Did you know that, according to skin experts, combination skin is the most common skin type? It’s also quite possibly one of the most misdiagnosed. Its mysterious, shape-shifting nature is infamous for being confusing. So, if you’re a combo, and you know it, clap your hands—you’ve come to the right place! If you’re not sure however, we have some tell-tale signs to share with you, so we can banish any pesky misconceptions!
What does combination skin really look like? This is a tough one because it’s always changing! Affected by the seasons, the moon, and even the tides, combination skin really combines some of the best and worst traits of all of the other skin types, in varying ratios, and at varying stages of life for every individual. In a nutshell, combos are a bit like snowflakes—you would be hard-pressed to find two always exactly alike.
- Your forehead, nose, and chin (or “t-zone”)are always oily, but your cheeks are dry.
- You sometimes break out, but only in your “t-zone”
- Your overall skin is oiliest in summer, but then suddenly dry and chapped in the winter months.
- In spring and fall, your t-zone is oily, but your cheeks are dry.
- When you are about to get your period your skin breaks out
- Your skin is oily before your period but dry after.
So, what’s the plan? There are two rules to always keep in mind when treating combo skin—balance and consistency.
*Choosing the right moisturizer: we recommend choosing one that’s non-comedogenic, or won’t clog pores, but to make your life even easier, we’ve selected some of our favorite clean, easy to use, tried-and-true formulas for the biggest “moisture-phobes” out there, featuring Earth Harbor:
SPEAK COLLECTIVE Rose + Peach Hydrating Mist: Adding moisture into your routine doesn’t have to look like religiously layering on thick, cold cream every night before bed. It can truly be something as quick as a spritz across the face before bed, or upon waking—maybe even in your car or on the bus home from work. This gorgeous mist not only smells and feels great, but could literally not be more convenient to use. BUY NOW
SPEAK COLLECTIVE Rosehip + Carrot Facial Oil: Ah! More oil? Yes, you heard us right. Just as “like attracts to like,” adding a non-comodogenic oil, like this one, into your routine can not only soothe dry patches but also balance skin’s potential need to over-produce oil. Simple start with a drop or two, and massage into the skin as needed. For thirstier patches, or seasons, feel free to experiment with more until you find your skin’s current perfect dose, and remember that this too can fluctuate. BUY NOW