When a complexion is oily in some places and normal-dry in others, it is known as combination skin. Those of us with combination skin may experience blemishes and breakouts at the same time as patches of dry, flaky skin. This skin type benefits from a combination approach to skin care, using one type of product and application technique on oily areas of the face, and another on drier areas. You may find that combination skin rebalances itself with simple adjustments to your routine.
Many people with combination skin find that they can rebalance it. We advise the use of mild cleansers and gentle washes and the use of floral water such as rose or orange flower as a natural toner. Ensure that you are moisturising regularly, you may need to apply a heavier moisturiser on any skin that’s excessively dry, and use a lighter moisturiser on the oily parts of your face until you find it balances out, at which time you may be able to switch to one moisturiser that will work for both areas.
Avoid heavy pore-clogging creams or products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acid. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub and apply a balancing mask once a week. Also, be sure to take your makeup off before bed, and more often if you exercise - try our organic facial wipes for a quick clean and tone.
Limit exposure to the elements - wear mineral-based sunscreen and wrap up in harsh cold or wind.
Exercise 4 times a week, mixing endurance and weight training to keep the blood flowing to your skin and removing toxins (use natural deodorants to ensure that your pores and sweat glands aren't clogged so toxins can freely leave your system and not need to come out of your skin in the form of acne). Eat foods with plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids like fatty fish, as well as foods with other beneficial fats and nutrients like avocados, seeds and nuts, and foods high in beta-carotene like sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, and, of course, carrots, which will make a big difference to your overall 'glowiness' [study]. Dark chocolate, green tea and even red wine (in moderation) can also benefit your skin!
Choose products with these ingredients for oily skin:
Herbal Healers - rose, lavender, elderflower, dandelion, burdock, comfrey, yarrow, and calendula. These herbs have been traditionally used to add moisture, soothes, add radiance and reduce redness.
Essential Oils - geranium, ylang ylang, bergamot, lavender, palmarosa, frankincense, neroli, rose, and jasmine. These oils have been used to treat oily or acne prone skin, and are known to be anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-aging, and balancing.