Skincare for normal/ combination skin
Normal to Combination skin is by far the easiest to maintain. For you lucky people who have this skin type, I envy you! Even though having this skin type means majority of the time, your skin is ok, but not looking after it like anything else can deteriorate the condition of your skin and lead it to look dull, lifeless and eventually could lead to other skin conditions.
What is normal skin?
Normal skin means that your skin isn't oily, dry, doesn't have; open pores, wrinkles, fine lines, redness, irritation, sun exposure damage, bumps or uneven skin tone. Many of my clients that speak to me about their skin, who have this skin type and haven't been looking after their skin with an everyday skin regime, didn't realise how important it was to maintain their beautiful skin until their skin started to react and cause further problems. Even though your skin may be normal it is very important to maintain a good regime to pro long your skins elasticity and appearance, inside out.
What is combination skin?
Combination skin, is skin that is oily or dry in some areas. Most of the time this isn't a major problem it just means that you have to hydrate less or more in some areas. Normally the areas that are oily are in the T-ZONE area (forehead, nose and chin area) which means the skin in this area can be slightly oily to very oily. The drier area will typically be around the cheek area.
Here are the products that I would highly recommend. Just follow my simple steps and I promise you will never look back!
I have put them in order of which you would use them, just so it's less hassle for you, thank me later.
(The products that are in the same step, please choose which one you would prefer. You wouldn't use both unless I have stated otherwise)
Soothing Cleansing Oil
This product is a beauty not just because of its lightweight oil texture that turns into milk once you add water but for the incredible benefits it delivers to your skin.
For a luxurious simplicity in your skincare cleansing routine, this oil is made from Jasmin flower extract mixed with kukui nut and sunflower oils to create the perfect cleanser that melts away makeup, including eye makeup, without disrupting your skins natural balance. This cleansing oil helps put back any oil missing from your skin and balances out any oils in your skin that you have too much of to create the perfect skin balance. It leaves your skin feeling super hydrated, refreshed, cleansed and supple! I rate this product a 10/10 for cleansing the skin but as for removing eye makeup it only works best if it's not waterproof, otherwise it can be difficult to remove makeup on the eyes. From my personal experience I found that it caused my eyes to water as I had to scrub away at my eye makeup with more pressure than I would normally need to use.
How to use: Apply 2/3 pumps sparingly all over your face with your hands or onto a cosmetic cotton pad and wipe over the full face. Then add some water onto the skin and massage the skin clean, notice that the oil now turns into a milk consistency after water has been applied. Rinse off thoroughly or alternatively wipe away with a wet, clean cotton pad all over the face.
What do I love about this product the most? Apart from everything, lol, I love the fact this is a quick and convenient way to remove my makeup at the end of a long, hard day at work. When I wear makeup I normally have it on for at least 12 hours, so by the end of the day I have zero effort to take it off; but I always do because thats the number one rule after makeup, never sleep with it on!
Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser
The hydrating rich cream cleanser is perfect for normal to dry skin. It is made from enriched mineral water combined with rich emollients like avocado butter to leave your skin super clean and hydrated without it being too harsh or stripping the skin from it's natural oils.
I love this cream cleanser as I can combine my exfoliating products by mixing the products to create a nice creamy exfoliator for when I need a light face scrub.
How to use: Squeeze a 50p size amount into your hand or onto a clean cotton pad and wipe clean the full face, avoiding the eye area. Wash the product off the face or clean and wipe away using a wet cotton pad, removing all traces of dirt/makeup.
What do I love about it? It lives up to it's name! It's richness is definitely felt from the very first use, leaving your skin baby soft!
Hydrating Face Tonic
After cleansing, we all need to tone. Using a toner/tonic helps lift any impurities left from when you cleansed your face that you may have missed but also helps balance your skins moisture levels by putting moisture back into your skin if you are lacking any. As this is a tonic it doesn't contain alcohol like a lot of other toners do so it will not strip your skin.
