I Have Combination Skin, and These Are the Products That Are Working For Me
I'm quite the novice when it comes to skin care. Before last year, any talk of serum or hyaluronic acid would send me curling up under a blanket, never to be seen again. I was overwhelmed at the thought of finding the right products or learning the order in which I should apply them.
My routine consisted of washing my face with whatever soap was around, then applying coconut oil. I never had any issue with this regimen until I learned that coconut oil actually clogs your pores. That's when I started looking for a healthier alternative. Luckily, I met a friend whose skin is so radiant, I just had to ask what products she uses. Turns out, she is quite the skin-care connoisseur and also blogs about it.
We sat down to discuss my skin type and explore some products that could work for me. I told her about my combination skin, how it tends to get dry in the winter and slightly oily other times of the year. I didn't have specific conditions like acne or dark spots that I was trying to solve for. I was more looking for simple, easy-to-use products that make good investments. After some digging and a short while experimenting, I found the clean beauty products that work for me. This was last fall, and I've been using them ever since.
Scroll on for my skin-care essentials. They might work for you, too.
Osea Ocean Cleanser
For the uninitiated, this Osea Ocean Cleanser ($48) is great for daily use. It gently removes any excess oil or impurities, leaving my skin feeling fresh, hydrated, and clean. I love that it's rich in minerals and natural ingredients such as jojoba seed oil and algae extract. If you have acne or other skin conditions, it may not work as a treatment, but it's a balanced formula that will effectively remove dirt without ruining your pH balance.
Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Face Toner
The first thing I noticed about the Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Face Toner ($39) is how evenly it sprays the liquid across your face. Notes of jasmine are more prominent than the green tea, but I personally don't mind it. I also love that this toner is vegan and cruelty-free, which reflects in the feel of the formula upon application. It hydrates and balances my skin, which is why it's quickly and easily become a staple of my routine.
Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum
A little bit of this highly concentrated Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum ($79) goes a long way. I only use one to two pumps at a time, massage it in round motions, then let my skin absorb it for a few minutes. The result is a healthy glow that doesn't feel greasy. My skin feels smooth after application.
Beautycounter Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream
Three months after purchasing this Beautycounter Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream ($89), I still have quite a bit of it left to use. You only need a few scoops of this thick cream for every application. My skin feels plump and hydrated after each use.
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
I sometimes use this Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($16-$32) to wake up my senses throughout the day. Similar to the toner, the light-pink liquid sprays finely across my face and instantly hydrates it.