Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Finding Your Balance; Beauty New Formulations for Combination Skin Simplify Your Regime, Purify the Pores and Achieve That Dewy Catwalk Look, Says Katie Strick

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Finding Your Balance; Beauty New Formulations for Combination Skin Simplify Your Regime, Purify the Pores and Achieve That Dewy Catwalk Look, Says Katie Strick

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SKINCARE can feel rather binary. Before choosing your product you must pick a camp: those with oily skin are recommended lightweight cleansers and mattifying serums, while those in the dry skin camp are offered hydrating moisturisers and nourishing oils.

If you're somewhere in the middle, managing breakouts can be trickier. But experts report that combination skin is increasingly common and duly Google searches for combination skin have more than doubled in the past five years.

Combination skin is typically characterised by an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), with dry to very dry skin across the cheeks, and experts say it's quickly becoming the norm in cities such as London where pollution leads to breakouts even for those who normally have dry skin.

Mercifully, there's now a collection of formulae for finding balance. Today, luxury skincare brand Aesop has launched its first-ever range specifically designed for combination skin. The products a cleanser, toner and hydrator are the result of three years in a Melbourne laboratory and have been developed as a direct response to the Continued on Page 30 Continued from Page 29 "increasing prevalence" of combination skin among men and women, says Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop's innovation and research manager. Each item in the set is designed to be used daily to tackle the transitory, often conflicting states of one's skin. Each product gently cleanses, normalises sebum production, soothes irritation and provides lightweight hydration without overburdening the skin.

The cleanser was the focus.

Watkinson says it's an "important first step" in caring for combination skin. It must not aggravate the face, so the In Two Minds Facial Cleanser (PS23, aesop.com) is exceptionally gentle and mild: it's gel-based and contains salicylic acid, which removes excess sebum without aggravation.

The In Two Minds Facial Toner (PS23, aesop.com) complements the cleanser. …

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