Enriched with mineral water and cucumber extract, this gem leaves your skin feeling like a breath of fresh air literally and the cucumber extract gives the skin a nice cooling and calming effect.
How to use: Apply generously onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the face, avoiding the eye area and allow the face to air dry completely before moving onto your next cleansing step.
What do I love about this beauty? It gives you the most refreshing feeling when applied onto the skin! I love, love, love how this product feels after use. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and awake! 10/10
Intensive Skin Supplement
This skin saviour and skincare must have, is what it says it is, an Intensive Skin Supplement, simple. It beautifully delivers the right amount of vitamins and minerals to your skin. It is a multi-benefit serum that helps prevent signs of ageing, dark spots, fine lines and improves the skins appearance and elasticity. I like to think of this as the food for my skin. We need the right amount of vitamins for the skin in our food to keep it healthy, sometimes this may not be possible as we can lack certain vitamins from time to time; so I consider this as putting the vitamins I may have missed in my diet back into my skin topically. It leaves the skin feeling re-energised, plump and firm. This is my skin saviour. I honestly cannot, I repeat CANNOT live without this product.
How to use: Apply 2/3 drops onto your hands and press into the skin, all over the full face, avoiding the eye area. Use day and night.
What do I love about this? It helps prevent any breakouts, and believe it or not it helps get rid of any spots that do happen to occur, normally around the glorious time of the month. I also love how glowy and enriched my skin looks after using this product especially on that late night out! A high 10/10!
Hydrating Face Cream
This multi- benefiting moisturiser is super rich but light weight. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and conditioned. All of Bobbi's moisturisers have makeup primers in them, so say bye bye to spending an extra amount of money just for a separate primer and say hello to gorgeous skin and an extra bit of cash for other things!
It contains enriched mineral water for ultimate hydration and algae extract, which helps soothe any redness in the skin and calm down any irritated areas on the face.
How to use: Apply one pea sized dotted amount on the forehead, nose, chin and each cheek area and massage into skin and neck, avoiding the eye area. Use daytime. I would recommend this moisturiser if you have more normal skin with some dry areas.
What do I love about this? A little goes a long way which means my moisturiser lasts longer and my skin feels hydrated all day.
Hydrating Gel Cream
The Hydrating gel cream is a cream specifically formulated using ingredients that still benefit the skin so that it keeps it moisturised without over doing it. As it's a gel product it means the product is water based, meaning it is great for you if you are normal to combination skin that is a little dry or oily. It is perfect to wear as a moisturiser in humid climates and warmer months. like all of Bobbi Brown's moisturisers, it leaves your skin feeling soft and cushioned creating the perfect base and canvas for makeup application.
How to use: Apply one pea sized dotted amount on the forehead, nose, chin and each cheek area and massage into skin and neck, avoiding the eye area. Use daytime. I would recommend this moisturiser if you have more normal skin with some oily areas.
What do I love about this? My go to moisturiser in the warmer months or when I go too the gym! I also find it perfect for when I break out with spots, as the product is water based I don't have to worry about it breaking out my skin further.
Hydrating Eye Cream
This bad boy hydrates the eye area like no other! The hydrating eye cream is a lightweight but super hydrating formula made for everyone to keep the eye area well hydrated, leaving it soft and smooth. This eye cream quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves it hydrated for up to 24 hours. It's a great makeup primer, leaving your concealer looking flawless all day. It contains Enriched Mineral Water Blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel extract to soothe the eye area and Jojoba Seed, Avocado Oil, and Squalane to condition the skin.
How to use: Apply one pea sized dotted amount ( half of the quantity on each eye) around the eye area in a soft patting motion. Allow the cream to be fully absorbed before applying any makeup on top. Use daytime.
What do I love about this? It leaves my eye area super hydrated and supple and oh yeh it creates the perfect canvas for my concealor! Thank you Bobbi Brown for this God send! Love love love this product!
