Treating your combination skin as normal can cause all sorts of problems. A skin care regimen for combination skin is not easy to find, but once you do your skin will fully transform. If you’re looking for a natural way towards a great looking skin, then keep reading.
In this post, I propose a simple daily step-by-step plan to meet the needs of your complexion. The general idea is to keep a regimen simple, to get the best results. There’s no need to spend fortunes on expensive products to get good results. Aromatherapy provides all the natural ingredients your skin needs to look firm, hydrated and clear.
Find out how to diagnose your skin properly in the chapter that follows. Once you’ve established your skin is combination, you can then proceed on taking care of it.
It is very important that you use the right oils for your skin type. I will cover this aspect in the second chapter of the article. That is where I will also give you a simple skin care regimen for combination skin. I have also prepared a few tips to help you out.
In the end, you will find a few essential oil recipes for combination skin. You can use them to start your new daily skin care routine. The good news about natural Aromatherapy ingredients is that they’re many and very affordable.
You can keep on testing new oils and blends until you find the perfect ones. Truth be told, all of them work if you use the right ingredients. More on this as I promised, in the second part of the article.
Diagnose and Understand the Needs of Combination Skin
The epidermis is the superior layer of the skin. The latter has three layers: the epidermis at the surface, the dermis in the middle, and the fat layer at the bottom.
Beneath the epidermis there are all sorts of nerves, glands, blood vessels and hair follicles. Each has its own task to perform and it matters greatly the way they do so. If everything’s working just fine underneath, the skin will look very good.
But there are limits to how good everything in the body can work, no matter the age. The environment (air and weather) and the lifestyle of each person can greatly influence the aspect of the skin.
The greatest enemy of the skin is the sun. The amount of time spent out in the sun without SPF can cause premature aging and even serious diseases.
There are several types of skin but this article refers to combination complexion. This skin type is dry, or in some cases normal on the cheeks and oily on the T zone. The T zone comprises the forehead, the nose and the chin. This area will often have enlarged pores and an excess sebum making the face look shiny all day long.
The best skin care regimen for combination skin needs to be very simple and natural. Natural ingredients will help the skin in its natural defense processes and prevent many issues.
The worst thing you could do to a combination skin type is to wash it with soap or any other foaming commercial lotions. They will strip the skin of its natural oil (sebum) and dry it out. As a direct result, the skin will end up producing even more sebum to moisturize and protect the skin.
The sebum is a mixture of keratin and fat. Keratin is a substance found in the skin cells. The role of sebum is to maintain the skin hydrated, moist and protected against bacteria. Because this works very well, a combination skin (or oily skin) will show aging signs later than dry skin, for instance.
The downside to too much sebum is clogged pores. They can become clogged when there are hormonal imbalances in the body. This imbalance usually leads to an excessive oil production. Combined with dead skin cells, that is how you can end up with those nasty pimples.
Here are the characteristics of combination skin. This will help you figure out in an instant whether you have it or not.
- Dry (or normal) cheeks.
- Oily forehead, nose and chin (T zone).
- Enlarged pores.
- Irregular aspect.
- Excess sebum on the T zone.
- Uneven skin texture.
- Imperfections (pimples, blackheads, pustules and acne, etc.).
- It can get irritated or inflamed easily.
The causes of combination skin
Sometimes, the choices you make can lead to a combination skin. For instance:
- If you use harsh chemical skin care products you can trigger the symptoms above. The cheeks become dry, while the middle zone can start producing more sebum.
- The wrong moisturizers for your skin type can clog pores and cause imperfections. It’s the case of really thick vegetable oils.
- And there is of course, genetics. You can’t change that but you can take good care of your skin type and prevent further problems.
As you can see, it is extremely important to use the right ingredients for your skin type. Your skin care regimen for combination skin must be natural and non-aggressive. Commercial skin care products are aggressive!
Aromatherapy however, is the perfect choice for a beautiful combination skin. Even this type of skin needs hydration! There are vegetable oils (carriers) that can regulate this sebum production and hydrate on a deep level. More details on this and the right ingredients for your skin type in the following chapter.
Step-by-Step Skin Care Regimen for Combination Skin
If you’re wondering why Aromatherapy is the answer to your skin care, the answer is simple. The ingredients used are natural and very effective. There are studies that prove the power of vegetable oils as emollients. These emollients used on a daily basis are capable of delaying the effects of aging on the skin with many years.
