Does this sound like you – some parts of your face are dry or flaky, while the t-zone is oily? Or do you have breakouts as well as dry skin or possibly rosacea at the same time? Well welcome to Day 2 of how to care for a combination skin type!
A combination skin can be very tricky to look after but I am going to give you a few tips and product advice that will hopefully sort out that troublesome skin of yours in no time! There are a variety of things that can contribute to combination skin – sometimes it’s just genetics – but it can also be due to the skincare products you are using. For example if you are using a harsher facial soap or cleaner that is stripping your skin, it will not only cause your skin to create more oil but it will also cause dry skin and redness. The same goes for moisturisers, if they are too heavy they will make the skin oilier, therefore clogging your pores even further.
Out of the products I’m going to list you may need to use different products on different parts of your face – ie. an oil free or lighter gel like moisturiser through your t-zone and a heavier cream for the drier parts of your face. Similarly, you could use a blemish treatment over the breakout prone areas only. For any ladies who are pregnant, or anyone on medication for a skin condition, please consult your doctors before using any of these products.
Ok so here it goes!
Tip: avoid bar soaps or bar cleansers, and stick to a low fragrant or fragrance-free products if you are particularly sensitive.
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser - I’ve had customers come back and let me know that they saw a significant improvement using this cleanser (in conjunction with the Special Cucumber Lotion listed under toners) after one to two weeks. This cleanser is all about healing existing acne and preventing further breakouts by exfoliating and deep cleansing with the help of Salicylic Acid. It also contacts Aloe Vera and Chamomile to calm and soothe inflamed skin.
Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash - is a non drying, gentle face wash that has anti-ageing benefits with Vitamin C Ester to help improve the texture and radiance of your skin. Great for a dry skin.
Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel with Water Lily - a mild water based cleanser that gently removes makeup while leaving the skin soft and fresh. Great for an oily or dry combination skin.
Mario Badescu Keratoplast Cream Soap - a natural, botanical ingredient that reduces redness associated with broken capillaries and extreme sensitivity. This non-soap cleanser is perfect for anyone who has rosacea.
Tip: if you like to use a toner stick to one that does not contain any irritants like alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, citrus oils, and keep it to a low fragrant or fragrant free if you are particularly sensitive.
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner – a very mild toner suited for sensitive or dry skin. This alcohol free toner will soothe any irritation and unclog pores.
Kiehls Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner – an effective toner for oily skin types with select herbal extracts to gently cleanse and soothe without the use of alcohol or harsh synthetic drying agents. May be used to soothe and improve problem areas.
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion – Start with the Mario Badescu Acne Facial Wash for best results in clearing acne and breakouts. It’s effective in disinfecting to prevent future breakouts, deep cleaning and drying up existing blemishes. The soothing cucumber base is non-drying and non-irritating.
Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser – a great lightweight moisturiser which should be used in conjunction with the Acne Facial Cleanser and Special Cucumber Lotion for acne and/or breakout prone skin, and also an oily skin. This moisturiser is also fragrance free.
Darphin Hydraskin Light Cream Gel – this lightweight gel moisturiser is perfect for an oily combination skin. It’s a long lasting moisturiser that feels light on the skin and won’t clog the pores.
Ren Ultra-Moisture Day Cream – perfect for a dry skin to hydrate, smooth and plump the skin, and also helps to combat the signs of premature ageing. The more plump and hydrated your skin is, the less those fine lines will appear!
Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Cream – for anyone with rosacea this is the one for you. This lightweight recovery cream will help to reduce the appearance of redness whil also working to relieve, repair and strengthen inflamed skin with the use of Vitamin E.
I would recommend looking to yesterday’s eye cream recommendations for a lightweight formula, however if you have a dry eye area Kiehls Creamy Eye Avocado Treatment would be a hydrating one for you to try.
