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Skincare routine for combination skin
Skincare for different types of combination skin
Best moisturiser for combination skin
Types of moisturisers for combination skin
Cleansers for combination skin types
Toner for combination skin
Serum for combination skin
Face mask for combination skin
Sunscreen for combination skin types
Face scrub for combination skin
Caring for your combination skin


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. 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?

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Managing combination skin 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 problem skin, we’ve put together this article that covers all aspects of skincare for combination skin. It’s part of a series where we go into detail about what combinations skin is, how to care for it and what makeup is best to use.

So here goes!

Skincare routine 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 for combination skin is the one that suits 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.

Combination skincare products are plentiful and 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.

Acne products for combination skin

The oily parts of your combination skin can also be more prone to breakouts, spots and acne. So look for products that 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 problem 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.

Facial products for sensitive combination

Skin 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 skincare for combination skin

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 gentle hydrate ageing skin, without causing excess oil and shine.

Best moisturiser for combination skin

Moisturiser for combination skin is possibly the most difficult part of a skincare regime for part oily, part dry skin, to get right. By its very essence, a moisturiser is going to moisturise the skin, and this can mean oily breakouts that you simply don’t need.

So the trick to finding the best face cream for combination skin is to look for moisturisers that hydrate dry skin whilst not stripping it of its oil and support oily skin without drying it…

Types of moisturisers for combination skin

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 for their face. Also look for lightweight lotions over heavier oils, creams and ointments.

Best night cream for combination skin

Night cream for combination skin can be a little heavier, as you won’t mind shine 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. 

Best men’s skincare 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 moisturiser 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 problem skin.

Cleansers for combination skin types

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.

Best cleanser 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.

Best cleanser 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.

Best acne wash for combination skin

The best cleanser for combination skin with breakouts is one that contains alkalising ingredientsdesigned to cleanse the skin whilst supporting its delicate pH balance.

Sönd Clean Slate Cream Cleansercontains shea and cocoa butters to lift away impurities without stripping the skin of it’s hydrating properties.

Toner for combination skin

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.

An effective face toner for combination skin will not contain alcohol or any other harsh or astringent ingredient that will strip the skin, so make sure you avoid any that do.

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.

Serum for combination skin

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 mask for combination skin

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 facemask 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.

Sunscreen for combination skin types

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 aging 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 sunscreeninstead. 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.

Face scrub for combination skin

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, its 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 hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid. Look for products that contain these ingredients that are also designed for combination skin.

Caring for your 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 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!

Hannah de Gruchy BSc(Hons)

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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