Hi there :) This article is a way for me to show you what my morning skincare routine is for someone who, like myself, has combination skin. I've made an article similar to this a while back, however, I've learned a lot since then and updated my skincare routine. Also, my old skincare routine was just horrendous with the amount of exfoliating I did which caused a LOT of damage to my skin:
So, I wanted to provide a much safer skincare routine and to clear up any misconceptions about things such as mechanical exfoliating and toners. Also, this is a much more simple routine, none of that 10-step skincare stuff; just plain and simple products that you can use throughout the day.

Step 1 - Wash Face

Image by natalia
I start off with a gentle cleanser, and I'm loving the Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash; it does what it needs to do without stripping the skin and leaves it hydrated. Plus, it's VERY cheap which is always a positive. You can find this at your local grocery/drug store :)
Now, I do not go in with an exfoliator, especially not a mechanical one because usually in the night I've already applied a chemical exfoliant, so why would I do it again in the morning? I've also seen numerous people do a physical exfoliant because it makes their face soft and glowy which is nice to have throughout the day, but please refrain from using scrubs. However, if you MUST use a scrub, use one that's gentle and fragrance-free:

https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/basic-skin-care-tips/to-scrub-or-not-to-scrub.html

I also don't use a toner because that can be very stripping to the skin. There is actually no reason to use a toner except for that extra 'fresh' feeling that you get after using it. There really are no benefits to using a toner either, and if the bottle says there is, it's very minimal.

Step 2 - Serums

Image by natalia Image by natalia
Once my face is dry, I apply 2 different serums: First is the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, followed by the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. Hyaluronic acid is for hydrating the skin whereas the niacinamide is used for pores, dullness, and oiliness. Of course, you don't have to use the EXACT same serums that I've mentioned above; these are what works for MY skin and if there are serums out there that are more suitable for YOUR skin, use that. I made an article based on the serums from The Ordinary, so if you are interested in seeing what serums may be right for you, I highly suggest checking it out:

Step 3 - Moisturize

Image by natalia
A lot of people assume that since they have oily skin they don't need to moisturize and that is completely wrong. In fact, without adding moisture to your skin, it can produce more oil than it needs to because of that. Moisturizing every day can reduce the chance of developing extreme dryness or oiliness. Both extremes are harmful to the skin and cause common skin conditions like acne. Since I have combination skin, I still do have some oily spots on my face and therefore, I use a gel moisturizer because it's not so heavy on the face and doesn't leave me feeling greasy. The one that I love right now is the iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream. You can get it here if you like: https://www.stylevana.com/en_US/iunik-centella-calming-gel-cream-1.html

Step 4 - Sunscreen

Image by natalia
THIS is the most important part of your daily routine. I don't care if you're just going out to do grocery shopping or getting in and out of the car to someone's house; ALWAYS wear sunscreen. And not ONLY during the summer, but as well as all of the other months; which means yes, even in the winter because guess what? THE SUN IS STILL OUT. The one that I love is from Dear Klairs - soft airy UV essence spf50+ pa++++. I love this for 2 reasons: 1) It's very light on the skin and absorbs quickly, therefore none of that greasy look you can get from wearing sunscreen and 2) because I'm someone with a much darker skin tone, it's hard to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a white cast, but THIS one doesn't leave a white cast which I deeply appreciate! If you're interested, you can get it here: https://www.stylevana.com/en_US/dear-klairs-soft-airy-uv-essence-spf50-pa.html
There is numerous research out there explaining the benefits of daily use of sunscreen such as the prevention of cancer, dark spots, peeling, photoaging, and many more. They also speak about why you should always wear it no matter what, & in case you're still iffy about having to wear one I've provided a few scientific articles that you can read up on:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1098301511035303

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2758982

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09546634.2020.1789047

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6773941/

And that's it for my routine! It's pretty simple & not too expensive. I hope this helps you a bit whether you're looking for something new to try or maybe you're just starting out and unsure what to start with. Overall, I hope this article helped in some way. If you liked this article there are other articles that I've made that may be of interest to you:

I am also a young, aspiring artist that would love to share her artwork with you guys. So, if you are interested I have a mini art gallery that you can check out and it would mean a lot to me ♥:

Have a nice day/night and stay safe :)