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Combination Skin Heroes

May 14th  •  Posted in Beauty

You may already know I’m a combination skin girl and having combination skin isn’t as easy as it sounds when it comes to pick up some skincare products as depending on your own skin you may need some hydrating products as well as a few spot treatments. I have a little selection of products that work wonders on me and I wanted to share them, but even though I call them “combination skin heroes” please always remember your skin is surely different from mine and some of them may don’t work for you as they do on me.

Although when I remove my makeup I often go for something on the oily side (oily products are the best in removing waterproof makeup), there’s nothing better than the feeling of a bit of Bioderma Sebium H2O (£9.99) which is very similar to the original Bioderma micellar water but for oily or combination skins. This isn’t as good in removing my eye makeup as the original Bioderma and it’s slightly fragranced, but is very soothing and leave my skin always feeling cleaner but not dehydrated. It’s thought to help in getting rid of impurities and in giving a smooth skin’s texture. Something to use on a daily basis is the Aveeno Cream (£6.99) which is for me the perfect day face moisturizer: containing oatmeal it aims to hydrate dry and sensitive skin, but I think this is great for combination skin as well as it sinks in super easly, hydrates but not too much and is very light on the skin so that it can be applied under your makeup as well.

I have acne prone skin and I always want to keep cystic acne and spot at bay, and my most loyal ally against breakouts are BHAs which make the world of good for my skin and really works in avoiding spots and keeping my acne at bay. I love the Effaclar range from La Roche-Posay and my skin can’t be more thankful to both the Astringent Micro-Exfoliant Lotion (£10.20) and the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (£13.15). Both contains BHAs to help gently exfoliate over clogged pores, control shine and avoid the appearance of blemishes, but the former comes in a toner shape which I use after cleansing my skin, and the latter is a lovely and light serum to be applied before your usual moisturizer which truely makes wonders in keeping acne at bay. Another amazing product for acne prone skins is the Decleor Prolagene Lift Peeling Gel* (£46.50) which contains AHAs instead and is a chemical exfoliator to be used once or twice a week when you feel your skin need a detoxifying treatment. This acts in only 5 minutes and it’s super easy to use and rinse off, but it really works wonders in exfoliating your skin and leaving a smoother complexion.

For dull skin days or a weekend treat I love having a face mask session and the best in suiting my skin are the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£21.50) and the Soap & Glory™ No Clogs Allowed™ Detox Mask (£11.50). The former is super nice for combination skin as it brings the right amount of hydration while having also antibacterical properties and for that reason is also perfect for avoiding blemishes to appear. I also use this as overnight treatment on any blemish or spot I want to get rid of, and when comes the morning I always see a huge improvement. The latter is perfect for who has a combination to oily skin and need a little detox treatment now and again as this blue mask really helps to purify pores and avoiding shine.

Do you have any combination skin hero?

  • Miriam Di Domenico

    Lovely post 🙂

    Bisous ♡

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  • The Antipodes Mask sounds fab!x

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  • I really like Bioderma Sebium H2O although it’s one of those products I always forget I even own; definitely need to get more use out of that one! I’ve heard great things about the S&G mask too – I’m on the lookout for a new detoxing mask as I’m running out of my beloved Sanctuary 5 Min Thermal Detox so I’ll definitely be checking this out! x

    • I usually alternate the original Bioderma to the Bioderma Sebium and I love this routine! The S&G detox mask is pretty good for being that inexpensive 🙂 x

  • Be

    I should probably some of these!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

    • You really should if you have combination or acne prone skin, they’re life savers! 🙂 x

  • I would really like to try some products for combo skin! x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

    • If you have combination skin, these are amazing! x

  • Loved this post! I have oily/combination skin and a lot of these items I feel will be great for me to use. Currently loving using a toner morning and night, seems to help my skin a lot!

    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

    • Toners are so good as now there is such a great choise to fit your skin needs! You should really try some of these 🙂 x

  • I love the picture looks like its from a magazine beautiful!!! I really want to try Soap and Glory’s no clogs allow, everyone I know who has tried it has loved it xxxxx now following hun

    Laura | Tease Flutter Pout

    • Thank you Laura! The S&G mask is really good for being that inexpensive 🙂 x

  • I just got my hands on the Aura Manuka honey mask and already loving it! I use Effaclar duo more as a spot treatment and it works really well! Lovely post! 🙂

    FOTD | Forgotten Makeup Heroes

    • The Antipodes Mask is my holy grail! And the Effaclar Duo is amazing for keeping spots at bay, isn’t it? x

      • Oh yeah i have been loving the Aura mask a lot ever since I got it..

  • Ebony J

    I love Aveeno, their products work great on my sensitive skin (:

    • They’re so gentle! x

  • Frockmeimfamous

    My skin is combination/oily so it’s always great to hear other bloggers top skincare picks! I love the Effacular duo + so good!

    Hayley xo

    • I love it too! Such a good product! x

  • The Bioderma H2O is the best! I have combination skin as well but don’t use much oily products because they dry out my skin and then I have to put layers upon layers of moisturizer and then it gets oily again! I use Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel (it contains AHA and does a little exfoliation through that, which I love) and for moisturizer, I recently started using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion and it’s absolutely perfect! I was between dehydrated and oily skin and now the oily parts are controlled and the skin is moisturised but without the excess that makes you oily. La Roche’s moisturiser didn’t work for me, I didn’t like the texture of my skin, but Avene’s Hydrance Optimale was really good! As for scrub I’m tempted to try Kiehl’s, till then I use the classic recipe of lemon-honey-sugar! 🙂

    • I was just looking for a new cleanser for summertime and the Mario Badescu’s offering sounds so good and something I would love (I love AHAs!). Thanks for suggesting it!
      I tried a sample of the Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion and I really liked it as well!