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What’s Combination Skin? For those who have some areas of your face normal or tight and dry, although other regions are more shiny and oily, you most likely have combination skin.Although this is a really common skin type, it’s also among the toughest to take care of. You’re literally dealing with two different skin types and will need to deal with them that way. Dry areas are normally the cheeks. The forehead, nose and chin (T-Zone) will be shiny and could also be prone to blackheads and pimples.

What Causes Combination Skin?

Many different factors promote combination skin-hormones, weather, products, and the over or under action of your skin’s oil glands. Sometimes it’s just genetics. When it comes to combination skin, the triggers and mixtures are different for everybody.

What Products Work for Combination Skin?

This is where it really gets tricky. It’s vital to use products that can work invisibly to deal with and protect the normal to dry regions and also the neighboring areas. Otherwise you may make things worse.

For instance, if your fatty areas are of concern and you turn to something that’s too harsh you’ll over stimulate the oil glands causing them to create more oils. You’ll also be drying out the dry areas even farther. On the other side, if your dry regions are what concern you the most and you flip into something that’s too emollient for your T-Zone, you might cause breakouts and your skin will feel oily. The dryness may be cause from a lack of moisture (water) from the skin rather than a lack of oils in any respect. There’s a difference between dry and dehydrated skin and it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.

It’s always best to seek the help of an experienced skincare therapist who will analyse your skin and suggest a suitable skin care regiment. Sometimes it will take some trial and error to get it just perfect. It might be necessary to modify your skincare routine and goods together with the changing season also. Your skin reacts differently to the changing seasons. During the chilly, dry winter you will take a different skincare regimen than you would use during the hot and humid summer months.

Some product lines provide combination skincare kits as a great starting point. If you’re dealing with two quite different skin ailments, you might actually need to use unique products to deal with different areas of your face. For example, you might need fluids, dyes, or oil-absorbing products to your T-zone and creams or lotions or the dryer parts of your face. You may also need certain products to identify treat problem areas like break outs or dry spots.

Basics on How to Look after Your Combination Skin

Start with a gentle cleanser

No matter your skin type or whether you wear makeup, cleansing is the first step to every skin care regime. Your skin continuously produces sebum (oils) and perspiration, it sheds dead skin cells and it is exposed to dust, dirt and contamination on a daily basis. Proper cleansing will remove all this accumulation and contribute to a healthy, luminous complexion.

Always wash with a gentle, water-soluble cleaner which will not strip your skin of its essential oils. If you’ve got more fatty areas, a gel-based or mild foaming cleanser will work best. If you’re experiencing more dryness, a light weight cleansing milk is best. Avoid bar soaps or bar cleansers.

Cleansers aren’t in your skin long enough for active ingredients to really penetrate so there’s absolutely not any need to spend a good deal of additional cash on cleansers which market a list of ingredients that are beneficial.

Use a toner

Using a toner helps make sure that all dirt, oils and oils leftover cleansing residue are removed from your face. It’s essential to find a formula that’s particularly designed for your skin type. My favorite directions for use would be to use the toner to a cotton pad and wipe the whole face and neck. The toner isn’t rinsed off.

Avoid toners containing alcohol and fragance that may irritate and strip the skin. Look for natural skincare lines that will offer the extra advantage of targeted herbal extracts to your skin type. Astringents or clarifiers are often intended for oilier skin types. Skin fresheners and misters are intended for dry skin. They are not as astringent and might contain soothing and moisturizing ingredients. Again, some lines will offer toners for combination skin types.

Toners also aid in product penetration. It’s ideal to apply your protective day cream or lotion while your face is still moist in the toner.


Facial skin is thinner and more fragile than the rest of the body. Facial moisturizers are designed to protect, balance, nourish and provide just the perfect amount of moisturizing to shield from daily pollution and elements. There are umpteen types of moisturizers on the market, but it basically breaks down to three types; products which seal moisture into the skin, products which smooth skin and products which attract moisture to the skin.

Let’s begin with oily skin. Oily skin not only looks shiny and oily, it is. It’s excess sebum (oil production). Oily skin requires hydration and protection. If sebum is the issue, we are inclined to want to eliminate it, right? Wrong. Your skin requires some sebum for security and it will, as a defense reaction, make more sebum if you strip it off. Many products for oily skin are extremely harsh and can dehydrate and even damage your skin. Look for light weight products that provide moisture (water based hydration) protection in the kind of humectants. In humid climates, humectants also bring moisture from the atmosphere.

If you have place of dry skin in your face, consider including a serum under your everyday moisturizer or treat those particular areas with a more emollient cream at night. Many moisturizers rely on a blend of humectants, occlusives and emollients to pull and seal in moisture in addition to improve skin texture, while also fixing and hydrating. Remember to consult a skin care specialist to find the products and routine that will work best for you

Some lines will provide lashes for combination skin types and it might take some trial and error in the beginning. Make sure you consult a skin care specialist to obtain the goods and regular that will work best for you and don’t forget that you might alter product types to match the changing seasons.

Protect from sunlight damage

The sun’s harmful rays continue to permeate throughout the year, making sunscreen a daily essential no matter what your skin type. Using a broad spectrum SPF 15 or greater (30 or higher rather ) year round is vital to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging skin! Look for non-oily preparations or tinted moisturizer containing SPF. If you’ve got sensitive skin and irritated skin, then select sunscreens with ingredients such as flower and fruit extracts (chamomile, calendula, and cucumber) to give soothing and healing properties that neutralize skin irritants and regulate moisture.

Exfoliate to remove built-up skin cells

Exfoliating once or twice per week with a product right for your skin type efficiently sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal the newer, smoother skin, lightens dark spots, enables your other beauty products penetrate more efficiently, and helps maintain moisture. Some exfoliating products are gentle enough to use everyday. Make sure you consult a skin care specialist to obtain the goods and regular that will work best for you.

For combination skin, consider using an exfoliating product that combines physical beads (to remove dead skin cells) and digestive enzymes such as papain, derived from papaya, that digest and breakdown dead skin cells. This allows for thorough exfoliation with less friction, thus a profound and gentle exfoliation.

Spot-treat Different skin types in your face

If you’re having the occasional break out, spot treat with a product containing benzoyl peroxide. Another choice is trying natural skincare products which have blemish serums that minimize skin imperfections using a blend of essential oils that purify and clarify the complexion.

If you’ve got tight or dry spots, apply a hydrating primer/serum into the dry areas at night or under your make up.

Your eye area is the driest portion of your face, so make certain that you don’t forget to apply an eye special gel or lotion into that region.

A couple of times weekly, incorporate a deep cleansing treatment mask to help draw impurities and excess oil from the skin’s surface boosting cell rejuvenation. Look for products targeted to prevent clogged pores while soothing and healing irritated skin.

Invigorate stressed, tired complexions with an intense hydrating mask designed to deeply cleanse and replenish lost moisture leaving the skin feeling refreshed and firm.

Choose quality products

Look for high-performance formulas that provide antioxidants for increased long-term skin wellness and bioactive raw ingredients that help to balance the skin, restore moisture content, and help with cellular regeneration,

Avoid the ones which use common ingredients like mineral oil, lanolin, artificial colors and fragrances or other cheap fillers. Other ingredients to prevent include parabens, petroleum, sulfates or detergents, synthetic preservatives, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).