Late afternoon: your forehead, nose and chin look embarrassingly shiny and your pores are about the size of craters of the moon. No matter how much powder you apply, the shine just reappears with a vengeance. What’s even more intriguing is that the rest of your face looks perfectly fine: no shine, no enlarged pores, just smooth, balanced skin. Or maybe there’s some dryness on the sides of your cheeks? Either way, you are experiencing a bad case of COMBINATION SKIN.
You know you have combination skin when your T-zone is oily most of the times while the rest of your face stays normal or dry. The imaginary ”T “of the T-zone is formed by your forehead, nose with the surrounding area, plus your chin. This skin type in particular is always a challenge in skincare – products for oily skin will work on your T-zone but present the risk of over-drying the rest of your face, while hydrating products for dry skin will cause even more trouble on the oily parts while balancing the rest.
This is where products specifically formulated for combination skin are needed. Products for combination skin reduce oil production without stripping skin of its moisture while balancing and hydrating the rest of the face.
To balance your oily and dry areas effectively, give your skin some extra TLC.
Here are a few tips for combination skin:
– Exfoliation will remove the layer of dead skin cells that can lead to acne breakouts because of too much oil. If your sides are dry, then your skin’s cell turnover is slowed down and exfoliation will help improve this condition. Fruit enzymes, AHAs and BHAs are all effective exfoliators for combination skin.
– Probably not what you wished, especially for your T-Zone! But maintaining optimal hydration will help your skin produce less oil and balance out the entire face. Special moisturizers for combination skin are water-based, oil-free, and include antioxidants and plant extracts that combat oil production. Such plants can be Queen of the Meadow, Myrtle, Witch Hazel, Cinnamon, Argania, etc.
Shrink the pores
– Often your pores in the T-zone appear enlarged. To minimize them and give your skin a smooth, even look, it helps to have some occasional steam bath for your face. Always use a gentle cleanser formulated for combination skin and use a toner that will help shrink those pores in an instant. Toners are designed to help balance your skin’s pH after cleansing and they are formulated with gentle astringents and botanicals that calm the skin.
Wash your face regularly
– It doesn’t get easier that using a special cleanser for combination skin. Morning and evening, wash your face to remove dirt and impurities and balance skin effectively. Cleansers for combination skin are gentle and don’t dry out your skin. Never go to bed with makeup on – it can cause more irritation and lead to imbalance.
– Maintaining optimal internal hydration is essential for beautiful, balanced skin. It’s not just about the water intake, but also about other healthy fluids that count as “water”: natural juices, soups, herbal tea and milk.