A skincare routine for combination skin can be a bit tricky as it often involves managing both oily and dry areas on the face. However, with the right products and steps, you can achieve a healthy and balanced complexion.
Your skin type can change depending on seasonal changes or health-related factors. Mine is best described as combination at the moment. I could feel the change in my skin as soon as the weather turned and I had to troubleshoot my skincare routine to deal with my combination skin (which is normal/dry with an oily T-Zone where pimples started to appear!).
With the right skincare routine, you can keep your combination skin looking and feeling its best through the season.
Cleanse Like A Pro
First, it’s important to cleanse your skin properly. Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Avoid using hot water, as it can dry out your skin.
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Cerave (TikTok made me buy it!) but I wasn’t sure if Cerave Foaming Cleanser would be suitable at first, but it’s a gentle yet effective cleanser for daily use.
It contains ceramides (essentially the ‘glue’ that holds our skin cells together), hyaluronic acid (to plump and helps give your skin a smooth texture) and niacinamide (a water-soluble B vitamin) to help hydrate and protect the skin’s barrier.
The foaming formula cleanses oil without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, Cerave Foaming Cleanser leaves the skin feeling refreshed and clean.
Follow this with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Lotion (toner).
Transform Your Skin with Regular Exfoliation
Next, exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and prevent buildup in the pores. Look for an exfoliant that contains gentle ingredients like lactic acid or glycolic acid.
I recommend Avene’s Gentle Exfoliating Gel leaves your skin looking refreshed and revitalised. The formula is enriched with Avene’s signature thermal spring water, known for its soothing and anti-irritating properties, making it perfect for even the most sensitive skin.
The gel texture is easy to apply and gentle enough to use weekly, helping to maintain healthy, radiant skin.
I recommend using a mask after exfoliation, I’m currently loving another La Roche Posay product (La Roche Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish Clay Mask).
Moisturise twice daily
Moisturise your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once at night to hydrate your skin without clogging your pores. For extra hydration, apply a serum before moisturising or a facial mist after (I recommend Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist).
Whether you’re looking to combat dryness or simply want to keep your skin looking its best, Jurlique Rare Rose Face Cream is the perfect addition to your skincare routine. Formulated with Jurlique’s signature blend of rare roses, this cream is rich in antioxidants and nourishing ingredients that work to hydrate and revitalise your skin.
For blemish-prone area, try La Roche Possay Effaclar A.I Breakout Corrector – works a treat to calm the effected area. If you haven’t worked out by now, there was a 3 for 2 offer on La Roche Possay in Boots!
The Extra Bits
I was recently introduced to this new-to-market *SAMAYA Vata Rejuvenating Eye Cream. It is an anti-aging formula of plant cell, probiotics, green tea, caffeine and powerful Ayurvedic botanicals such as turmeric, rose, and pomegranate.
Light in texture and quick-absorbing, it is designed to reduce the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and help increase firming, brightening, elasticity and hydration. Exactly what I need!
Finally, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun. Even though it’s winter, the sun can still cause damage to your skin. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days.
By following these steps, you can keep your combination skin looking and feeling its best all winter long. Remember to be consistent with your routine and listen to your skin. If something isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to switch it up and try something new.