How To Care For A Combination Skin Type

The key word for combination skin is: balance. If you experience dryness mainly on the cheek area and oiliness on your T-zone (that’s your forehead, down to your nose, towards your chin) simultaneously, it’s possible that you have a combination skin type. You’ll notice that the pores around your nose appear larger than usual and breakouts frequently occur around your T-zone too. If you’re unsure, try the face wash test. Simply cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. After 30 minutes, take a look in the mirror and assess your skin. Do you spot traces of shine? If your entire face has a slight sheen, then you have an oily skin type. If you notice shine on your T-zone only, then this article’s for you.

Combination skin types: listen up!

First of all, don’t worry about your routine. It’s manageable. Once you’ve diagnosed your skin type, half the battle’s won. We recommend skipping harsh scrubs and products that contain alcohol, as this can strip the skin of its natural oils (we’re all about keeping the balance). They can also aggravate sensitivity, start breakouts and enable premature ageing. Begin your routine by choosing a gentle but effective cleanser that keeps shine under control and dryness at bay. It’s important that your skin feels clean, nourished and fresh. Choose an alcohol-free toner to use post cleansing to absorb any product lying within your pores. Twice a week, incorporate an exfoliator to eradicate any build-up, such as dead skin cells, make-up residue and other impurities. Your day cream should have a feather-light texture to help keep your skin moisturised and free from excess sebum build-up. Antioxidants are essential within your routine, as they protect the skin from free radicals that could further hinder the skin.

The make-up to use

Combination skin types suit foundations and powders with matte finishes, as the majority of the skin experiences oiliness and shine. Choose lightweight formulas that provide coverage while still allowing your skin to breathe. Adding a pressed powder to your make-up application also helps to extend the wear of your look while preventing your foundation from moving during the day. It also stops shine in its tracks!

Do you fall into the combination skin type category? Here are the products to shop to keep your skin happy…

The Product Line-Up

La Mer The Moisturizing Fresh Cream
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash - 150ml
Clarins Hydrating Toning Lotion 200ml
Yardley Stayfast Foundation Combination Oily
Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Pressed Powder

What’s your go-to, game-changing product in your current combination skincare routine? Sharing is caring so let us know in the comments below. 


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