Combination Skin

Managing Combination Skin

Whoever said skincare is straightforward hasn’t walked a mile in your shoes. Hydrating creams are too rich, cleansers are too dry and just when you’re on top of things, it all changes. The good news, you’re in good company – combination skin is very common. Even better; there are things you can do to strike a better balance, beginning with the right natural skincare routine.

There are a few key causes of combination skin. While we have limited influence over our genetics, choosing the correct skincare products and avoiding over-cleansing or over-exfoliating will help to manage symptoms of combination skin.

How do I know if I have Combination Skin?

  • Skin that alternates between dry and oily
  • Your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily, with enlarged pores and potential breakouts while your cheeks are often dry.

What Causes Combination Skin

  • Genetics
  • Overactive sebaceous glands
  • Incorrect skincare products for your skin type
  • Over cleansing and exfoliating too harshly

Your Skincare Routine

An effective skincare routine for your combination skin will:

  1. Rebalance your skin
  2. Treat dry areas while balancing your skin’s oil production


Ingredients to Watch For

Choosing the correct ingredients for your skin care routine is vital for maintaining skin health.

Look for…

Choosing the correct ingredients for your skin at the right time is vital for maintaining skin health. For combination skin, we recommend:

  • Ingredients that mimic the structure of healthy skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil.
  • Balancing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Cucumber, Arnica
  • Essential oils such as grapefruit, lemon, rosemary, lemongrass, lavender, geranium and carrot seed.

You know more than anyone that your skin can change at the drop of a hat. So, if your skin is leaning toward oily, look for products that contain Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid. These will cut through oil and fight bacteria, while reducing the size of and unblocking your pores. If your skin is more dry, look for Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) such as Lactic Acid to shed dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production.


As with all skin types, there are some ingredients and products to steer clear of to maintain your skin health.  This includes:

  • Artificial Fragrance
  • Mineral Oil
  • PEGs
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • SLS and SLES
  • Phthalates
  • Triclosan
  • Diethanolamine
  • Oxybenzone
  • Formaldehyde

For combination skin, we also recommend steering clear of drying cleansers, harsh facial scrubs and pore-clogging products.


Morning + Night

The right cleanser for you is gentle enough to hydrate, but effective enough to rid your pores of dirt, excess oils and impurities. We recommend starting with either a gel-based or lightly foaming cleanser.

Rich in natural antioxidants and Sea Minerals that parallel those of our skin, the pore- refining Cleansing Gel by Mere is perfect for combination skin. This gentle formula penetrates deeply to flush impurities, while also balancing your skin’s pH levels.

The Certified Organic Maaemo Purifying Gel Cleanser creates a delicate foam to remove makeup, dirt and impurities and clean pores. Meanwhile soothing botanicals such as Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Chamomile go to work to enrich the skin with antioxidants and nourish the skin. This cleanser is also gentle enough to protect your skins natural oils, so won’t trigger additional oil production.

The Rose and Arnica Cleanser by Cedar + Stone is tailor-made for those of us who’s skin type can change at the drop of a hat. This face wash will be by your side as you battle whatever your skin throws your way through the day; from oiliness and blemishes, to dullness and dryness.

The Berry Fresh Cleansing Oil Gel by Skin Juice is an antioxidant-rich cleanser that dissolves oil and blockages for a deep clean. It also repairs daily damage and protects against dehydration and irritation.

If you find your skin is getting too dry, try switching to a cleansing lotion such as the Cleansing Lotion by Saya.


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Two – Three times per week

Doing this will help maintain healthy cell turnover and ensure your skin absorbs other products more effectively. The right exfoliator for you will depend on whether your skin is feeling more oily or dry.

For dry skin, turn to the AHA Face Exfoliant by Saya.  This formula maintains healthy skin renewal while also hydrating.

We also love the Fruit Enzyme Refiner by Maaemo. This skin-perfecting facial exfoliant uses powerful AHA fruit enzymes to break down dead skin cells and boost cell renewal. It’s also packed with antioxidants and other powerful ingredients that hydrate and brighten the skin and protect it against free-radical damage.

If you’re suffering with an overload of oil, the French Yellow Clay in the Detox Face Exfoliant by Saya will absorb excess oils and draws out toxins while also shedding dead skin cells.


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Once a Week

Weekly use of a mild clay mask such as the French Pink Clay Mask by Saya will clear congested pores, detox the skin and remove dead skin cells, without stripping the skin’s natural oils. This mask also contains antioxidant-rich Rosehip for promoting a healthy and luminous complexion.

