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Imagine having two completely different jobs, each with completely different needs and demands on your time, but that both need attention to keep both bosses happy at the same time. Neglect Job one and Boss One will become angry and irritated. Neglect Job Two and Boss Two will become red faced and inflamed.
Doesn’t sound good, does it?
But that’s what having combination skin can feel like. Combination skin means having areas on your face, usually your cheeks, temples and sides of your face, that can become dry, flaky and dehydrated. It also means having other areas, most commonly the T zone – the forehead, nose and chin – that are oily and can also be acne prone.
If you have combination skin you might be struggling to understand how to best care for your part oily, part dry skin. Do combination skincare products even exist? Does one moisturiser help all areas? Or should you be using two different ones? What about cleansing? Toning? Should you use face masks and serums?
What about the seasons? Is summer skincare different to winter skincare?
Managing your skin with combination skincare products means striking a careful balance between not causing more oil production in your oily parts and not stripping your drier parts of even more oil.
Because we understand skin, and more precisely, we understand non-conformist skin, we’ve put together this article that covers all aspects of combination skincare products. It’s part of a series where we go into detail about what combination skin is, how to care for it and what makeup is best to use.
So here goes!
Best Skincare Products for Combination Skin
Combination skin care doesn’t have to be tricky. Once you fully understand your skin, and know what works best for you, you’ll find your combination skin skincare routine a breeze.
Because the best skincare products for combination skin are the ones that suit your skin and your lifestyle. There’s little point buying a five step cleansing and moisturising routine if you simply don’t have the time.
The best skincare products for combination skin are readily available both online and in shops, pharmacies and supermarkets.
We recommend looking for products specifically made to support and nourish the skin. The more natural the ingredients, the better.
Skincare for Different Types of Combination Skin
Having combination skin doesn’t just mean having part oily, part dry skin. It can also mean having a variety of different skin conditions such as acne, sensitive or ageing skin.
Each different element of your combination skin can require different skincare products and thankfully, they’re all widely available. Good skincare products for combination skin will take this into account.
The oily parts of your combination skin can also be more prone to breakouts, spots and acne. So the best skincare products for combination acne prone skin contain alkalising ingredients which help to support and nourish acne prone skin and keep spots at bay, without drying out your dry skin further.
Sönd cleansers and moisturisers are ideally suited to all non-conformist skin types, including combination skin with acne. They’re designed to help support healthy skin by rebalancing and nourishing without stripping the skin or upsetting its delicate nature.
Many people with combination skin also have sensitive skin that can react to harsh ingredients in skincare.
If this is you, then look for skincare products for combination skin that have natural, gentle ingredients such as chamomile and marigold.
Anti Ageing Products
Many of us experience problem skin right into our old age, and combination skin is no different. Anti ageing skincare products for combination skin do exist.
Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid that gently hydrate ageing skin, without causing excess oil and shine.
Oil free moisturisers for combination skin are key. A light cream moisturiser for combination skin will suit you best, that doesn’t weigh down the skin. So argan oil for the face for example, wouldn't be your best bet.
But it can be a case of trial and error, and some find argan oil benefits their skin. Also look for lightweight lotions over heavier oils, creams and ointments.
Night cream for combination skin can be a little heavier, as you won’t mind shining so much when you’re asleep.
But still make sure you’re using a moisturiser designed for combination skin, that is non comedogenic (non pore blocking). If in doubt, and you’ve found the best daytime moisturiser for combination skin that works for you, consider this as your best night cream too.
There are many cleansers designed for combination skin. There are foaming cleansers for combination skin, gel based cleansers, cleansing oils and facial bar soap for combination skin.
Whatever your preference, the best cleanser combination skin is a gentle one. Cleaning different areas of your face is tricky, especially with washes and oils designed to be mixed with water. Trying to keep one part of your face away from dripping cleansers isn’t something we’d recommend! So a cleanser specifically designed for combination skin is key.
Use your chosen cleanser twice a day – once in the morning to gently remove dirt and sweat that has built up overnight, and once in the evening to remove makeup and impurities, dirt and oil that’s accumulated on your skin during the day.
