Beauty Guru: Caring for the Combination Skin Type

A skin care program for combination skin can be frustrating. because you are treating an oily skin type and a dry skin type. The oily areas in the T-zone are usually prone to breakouts, while the dry areas are prone to flakiness and dullness. However, there are products and simple skin care recipes that will reduce the oil in the T zone and still moisturize and hydrate the dry areas.

As with any good skin care routine, cleansing with the correct product for your skin type is vital. All too often those with oily skin use harsh cleansers to eliminate excess oil, thus stripping the skin of its natural oils and causing the sebaceous glands to react and produce more oil. Those with extremely dry skin fail to deeply hydrate those areas with emollient rich creams. For the combination skin type, consider a lotion or cream cleanser. I have tried many products over the years and have found that Olay's Regenerist cream cleanser works best for my combination skin type.

Toner:

While there are different opinions on the benefits of toner, I am a firm believer of their usefulness. Toners remove the last bits of cleanser and, depending on the toner, can restore pH balance, refresh the skin and can minimize pores. I keep my toner in the refrigerator, and it really refreshes and promotes a healthy glow. For my combination skin I make my own toner using the recipe below:

Combination Skin Toner Recipe

1/4 cup witch hazel

1/2 cup rosewater

3/4 cup green tea

Witch hazel has astringents properties for cleansing and minimizing pores. Rosewater balances the pH balance of the skin. Lastly green tea is full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals. In the summertime you can easily make your own rose water if you have access to rose bushes. Another alternative would be to purchase rose hips or rose powder.

How to make rose water:

Place 1/2 cup of dried rose hips into a glass container. Pour 1 cup hot distilled or filtered water over the rose hips. Let sit 2 hours, then strain through a cheese cloth or strainer.

Moisturize:

Lastly I use two different moisturizers, a light day cream and an emollient rich night cream. I really like Olay products and use their day lotion and their age defying cream before bedtime.

Exfoliate:

Exfoliation is good for all skin types; it sloughs off dead skin, promotes circulation and brings out a healthy glow. Good, homemade skin exfoliates are: sugars, salts, cornmeal, oatmeal and baking soda. Either one of these ingredients can be mixed with your cleansing cream to slough off dead skin. I use cornmeal for exfoliation, as it really does leave my skin smooth and complexion glowing.

Masks:

Occasional facial masks are also beneficial to all skin types. Clay and mud masks can draw out impurities and toxins in the skin while others can deeply hydrate. I usually use China Clay, also known as white kaolin clay, as it does not draw out oils from the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin. I mix my clay with rosewater and a vitamin e capsule to make a paste and give myself a facial mask once a month.

Do you have any favorite products or skin care recipes you would like to share?

Carol Belanger, author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes and Shine Beauty Guru. I hope you will visit my Shine blog which offers skin care and hair care tips and product reviews. Or, stop by and visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for skin care and hair care recipes and products for all your beauty needs.