Amy recently wrote a post on her night time skincare routine for combination skin. I have combination skin too and have just (hopefully) perfected my routine for during the day so I thought it would be nice to share it with you guys! (Linda has also written a morning skincare routine post, go check that out!)
I have an oily T-Zone and dry skin around my cheeks. I have suffered from cystic acne in the past and need gentle products for my skin. I also get very dry flaky skin on my nose which drives me crazy – especially as it makes foundation look so ugly!
I find for combination skin, it’s best to find a cleanser that won’t remove natural oils from any dry patches you do have, but that will still balance out any excess oils you have in oily areas. When I get up (and usually after a workout as my skin feels gross after exercise!) I cleanse with Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser. I’ve only recently started using this cleanser but I can really see the difference it has made to my skin – I’m so impressed! It smells amazing, really fresh. I bought this specifically because it says it ‘provides an even, all-over clean without disturbing skin’s natural oils’, which is perfect for my combination skin. My dry patches haven’t felt dry at all, in fact they have been feeling a lot softer recently, and I have no excessive oil either. Thumbs up for Bioré! This cost me £4.00 in Asda which I’m really pleased with.
I personally think that a facial scrub is good for dry patches of skin as it helps remove any flakes (which I suffer from) and also invigorates the skin just that little bit extra. 3-4 times a week, prior to using my Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser, I will use a facial scrub, not only for the flaky skin on my nose, but to give my skin a bit of a boost – especially around the areas where I have acne scarring. Linda has mentioned this product in the past and I am now absolutely obsessed! It is the St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Invigorating Facial Scrub. This is £3.99 in Superdrug. This product has done wonders for the flaky skin around my nose – it has all but disappeared. It smells incredible, a tiny bit of the product goes a long way and it really does make your face glow a bit more. I use this before my cleanser as I like to use the cleanser to restore the balance of my skin a little bit.
With regards to face wipes, I find that oil balancing ones really suit combination skin. I use facial wipes occasionally during the day, and my favourites that work really well with my skin are the Simple Oil Balancing Wipes. These work to remove any make-up I may have missed taking off at night (oops!) but also, like the cleanser, keeps the skin balanced and contains Zinc PCA. It also claims to reduce shine, and I think this is true. I haven’t had any shine since I’ve been using it, or any oil on my T-Zone, which I am absolutely loving! They’ve also had no drying effect on my dry patches so great for us combination skin girls! I bought these on offer for £3 in Asda.
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For moisturiser it’s good for those with combination skin to find something that hydrates the skin, without leaving it greasy. With all these drugstore/high street products in my skin care routine I have slightly splurged on my moisturiser. My favourite moisturiser in the whole world is Chanel’s Hydramax + Active. I use this sparingly on my T-Zone (except on the tip of my nose where the skin is flaky!). It does amazing things for the dry skin on my cheeks, it works stunningly under make-up and it smells heavenly. Slight product rave there!! At £47.50 it’s very expensive for a moisturiser but I am a Chanel product addict. I’ve recently run out of this moisturiser (and can’t currently afford to replace!) so have been using the Olay Beauty Fluid which my sister recommended to me. It’s nice, and doesn’t leave the skin greasy, which is excellent for those oily areas, but not quite as luxurious as Chanel!
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These are just my own favourite products to use on my combination skin, please let me know if you have any product recommendations! I hope this has been useful however, let me know in the comments below!