Before we discuss some home remedies for combination skin on the face (along with DIY homemade face packs), we will first study how to identify different skin types. There is a very simple test you can do to know whether you have combination, dry or oily skin. Start by washing your face with a neutral cleanser. Rinse and pat dry as usual. Wait for an hour then blot your face using a single ply facial tissue. Press lightly all over the face and remove the paper. Hold it against the light and examine it. You have combination skin if you see oil only in the T zone which is the forehead, down the nose and the chin.
Now let us study some easy summer face pack recipes for glowing skin suitable for combination skin types.
1. Avocado carrot cream mask
This is a wonderful day or night face pack for combination or dry skin. It contains tons of Vitamin E which helps rebuild collagen and elastin layers to give your skin a youthful glow. This recipe also contains beta carotene, calcium and protein. With regular use of this face pack, you can improve skin tone and texture and also fade age spots.
- 1 each-avocado mashed, and carrot cooked and mashed
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Apply all over the face and neck. Rinse off with warm water after 30 minutes. Apply your favorite toner afterwards.
2. Cucumber face pack for combination skin
Cucumber is cooling, soothing and rejuvenating making it ideal for tired skin. The following face pack contains both Cucumber and Aloe Vera.
- 1 tbsp each grated cucumber and Aloe Vera gel
Mix the ingredients and apply to face and neck. Wait for 15 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
3. Face pack for combination skin in winter
Winters can be harsh on the skin as the skin glands go into an overdrive and produce excess oil. Many people with combination skin suffer from dry skin on the cheeks but develop an oily shiny T-zone in the winter. The following face pack can help:
- Grated cucumber -1 tbsp
- 1 tsp whole-milk yogurt
Mix the ingredients. Apply to face and neck. Wash off after 15 minutes and pat dry. Follow up with an oil-free moisturizer.
4. Avocado egg face pack
This is one of the best face packs for combination skin. Use it regularly to revitalize the skin and improve texture.
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ an avocado
Beat the yolk until frothy. Mix mashed avocado pulp. Before using this pack on the face, cleanse your skin thoroughly. Spread the face pack on the skin and lie down on your back for 20 minutes. Using tepid water and a clean cloth, remove the pack. Rinse with cold water. Apply your favorite lotion.
5. Oatmeal cucumber face pack for combination skin
- 1 tbsp each Brewer’s yeast and finely ground oatmeal
- Cucumber grated- 1 whole
- Plain yogurt or sour cream- 2 tbsp
- 1 tsp honey
In a food processor, add chopped cucumber and process until only liquid remains. Add honey and yogurt/sour cream and process until smooth. In a glass bowl, mix the oats and yeast. Add the cucumber-honey-yogurt mixture and combine well. Apply to cleansed face and neck and leave it on for an hour (or 30 minutes). Rinse off.
6. Night face pack for fair skin
You can easily lighten sun damaged skin with this overnight face pack. It has lemon juice which lightens skin tone and also keeps the skin oil-free. Honey keeps the acidic nature of lemon juice in control. This face pack is suitable for all skin types.
- 1 tsp each local raw honey and lemon juice
Mix the ingredients and apply all over face and neck. Leave it on overnight or at least for 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water. (Do not use warm water for rinsing).
7. Summer face pack for glowing fair skin
The following summer face pack for glowing skin is suitable for all skin types:
- Juice of ½ tomato
- 1 tsp oatmeal finely ground
Mix together oatmeal and tomato juice. Apply all over the face and neck. Leave the face pack on for 20 minutes. Wash off with cool water. Use this pack 3 times a week to lighten skin tone.
8. Papaya banana face pack
This face pack is suitable for combination skin type and can even be used by men.
- 1-2 pieces of ripe banana mashed
- 2 tbsp of mashed papaya
- 1 tsp raw organic local honey
Mix all ingredients. Apply all over face and neck. Wash off after 20 minutes. For lightening skin tone, use this pack 3 times a week.
9. Clay face mask
Clay is actually best for oily skin types and many of the best face packs for combination skin in the market consist of this ingredient.
- 1 tbsp clay
- Honey- 1tsp
- 2 drops each Lavender and Bergamot essential oils
- 1-2 tsp Aloe Vera gel or water or Jojoba oil (adjust as needed to make a thick paste).
Mix all ingredients and slather on cleansed face. Let the clay dry. Wash off with cool water.
10. Anti-aging face pack
- ½ banana ripe
- 2 tsp organic raw cocoa
- ½ tsp honey
Add a little water and blend all the above ingredients in a blender to make a thick paste. Apply to face and neck. Let it dry and then wash off. Use this recipe 3-4 times a week.