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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

combination skincare tips

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Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets*, Clarisn Lotus Oil*, Origins Balanacing Toner, REN T Zone 
Balancing Day Fluid

As a combination skin sufferer, I know what its like to have oily skin in the summer and be all dry around the nose come winter. Thick moisturisers make my skin feel slick and never sink in properly, yet light moisturisers do nothing for me. Sometimes it feels like I just cant win. Combination skin is well and truly difficult and at the best of times it's awkward to treat. Be kind to it and It'll be kind to you. Here are a few of my simple skincare tips to help troublesome combo skin.

Correct Cleanser:

Make sure to use a cleanser designed specially for your skin type. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist tested are all buzz words you need to look out for on the packaging. Leave the cream or balm cleansers as they can be too heavy for combo skin and can cause breakouts. Opt for gel cleansers or clay based ones (and definitely avoid abrasive foaming cleansers) these are gentle on the skin and great for cleansing the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.


Now it's too tempting to skip this step when you feel that moisturisers don't sink into your skin properly. You just aren't using the right kind of ones. One of the worst things you can do is deprive your skin of moisture as oily skin can often get dehydrated and cause even more oil to try and counteract this. Look for a moisturiser that is balancing, one that's going to sink into those drier areas yet not enhance oil production.

Blotting Papers

A handbag must staple for us combo girls! If you get oily throughout the day then blot the skin rather than applying more and more powder. These are super cheap to pick up, and they don't take up too much room. I think its much better than over applying powder which can cake on your drier areas.

Treat & Protect:

 Once a week, I like to go deep into my skin and give it a DIY facial. To do this I do a mini triple threat facial, First I use a AHA based mask to gently exfoliate the skin without irritating. Then go in with a deep cleansing clarifying mask to draw out all the impurities. Combination skin LOVES charcoal based masks. Then I like to go in with a facial oil to protect everything… this brings me nicely onto my final point….

Oil is not the Enemy:

 I repeat, oil is not the enemy. So many people are scared of using an oil on their skin as they fear it'll make their skin more oily, but trust me it wont. It might sound counter productive using an oil on oily skin, but if you trust me for a moment it will change your approach to skincare. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment is an awesome treatment for combination skin as it works at drawing out impurities while also balancing out the skin's natural oil production and hydrating the skin all at once.
Do you have any combination skincare tips?


  1. great tips, i've always been scared of using oil on my face! definitely trying this :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

  2. thanks for the tips! definitely will be trying some oils and tonics on my skin xx

    A Little Treat

  3. Fantastic tips, especially about using oil - I avoided it for the longest time but I couldn't be without a good facial oil now!

    Katie |

  4. Really need to start doing DIY facials, such a great idea to give my skin a weekly treat

    Heels Forever

  5. i have the lotus oil and it is amazing. it feels like a facial massage every evening ! i use a cleansing milk and if i forget to do the rest of my routine it can feel tight but it's great for getting off all my make-up. next is for a face mask investment !
    Lauren x
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  6. I think those Kleenex oil sheets have been discontinued now, but I saw them a few weeks ago in Home Bargains for 29p!

    My favourite moisturiser for combination skin is the La Roche Posay Hydreane Legere: affordable with visible results in just a few days. Gotta love some great French skincare! xo

  7. That opening paragraph is a perfect description of my skin! I need to try some of the Origins skincare this year.

  8. Thanks for the tips! I love Origin's skincare for oily skin! X.

  9. Ive ever tried one of the origins products and thats the super spot remover which I know swear by so I may give their toner ago also!

  10. I bought the Carins Oil, blue orchid though because my skin is a bit dehydratated, especially in Winter with the cold, and it is amazing what this product has done for my skin! I can see how long it is going to last since I only use 3 drops twice a week!


  11. So true, I used to really struggle with my combination skin but since i've started treating it gently it's so much happier xx

  12. I've only tried the Ren lip balm but would love to try more of their skincare!x

  13. I really want to try out some more of the ren products, they all sound fab!

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  14. Yes a blogger who understands the pain of combination skin haha I am the same with moisturisers I still haven't found the one, I don't know why I don't carry blotting papers around with me they are a must with my t-zone, thanks for sharing Lily I've taken notes x


  15. I just ordered the Clarins lotus oil yesterday and can't wait to try it! I have a very oily t zone and more 'normal' cheeks so I never thought of trying an oil, until I read some about it on Caroline Hiron's blog. After reading it, I researched it online and found a lot of people saying that using an oil as an evening moisturizer or even just a treatment a couple of times a week has actually made them less oily/ balanced their skin. Here's hoping!x

  16. I swore by blotting papers in high school haha! This just reminded me about it! I actually find my skin is a lot less oily than it was back at school, although I do still have combination skin xx

  17. I must get some blotting paper!
    Afeeyah xo

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  18. I didn't know Kleenex did those! Defo gonna get some :)
    alicekatex ♥

  19. Love the sound of the REN Tzone fluid! Such a great idea, need to get my hands on that!
    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

  20. Love this post, so helpful! I must get myself some blotting sheets. Check out my blog: x

  21. I need to try out some blotting sheets, they sound amazing! :)

  22. I've never tried blotting papers but I actually have a pack of the kleenex ones at home unopened, definitely going to swipe them on my head instead of piling on the powder next time! Great post :) xx

    Eleri Roberts

  23. Great post! Your skin always looks flawless with no shiny spots I could never imagine you having combo skin at all. Even more reason to follow your advice :) Having an oil and dry nose is the worst, it doesn't make logical sense in my opinion!

    Can you have any recommend any drugstore brands?

    Rennie | Fashion Dust


  24. Great idea for a post! I have combination skin and am always looking for new skin care products to try out..

    Ash x

  25. A great selection and your right oils are great for combination skin. I understand the clarins oil has changed slightly now and includes mineral oil though. I prefer the Bodhi Neroli Oil, it's fantastic for combination skin. I buy this one -

  26. In winters when the moisture gets sucked out of skin, the dry skin of is more likely to become inflamed and itchy. Dry skin is the single most common cause of skin itchiness. Therefore it is important in winters to take extra care of your skin apply dermology skin care productsregularly. In winter, skin moisturizing can make the difference between comfortable smooth skin and dry itchy skin.

  27. Look for a moisturiser that is balancing, one that's going to sink into those drier areas yet not enhance oil production. face skin problems

  28. Thanks for sharing great tips ! this might helps to get rid of scary about oily skin people.


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