Skin. Our beautiful outside layer that helps protect all the goodness inside. As much time as we dedicate to our careers, education, clean eating habits, children, and so much more—our skincare should be prioritized too. So, how do we give the largest organ of the body a little extra TLC? It begins with educating ourselves. First things first, there are five basic skin types—normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. And all five need to be cared for in different ways. Guess it’s time you update your beauty cabinet! Every skin type reacts differently to product ingredients, which is why knowing your unique skin type is essential to achieving the best skincare results. We’re just going to focus on combination skin for now, diving deeper into the signs and checking out some of our clean beauty best sellers that can help.
Dry skin? Keep hydrated and moisturize regularly. Oily skin? Use cleanser and toner twice daily. It’s pretty straightforward considering the vast amount of products dedicated to treating these common skin types. But things start to get a bit complicated when you’ve got a little of both. What happens when hydrating creme/gel moisturizers are too hydrating and oil control toners are too absorbing? You just want your skin to pick a side. Is that too much to ask?
Combination skin is characterized by being normal to dry in some areas, and oily in others, with the T-zone area (nose, forehead, and chin) being the most common according to WebMD. Combination skin is often identified by…
3. Genetics, over-cleansing, harsh scrubs/brushes, clogged pores and overactive sebaceous glands (glands that produce sebum—oily matter that lubricates skin and hair) are all leading causes of combination skin.
If this sounds familiar, chances are you could have combination skin. The struggle is real in your T-zone area when it comes to excess oils, while other areas of your face tend to be dry and dull, especially your cheeks and skin around your eyes, thanks to a buildup of dead skin cells.
It can be tricky to figure out how to properly care for your skin when different areas have different needs. The good news is, we’ve put together a simple guide to a healthy and vibrant complexion.
Say bye-bye to harsh products that clog pores. Wash away dirt, excess oils and impurities twice a day—morning and night— with a gentle facial cleanser. The key? Choosing a cleanser that helps mattify your oily T-zone.
2. Don’t Forget To Exfoliate
Most times, a dull complexion is a result of dead skin cell buildup on the skin’s surface. It’s normally recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week. Over-exfoliating is most definitely a thing, so start off slow to gauge how much your skin can handle. You don’t want to strip away healthy skin cells and oils that our skin produces naturally.
Pro tip: Gently scrub to decrease the risk of excess damage to the skin.
3. Oil-Free is Your BFF
This goes for sunscreen, moisturizer and makeup. Incorporating oil-free products into your beauty routine will help keep pores clog-free and limit any additional oil to your slick T-zone area.
4. Avoid Excessive Fragrance
The dry, flaky areas of combination skin are more sensitive and may be easily irritated by products with chemical fragrance ingredients. Natural ingredients are the way to go to avoid the (rather unnecessary) introduction of chemical irritants to your skin that could worsen breakouts.
Reference this personalized shopping guide with some of our best sellers.
Let’s go over our checklist: You now know how to spot combination skin and implement useful tips for healthy skincare. The last step is building a skincare routine with products that work best. Not to worry, we’ve done all the work for you with our one-stop-shop combination skin product list.
Step 1: Cleanser
Black Rose Cleansing Gel by Leland Francis—Formulated with a blend of organic and natural butters, oils, and activated charcoal, this ultra-luxe cleansing gel is gentle but strong enough to detox and deep cleanse while exfoliating and protecting from free radical damage.
Face Wash by Earth Tu Face—The purest form of gentle soap made with organic, food-grade oils to remove impurities, make-up and refresh the face without stripping the skin.
Step 2: Toner
Balancing Rose Toner by ILERA Apothecary—Infused with real rose petals, this balancing rose facial toner offers a refreshing and hydrating mist that balances pH levels, reduces inflammation and evens tone.
Step 3: Serum
Rose Sérum by Odièle—A powerful cocktail of essential fatty acids loaded with vitamins and minerals that infuse the skin with essential nutrients while soothing skin inflammations, brightening skin, preventing acne breakouts and more.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Facial Lotion by Kahina Giving Beauty—Lightweight and naturally scented for optimal hydration. Its high concentrations of 100% organic argan oil and other beneficial ingredients provide suppleness and radiance.
Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook—A professional resurfacing treatment with potent fruit, honey, and herbal enzymes and acids that gently slough away dead skin cells while finely ground, round walnut shells mechanically reveal new skin and help stimulate collagen production.
***add exfoliator (once or twice a week) to your nighttime skincare routine
Clean Greens Superfood Face Mask by Golde—A nourishing face mask made with 100% pure, edible superfoods that gently detoxifies (without drying) and treats breakouts while delivering key nutrients to promote clear, glowing skin.
We’re here to help you love (and care for) the skin that you’re in. More often than not, our skin’s destiny rests in what we’ve inherited from our parents, but our very own skincare products and regimens can also be the root of the problem. Balancing two different skin types may be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. With knowledge, a routine and clean, sustainably-sourced products, balance can be oh so beautiful.
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