It can be one of the trickier skin types to deal with, with different issues to treat on various parts of the same face.  But combination skin doesn’t have to be a headache. There are plenty of skincare  tricks to help combination skin, as well as a range of Korean skincare products that are perfectly formulated to treat it.



Today’s post is dedicated to some of the best Korean skincare for combination skin!



What is combination skin?

Combination skin is characterised by several different skin types at once; this means that while your skin might be dry or normal in some areas (like the cheeks), it may be oily in other areas (such as the T-Zone).

Combination skin is often shiny, with blackheads and larger than normal pores.

If you aren’t sure exactly what skin type you have but often find yourself suffering from dryness and breakouts at the same time, chances are you have combination skin. Similarly, if you find that the same moisturiser works perfectly on your cheeks but turns your nose into an oil slick, combination skin is likely the culprit.

This combo deal can be slightly trickier to treat as you’re left trying to target different problems at once. Luckily, there are plenty of products formulated just for this skin type, plus a range of ingredients that play nicely with it. You may need to tailor some of your skincare products so that you use those only on your oily T-Zone and apply others on your cheeks.

Ingredients that work well for combination skin types

Combination skin works best with ingredients from natural sources – think fruits, milk, and plant extracts. You’ll want to opt for natural ingredients that aren’t comedogenic (that is, they won’t clog the skin).  Our favourites include:

Honey – a natural absorbent, it sucks away excess oil and impurities from the pores. It’s also a humectant that’s perfect for keeping the skin hydrated. Honey can also prevent the oil glands from becoming overactive and making more oil. It’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties also make it perfect for acne-prone skin types.

Witch Hazel – this is a natural ingredient that helps lift the excess oil from the skin, as well as removing trapped dirt and makeup. A bonus is that it won’t dry the skin out.

Green Tea – chok full of antioxidants that works to protect skin and relieves dry, stressed skin, green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Propolis  – a naturally occurring anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory made by bees, propolis is great for dealing with breakouts, and is also hydrating for dryness.


Best Korean skincare for combination skin

If you have combination skin, start your skincare routine with a non-abrasive pH balanced cleanser so as not to upset your skin’s barrier. Something like Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash is perfect, as it protects the face while you cleanse.

For your toner, try to avoid harsh, astringent ones and opt for something light and gentle. Soroci’s Soothing Skin Toner is ideal as it acts as a light layer to reset the skin rather than another layer of cleansing.

Instead of a thick, heavy cream, try applying light layers of moisturisers and lotions instead. Korean Beauty products are perfect for this as they are specifically designed to be applied in light layers rather than loading the skin up all at once. This will also help to adjust your hydration levels without burdening the skin. Products with gel, serum or liquid textures are likely to work best with combination skin types.

If you’re playing with acids, opt for gentle, leave-on chemical exfoliants rather than abrasive manual ones. COSRX’s BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is perfect.

As always, make sure you don’t forget your SPF!

Our favourite K-Beauty products for combination skin

Some of our favourite Korean Beauty products for combination skin are:

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel a moisturising gel that contains natural, gentle ingredients with no alcohol or fragrance. It helps soothe skin, fade post-blemish scars, brighten uneven tone and maintain the correct level of hydration in the skin.

Soroci Morning Drizzle Bucket Mist – this hydrating toner mist can be used as a daily toner or a refreshing mist. Containing star ingredient witch hazel, it is formulated to hydrate, nourish and protect skin and has an optimum pH level of 5.5.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream – this gel-type moisturising cream works beautifully with dull, damaged, acne-prone, mature and scarred skins. It helps repair and improve the look and texture of the skin to give it a healthy glow.

Adaline Keep Cool Soothe Mask – this soothing natural sheet mask is infused with forest botanicals, including bamboo, pine, cinnabar, wood and centella asiatica. It’ll leave skin soft, supple and hydrated, and calm any blemishes.


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