Does your skin feel oily around the nose and forehead and dry on cheeks? Chances are you have combination skin. Most of us fall under this category, especially in the warmer seasons. In order to prevent break outs, dryness or even accelerated aging, maintaining the skin's water/oil balance will be the key focus. Please see below for our customized routine for our combo-skin belifers!

Cleanse and tone

Gentle and non-stripping cleansers can be used to melt makeup or deeply clean skin. Double cleanse as an option for extra squeaky-clean skin. Then, apply belif's botanical toners to balance the skin's pH after cleansing.

1) Oil Cleansing

An oil cleanser removes makeup and excess oil build-up that naturally occurs throughout the day. Without properly cleansing this off, pores can become clogged and the skin can start to become very oily.

We recommend:
Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched- formulated with winter melon, this gentle cleansing gel can remove heavy makeup effectively yet protect the skin from irritation during cleansing.

2) Foam Cleansing

A foaming cleanser removes water soluble ingredients such as dirt and dust easily picked up from air. This is crucial for keeping the skin clean and preventing break outs.

We recommend:
Creamy Cleansing Foam- formulated with natural Soapwort, Wormwood and Soapberry, which are rich in Vitamin C, this cleanser deep gently removes impurities without drying out the skin.

3) Exfoliation

There will be more debris in certain areas for individuals with combination skin. Therefore, exfoliation can be more rigorous in these areas (generally the T-Zone) as compared to the rest of the face. With all skin types, we always recommend to use a very gentle scrub to prevent damaging capillaries under the skin. Most individuals with this skin type tend to experience break outs on forehead, chin and around the nose area.

We recommend:
Mild & Effective Facial Scrub- formulated with Bracken seeds and cotton fibres, along with lemon balm, this exfoliator can detoxify the skin and unclog pores, consequently improving skin texture and break outs.

4) Toner

Toners help to balance skin pH levels. The ideal toner for combination skin must contain oil-water balancing functionalities. Most of these toners tend to have a more viscous, gel-like consistency compared to standard toners. This will add an extra layer of hydration for the skin, and improve consequent product absorbency.

We recommend:
Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner- this gel-liquid toner is designed to balance the skins water-oil ratio. Formulated with sage and bergamot, this toner can simultaneously clarify and hydrate the skin.

Moisturizing is the key

Antioxidant-filled essences help boost the effects of your moisturizer by setting an ultra-hydrating base. Our moisturizers use plant-based ingredients to leave skin looking soft & supple. Don't forget to flood fine lines around the eyes with intense moisture for instantly younger-looking eyes.

5) Essence

The skin is made up of the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (under layer). Essences are formulated with much more compact water molecules that can penetrate into the skin's dermis. This is ideal for anyone with combination skin as it can plump the skin with water and become instantly hydrated. As a result, certain areas of the skin will become less oily whilst other parts become less dry.

We recommend:
Hungarian Water Essence- extremely rich in anti-oxidants, this serum can instantly replenish water onto the skin.

6) Eye cream

Frequently neglected, this step is crucial for any skin type as it targets one of the first areas we see signs of aging. Eye creams are formulated for very fine and fragile skin, and they can prevent the skin surrounding from dehydration. They will also improve the appearance of fine lines over time.

We recommend:
Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream- formulated with Yarrow and Bilberry, this eye cream can provide long-lasting moisture and firmness to the skin without feeling greasy on the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

7) Moisturizer

These are lighter in consistency but will help to achieve an optimal level of hydration when used in combination with a cream.

We recommend:
Milky Moisturizing Hydra Balancing Moisturizer- formulated with sage extract, this moisturizer can provide intense hydration for the skin whilst leaving it balanced and soothed.

8) Cream

This step is crucial as it acts as the skin's protective layer and prevents moisture loss and free radicals from entering the skin. Most people will opt for a lighter weight cream that can be quickly absorbed yet can still target dry areas of the skin.

We recommend:
Aqua Bomb- formulated with Lady's Mantle, this weightless, oil-free moisturizer can increase hydration levels by 18% and provide detoxifying properties on the skin, leaving its appearance more healthy and smooth.

Go the extra miles with masks

Masks are the ultimate skincare essential everyone must have. We believe that this step is equally as important as any other skincare steps we have suggested. Luckily for you, almost every face mask will suit your skin type. The challenge it to maintain balance and find the right one to use depending on the changing conditions of your skin.

One of our favourite tips for making the best use out of your mask is to exfoliate beforehand so that your pores can open up and absorb all the nutrients effectively. So go ahead; spoil yourself and explore some of our personal recommendations for our combination skin belifers!

Peat Revital Miracle Clay Mask

In one of its purest forms, this miracle mask contains 5% peat, which can purify and smooth the skin. This mask is also dense in minerals and humic acid, which can tighten pores but also prevent skin from drying out.

Use for 10 minutes, once a week after exfoliation, and follow up with toner.

First Aid Anti-hangover mask

Formulated with Chamomile and Xylitol, this mask can provide an extra boost without any greasy finish. Light weight in texture, it would be an excellent add-on to the routine for smooth and luminous skin.

Use 2-3 times a week, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off, or apply overnight as sleeping mask. Follow up with toner.

Aqua bomb sheet mask

Made with 100% pure cotton fibres, this sheet mask can be used for any skin type for instant explosion of hydration. There are no limitations of the usage frequency, however we generally recommend 3 times a week or every day!

Apply toner before mask application.

First Aid Transforming peel off mask

This is a very gentle yet effective mask that can exfoliate dead skin cells, and minimize the appearance of pores. Formulated with lemon balm, this can detoxify the skin, which can be highly beneficial to excess sebum.

Once or twice a week, leave on for 15 minutes, splash skin with water and gently peel from skin. Follow up with toner.

First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask

Formulated with Mimosa extract, this eye care mask can instantly cool, hydrate and relieve fatigued eyes. Suitable for all skin types, this can treat dark circles and puffiness, as well as boost efficacy of any eye cream.

Use 2-4 times a week around the pressure points of the eyes.

First Aid Overnight brightening mask

Formulated with black truffle, and visible capsules of amber, pearl and gold powder, this creamy sleeping mask can provide intense moisture and overnight radiance to the skin.

This can also be used in place of a moisturizer for extremely dry skin days or on only dry areas of the skin.