There is a misleading belief that stress, diet, or hormones determine our skin type. In fact, our genes are primarily responsible for that. They regulate protein production, which plays a leading role in all structures and functions of our body. There is no way to change our skin type – we must learn how to live with it. In this article, we will discuss skin care routine for combination skin. Keep reading to get more useful tips on how to keep your skin healthy.
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What is Combination Skin Type?
If you have a combination skin type, that means your skin tends to be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. Usually, T-zone is shiny with large pores, whereas cheeks are dry and have small invisible pores. Two different parts of the face require two different strategies!
There is no magic, only a scientific approach! Follow the simple rules below to get an even skin tone without a shiny T-zone.
Cleanse + Cleanse = Double Cleanse!
The first step of the double-cleanse technique involves using a cleansing oil! The product should be safe for both oily and dry skin – free of alcohol and mineral oil. Use it two times a day – morning and evening.
The second step includes washing all areas of your face with a mild sulfate-free facial cleanser. If you suffer from acne, choose the product containing Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, or Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. Use it two times a day as well. Remember that over-washing can backfire!
Hydrate with Toner
After washing your face, apply a hydrating and soothing toner. It will adjust your skin pH to an optimal level – slightly acidic. Your skin will be looking radiant and also resists harmful bacteria. Avoid products containing alcohol, fragrances, and natural oils. Look for ingredients that may hydrate your skin: glycerin, ceramides, fatty alcohols (cetyl and stearyl), and lactic acid.
Apply Serum + Moisturizer
Serums are typically lighter and have active ingredients in them. They can deeply penetrate your skin. So, after toning your face, you should apply two to four drops of serum all over the face. It usually absorbs quickly. There are different types of serums addressing specific skincare concerns. For combination skin, choose the product with one of these ingredients – hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, or niacinamide.
Ready?! Ok, it’s time to moisturize. Remember, you have to use a product that works for both types of skin. The good news is the current market has many varieties of one-size-fits moisturizers! Just make sure the product is oil-free and alcohol-free. If you decide to use two different moisturizers to target oily and dry areas specifically, choose water-soluble products on dry sites and oil-soluble products on T-zone. Apply your moisturizer in the morning right after the serum, and don’t forget to repeat this ritual in the evening.
Use Clay Mask Regularly
As you have already learned, we need to look for masks that would work to soothe your dry cheeks and to clear pores on your T-zone. Green, white, and red clay masks are astonishing for combination skin. Each of them serves a slightly different function. You can apply french green clay to exfoliates and clarifies skin or red clay to absorb excess oil from your oily parts. White kaolin will be perfect for dry areas of your face. The clay benefits are endless! Use it two to three times a week for the best result. Remember to moisturize your skin as soon as you rinse off the mask.
Oh…this stuff is inexpensive and readily available. The blotting papers remove the excess oil and help your skin breathe. Put it into your purse to use as needed throughout the day.
Keep a Micellar Water On Hand
It is just a great travel companion, whatever you go! As stated above, you should avoid washing your face very often. So, micellar water can be a great alternative to wipe out your skin during the day.
Finally, just a quick reminder… There are golden rules applied to all skin types: use sunscreen daily, follow a healthy diet, and get enough sleep!