The Kaolin and Bentonite clay in the Mountain Pepper Berry + Papaya Face Mask from Cedar + Stone detoxes and brightens the skin, while Vitamin B5 deeply hydrates and active AHAs from Papaya Enzymes dissolves dry, dead and rough skin.


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Morning + Night

Toners can be a godsend for combination skin; however, choosing the right one can be difficult.

If your skin jumps from oily to dry quickly or you’re craving more balance, the Rose Water Toning Mist by Saya is your go-to. It will help you manage whatever your skin throws at you – from soothing and hydrating dry skin to removing excess oil, this toner does it all. It’s also rich in antioxidants and vitamins.


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Once a week

All skin types need a robust dose of nutrients to maintain skin health. When selecting a serum, ensure the ingredients are targeted to your combination skin, compatible with the skin’s makeup and can effectively penetrate the lower layers.

For you, we suggest applying a serum that will hydrate, while also helping to balance oil production.

The Quandong Green Booster Serum by Ere Perez is tailor-made for your combination skin. Among its powerhouse of ingredients are: Vitamin C-rich Quandong, Jojoba Oil to balance the skin’s natural oil production, detoxing raspberries which also prevent dryness and Vitamin E for cell renewal.

The Party Peel Supercharged Serum by the Serum Factory gently exfoliates to brightens and smooth while fruit enzymes and plant acids remove blocked oils trapped within the pores to expose healthier, clearer and younger looking skin. It also contains Lactic Acid (an AHA) that balances the skin to maintain healthy moisture levels.


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Eye Cream

Each Night

You may not have realised it yet, but the area around your eyes loses moisture around 50% faster than the rest of your face. It’s also 40% thinner and the least elastic part of your face, making it particularly susceptible to ageing.

Future-proof this delicate area with a Certified Organic Eye Cream by Saya. Rich in Hyaluronic acid, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, this cream hydrates, protects and replenishes.

If you feel that your eye area needs more attention, apply eye cream in the morning as well.


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Facial Oil

As Needed

While counterintuitive, Jojoba Oil is fantastic for combination skin, particularly when blended with ingredients such as parsley seed oil, juniperberry oil and grapeseed oil. Enter the Skin Balancing Oil by The Jojoba Company  This oil quickly controls oil production, reduces pore size and improves skin texture, elasticity and softness.

The lightweight Face Nectar by Ere Perez is a balancing treatment that is light, fast absorbing and effective. It contains: Australian Blue Cypress Oil to soften and regenerate the skin; Jojoba Seed Oil which both hydrates and controls excess sebum; and Cedar Wood Oil to balance oily skin.

For drier skin, try adding a 2-3 drops of of Everything Oil by Cedar + Stone to your moisturiser at night. This formula blends organic Arnica Oil, Rose Geranium oil, Vitamin E and Rosemary extract for deep nourishment.


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Morning + Night

As the name suggests, the Balance Moisture by Saya brings much-needed equilibrium to combination skin. The formula contains Argan Oil, Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum, Chamomile and Aloe Vera to soothe and Hyaluronic Acid to replenish and promote balance.

The Kakadu Plum and Grapefruit Face Moisturiser by Cedar + Stone is great for purifying pores. It will clear congested skin in your T-zone while repairing the structure of the skin’s surface and restoring skin elasticity where your skin might be drier.

For extra nourishment, opt for a night cream, such as Night Moisture by Saya, but avoid the T-zone if you’re concerned about oiliness.


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Sun Protection

Each Morning and Reapply as Needed

Sunscreen should be your first line of defense in your war against aging, pigmentation and skin deterioration.

Blending UV reflecting Zinc Oxide, Green Tree Extract and Jojoba Oil, the Rosehip Sunscreen by Eco by Sonya Driver  is a natural fit for combination skin. The non-greasy formula provides broad spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays and is water resistant for up to 3 hours.

Also containing Green Tree Extract and Jojoba Oil, is the 3-in-1 Anti-Aging Face Sunscreen with SPF 30 by Wotnot. This hard-working and non-greasy formula is a zinc-based sunscreen, a primer for a flawless matte finish and delivers vitamins and potent antioxidants to protect, prime and brighten the skin.

We also love the Moisture Creams with SPF from Skin Juice. There’s an option of either tinted or untinted.


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