Do you feel that your complexion is a combination of everything that may revolve around the skin? Sometimes it is oily, but it also has dry patches. It can be irritated, sometimes it is acne-prone or the broken capillaries appear. To make matters worse, wrinkles appear in the corners of the eyes. What to do if you have combination skin? How to take care of it properly?
The easiest way to answer the needs of a particular skin type is to specify the problem you must deal with. If the skin is dry, just provide it with the necessary hydration. The care of combination skin is much more complicated because its condition varies depending on the day and place. Often times, it is both dry and oily at the same time, and it can cause additional problems.
Combination skin, what exactly does it mean?
It is a mixture of the two most popular skin types: dry and oily. It would seem that if it is not quite dry, but it is also not very oily either, it is … normal and healthy. Nothing more wrong! Combination skin has both of these problems at the same time. Oiliness in the T zone (forehead, nose, chin) and it is dehydrated in other parts (cheeks, temples, jaws).
If you’re wondering how to identify a combination complexion, it’s pretty simple. It is thicker and more shining in zone T because more sebum is released in these parts. However, the cheeks are dull, dry and can be flaky. The most characteristic problems of combination skin include blackheads and irritations. Due to having various problems on one face, combination skin is usually also sensitive, for example, when changing skin care products.
Where does combination skin come from?
There may be many causes of simultaneous oily and dry skin in different parts of the face. It is difficult to clearly identify what affects such a state in a particular case. Such disturbances in the level of skin hydration and sebaceous gland-work disorder may result from seasonal changes, hormonal fluctuations or diseases. It might as well be inherited.
However, combination skin is most often a problem that affects women over 20 years of age who:
- had oily skin in their adolescent years,
- use improper skincare products.
Combination skin care
How to take care of a combination complexion when it is a mix of two conflicting problems?
In the beginning, it may seem difficult, because the use of highly cleansing washing gels can simultaneously deepen the problem of dry skin. On the other hand, the use of several cosmetics, for example, one cream only for the nose and forehead, a second one dedicated to the cheeks, and another under the eyes might not be a good idea. It would take way too much valuable time to apply the face cream. Is there another solution?
It is worth remembering that both types of skin (dry and oily) need constant moisturizing. Therefore, the number of problems is minimized, because combination skin requires highly moisturizing cosmetics that can and should be used on a daily basis. Humectants will be useful for every cell of our skin. However, you cannot forget that a good cream for combination skin should be light and relatively oil-free.
Retinol (vitamin A) is also an ingredient that the skin will benefit from. It lightens the skin, eliminates discolorationa, narrows pores, has antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Therefore, for combination skin, it is worth choosing creams which contain complexes of useful vitamins.
Gentle, yet thorough cleansing is the fundamental step in the care of combination skin. The idea is to remove excess sebum and impurities from the T zone, but do not irritate the skin in areas where it is dry. for this purpose, it is worth using hypoallergenic gels, foams or washing toners. To obtain the best results, it is advisable that you wash the complexion with water with a small amount of diluted cleansing product.
Scrubs are also an important element of the skin care routine. Beauty ritual without a good scrub would not be complete, but there are also some limitations. This type of complexion will not get better with mechanical exfoliating scrubs because they can cause irritations. It’s better to reach for enzyme peels, but if it must be mechanical, go for more of a fine-grained one.
Mistakes in the care of combination skin
It is worth remembering that certain beauty treatments or cosmetics are not always recommended because they can aggravate the problem. Combination skin may react improperly to certain cosmetics, to the use of mismatched products or beauty treatments.
Combination skin does NOT like when:
- we use highly cleansing gels and soaps,
- we use sponges, brushes and washers,
- we use cosmetics only for oily or dry skin,
- we degrease the T zone (the effect is reversed),
- we wash our face with water and soap,
- we use toners containing alcohol.