Have you ever been told that you have combination skin? If you’ve found it impossible to hunt down the best products to use to help your skin, never fear: I’ve been there too! The good news is, I've spent years researching and creating products to help my own sensitive combination skin, and have created this easy guide to give you a helping hand!
Get to know your Combination Skin
So what IS combination skin? It’s skin that has areas of both dry and oily skin. The T-zone, consisting of forehead, nose and chin, is typically the oilier part of the face, while the cheeks and chin areas are often drier.
It can be tricky, as you don't want to over-moisturise and cause breakouts, or under-moisturise and cause your face to be dry and flaky. The key to having great looking skin is balance. You want to keep the oil production at a minimum, at the same time as keeping the skin moisturised well to prevent dryness.
If you research combination skin online, you would likely be advised to spot-treat the different areas on your face with different products - but with Be Fraiche, you don't have to! Our products are designed to keep combination skin balanced, keeping sensitivity in mind at all times. Now that you know what your skin is craving, it’s time to get started!
Find the right Cleanser
A good cleanser is an essential part of any skin care routine. If you have combination skin, watch out for harsh ingredients such as SLS’s, SLE’s, and alcohol. These ingredients can make oil production go into overdrive, and make your dry skin even drier – which can even lead to breakouts!
The best cleanser for combination skin is a formula that is gentle and non-stripping. Our Tea Cleanser works on both the oily and the dry areas of your face at the same time! It contains aloe panthenol, aloe vera and cucumber extracts to soothe redness and sensitivity, while the green tea extract helps to tone the skin and cleanse away impurities gently and effectively.
Deal with your oily T-zone
Believe it or not, the best way to reduce the oil production on your face is to use oil as a part of your skincare regime! Most people with combination skin tend to use harsh cleansing products or water-based products, in the hope of stopping the production of excess oil. In fact, this deprives the skin of moisture and oils, and in turn the sebaceous glands will produce MORE excessive oil to compensate for the lack of it.
Choosing the right facial oil for oily, combination is important. You don't want anything that's too heavy or comedogenic, because it can cause breakouts. Look for a facial oil that's specifically formulated to achieve balance like our Seed Face Oil.
It contains soothing, light and fast-absorbing plant oils such as Apricot Kernel, Jojoba, Prickly Pear Seed oil, Camellia, Rosehip and Evening Primrose. These oils are similar to our own natural sebum, and won’t clog your pores. They're chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins that allow your skin to breathe without feeling greasy. Plus, we've included Buriti and Seabuckthorn oils to calm redness and sensitivity - what a bonus!
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Repeat after me: "I will not skip my moisturiser!"
When you have combination skin, you need to be wary of thick and heavy moisturisers that can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Instead, look for a lightweight moisturiser that won't feel heavy or stifling on your skin, like our luscious Flower Face Cream. It contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which are the skin's building blocks that help balance and strengthen your skin’s barrier. You’ll love how it feels on your skin!
It may seem tricky at first, but it can actually be very easy to take care of combination skin. Head over to our website today and grab yourself one of our Starter Sets; you’ll be on your way to happier, healthier skin in no time!