Regarded as the most common skin type, combination skin can be tricky to deal with as most products are designed to deal specifically with dry or oily skin – you hardly see bottles labelled “for combination skin”. So how do you know which products you can and should be using? The trick is fairly simple.
If you have combination skin, you will typically have an oily T-zone that’s prone to breakouts and blackheads. Your cheeks might feel dry and you can get crazy. Just what product should you be using on your seemingly bipolar skin? Your skin type is largely determined by genetics so there really is no escaping this. In truth, while your skin can be both dry and oily (doesn’t that just drive you crazy?), it is highly likely that your skin will be dominant in one type.
For instance, if you have frequent breakouts and constant shine along your T-zone, your skin is more oily than it is dry. If you have redness or large dry areas, then your skin can fall under the dry skin type more accurately. Once you have established the dominant skin type, it is important to remember that your skin is a combination of both rather than just one. So don’t just go rushing out to buy skincare products that cater to either skin type! What you can do with this information is to be more selective about your skincare product buys.
So what can you do now? Here are some tips you can follow to properly care for your combination skin when it comes to the most basic steps of any skincare routine:
The first step in any skincare routine should be to cleanse the skin thoroughly. Opt for facial cleansers that are gentle to the skin. Milk cleansers are most suitable for combination skin as it will not overly dry out your already dry patches or leave your T-zone feeling slick. The key is to cleanse cleanly and thoroughly, not to strip your face of its natural oils. Wash your face with lukewarm water if you’re not a fan of the cold.
With combination skin, you must be wary of products that come with fragrances or have alcohol or menthol content. This can irritate the dry areas of your face, so look for toners with natural ingredients to restore your skin’s natural pH balance. The right toner can also help prep your face for the next steps in your skincare routine by making it more absorbent to the products.
When choosing the right moisturiser, there is no need to opt for oil-free products just because you have an oily T-zone. In fact, your skin might just produce even more oil to make up for the lack of it, or to counter the drying effects of your products. If your moisturiser doesn’t come packed with SPF, remember to apply a layer of sunscreen as well!
- Night time care
Working on your skin does not end when your work day does. As you prepare for bed, cleanse your face with a mild cleanser to thoroughly remove all the dirt and makeup (if you use any). Here’s where you have options. If you don’t have your own night time skincare routine, you can use rosehip seed oil to moisturise your face. Don’t fear oils even if you have an oily T-zone. Rosehip seed oil is known to be a “dry oil”, which means it will not leave a greasy residue after your skin absorbs it. Find out more about this miracle oil here!
As combination skin is prone to both oiliness and dryness, your skin tone can be uneven or even dull because of this. Find out what external causes can contribute to a less-than-radiant skin here. Your skin type can’t be changed but it certainly can be helped! Stick to a routine and products that work for you and remember to pamper your skin from time to time. You’ll be glowing in no time!