For an oily skin type I would recommend looking to yesterday’s sunscreen recommendation. If you skin is prone to breakouts you may wish to let your foundation and pressed powder provide the sun protection you need (I will note a foundation for you below). If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, look for sunscreens with only titanium dioxide or/and zinc oxide as the active ingredients.
TREATMENTS & EXFOLIATORS
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – I highly highly recommend this to anyone with not only cracked or dry lips, but for anyone with dry areas. I started getting dry spots on my hands from excess washing at work, and after applying this the same soothed and rehydrated within hours. Ignore its name – this can be used on dry areas on the body too. It’s a small tube but well worth the money. It’s great for dry or sensitive skin including eczema.
Mario Badescu Healing Soothing Mask – an effective mask for sensitive or dry skin with acne to control the irritation and redness caused by acne. Leave on for 20 minutes and use 2-3 times per week.
Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Balm – for anyone with rosacea that could use this as a possible night treatment in conjunction with the cream listed under moisturisers above.
GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – a mask and exfoliator in one! An oilier skin type might like to use this through the t-zone if they are drier on the cheek area. Use once or twice a week to clear and firm skin, and tighten pores!
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel – yes it’s a little expensive but the results and reviews speak for themselves. Ideal for oily skin as well as those suffering acne and rosacea. I’ve been using these daily at PM only to deal with my pigmentation, but they are also great for improving the appearance of skin tone, texture, firmness, clarity, radiance, plus moisturise to leave skin soothed and balanced. Step 1 will sting a little but that is totally normal!
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Healing Skin Cream – a healing balm that helps to heal a myriad of concerns including dry and cracked skin, and is also great for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis.
Cosmetics can be a tricky one for a combination skin type as most foundations are either suited to a dry or oily skin type. It’s important to go for good quality makeup that is also going to be good and kind to your skin.
Smashbox has some fantastic primers for a range of skin types and concerns. They are the grandsons of Max Factor and actually invented the primer, so they know a thing or two about priming the skin! I would recommend their Photo Finish Color Correcting Adjust Primer for anyone with redness or rosacea. I have seen this primer significantly reduce redness right before my eyes and it leaves a beautiful velvet like texture to the skin.
For anyone looking to hydrate their dry skin, the Photo Finish Hydrating Primer will quench the skin’s thirst and lock in moisture thanks to Hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants.
And not to forget an acne prone skin, Smash have developed their Photo Finish More Than A Primer Blemish Control which contains 2% salicylic acid and has been shown to provide clearer skin in two weeks.
For anyone with sensitive, oily or acne breakout prone skin I would highly recommend Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation It’s a mineral product that you buff into the skin and can control the coverage which is fantastic. Only buff on a layer or two if you would like a sheer coverage, two to three layers for medium, and so on. Don’t be confused by the loose powder consistency because this is a mineral product which will become creamy when buffing into the skin, therefore not drying the skin out, and will provide a luminous finish. It’s clinically proven to promote clearer, healthier looking skin, and it’s formulated without parabens, binders, fillers or synthetic chemicals. I have used this foundation myself and was amazed at how long wearing it was and also it’s ability to even out my skin tone which was great for all my pigmentation! Using the Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush to buff this foundation in is an absolute must. It will hold the product longer than a fuller brush will, and as a result you’ll use less product.
For a drier skin who would like a dewy complexion I would recommend Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup SPF15. It has a natural, radiant finish and is a serum-like formula with ingredients that stimulate collagen product so it’s an extension of your skincare regime! It has an SPF15 and is fragrance, paraben, oil, and gluten free which could also be great for a sensitive skin.
And that’s it! Phew! There was a lot to cover for a combination skin type and I hope everyone found that helpful. Please let me know in the comments below if you learnt anything or discovered a product that is now on your must-have list!
Tomorrow I’ll be looking at a normal skin type. Although you may not have any particular skincare concerns it is still imperative to have a skin care regime in place to ensure your skin stays nourished and blemish free. See you all tomorrow!