Dry cheeks and oily t-zone got you singing the winter blues? Combination skin is one of the most common skin types and while a lot of times it is thought to be genetic, lifestyle factors and the wrong skin care approach can make oily areas oiler and dryer areas drier and flakier. With regular, consistent use of medical grade skin care products, you can have the skin you have always wanted and achieve that glow going into the New Year!

Cleansing, exfoliating and toning are 3 of the most important keys to achieving healthy skin. All skin needs exfoliation, and combination skin is no exception. Because skin can often be oilier through the t-zone, that area can handle a bit more scrub – but be gentle on the cheek area, where it can sometimes be drier.

So, what is the correct order to apply your skin care products?

When it comes to the order of applying your skin care products, the best rule of thumb is thinnest to thickest. Start by cleansing your skin to remove dirt, oil, makeup and other impurities. Next, tone your face to sweep away any leftover impurities. After that exfoliate 2-3 times a week with radiance pads to remove dead skin cells. Hydrate to restore moisture, apply Rejuveneck to décolleté and neck to help with signs of aging and then eye cream and retinol (PM routine only).


  1. Cleanse (Foaming Cleanser)
  2. Tone (Calming Toner) 
  3. Exfoliate (Exfoliating Polish 2-3x/wk)
  4. Hydrate (Skin Balancing Serum)
  5. Vitamin C (Essential C) 
  6. Creams (Hydra Eye) 
  7. Sun Protection (Reflect SPF)


  1. Cleanse (Foaming Cleanser)
  2. Tone (Calming Toner) 
  3. Exfoliate (Radiance Pads 2-3x/wk)
  4. Hydrate (Skin Balancing Serum; option to add Niaskin on top)
  5. Creams (Eyes + Neck ; Rejuveneck + Hydra Eye)
  6. Retinol (Wrinkle + Texture Repair) 

Just remember, your skin care routine is only as effective as your desire and diligence to achieve your best results – so trust the plan that your skin care expert curates for you and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns in order to fully optimize the effectiveness of your regimen.

Kara, Licensed Esthetician, CSPS Franklin

Call (615) 772-4598 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Kara to discover which medical grade products are right for your skin!

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Continue reading for more information on a few of the products mentioned above –

Foaming Cleanser is appropriate for all skin types but especially for dryer skin types, which will speak to the cheek area and/or other places where skin tends to be less oily. It is a soft, foaming cleanser with an exceptional lather – one of my absolute favorites!

Essential C is an antioxidant that protects skin from free radical damage, as well as damage from pollution and sun exposure. It contains vitamins C + E and ferulic acid. Vital product in your regimen – use a dime size amount every morning.

Skin Balancing Serum is light and fresh and contains peptides, as well as humectants, like hyaluronic acid, which helps attract water to the skin and helps drive other products deeper into the skin. This is an incredible hydrator to add into your routine. Apply a pea size amount AM + PM after cleansing and toning.

Reflect is part mineral/part chemical tinted sunscreen with UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. It also contains HEV and IR protection. This little miracle in a bottle acts as a primer and contains Vitamins C + E and ferulic acid.

Niaskin is a balmy moisturizer that contains ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. This product is also made up of niacinamide, which is a multi-tasking B3 that helps to regulate sebum production and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier – making it a great fit for combo skin!

Rejuveneck is an everything-in-one product for the neck, containing a gentle retinoid, vitamin C, hydroxy acid and growth factor. It’s easy to forget about your décolleté but so important to treat that area, too!