If you prefer to use a soapy cleanser and water, a foaming cleanser for combination skin is a good choice. They help to remove oil and grease, without stripping oil from the drier parts of your skin.
Skincare Products for Sensitive Combination Skin
If you have combination skin that’s also prone to sensitivity, look for very gentle cleansers.
Opt for products that contain natural ingredients that don’t dry or over oil the skin, as well as looking after its sensitivity.
The best cleanser for combination skin with breakouts is one that contains alkalising ingredients designed to cleanse the skin whilst supporting its delicate pH balance.
Sönd Rebalance and Reset Cream Cleanser contains shea and cocoa butters to lift away impurities without stripping the skin of its hydrating properties.
Just as with cleansers for combination skin, a micellar toner could suit your part dry, part oily skin. Look for toners that contain gentle ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that will hydrate the skin without over oiling it.
Toners for combination skin are designed to absorb excess oil but also hydrate the skin, so a toner could be one of the best products for combination skin management that you use.
The best serum for combination skin is one that supports healthy skin by helping to reduce inflammation that your combination skin could be prone to.
Look for lightweight serums that nourish without weighing the skin down, which is the perfect balance for combination skin. If you find that serums are too heavy for your skin, try just using them at night.
Face masks are usually designed in such a way that you can see exactly where you’re applying them. This means that you’re more likely to be able to tell exactly where you’re applying them, making face masks for combination skin ideal for treating different areas of your face. Things are even easier if you apply your multiple masks with a face mask brush.
A hydrating mask for combination skin can be applied to your cheeks and other dry areas, whilst an oil balancing clay mask for combination skin can be applied to your T zone.
Use your masks at least once a week to help hydrate your dry skin and mattify your oily skin using the best products for oily skin where necessary.
As with all skin types, using a good quality sunscreen for combination skin is essential. Using an SPF of 15 or over is one of the best things you can do to care for your skin, regardless of type, and help prevent premature ageing and sun spots.
Either use a moisturiser for combination skin that has an added sunscreen or use a separate one.
Traditional sunscreens are made using chemicals that can irritate the skin, so opt for a mineral based sunscreen instead. These are generally made using zinc oxide which forms a physical barrier against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Some mineral sunscreens can cause the skin to appear white as they go on quite thick, so make sure you use one specifically made for the face.
Combination skin, like most other skin types, still needs to be exfoliated. Exfoliating helps to remove all the things that can build up in the pores, causing spots and the oily parts of your skin to feel even oiler. Dirt, old makeup, sweat, excess oil, dead skin cells – they all need to be sloughed away from the pores.
With combination skin, it’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week. Any more frequently, and you risk upsetting the drier parts of your face.
Chemical exfoliators for combination skin include salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Look for products that contain these ingredients that are also designed for combination skin.
Best Men’s Skincare Products for Combination Skin
Here at Sönd, we believe in skincare for all. Our range of alkalising skincare for all skin types is designed specifically for problem skin in all genders.
Sure, there’s plenty of skincare ranges claiming to be the best men’s skincare products for combination skin and the best men’s skincare in general. But often, men’s skincare has added fragrance so that they smell ‘masculine’.
Whilst you might like this smell, it’s an artificial fragrance that can cause irritation, especially in problem skin. Which is the last thing you need!
So our advice is to look for skincare for combination skin, regardless of whether it’s made for men or not, and always choose products with natural ingredients and nothing that’s going to potentially irritate your already problematic skin.
Must Have Skincare Products for Combination Skin
At Sönd, we understand nothing more than skin and how it works. In particular, problem skin. Be that acne prone skin, eczema, rosacea, oily, dry or combination skin.
We hope that this article has been helpful and that you can now go out and shop for the right, must have skincare products for combination skin that will help you manage your skin. Everyone is different, and it may be a case of trial and error for you. But persevere, we promise it will be worth it!
Make sure you try our range of alkalising skincare products - we have everything you need to keep your combination skin looking and feeling healthy!
This article is not meant to treat or diagnose. Please visit your doctor for advice about any health concerns you may have.