing impurities. Tip: Use Detox as a spot treatment for those pesky breakouts!

Soothe Rosehip Vitamin C Clay Mask Studio Image

3. Toner 

Deeply penetrate and even out your skin tone with our Calm Lavender Hydrosol Toner. This toner contains Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana Water) and Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) to soothe skin, reduce redness, and minimize the appearance of pores. It also works as a primer for building up other products in your routine.  

Calm Lavender Hydrosol Toner Image

4. Water-based Serum 

Bakuchiol and Calendula are great for reducing blemishes, soothing irritated skin, and stimulating collagen production. These two active ingredients can be found in our Skin Hero Bakuchiol + Calendula Serum - a multi-talented serum that targets acne, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and evens skin tone. 

Skin Hero Bakuchiol + Calendula Bio-Retinol Serum Studio image

5. Moisturizer 

Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream is packed with active ingredients that both hydrate and protect the skin. Squalane derived from sugar cane quenches parched skin without leaving an oily appearance. Light-weight and fast-absorbing, this best-seller is great for all skin types, including those with combination skin!

Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream Studio Image

6. Oil Serum / Facial Oil

As the last step in this routine, our Glow 49% Jojoba Serum minimizes the appearance of pores and reduces excess oil. Vitamin E and Camellia Oil (Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil) provide extra hydration to seal in moisture while leaving a dewy finish.

Glow 49% Jojoba Oil Serum Studio image

Not sure if this is the routine for you? Take our Skin Quiz to see what products work best for you and your skin type! If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to DM us on social, or email us at 

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