Simple Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin

I love using Simple skin care products because they’re gentle on skin, affordable and readily available on the high street. I have combination skin suffering from sensitive skin on my C zone and an oily T zone. My skin can also get really dry in the Winter. Having combination skin like this can make knowing what products to buy and setting a good skin care routine really confusing. Here I’m going to show you my skin care routine using only Simple products, I don’t exclusively use Simple but I’m using these in the example because they’re all suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Step One

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Remove make up. It would be healthier for your skin to not wear make up at all but that’s never going to happen! To remove make up your best option is micellar water wipes. I’m currently using these cute limited edition Little Mix ones.

Step Two

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Cleanse. These three cleansers are for the different skin types. Facial Wash is what is known as a foam cleanser, these cleansers are best used on oily skin and avoided on dry skin because they remove moisture. Cleansing oil is best used on dry skin and avoided on oily skin because they add moisture. Cleansing lotion is more often used on dry skin but it is a middle ground; if you find cleansing oil too greasy or cleansing foam too harsh then this is the cleanser for you.

Step Three

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Exfoliate. You shouldn’t exfoliate every day if you have sensitive skin. It’s recommended to exfoliate twice weekly, there are “daily” exfoliators on the market but they are generally much finer than facial scrubs and don’t always remove dead skin cells properly. If your skin is very sensitive you could limit exfoliation to once a week or even skip it entirely, some days I will just exfoliate my nose.

Step Four

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Face Mask. You will need to rinse after exfoliation and you won’t need to use a face mask every day either, but they do have numerous skin benefits such as adding essential vitamins or unclogging pores. I like to use face masks once to twice a week whilst I’m in the bath or relaxing on the bed. I often use peel-off masks because they prevent and remove blackheads around my nose. This mask is a rich moisture sheet mask which I will use when my skin is feeling dry or particularly sensitive. I don’t use this mask often though as someone with combination skin I will often use a tea tree mask for my T zone and a green tea mask for my C zone.

Step Five

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Tone. Once you have removed your face mask (or cleanser) with water then you should use a toner. This toner works for all skin types so it’s perfect for combination skin. Toners are good for shrinking the appearance of pores, restoring your skin’s pH balance and deep cleansing and removing all of the product left over on your face from the other products.

Step Six

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Eye Treatments. I use this revitalising eye roll-on but you may prefer to use an anti-ageing eye cream. I use this eye treatment because I often have baggy eyes (my own fault for not drinking enough water) and I find that this really helps with that. If I have dry skin around my C zone I also apply this hydrating booster at this stage.

Step Seven

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Moisturise. What moisturiser you use will depend on what time of the day you do your skincare routine and whether or not you apply makeup afterwards, these are the moisturisers I use If I’m putting on make up afterwards usually for a night out as I do my skin care routine in the evening. I use the anti-blemish moisturiser on my T zone and the replenishing rich moisturiser on my C zone.

Also Step Seven

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Day and night creams. If you don’t wear a foundation with SPF protection then the most important thing you can do for your skin is wear a day cream. Even if you do your skincare routine at night you should still apply a day cream in the morning. Day creams will protect your face from damage from the sun, slowing down the ageing process and potentially preventing skin cancer. If I’m doing my skin care routine before bed I will finish with this night cream. These creams are suitable for all skin types and even if you have oily skin it is important to add moisture at the end of your skincare routine otherwise your skin is likely to become too dry and even feel sensitive because it’s been stripped of moisture.

If you are using a prescription acne cream or a targeted spot fighting cream then you may want to apply this to the affected area after your moisturiser has been absorbed however you should consult your dermatologist or GP on how and when to use these creams and how to alter your skin care routine.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful but remember everyone is unique and what works for me may not work for you.

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