Over the past year I’ve been figuring out just what products/ routine suits my combination skin. It was when I realised that my skin didn’t just fall into one category but several that I understood which products both skincare and makeup wise my skin needed to look its best.
My skin is both oily and dehydrated which does make finding products that provide a balance for the both quite difficult. Not only have I found that certain types of products seem to work best for me, but also how I use them.
Layering my skincare has been a game changer for me. After cleansing in the evening I tend to layer different types of products but I’ve found layering toners to be most effective for combination skin. Kelsey from beautywithkelsey did a post on the 7-Skin Method which inspired me to give it a try, that night I layered a toner aimed at dehydrated skin and then a toner for oily/ blemish prone skin 7 times and hoped for the best. The results were pretty darn impressive! This method provided my skin with moisture and hydration and it just felt soft and healthy. I couldn’t quite believe how quickly my skin was drinking up the toners, now I tend to do this 4 times a week to keep my skin at it’s best.
So many brands are jumping onto the bandwagon with this and I can see why. Although it does mean having to spend more money on different products using face masks that suit different problem area’s of the skin makes sense. I used to use charcoal, pore refining masks on my forehead which would only result in my skin feeling parched. Now I stick to using that on my nose and chin and opt for a creamy hydrating mask for the forehead which works much better.
I haven’t tried too many oils, but the Trilogy Rosehip Oil is a staple in my routine all year round. This gives my skin the hydration it needs without feeling too heavy or making it produce more oil throughout the day. I’ve recently been teaming this with the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Gel Cream. Although this does contain AHA’s and hyaluronate (said to be hydrating for the skin as it holds onto water) I don’t use this as a moisturiser as it’s not quite hydrating enough for me. Instead I use it as an additional step in my routine just on my t-zone and I find it really helps to leave my skin clear and hydrated.
When I first started getting into skincare a holy grail product for me was the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream. It’s still something I reach for a fair bit – I’ve gone through 5 pots of it! I love this moisturiser because although basic, it really does manage to keep my skin moisturised and hydrated and restore it back to being manageable. Investing in products that were hydrating was probably one of the best skincare choices I made to help clear my skin and control both the oil and dehydration levels.
With any skin type I’m a firm believer in concentrating on skincare and making that a focus, in return this has made my makeup look 10x better. In terms of makeup I feel like I’ve found some absolute gems that really work well together to create a long lasting, fresh looking base.
Like my skincare, applying thin layers of product gives a much better finish for me and tends to work well managing oil and levels of hydration. A primer I’ve just not stopped banging on about is the Too Faced Hangover Primer, this is hydrating without feeling greasy creating the perfect base for foundation. I tend to use this on my forehead and then go on to use either the Benefit Porefessional Primer or the No7 Airbrush Away Primer one my nose and cheeks to minimise pores and prevent any oils appearing throughout the day. I can’t skip this step if I want my makeup to last more than 7-8 hours still looking good.
I’ve also found using different types of concealers to work better for me than just sticking to one. I have been loving the SEVENTEEN Phwoarrr Paint for really precise concealing, the formulation is perfect as it isn’t too creamy that it will slide around and transfer, but it isn’t too dry either making it easy to blend and stay crease free for hours – a real affordable makeup gem!
Regardless of whether you have dry/ normal skin or oily and dehydrated like me, a setting spray is always a good idea. I have loved the Urban Decay All Nighter for years and I haven’t found anything that competes with it. My makeup lasts ALL DAY when I use this and maintains looking fresh and non-cakey. Seems pricey for something that essentially seems like water, but they really do make a difference.
If you have combination skin how do you manage it?