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Skincare routine for combination skin

by Anke De Boeck |

What is my skin type? Many people don’t know the answer to this question. Your skin type can also change because of different circumstances (hormones, medication, stress, age, weather conditions, etc.). It is however important to adapt your skincare routine to your skin type.



Cleansers with conventional foaming agents may be upsetting the skin's protective layer, and signalling to the skin to produce more oil. Stripping back this protective layer can trigger a cycle where you skin overproduces oil to compensate for what you have removed. So try to stay away from products containing denatured alcohol, sodium laurlyl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. 



Switching to an oil cleanser that emulsifies with water will help you in this case. The CÎME oil cleanser and make-up remover Recette de Pureté is ideal for combination skin, since it will help your skin regulate its overproduction of oil and help balance the oil production on the skin. 



After using a cleanser that you remove with water - such as for instance Recette de Pureté - always use a toner to restore the natural balance of your skin. Rosée De Roses of CÎME is ideal for combination skin. This mild and soft- textured lotion- containing rose floral water and rose extract – gently removes the remaning oil, impurities and makeup, minimises pores and restores the natural balance of the skin! 



The skin around the eyes is finer and more fragile, so it needs extra care. Our eye contour cream with caffeine, retinal and hyaluronic acid moisturises the skin and reduces wrinkles and fine lines, puffiness and dark circles.
Apply the eye cream to the eye contour area. Fragrance-free - also suitable for sensitive eyes.



As mentoined above, if your skin is lacking oil it may start to produce more. Especially during winter, due to cold temperatures and wind, even a combination skin may lack oil on certain parts of the skin. To fortifie your skin during winter time, try using natural and pure plant oils to boost your skin, without clogging pores.

Try for instance CÎME's Kissed by a Rose serum once or twice a day around your eyes and on the red or dry zones of your skin before applying your day or night cream. This will give your skin an instant boost, also reducing scarring and redness. 

Our Retinal serum, with high-performance ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, intensely nourishes your skin, improving its elasticity, giving it a radiant glow and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.



It's a myth that combination skin has too much moisture. A combination skin can often be dehydrated (so lacking water, not oil). This can result in a lack of hydration deeper in the skin, and excess oil and fine dehydration lines on the surface. But since this skin type already produces a lot of oil itself, try to avoid too fatty creams and mineral oils (such as paraffin). Daisy Delight is definitely suitable for your skin. This light and non-creasy cream is enriched with hyaluronic acid, a molecule that holds its own weight in water. The active ingredients also attenuate skin imperfections and dark spots and render the skin both radiant and bright. 





How do you recognize combination skin?


Does one area of your skin feel dry and have other parts in your face impurities and sometimes greasy shine? Then you have a combination skin. A difficult case! Usually the pores are larger and it's slightly to very oilly on the T-zone (nose, forehead, chin). The cheeks are generally normal to dry. This due to overproduction of oil in areas and underproduction in others. 


What are the causes?


Heredity plays a major part but if you use wrong skincare products it can also cause the problem or make it worse. The main cause are the hormones. The majority of us will experience it at some point in our lives, especially at certain times in the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy or menopause.

The mixed skin is a real challenge to take care of. Probably you didn’t find a day cream yet that suites your face. You are looking for a balanced skin. Sensible skincare is very important for combination skin!

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