Skin Care Regime for Combination Skin

February 1, 2017

Combination skin needs careful attention because it has a blend of oily and dry patches.

The T-zone, across the forehead and down the nose and chin, tends to be oily, and needs to be treated like oily skin. However, the other areas are prone to dryness and flakiness from lack of moisture, and need to be treated like dry skin.

woman with combination skin type

Skin that has a combination of dry and oily patches requires a dual approach to skincare.

Follow this skincare regime for combination skin each day so your skin always looks and feels its best.

Morning skin care routine 

Step 1. Remove Makeup 

Choose an oil-based eye make-up remover to clear away every trace of eye make-up from this delicate area, which is prone to dryness. 

Rinse with cool water to remove any excess oil.

Step 2. Cleanse

In the morning use a foaming facial wash.

This ensures oily areas are clean, and helps to clear pores to prevent blackheads. 

Massage gently over damp skin with fingertips including hairline and under the jawline, concentrating on any oily areas.

Step 3. Rinse 

Thoroughly rinse all traces of cleanser from your face and neck, whilst face is wet apply your exfoliant.

Step 4. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin will help your skin care products work efficiently. 

As a general rule, exfoliate your skin up to twice a week, once a week only concentrating on the oily T-zone.

Exfoliating every day will make your skin become dry, and patchy.

Step 5. Clay Mask

Every two weeks add a clay mask to your beauty routine. 

Clay masks help to absorb oils and control shine, but don’t use one in the days leading up to an important social event as it helps to draw out impurities.

Step 6. Toner 

Be sure to tone after cleansing and always use a gentle toner. Saturate a cotton round and sweep over entire face, and neck skipping the eye area. 

You will require two different types of toner. Choose a stronger astringent for oily areas, and a mild toner or rosewater for the drier ones.

Step 7. Moisturise

Apply a nourishing cream concentrating on the drier areas to add moisture. Use a light moisturiser on the oilier areas, then blot off any excess from the oily areas with a tissue. This will give your skin the nourishment it needs.

Step 8. Wait 

Wait a few minutes for your moisturiser to soak in before applying your make-up.


Bonus Tip:

Switch to a cream cleanser, to keep dry areas of your skin clean and soothed. This will balance excess oiliness or dryness in your complexion. Massage well into your skin, concentrating on the drier areas, then gently remove with a cotton wool pad, then rinse of any excess with cool water.

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