If you have combination skin, you need not fret over it! It is possible to treat both needs at the same time, let’s see what happens if you find the right routine for your skin.
If you happen to have mixed skin needs, you might know that it might sometimes get difficult to treat. But you can nevertheless find a routine that can combat dry patches and oily skin as well.
It is very difficult to actively change our skin type; it is genetically determined. Aging and hormonal changes can lead to changes in your skin –when you get older your skin becomes drier and contraceptives can change the hormones and cause your skin to change, for example.
When we talk about combination skin, we usually refer to oiliness in the T-zone and dryness on the cheeks, but it may vary.
How to identify your type of skin
Oily skin is typically characterized by:
- Shiny skin If your skin is shiny it means that there is a high concentration of oil glands.
- Larger-looking pores
Dryness is characterized by
- A tight feeling
- Some people might also develop skin sensitivity, which might lead to a burning reaction when you try to apply skincare products.
The general rules
Treat each area separately
- Treat each area in accordance with its needs and to reduce excessive oiliness, you can apply products that mattify skin –but please do not apply to dry areas as you might actually cause irritation–, instead, dab the product onto the needed areas. Be sure to reserve emollients for dry areas.
- Stay away from products that might contain irritants such as fragrances or alcohol.
- Choose products that will not clog your pores.
- Drink plenty of water as it will keep your skin hydrated.
Ingredients you should choose
- Hyaluronic acid: It is great to hydrate skin without adding oil to your skin.
- Salicylic acid: It regulates oil production and it is great to unclog pores.
- Lactic acid: It is a mild exfoliant that removes dead skin cells from the dry areas as well as cleanses your pores.
- Emollients: From shea butter to coconut oil, they soften dry skin.
- Antioxidants: They protect the skin from external damage and maintain the skin’s health in general.
Skincare routine for combination skin
Cleanser. Remove grime and sweat that builds up overnight.
Toner. This will remove any oil your cleanser missed and balance your skin’s pH levels. Skip alcohol-based toners.
Serum or treatment. These focus on hydrating and protecting your skin in the morning. Moisturizer. Choose two different moisturizers to hydrate and nourish various parts of your face.
Sunscreen. This helps mattify skin and protects against sun damage.
Makeup remover (if needed).
Cleanser. A good nighttime cleanser, will remove any remnants of makeup as well as the day’s dirt and grime, helping combat congestion and soothe dry skin.
Serum, treatment, or moisturizer.
The bottom line is that you have to be patient, finding your skincare routine might take some time, but it is worth trying!