Are you in need of some skin care tips for combination skin? Having combination skin can be frustrating and just plain confusing when it comes to caring for it and buying the right products, but it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m here to help with 8 super helpful skin care tips for combination skin that’ll help make your skin care routine much simpler and efficient!
1. Balance is Key
When it comes to skin care tips for combination skin, striking a good balance between oily and dry is key. This means you want to avoid over-cleansing the T-zone and chin while protecting the dry areas without overdoing the moisturizer. Use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face and look for an emollient facial moisturizer to soothe dry areas.
2. Don’t Be Cruel
A fundamental feature of combination skin is having oily areas. And while it might seem like it needs an abrasive scrub to thoroughly cleanse the areas, don’t be cruel! Avoid using harsh scrubs or scrubbing the areas vigorously, this will only irritate your skin and can cause even more oil production. Feel free to exfoliate your skin but don’t punish your skin!
3. Mix and Match
Having combination skin also means that you might have to use different formulas and products for different parts of your face. For example, you might use a thicker cream on your cheeks than you would on the remainder of your face where you only need a light moisturizer. It’s not mandatory to invest in different products but it is an option if you don’t find any combo skin care products that work well for you!
4. Tone It up
Toners and astringents are great additions to your skin care regimen and can help clarify and balance pH levels in the skin. A skin care tip by Dr. Howard Murad is to use astringent to cleanse and tighten up pores on oily areas of combination skin. If your cheeks are too dry for astringent, use an alcohol-free toner that’s water or glycerin based to freshen up those areas and lock in moisture.
5. Know Your Acids
Acids sound so harsh and wrong for your skin but AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) are both very beneficial for combo skin. AHAs can help reveal healthy, new skin underneath dead skin cells and BHAs exfoliate skin but also help to unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria, both of which are essential for gals with blackheads and large pores!
6. Protect Your Skin
You’re probably going to hear this next skin care tip forever, so make sure you apply sunscreen daily so it’s one less thing on your skin care to-do list. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, which WebMD has identified as the leading cause of premature aging, and keep your skin looking youthful, and supple! Look for light sunscreens that are made for combination skin to keep skin clear!
7. Cover up
Cover up with a face mask, that is. Using a weekly mask can help balance out skin or clarify the oily parts and quench thirsty skin. You might end up wanting to use two different masks on your face, depending on the condition of your skin. Don’t have time for two masks? No prob, just go for a Dead Sea mud mask that’s said to nourish skin and draw out impurities without aggravating combination skin.
8. Free Your Skin
Care for combination skin by using skin care products free of fragrances, oils, alcohol and irritants that can further aggravate finicky combination skin. Choose natural products when possible to keep skin healthy and clear of harsh chemicals. Why not try your hand at making some DIY skin care products, they’re fun to make and are totally natural!
Combination skin can be quite vexing since we’re dealing with the two contrasting skin types, but we’re up for the challenge! No matter how oily or dry our skin is, we can achieve beautiful, healthy skin with a good skin care regimen and healthy lifestyle. Even if you feel like you were dealt a bad hand in skin types, know that there are challenges to all skin types and there are lots of ways to deal with them! Do you have any combination skin care tips you’d like to share?