Essential oils are also studied for their wonderful abilities. Some of them have been found effective in promoting hair growth. Others can prevent respiratory infections. Some other studies show that these concentrated oils can destroy airborne bacteria strains. This practice can be done by diffusing essential oils 15 – 20 minutes per hour.
Your whole body, mind and skin will benefit from using Aromatherapy blends.
The best vegetable or carrier oils to use for your cosmetic blends are:
- Watermelon Seed
- Rosehip Seed
These oils have a light texture and they get absorbed into the skin fast. They don’t leave a greasy feel to the skin and they can also regulate the sebum production. At the same time, they will also hydrate and keep the epidermis moist.
But since we’re talking about a skin care regimen for combination skin, here is one good idea.
Start with the Cleansing Ritual.
Although you would be tempted to keep on washing your face as many times as possible, please resist that urge. You have a few options here and none of them are invasive. You should ditch the soap or cleansing lotion you were using, and turn towards more natural ingredients.
1. You can use a soap-free lotion that you can make yourself and use only at night. After a long day of being out or wearing makeup, this is the best moment for a thorough, yet gentle cleanse.
Make yourself a blend, or use the one I’m going to give you later on. Cleanse your face like you would with soap. Moist your face, apply the blend and massage it gently all over the face. Then rinse with lukewarm water and pat the remaining water.
Always pat your face dry, no matter what! Don’t rub it or you’ll cause more inflammation or redness, or simply cause the skin to flake.
You can use a special clean and soft cloth only for the face every time. Or you can use a paper towel to pat the skin dry. The latter method would ensure you don’t put bacteria back on your face.
2. In your personal skin care regimen for combination skin you can also use another vegetable oil to cleanse your face. This is especially useful if you wear makeup.
This method doesn’t need any water to rinse. Pour a moderate amount of vegetable oil on a cotton pad and start rinsing off all the makeup.
You should begin with the eyes. Gently remove the mascara and eye shadow then replace the cotton pad to continue. Once you’re sure there are no more makeup residues left, you can start massaging the remaining oil into the skin and neckline.
In the morning, you should use only lukewarm water without the cleansing lotion. That would be enough to remove the overnight sebum without drying the skin. Pat dry and then apply a light moisturizer (could be another oil) before applying makeup.
This first cleansing step is important for your hair also. It should always be kept clean so that it can’t bring back on the face more sebum and dirt. When it’s not clean, make sure you keep it in a ponytail or something, away from the face.
The Next Step is Proper Hydration
Once you’ve cleansed your skin, you would have to continue with a moisturizer. This step ensures the optimal balance of the sebum that the skin needs.
Choose one or more vegetable oils and mix them with a few drops of essential oil(s). Apply this blend each night on a clean face and neckline with gentle massage movements. Here’s how to mix your essential oils with base oils in a few simple steps.
I suggest you make small amounts (1 Oz.) and when that is done, you can make another one with different ingredients. The skin has a tendency to get used to what you put on it, so a break from the usual blend is welcome.
After cleansing your skin with lukewarm water you can spritz on some floral water (hydrosol). The best floral waters are Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Tea Tree, Rose and Helichrysum. They are recommended in a skin care regimen for combination skin.
You can then warm a few drops of a simple carrier oil in your hands and spread even onto the face right before applying makeup.
Monitor your skin for a few days and see how it does with just the one that regulates the sebum production. If your cheeks are normal there shouldn’t be any problem. But if your cheeks are dry while the T zone is oily, you should consider applying a more emollient oil on the cheeks.
That could be Sweet Almond oil for instance, Avocado, Argan or Jojoba. If it’s necessary, choose two separate oils for the dry and the oily areas of your combination skin.
In the summer, sunscreen is extremely important for the skin. You should use blends that contain natural SPF like Sesame or Jojoba, with Carrot Seed essential oil. You could also use homemade recipes for natural sunscreen protection.
When it comes to the face, try not to apply the same lotion as you would on the body. As for the winter, since nobody stays outside for too long, you can apply your usual emollient blend or oil.
