Skin Care Advice

How to Take Care of Combination Skin

How to Take Care of Combination Skin

Ever feel as though you’re constantly battling oily skin, despite your best efforts to cleanse twice a day, every day? Do you find that you can get your oily forehead under control, only to be left with flaky skin on the rest of your face?

If that sounds familiar, you most likely have combination skin, one of the most challenging skin types to manage. However, with the right skin care ingredients and a consistent skin care regimen, you can get combination skin under control.

What is combination skin?

People with combination skin experience at least two different skin types on their face at a time. The most common form of combination skin is an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), with dry skin elsewhere, but it can comprise different combinations of skin types as well.

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Signs of combination skin

Combination skin is characterized by factors associated with both oily skin and dry skin, so any of these skin concerns could be a sign:

  • Oily forehead
  • Oily chin
  • Oily nose
  • Blackheads
  • Acne
  • Greasy skin
  • Shiny skin
  • Redness
  • Flakiness
  • Dry skin around the eyes
  • Dry skin on the cheeks
  • Dry skin around the temples

Causes of combination skin

The reason the T-zone can get oilier than the rest of your skin is because the sebaceous glands (which are responsible for producing oil) can be more active and concentrated around the nose, chin, and forehead.

This particular skin concern is more likely to be the case in younger women, so bear in mind that your skin’s needs can change with age – as well as with hormonal fluctuations – meaning you might need to reassess your skin care routine from time to time. Discover our tips for anti-aging skin care.

woman with combination skin

Combination skin could also be triggered by using products with harsh skin care ingredients that are stripping your skin of its natural oils, as well as an inconsistent skin care regimen, and potentially even your genes.

Skin care ingredients that can help combination skin

Taking care of combination skin requires carefully chosen ingredients that can help to restore and balance skin, while providing it with the nutrients it needs.

Honey is one natural skin care ingredient that can do this, thanks to its antibacterial properties and its vitamin and mineral content, which make it suitable for all skin types. At Snowberry, you’ll find Kanuka honey sourced from our bio-diversity plantation Snowberry Gardens in many of our products, where its anti-inflammatory qualities can help to calm your skin and reduce redness.


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Antioxidant skin care ingredients can also benefit combination skin, with Totarol sourced from the mighty New Zealand totara tree one of our favorite antioxidant-rich skin care additions. The totara tree is incredibly resilient and was once believed to be self-healing due to its antioxidant nature, making it a wonderfully nourishing ingredient throughout the Snowberry skin care collection.

We recommend ceramides for combination skin as well – the ones that we include in our products are derived from safflower oil.

safflower plants, a natural source of ceramides that can benefit skin

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are a type of lipid or fat that plays an essential role in forming the skin barrier, and in helping it to maintain its moisture levels. This is vital for combination skin that’s could so very easily end up dehydrated if too many of its natural oils are stripped away.

A skin care routine for combination skin

A consistent skin care regimen is key for keeping combination skin balanced. Here are five simple steps to include in your combination skin care routine:

1. Cleanse skin gently

Using a gentle cleanser is essential when you have combination skin – you don’t want to strip your skin of essential oils, but you do want to clean away excess oil, dirt, and bacteria, so it’s important to strike the right balance.

Our Gentle Cleanse & Tone Soft Foaming Cleanser can help you to manage each of these priorities, thanks to the kiwifruit extract it includes to hydrate any dry or dehydrated skin underneath oily patches, as well as combination skin-friendly Kanuka honey.

2. Tone to tighten pores

Just like with oily skin, combination skin needs toning to keep pores tight to stop them from becoming clogged with our oil. Our Gentle Cleanse & Tone Soft Foaming Cleanser is actually a 2-in-1 cleanser and toner, so will do this job for you too.

3. Use an eye serum

The delicate skin around your eyes is one of the areas that can suffer the most if you have combination skin, so it’s important to keep it hydrated to help your whole face to stay looking fresh and young, and to tackle any fine lines and wrinkles.

Our Smoothing Eye Serum is perfect for this task, as it contains naturally antioxidant Totarol and Harakeke seed (New Zealand flax) oil sourced from Snowberry Gardens, as well as the peptide Argireline, which is known for its ability to fight wrinkles.

4. Try our best moisturizer for combination skin

Make sure you’re using the best moisturizer for combination skin. This skin type needs a ceramide-based moisturizer like our Nourishing Lite Cream to keep it protected, soft, and smooth. If you have especially dry patches of skin on your face, try our Nourishing Rich Cream instead, which also contains ceramides, as well as Kanuka honey, Harakeke seed oil, and Totarol.

5. Apply night cream

This skin type also needs special care to restore and replenish itself overnight, and you can achieve that with our Kanuka honey and New Zealand flax-based Rejuvenating Night Cream.

Apply it before you go to bed, get your beauty sleep, and wake up with glowing skin, for all the right reasons.

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