What I Never Do to Take Care of My Combination Skin

Dealing with combination skin is not so simple. You have to be very cautious about your everyday beauty ritual. The key to taking care of your skin is a balanced regime. 


As you all know that I have combination skin with the dry part on the cheeks and sometimes around the mouth and oily T-zone. I experience occasional acne around my nose and jawline. After several trials and errors, I have set up a regime to keep my skin clear and almost problem-free. Today’s post is about those experiments to help you simplify your combination skin ritual. Here, I am going to share my homemade recipe from my every day ritual. 

You might be indulging in some habits that look innocent apparently, yet can worsen your skin issues. Below are some helpful hacks to let you be aware of what to avoid and learn what to pick up instead. Let’s start.

Pro Tip: Never stick to one skincare routine throughout the year. Combo skin acts differently according to the climate changes. It behaves oily during warmer months while in winter you must reach out to products to beat the dryness.

What I never do to my combination skin:

My skincare journey always remains simple, not at the expense of my bank balance. My minimalistic beauty ritual is inherited from my mother and grandmother. It includes some good products and homemade recipes that I have included after experimenting a lot. So, what I wish to share here is what works for me or what doesn’t. I think it may help you to start your own regime.  
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Don’t pick up any harsh cleanser with sulfate, alcohol, or soap. They will make the dry parts drier and remove the natural oils. If you use these cleansers every day, your skin will start to compensate for the loss producing more oils. That’s why gentle cleansing is so important. It will mattify your oily T-zone without overdrying your cheeks. Switching to a gentle cleanser is the best thing I ever did. 

I apply powder cleansers in the morning while at night I double cleanse. This cleansing ritual gives me a clean and fresh skin without stripping of oils.

Homemade Cleanser Recipe:

You can mix one tsp each of oats, kaolin clay (buy from Puremie), and aloe vera gel, apply on your face, and after 2-3 minutes rinse with water. This can be used as the second cleanser in your ‘double cleansing’. The first cleanser will be a mixture of jojoba, grapeseed, and sweet almond oil. You can add 2 drops of Tea tree or Lavender essential oils. 


Never forget your toner. Find one that is free from alcohol, menthol, and artificial fragrance. It’s suggested to go for Rosewater/ hydrosols to restore pH while nourishing. For hydrosols check The Hues Beauty.

Don’t over-exfoliate:

Exfoliation is a very important step in every beauty routine. You need to exfoliate at least once a week whatever your skin type is. We, the combination folks also need to. Here, you have to be very careful about what you’re choosing. Pick up a gentle one with scrubbing agents like oats, jojoba beads, coffee powder etc. 
The best way to exfoliate is to massage with soft strokes on cheeks while rubbing a bit more on the T-zone. My current scrubber is Oats Almond cleanser from Skincarevilla.shop.


Though serums are not cheaper, you can’t avoid them. Serums might be the priority in every beauty routine. These lifesavers, either water-based or oil-based always penetrate deeper to target skin concerns like fine lines, acne, or dark spots. The lightweight formulations can be applied easily under SPF or moisturizer or even under your makeup. Since I’ve incorporated serums in my routine, I never skip. They provide me with perfect and effortlessly clear skin.

The serums I use:

Every morning, I use water-based serums while at night oil-based formulations. My current water-based one is Irem Restoring Serum with Hyaluronic acid and Pomegranate ext. I use 3 pumps and spread it across the whole face and neck. And at night Greenie Mill Mangosteen & Rosehip beauty dews. This is my second bottle and I still can’t stay without it ( Read here).


Don’t skip moisturizers just because you have oily T-zone. What you will do is find the right product for your skin type. I like to pick up oil-free, non-greasy preparations containing hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. These can provide deep, long-lasting hydration and at the same time give a matte finish. You can also use two products instead of using one for the whole face. Try water-based, light moisturizer for the oily part while oil/cream-based formula for the dry U-zone. My current moisturizer is Pond’s Super Light Gel Moisturizer. In the morning I apply SPF over it And at night I use it mixing with Rosehip oil. 


