Do you at times feel that different areas of your face are at war with each other? Do you feel that your skin is undecided? Some days your face looks dry and tight, while other days it is shiny and greasy – and sometimes it is both dry and oily at once?It sounds to me like you have combination skin.
Combination skin can be confusing and really frustrating for people who do not understand how to properly care for it. With most advice and products geared towards either dry or oily skin, it can be confusing figuring out the right treatment. Read on to understand what causes it and how you can work your way around combination skin.
What is Combination Skin?
A combination of two or more different skin types on the face at the same time. It is when some parts of your face, such as the cheek area are dry or flaky, while the center part of your face, nose, chin, and forehead – also known as the T-zone is extra oily. Combination skin can produce overly dilated pores, blackheads and shiny skin. It can benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.
What are the causes?
Causes for combination skin are different for everyone and there are a number of factors that can contribute to it.
The T-Zone has more active oil glands than other parts of the face and gets oily when sebaceous glands produce excess sebum. A variety of factors like hormones or genetics can trigger this process, many of which cannot be controlled.
Similarly, dry skin on the face can result from factors such as the weather, genetics and age. Another common cause of combination skin can be a result of the very skin-care products being used.
Caring for Combination Skin
Taking care of your combination skin is all about balance. You need to keep your dry areas moisturized and your oily areas relatively dry. Below are the rules you need to follow to restore your normal oil and water balance while keeping your skin radiant.
Cleansing: The most basic element of any skin-care routine. Helps you remove excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis. Also preps the skin for effectively penetrating any subsequent products you’ll be using. Make sure to be gentle on your skin when applying.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen is your friend and must be a part of your daily skincare routine, not just when you’re going to the beach. It is the best way to prevent and stop wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. Moreover, gives protection from skin cancer.
For oily skin prone to breakouts or sensitive skin, choose physical sunscreens with only titanium dioxide or/and zinc oxide as the active ingredients
Moisturize: Dry, oily or combination, skin always needs moisture. If you choose wisely, your moisturizer can help even your skin out. Look for formulas geared to your skin type and get creative with it by applying one type of moisturizer to your dry areas and another type to your oily areas. For very dry skin, look for non–comedogenic in lotion or cream form to avoid clogging your pores.
Tips and Tricks to keep in mind:
Change with the seasons – Combination skin has the tendency to change with the weather. It’s prone to dry patches during the winter and breakouts and shine during the summer. Keep an eye on any changes in your complexion and switch up your beauty regime accordingly.
I recommend the following products for people having Combination Skin:
1) Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Crème
A creamy and alcohol–free cleanser for those who have very dry or sensitive skin.
2) Janmarini C-ESTA Cleansing Gel
An oily epidermis can benefit from an acidic cleanser. It contains alpha hydroxyl acids that do a better job of breaking up sebum.
3) Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care — All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15
A physical sunscreen, which includes titanium dioxide as one the main active ingredients. Ideal for those with oily/sensitive skin.
4) Skin Medica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer
A clarifying moisturizer this is very effective in firming the skin and balancing oil secretions.
Hope this helps ladies, until next time then. Stay happy, stay healthy and keep glowing 😉