Extra Eye Repair Cream
Do you have dark circles? Fine lines? Puffiness, wrinkles or even dryness around your eyes? Then this eye cream is made for you!
"This concentrated formula combines an amazing texture, the ultimate in moisture and skin-repairing benefits–it's made for those days when your eyes need something extra." Bobbi Brown
The formula is super rich, thick and cream. It revives the appearance of your under eyes instantly. Formulated with peptides, natural plant oils, and humectants to tackle any of the above concerns and helps support the skin natural collagen. This cream is suitable for all skin types.
How to use: Apply one pea sized dotted amount ( half of the quantity on each eye) around the eye area in a soft patting motion. Allow the cream to be fully absorbed. I wouldn't suggest using this eye cream under makeup as I found it to be too rich, meaning that my concealer didn't stay on properly, which eventually caused a lot of creasing. Use daytime without makeup or as I do as part of my night time routine, just before bed time.
What do I love about this? It really does what it says! It helps diminish my dark circles by at least 80% and the product itself lasts a long time, as a little goes a long way! I would definitely recommend this product. It has been my skin saviour for the last 4 years!
Hydrating Intense Night Cream
Our skin repairs itself 9 times more whilst we are asleep! This night cream is the ultimate luxury must have to combine with your night skincare routine. The enriched mineral water leaves the skin feeling super hydrated and refreshed as well as visibly leaving it looking stronger, healthier and and improvement in tone and texture.
"White Birch Extract maintains elastin and promotes the natural repair of environmental damage. Shea Butter, Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond and Apricot Oils soften and comfort skin while you sleep. Hexapeptide technology, a protein activator, helps promote natural collagen production. Rice Bran Extract and Apple Extract work to even skin tone. Formulated with Green Tea and Vitamin E, known antioxidants." (www.bobbibrown.co.uk)
How to use: Apply a 5p sized amount, dotting some on the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks and neck area and massage well into the skin until fully absorbed. Use at night time in replacement of your day time face cream.
Bobbi's tip -"This cream can do double-duty for both day and night when skin feels a little drier than usual."
What do I love about this? It revives my skin overnight, leaving my skin feeling literally so bright, clear and hydrated ready for my new day!
Even though this is a step-by-step guideline for your skin type, additional care is required to maintain your skin.
These products are either a must in your daily skincare routine or just a few times a week. Please see in the description below, for each item, guidelines of usage and instructions for your skin type.
All the items again can be found on http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk
Intensive Skin Supplement
This is a must have in your daily skin care routine. (Please see Intensive skin supplement above in Step 3)
This serum is jam packed with essential vitamins for your skin and helps prevents breakouts and dull looking skin. It revives the skin by putting 'food' back where it may be lacking.
Lip Balm Spf 15
Moisturising the lips and caring for the skin on your lips is just as important as looking after the skin on your face. Add this to your daily skin care routine.
This lip balm is formulated with wheat germ, avocado and olive oils. A non-greasy formula that immediately comforts and hydrates whilst repairing and protects the lips. It contains essential vitamins for your skin.
It also is an amazing lip primer before applying your favourite lipstick, ensuring your lipstick to last on for longer through out the day.
My skincare musts? Pay attention to skin's condition and adjust your routine accordingly, exfoliate regularly to promote cell turnover, and, of course, wear sunscreen— every day.
It is very important to exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin cells which help promote cell turnover to reveal healthy, glowy and fresh skin.
These buffing grains are made from 100% Japanese Adzuki bean powder.
For normal/combination skin types I would recommend to exfoliate no more then three times a week.
Extra Balm Rinse
Use daily for dry skin, or as a night time treatment when skin needs more hydration.
This extra balm rinse provides a luxury element to your cleansing routine. It removes all traces of makeup whilst delivering super hydration, softness and soothes to your skin.
It contains orange oil that helps brighten the skin whilst sunflower glycerides smooth and condition skin.
It is suitable for all skin types, it provides an extra moisture boost to your skin when it needs it most.