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The Ultimate Guide To Combination Skin

Combination skin type guide

If you’ve taken my skin type test and know you have combination skin, then you’re in the right place! Combination happens to be my type as well, so lucky you 😉! The ultimate goal is to keep the skin balanced, toned, and blemish free. 

SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR COMBINATION SKIN

CLEANSE (AM/PM)
TONE (AM/PM)
MOISTURIZE (AM with SPF/PM)
EXFOLIATE (2x weekly)
MASK (1x weekly)
OPTIONAL: serum, eye cream, monthly facial, professional treatments

BEST INGREDIENTS FOR COMBO SKIN 

These are a few of my favorite skincare ingredients that help balance out oil secretions and keep my complexion blemish free. There are also some ingredients I try to avoid, so check those too.

Green Tea – ALL OF THE ANTIOXIDANTS! It helps calm redness, soothe blemishes, and balance out oiliness.
Rose – Rosewater, Rose oil, rose extract… Girl, I love it all. It is SO soothing, calming, and gives so much hydration. Fresh Beauty has an amazing rose based skincare range, the rose face mask makes your skin look flawless AF.
Hyaluronic Acid – Holds 1000X its weight in water and gives deep hydration. It helps keep the skin looking smooth and plump, not greasy.

So now, let’s talk products!

CLEANSER

Try to avoid anything that contains sulfates, they strip the skin of all its natural oils leaving it dry AF. We don’t want to do that, or else the skin will try to compensate with even more oil. I love an oil cleanser (my fave) because it’s super gentle, melts off makeup, and attracts the excess oil from the T-zone but provides nourishment to areas that need it.

RECOMMENDATIONS: DERMALOGICA // TARTE // ÉMINENCE // DIOR // MARIO BADESCU // OLEHENRICKSEN

TONER

I’m obsessed with the Reversa Acnex Toner but if I use it 2X a day it can dry out my u-zone. #COMBOSKINPROBLEMS LOL. I use that toner in the evening and in the morning I use a rosewater toner which has glycerin to moisturize the U-zone.

RECOMMENDATIONS: ÉMINENCE // HERBIVORE // AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES // BOMBAY BEAUTY CO.

MOISTURIZER

I personally love a gel formula for combination skin because it provides major hydration and won’t feel too heavy on oilier areas. I also love using a facial oil (straight up Jojoba or Rosehip) on areas that are dry and need extra nourishment.  Don’t forget your SPF in the daytime (these are all my fave sunscreens)!
RECOMMENDATIONS: WISHTREND // OLEHENRICKSEN // EPICUREN // FRESH // NO7

EXFOLIANT

The biggest thing is not to over-exfoliate! It will just make your skin angry and dry. I personally love a chemical exfoliant so there is no scrubbing or abrasion, but I’ve linked some physical exfoliants too.

RECOMMENDATIONS: KERSTIN FLORIAN  // ÉMINENCE // TARTE // DR.BRANDT // KATE SOMERVILLE

MASK

Always make sure to cleanse and exfoliate before you mask so there are no dead skin cells blocking absorption! I love using one mask in the U-zone to nourish (cream, gel) and a completely different mask in the t-zone to balance oiliness (clay, charcoal).
MY RECOMMENDATIONS:  DR.BRANDT// ORIGINS // MY ORGANIC ZONE // BOMBAY BEAUTY CO. // SEPHORA COLLECTION // PETER THOMAS ROTH

TREATMENTS + TOOLS

I’m SO obsessed with my Clarisonic and there are lots of different brush heads to choose from. The radiance brush head really makes the skin glow and evens out the complexion. But I also have the deep pore brush head to really help with blackheads in the t-zone. But both of these are great for combination skin, it just depends what you want to target. Serum’s are great because they’re super concentrated with all the good skin shit we love. So if you feel like you need an extra boost, I’ve linked my faves below.

ALSO! EYE CREAM! For me, it’s a major key because I tend to get dry patches around my eyes. I use this eye cream in the morning because it has SPF and this one in the evening.

The order of application? Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and moisturizer.

MY SERUM RECOMMENDATIONS: MY ORGANIC ZONE // OLEHENRICKSON // ÉMINENCE

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PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Getting a facial once a month just takes the glow game to another level. Ya know?
FAVE PLACES FOR A FACIAL IN VANCOUVERWillow Stream Spa // Bombay Beauty Co. // Skoah //  The Spa at Equinox

These are the only two places I trust when it comes to medical-grade skincare treatments.
SKIN TECHNIQUE (Vancouver)
KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS (LA)
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATION: The Hydra Facial is fucking magical. Your skin gets a deep cleanse, microdermabrasion (which low-key feels like a cat licking your face) to exfoliate and then finally an infusion highly concentrated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and other skin loving things. The infusion is medical grade btw, so it’s no joke. Another thing I love about this treatment is that it’s amazing for removing blackheads, the machine literally vacuums them right out. This is seriously the best treatment for combination skin and I’m fully obsessed.

MORE COMBINATION SKIN TIPS

– I know it can be tempting to want to exfoliate a lot when you have dry flaky patches, but if you go to hard you’ll just make your skin even dryer. Max 2-3X a week!
– Don’t overwash your face (no more than 2X a day) or you’ll strip the skin of its natural oils.
– Try to keep your shower at a reasonable temperature, when the water is too hot it leads to dryness.
– Always pat the skin dry after washing, don’t rub.
Don’t wait a million years before putting on the rest of your products after washing your face, you want to lock in hydration and give it that nourishment ASAP.
– If you’re really struggling with breakouts, I have tons of tips over on my acne prone skin type guide.
– Other skin troubles? These are 8 ways you’re secretly sabotaging your skin

MAKEUP TIPS 

– Prepping the skin using a primer (my all time fave) or moisturizer is essential for getting your makeup to last and also creates a smooth base for foundation.
Oil priming is something I’m obsessed with, it’s so good to use on the cheekbones (or all over if you’re drier) and honestly just gives the most amazing glow.
– A foundation that has a dewy or natural finish is the most flattering, these are some of my favorite foundations that won’t cling to dry patches or make your t-zone look greasy.  TOO FACED // IT COSMETICS // L’ORÉAL // MAKE UP FOR EVER
– Always mist yourself with a setting spray (my fave) after using powder to restore moisture and balance the skin.
– Rather than using a brush to apply setting powder, use a damp beauty blender to pat it into the skin. This helps lock the makeup in on oilier areas, but won’t look cakey! This is exactly what Mario Dedivanovic does on Kim Kardashian!

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