Caring For Combination Skin

Your skin can’t seem to decide. You’ve got dry, flakey patches in some areas, but you’re noticeably oily in other areas. It’s combination skin, and treating it can be confusing. Not sure you have combination skin? Do the blotting test: take a tissue and press it against your face. If the tissue comes away with oil along your T-zone (nose and chin), but nothing along your cheeks, you likely have combination skin.

Where does combination skin come from?
Don’t worry; combination skin isn’t your fault. Usually, it’s just written in your genes. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for unsettled skin. With the right routines, and the right natural products, you’ll be left with clear, glowing, moisturized skin. But before we get to that, let’s talk a little bit about inner beauty affecting outer beauty.

The diet/skin connection
Do you tend to break out a day or two after eating a couple pieces of pepperoni pizza? That’s not surprising—your diet can affect your skin.

For healthy, glowing skin, feed yourself wisely:

• The whole story: Maintain a low-fat, whole foods diet filled with lots of fruits and veggies. That way you’ll be taking in the nutrients you need for healthy skin cell turnover.
• Be a long, cool glass of water: Making sure you’re adequately hydrated throughout the day is key to good skin. 6 to 8 glasses of water is generally recommended. Keep a filled water bottle with you at all times to remind yourself to keep hydrating.
• Avoid the crash: Crash diets can do more than lead to changes in mood. They can also lead to unwelcome changes in your skin like an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. Moreover, studies show crash diets don’t work in the long term. Instead, eat wisely, and choose a whole foods-based nutrition plan that becomes a lifestyle.
• Go nuts: Selenium is an antioxidant-rich, immunity-boosting essential mineral that’s especially important for healthy skin production. You’ll find it in Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, walnuts and more. So snack on.

How often should I cleanse my skin?
For combination skin, it’s best to cleanse your skin once in the morning and once at night, and to exfoliate once or twice a week. What’s even more important is the type of cleanser you use. You’ll want one that gently sweeps away dirt and build-up, but doesn’t dry you out. Cleansing milks, creams, and oils are great for this.

How often should I moisturize?
You should also moisturize morning and night. But for combination skin, it’s more important how you moisturize. Use a non-comedogenic (ie won’t clog pores) lighter moisturizer all over, then layer it with a more hydrating moisturizer in areas where skin is drier.

Our recommended ritual for combination skin
Want to see clear, glowing skin? Stick with a routine of gentle, natural products both morning and night. Here are our recommendations:

CLEANSERS (2X a day): Micellar Cleansing Water, Facial Cleansing Oil, or Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

MOISTURIZER (Day): Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream or Skin Nourishment Day Lotion w/SPF 15

MOISTURIZER (Night): Sensitive Night Cream or Skin Nourishment Hydrating Gel Cream

EXFOLIATORS (2X a week): Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub

TREATMENT (For occasional blemishes): Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment or Herbal Complexion Stick

Personalize your regimen
Everyone’s skin is different. Try our Regimen Builder, and find the exact right products for you.