Adopt These Simple Skincare Rules for Combination Skin
Taking care of combination skin requires double attention. While the centre of your face - or your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) - is oily, your cheeks remain dry. That said, choosing the right cosmetic products for combination skin will restore its harmony without causing dryness or irritation.
How Can You Tell You Have Combination Skin?
Do you often get spots and shiny complexion with clogged pores in the centre of your face while your cheeks, temples and eye area are dry or even tight? Then you have combination skin.
Rules for Combination Skin:
- Gentle Cleansing
Choose products that mattify your T-zone without drying out your cheeks and eye area. The Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean cleansing foam 2-in-1 has a creamy formula and you can even use it as a 3-minute cleansing mask. The Avène Skin Care cleansing foam for combination skin easily removes any makeup and impurities, while mattifying and soothing your complexion, which is especially great if your combination skin tends to be quite sensitive. And don’t forget about toner – for instance, the Biotherm Biosource moisturising toner which refreshes, evens out skin tone and tightens pores. Cleanse your skin every morning and night and always pay special attention to the centre of your face.
Your exfoliator should remove all dead skin cells and flakes while absorbing impurities, which is why you should use it once a week. If you’re dealing with infected spots, avoid exfoliating your skin until they heal to prevent making the situation worse.
- Sensitive Approach
Make sure not to dry out your combination skin too much because you might disturb its natural pH and your skin might overcompensate with even more oiliness. Keep it soft and hydrated with light, balanced skin care that maintains the harmony of your complexion.
- Choosing the Right Face Cream for Combination Skin
Even younger people need hydration. The Biotherm Aquasource moisturiser for combination skin is formulated to offer long-term hydration without overburdening your complexion. More mature skin will benefit from anti-ageing skin care, such as the Collistar Special Combination And Oily Skins Sebum-Balancing Anti-Age Treatment rejuvenating cream which is designed for combination to oily skin while preventing signs of ageing.
Combination skin loves masks – but you’ll have to get at least two different ones.
The first one should be a cleansing mask for your T-zone, while the second one will be a hydrating and nourishing mask for your cheeks. Apply the Lancôme Pure Empreinte Masque on the centre of your face – it absorbs oil, tightens pores and leaves your skin fresh and bright. Then nourish your cheeks with the Glaglow ThirstyMud moisturising mask.
- Quality Foundation for Combination Skin
You need to mattify your skin, cover your pores and maintain hydration. The Clinique SuperbalancedTM is a wonderful foundation whose balanced formula absorbs excess oil while moisturising your skin perfectly throughout the day. You can also try the mattifying Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation which reduces shine and ensures a perfectly matte finish. Its compact packaging fits into any handbag, which means you can use it to retouch your makeup at any point during the day. Don’t forget to use the powder only when you need it and stick to the oily T-zone.
Combination skin is a little bit like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but all you need to do is learn how to deal with it and use the right skin care. It tends to be less sensitive than dry skin and less acne-prone than oily skin, plus having an oilier T-zone slows down the signs of ageing.