Having combination skin can be quite the challenge. Don't feel bad though -- this is the most common skin type. The issue is that you have both dry and oily parts of the face. You may have fine lines and wrinkles and shininess and clogged pores at the same time. You may also have uneven skin tone or large pores on your nose. The good news is that there is a whole range of products that are specifically designed for your skin type.

The name of the game is balance. Your aim is to bring a measure of control to the oily parts of your face and while simultaneously healing the dry areas.

Without further ado, let’s discuss the best skin care tips for combination skin.

Cleansing your skin

Cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser on a daily basis is the very first step when dealing with combination skin. I recommend that you use water-soluble products to help avoid dryness and irritation. Mild foaming cleansers, as well as gel-based cleansers, are great for controlling breakouts on the oily areas of your face. Be aware that ingredients such as sulfates and alcohol can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Toning your skin

Toning is a step that should never be overlooked. It is designed to remove residue from the cleanser and the last traces of dirt and any pollutants from the day that the cleanser may have missed.

For combination skin care, it’s important to choose a toner that is free from alcohol, menthol, and fragrances. According to Anneke la Grange in her book, "How to Apply Makeup Professionally", citrus oils are also best to avoid in toners.

Moisturizing your skin

For hydration, antioxidant-rich products or those that contain cell-communicating ingredients are good choices.

If you are still dealing with greasiness, then you can opt for lightweight gels, serums and lotions instead. Always choose products that are made for oily or combination skin. Avoid petroleum-based moisturizers. Use facial masks on a weekly basis to help keep your pores clear.

I advise that you use an effective sunblock to help your skin to look younger, and to help keep wrinkles at bay.

Give yourself further protection by wearing a hat. Remember to avoid applying it on the greasy parts at all cost. Always use a day cream as the basis for your make-up.

Another hot tip – when choosing a foundation for combination skin, make sure it is oil-free. Otherwise, in the worst case, the pigments in your foundation could mix with the sebum, making your complexion look blotchy.

Be sure to drink lots of water to flush out toxins and exercise regularly. Exercise gets the blood pumping, which delivers key nutrients to your skin.

Take comfort in knowing that you can do something about to make your combination skin look its best. I am Kat the Beauty Guru, thank you for reading!