I have to apologize to my fellow fashionistas! I just moved and I was lax with my fashion posts before hand. Now I have to get back into the swing of things…
‘s request, I’m posting a skin care post.
has combination skin (she has to deal with dry skin and acne.) I have this skin type too and believe me it is tricky to deal with.
What happens with people who suffer from combination skin is that they have to deal with dry patches and oil slicks! The oily parts are over-compensating so to speak! So it’s a challenge to keep this skin type happy.
Also, my skin tends to get oilier during the summer so I’m a hot, oily mess with two dry patches. (Other factors include: makeup, smoking, hormones, and stress!)
Things You’ll Need:
- Moisturizing cleanser
- Toner for combination skin
- Lightweight daily moisturizer
- *Pore strips*
- The perfect makeup
- Cotton balls
- Night cream
- Eye moisturizer
- Avoid using cleansers that target oily or dry skin. Get a cleanser specifically for Combination (or Normal to Oily in a pinch) skin. Use a cleanser that is moisturizing instead of drying or milky. Cleanse the skin twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. Over-washing will strip the skin.
- Exfoliate a few times a week to remove dry skin and help cut back on blackheads. Concentrate on blackhead problems by using porecleansing strips. Follow the manufacturer instructions for the best results.
- Apply a moisturizing toner to your entire face after cleansing and exfoliating. Put a small amount on a cotton ball and smooth it over your entire face. Let the toner dry before applying moisturizer.
- **Moisturize your skin daily. Moisturize dry portions of your skin twice daily. Use an all-purpose moisturizer for combination skin in the mornings. Apply a rich facial cream to your dry areas at night. Use a lightweight moisturizer that is oil free for your oily areas at night time.**
- Always use an eye cream to moisturize the delicate area around your eye. Do not use heavy creams or all purpose moisturizers around your eyes. They can cause clogged pores and damage the delicate skin.
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. This helps both the dry and oily parts!
My Current Arsenal:
- Cleanser: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Foam Wash,$7
- Exfoliant: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Scrub,$7
- Toner: Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, $7
- Moisturizer: Dior HydrAction Creme Sorbet, $35 (yes it’s pricey but it’s the only thing that doesn’t clog up my pores! It’s so lightweight and gets the job done even in the winter.)
- Eye Cream (I don’t use one so I have no clue off the top of my head.)
The best department store/boutique brand for combination skin is Boscia! The best department store/boutique brand for zapping zits is Philosophy! That stuff got rid of zits that I had for years within a week. But it’s super strong!
My Sephora Arsenal:
- On A Clear Day Super Wash For Oily Skin, 1 oz (on the oily parts)
- Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic
- On A Clear Day Blemish Serum for Adult Acne, 1 oz
- On A Clear Day Hydrogen Peroxide Cream (dotted on the zits and shiny spots)
- Dior HydrAction Creme Sorbet(all over).
- Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, 1.86 oz
- Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic
- Boscia Recharging Night Moisture
If I had to choose I would go for the Boscia line and pick up the Philosophy blemish serum!
The Philosophy Oxygen peel is the bomb!
Also, some makeup acts really screwy with combination skin. Oil-free and non-comedogenic should be on the bottle. So far, Aromaleigh Mineral Makeup has worked out nicely for me! The Glissade formula is best if your skin is on the drier/sensitive side. The Voile is great is your skin is on the oilier tip!
Another great makeup brand is Smashbox! I don’t get clogged and my dry patches are happy!
Also look at the shampoo you’re washing your hair with. Your shampoo/hair products could be triggering oil flare ups. My hair is drier than a brit’s humour so I wash my hair before my face. Does that make sense?
*RE: Biore strips. These only work for people with blackheads/huge pores. They didn’t do much for me. I couldn’t pull them off…I had to wet the strip to get them off. They worked wonders for the hubster though!*
**Moisturizers** Take this with a grain of salt. Don’t put a moisturizer that’s super rich on the dry parts unless you know it won’t make you break out…. I can’t stress this enough! That’s why I cough up the extra cash and get the Dior because it’s lightweight and handles the parched spots w/o me waking up to Krakatowa!
Give me a couple of hours to come up with an eye cream recommendation!