Purifying clay masks are the key. With combination skin folks, choosing a mask is not so easy task. Because we have multiple issues to get addressed. So, to be in the safer side multimasking is the best option. Here, you have to use two different masks at the same time to optimize the effects. When choosing, try hydrating masks for dry parts and oil-controlling, purifying clay masks for your oily area.

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Homemade face mask recipe:

Most of the time, I use this homemade mask once a week. Mix 1 tbsp of Kaolin clay or Green clay powder with milk or herbal tea. To make herbal teas steep green tea or any dried petals/ leaves in hot water for 10 minutes. Use after it gets cool. Mix well and apply this paste on your T-zone. Now add few drops of jojoba or grapeseed oil to the excess paste. Apply the paste on U-zone. Keep it for 10 minutes and rinse. You can buy a Green Clay mask from Skincarevilla.shop and customize according to your needs. (Read the details here).  

So, with these handy hacks, you can now be able to take care of your skin in a better way. Let me know what measures you take for your skin below.
Thanks for reading.

  1. Skincare Villa

    August 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much for the mention ❤️

  2. Sandy N Vyjay

    August 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Combination skin has its own changes, best is to choose products carefuly and opt for products with nature based ingredients.

  3. Shub

    August 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    My skin is a combination skin and agree that harsh cleansers can do so much of a damage.

  4. Snigdha Prusti

    August 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Combination skin is always tricky to take care. You need multiple skincare products for maintaining the pH of skin. I like the home made mask you have mentioned here.

  5. Anamika A Chattopadhyaya

    August 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    That pro tip "never stick to one skincare routine" is so perfect for any type of skin! Great post 👍🏻

  6. Mrinal

    August 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I have combination skin and I can totally understand all your points! I will check out the products you mentioned!

  7. Shreemayee

    March 5, 2021 at 7:40 am

    Sure do check and let me know.

  8. Shreemayee

    March 5, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Yes, homemade mask can do great.

  9. Milan

    March 6, 2021 at 3:46 am

    I would too try this herbal tea based home mask. Might prove good for my sensitive skin too.

  10. Shreemayee

    March 6, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Yes, it's good for sensitive skin. Mine is a hyper sensitive skin and it doesn't give any irritations.

  11. Ambica

    March 6, 2021 at 6:55 am

    I like the way you have explained how to use the mask with different ingredients on the different parts of the face. I have never use kaolin and green clays. Will try them now. I will also do oil cleansing more often.

  12. Shreemayee

    March 6, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Oil cleansing is a great ritual to get fresh and glowing skin. Kaolin clay can benefit each skin types.

  13. Ruchi Mayank Verma

    March 7, 2021 at 4:11 am

    I really love this post and even I prefer to use homemade face mask for my skin care.

  14. Shub

    March 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    My skin is a combination skin and I must remember this. Thanks for highlighting.

  15. Shub

    March 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    My skin is a combination skin and I must remember this. Thanks for highlighting.

  16. Humaira

    March 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    A lightweight, no-frills AHA or BHA serum is best for treating combination skin overnight. Combination skin definitely deserves a skin- care routine.

  17. jhilmildsaha

    March 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    This is a very nicely written post about the not to do's for combination skin. Although I have dry skin, sometimes during summer it becomes sort of combination

  18. Judy

    March 7, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for these insightful tips. I have a combination skin with cheeks as dry while t-area is oily. I will try making the homemade cleanser for my face too.

  19. Shreemayee

    March 7, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Yes, a combination skin can understand this.

  20. Shreemayee

    March 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    In summers, sometimes it can be happened due to the humidity.

  21. Shreemayee

    March 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Sure do try and let me know.

  22. Amritha Srinath(themummastartup)

    March 8, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    I have a combination skin, and I know much hassle it is to buy the right product. Thanks to the wonderful compilation by you in the post, I will be sorted for my next buy!

  23. Gurjeet chhabra

    March 13, 2021 at 8:10 am

    thank you for great information as my skin is also combination and I face lot of problem in choosing the right product for me. this helped me a lot especially the mask.

  24. Shreemayee

    March 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Glad to know that you have found this helpful.

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