Maintaining a combination skin can be tricky. As the name suggests, combination skin consists of two skin types: normal or dry skin and oily skin.
Combination skin requires special skin care, without which the skin may be prone to acne and blemishes and too much dryness in certain areas.
Generally, if you have combination skin, the areas near the T-zone which includes the forehead and nose are more oily than the other areas on the face. The T-zone area produces too much oil and also attracts impurities. The cheeks, on the other hand, may be dry.
Therefore, if you have combination skin, protect it by following the right skin care routine. Start with these basic steps to make your skin look healthy.
1. Shop And Use The Right Cleanser
Cleansers are important for your skin to get rid of excess oil and impurities that may have accumulated on the oily areas of your skin. So, the next time you spend your time wondering what you need for your combination skin, shop for the right cleanser.
Make sure that the cleanser you purchase has “pH balanced” written on its packaging. This means that the product will have a pH range between 4 and 5.5.1
The natural pH of your skin is, on an average, below 5. This means that your face is fairly acidic. This keeps the good bacteria on the skin.2
So, use a pH balanced foaming cleanser to remove dirt or even makeup from your skin. All you have to do is rinse your face, lather some cleanser on your face and neck with your fingers, let it remain on your skin for about 2 minutes, and then rinse with cold water.
Exfoliate Your Skin Well
Exfoliation is important for combination skin types as well. Exfoliants are important to remove the dead cells on the skin.
There are two kinds of exfoliation: mechanical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Mechanical exfoliants contain abrasives like microbeads, ground seeds, sugar, and salt. Chemical exfoliants contain a low concentration of mild acids.
For combination skin and other skin types, it is advised to use chemical exfoliants. These go deeper into the skin, unclog pores, and reduce oil production.
3. Apply A Soothing Toner
The next step to taking care of combination skin is to apply a chemical-free, soothing toner. A toner is pH balanced and brings the skin back to its normal pH.
Toners can be applied on combination skin as a spray mist. About one or two sprays on your face and neck will do the job.
4. Allow Your Skin To Dry Naturally
After cleansing and applying toner, it is important to give your skin time to absorb the products so that your skin gets the maximum benefit.
Therefore, allow your skin to dry naturally giving it enough time to let the products do their job and hydrate the areas of the skin that tend to dry soon at the same time controlling the oil or sebum production that causes your oily skin.
5. Moisturize And Protect Your Skin
You may think that since you have combination skin, you can easily skip this step. However, moisturizing is as important for this skin type as it is for any other skin types.
Moisturizers replace the water lost from your skin and also help seal the moisture back into your skin. A moisturizer with sunscreen protection is a good option for your skin. That way you are moisturizing and protecting it.
For a combination skin, you may need two kinds of moisturizers, too. A gel or sheer sunscreen for the oily areas and a richer moisturizer for the dry areas.
So, now you know combination skin is not all that complicated like they make it sound. Just follow a good skin care routine, eat healthy, and drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
|↑1||M.D. Graf, Jeannette, Bowman Alisa. Stop Aging, Start Living: The Revolutionary 2-Week pH Diet That Erases Wrinkles, Beautifies Skin, and Makes You Feel Fantastic. Crown Archetype; 1 edition. 2007.|
|↑2||Lambers, H., S. Piessens, A. Bloem, H. Pronk, and P. Finkel. “Natural skin surface pH is on average below 5, which is beneficial for its resident flora.” International journal of cosmetic science 28, no. 5 (2006): 359-370.|
|↑3||Alpert, Arlene, Margrit Altenburg, and Diane Bailey. Milady’s standard cosmetology. Cengage Learning, 2002.|