End Your Daily Skin Care Regimen for Combination Skin with Good Makeup
Makeup is a good option when it comes to hiding the imperfections. You should invest in a very good, non-comedogenic concealer and foundation. Non-comedogenic means it doesn’t clog the pores.
Pharmaceutical foundations are among the best makeup products. They contain some active ingredients that soothe inflammations and protect against bacteria. At the same time, they can also regulate the sebum production.
They usually have a big coverage power so that your blemishes can stay well-hidden until they clear out. Try to use oil-free makeup with natural ingredients. You could of course, try to make your own makeup products too. That way you can control the outcome and know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
Make sure you monitor your skin for at least a week to see whether there are bad reactions to your new makeup. If there are, you should stop using them right away.
Every two or three weeks, you should consider a gentle scrubbing to remove dead skin cells. They can clog the pores if allowed to sit on the surface of the skin for too long. I wouldn’t recommend it done more often.
You’re already removing them with your daily skin care regimen for combination skin. But every few weeks you could scrub your complexion to remove all the dead skin cells that couldn’t be removed until then.
A scrub is meant to make way for the new cells, and while that happens, your skin will look more radiant and clear.
Simple scrubs can be a bit of water with baking soda, powdered sugar, fine salt and anything else fine, yet abrasive. Scrub gently and don’t rub your face with it. Pat dry after rinsing and apply your moisturizer as normal.
There are also chemical peels that use AHA and BHA. These are natural acids that dissolve fat (sebum) on a deep level and make way to newer cells. However, caution should be used when doing chemical peels. They can sensitize the skin and make it more prone to sunburns.
At first, it may seem a lot to take in, but after a few weeks of practice you’ll see that everything is mostly common sense. You will also be able to adapt your skin care regimen for combination skin as time passes. Especially after trying more Aromatherapy ingredients in the meantime.
This next chapter contains a few Aromatherapy blend recipes with some of the simplest ingredients. You can use them to begin with, or you can adapt your recipes according to needs and preferences.
Best Essential Oil Blends for Combination Skin to Use Daily
Now you have an idea or two about your skin type and how to care for it properly. In case you liked and found the info interesting, I’m going to give you a few blend ideas to help you get started. It may seem complicated at first, but trust me it’s not hard at all. Once you buy your first oils and mix them, you’ll feel experienced enough.
Keep in mind these few tips for a healthy looking combination skin:
- Don’t expose yourself to sun or harsh weather without sunscreen or a good hydration.
- Avoid using hard water when you wash.
- Stop using soap on your face.
- Avoid using alcohol-based cleansing lotions.
- Use light carrier oils that don’t leave a greasy trace on the skin.
# Soap-Free Cleansing Lotion
- Hemp oil: ½ Oz. (15 ml)
- Aloe Gel: ½ Oz. (15 ml)
- Lavender floral water (hydrosol): 2 tablespoons
- Rose floral water: 2 tablespoons
- Frankincense essential oil: 2 drops
Each time, shake this blend well before use. Apply a few drops on your moist face and massage the face with it, just like you would with soap. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a paper towel. You can use this cleansing lotion morning and evening, but especially in the evening.
# Nighttime Skin Care Blend for Combination Skin
- Frankincense essential oil: 4 drops
- Rose essential oil: 4 drops
- Sage essential oil: 4 drops
- Macadamia oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Blend well all the ingredients and apply on a clean face and neck each night. Use gentle massage movements and warm the blend between your palms before applying. That way the ingredients will penetrate deeper into the skin.
This blend will help the tissue regenerate and will give it a more firm and clear aspect. It will also act as a very good anti-aging preventive measure. All the while it will nourish, hydrate and regulate the sebum production. Sage is a very good ingredient against acne.
Combination skin may look like a lot of trouble, but once you understand its needs, it all becomes easier. The most important thing for a proper care is to know your exact skin type and use the right ingredients.
It makes a whole lot of difference when you use the right vegetable oils for your skin type. A light oil can regulate the sebum production and not clog the pores causing acne, while thick oils can do just that.
You can now get your inspiration from the skin care regimen for combination skin I gave you. After the first few weeks you can adapt it to your needs and preferences. Blending oils is a lot of fun and beneficial to your skin too!
What is your skin care routine? What oils do you prefer for your combination skin? Go on, don’t be shy and leave me a comment with your experience 🙂