How to Care for Combination Skin with Alpha-H Skincare

Charlotte Clague from Alpha-H shows us how to balance combination skin with this easy skin care routine, which is the best base for makeup if you love a smooth, clear complexion.

About the Author

I am a self-confessed skincare junkie, and an experienced educator in cosmetics retail, covering everything from product knowledge, to skin science, soft skills, and sales training. To me, beauty is an extension of personality and a part of my wellness - I feel great in my own skin, but also have the option to play up and express myself with makeup!

I love being able to bridge the gap and educate others on the partnership and importance of skincare to makeup. 

To me, beauty is an extension of personality and a part of my wellness - I feel great in my own skin, but also have the option to play up and express myself with makeup!

That’s why I have created a routine using Alpha-H products that speaks to combination skin types concerned with excess oil, texture, dullness and occasional breakouts

What to use for Combination Skin

Combination skin type can be tricky to prep for makeup, so I wanted to show you how to help combination skin with a skin care routine that creates the perfect base for makeup, but can also be used on it’s own if you want to let your skin shine through.

How to Care for Combination Skin

The products in this combination skin care routine are ideal for keeping skin balanced, nourished and glowing. This routine works for both morning and evening, with the switch out of SPF during the day and a nourishing moisturiser at night. 

Night Routine Tip: If you’re feeling it you can also pepper in your Accelerating Acids, such as Vitamin A, Retinol and Glycolic treatments, on alternate evenings.

Charlotte’s skin care routine for combination skin:

Step 1: Start with a pH balanced cleanser

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser is a lightweight, creamy cleanser rich in Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, and formulated at pH 5.5 to respect the skin's natural balance. Massage the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser all over damp skin to remove excess oil, dirt and debris. If removing makeup, use dry and always double cleanse.

Step 2: Accelerate the skin's renewal process

To ease congestion and reduce excess oil production, apply a few drops of the Alpha-H Clear Skin Tonic with 2% Salicylic Acid to a cotton round and press over the areas of concern. This lightweight liquid tonic works to tackle dirt, debris and bacteria within the pore to clear congestion and stop further breakouts. 

Alpha-H Clear Skin Tonic also contains natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory botanicals like Eucalyptus, Tea tree and Thyme to reduce the size and the appearance of redness around a blemish. This incredible formula works so hard, you only need to use it once a day - morning or evening, you choose.

Step 3: Give the delicate eye area some attention too

Although with most exfoliants, we should be avoiding the eye area, this is one of the first places we see visible signs of ageing.

The Alpha-H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream contains Native Australian Lime Pearl™ and Hibiscus Flower Extract, which work together to gently exfoliate, brighten the skin, and minimise the appearance of discolouration and darkness around the eye. To finish, light responsive Diamond Powder illuminates, diminishing the appearance of dark shadows, fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. 

Step 4: Give back to your skin with nourishment, hydration and protection

Apply 3-4 drops of our powerhouse, the Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Serum 25ml all over face, neck and decolletage, to boost your skin's barrier defense, protect from environmental stressors and deeply hydrate. Central to the ‘magic 8’ is PrimalHyal Ultrafiller™ which behaves like a dermal filler, without the need for invasive needles or associated downtime. 

Morning Routine Tip: If this is your morning routine, layer Alpha-H Vitamin C 25ml underneath Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Serum 25ml. The ultimate way to boost and brighten, this hydrating serum combines new generation Vitamin C technology with botanical extracts to deliver superior antioxidant support to plump and rehydrate skin which lacks clarity and collagen.

Step 5: Protect your skin daily from further damage

Our bestselling Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+ is the perfect way to advocate for your skin every single day, and protect it from further damage due to the sun's harmful rays.

This is your 3-in-1 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, moisturiser, and primer - a lightweight, non-greasy, antioxidant-rich formula which provides optimal sun protection with 5 UVA/UBA filters, alongside effortless hydration, thanks to Silica and Pro Vitamin B5 with anti-inflammatory benefits from Vitamin E.

Apply a teaspoon evenly to face, neck and decolletage each morning, 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapply every two hours if in direct sunlight and after swimming, exercise, or excessive perspiration.

If using this as your evening routine, switch out the SPF for a soothing and nourishing moisturiser such as the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream or the Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Hydrator Gel for a more oily skin. These are our top picks if you’re confused about what moisturiser you should use for combination skin. 

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