Everyone’s dream is to have healthy, glowing skin. To achieve this, you need to know your specific skin type and go for products which are specifically designed for you. Using the wrong treatment on your skin could cause serious reactions that may be counterproductive for your desired effect. Most of the products you’ll find at beauty stores will have either been designed for oily or dry skin and this will clearly be shown on their labels. But what happens when you realize that your skin doesn’t solely fall under any of the prescribed categories? Do you risk the wrong treatment or do you let your combination skin stay unchecked? Well, we have the solution for you for combination skin. Read along to discover the best routine that you could use for your combination skin care.
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What is Combination Skin?
A simple combination skin meaning is that your skin shows properties of both oily and dry skin types. For example, after washing your face, you may notice that there are spots on your face that dry up quickly, and yet other regions like your nose and forehead remain shiny. That shows that your T-zone area (forehead, nose and chin) have oily skin type while the regions on your cheeks have dry skin.
Other signs that you have combination skin include:
- Large and visible pores on areas around your nose.
- Feeling uncomfortable on the T-zone after using moisturizers recommended for dry skin. This is because the excess oil introduced becomes too much for the oily skin parts.
- On the flip side, when you try using products designed for oily skin, your T-zone is comfortable while your cheeks dry up fast and feel stiff.
- Dandruff infections. This condition is common for people with combination skin type.
- Suffering dry patches and facial breakouts at the same time.
What is best for combination skin?
The key to maintaining a healthy skin of any type is consistency in daily skin care practices. You need to find the best skin care routine products for combination skin and stick to them for perfect results. This refers to products that will maintain the dry skin areas on your face without adding too much oil and causing discomfort on your oily skin parts.
Which is best – Organic products or commercial products?
There are both organic and commercial products that you can use in maintaining your sensitive skin, and it all depends on your preference. However, organic products are always the better way to take as you will spend less, and you will also minimize the risk of introducing harmful substances on your skin. Organic products are in their purest form as nothing has been added to them in the form of preservatives or fragrances. When it comes to proper skin care, we always insist that the fewer the ingredients, the better for your skin’s well-being.
Natural remedies for Combination Skin
The following are some of the best face packs for combination skin that I’d recommend for you. They provide the required hydration for your sensitive skin while at the same time maintaining your oily skin by keeping excess oil at bay.
Honey + Lemon Juice
A mixture of these two readily available home ingredients is an ideal choice for people with a combination skin type. While honey acts as a moisturizer, lemon has essential properties that make it a lightening agent. This remedy is bound to leave your face feeling relaxed, with the dry parts remaining hydrated while not introducing excess oils onto your oily skin parts.
Simply mix the two ingredients into a fine paste and apply it on your skin, leaving it on for about 15 minutes. Thereafter, rinse yourself with some warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Milk powder + Curd + Cucumber juice
This is an effective home remedy, most importantly during winter season as it cools the skin without leaving it too dry or too oily. This also makes it ideal for individuals with combination skin.
Mix the milk powder, curd and lemon juice and apply it onto your face, leaving it to dry for a few minutes. Then rinse it off with cold water and you’ll be sure to enjoy the nourishing effect. This solution will tighten your skin and produce a glowing effect.
Curd + Rose Water + Honey
This is another hydrating face pack that you should certainly consider if you have combination skin type. The curd and rose water work by soothing your skin, while the honey helps in keeping the skin hydrated. You should begin by mixing the curd and honey into a nice paste that you’ll be comfortable applying on your skin. Then add a few drops of rose flower and apply it on your face. You can then wash it off after a few minutes after your skin absorbs the skin nourishing properties.
Papaya/banana mash + lemon juice
Papaya or banana mash is a good introduction to your skin if you tend to have some areas of dry skin. Lemon on the other hand works towards lightening your complexion as well as regulating the amount of oil which is good for combination skin type.
Begin by mashing a few pieces of the fruit and squeeze half a lemon on the mixture. Apply this on your face and let it dry for a few minutes. You can then rinse your face with some plain water after the procedure.
Banana mash + Egg White
This easy to make natural pack will work wonders on your skin. While the egg white will tighten your skin, the banana mash will work as a moisturizer for your skin.
Mash the banana and add the egg white, then mix till you get a balanced mixture. Apply the mixture, with the main areas of interest being the cheeks were you have dry skin. You can also add a thin paste to the rest of your face with oily skin. Let the mixture remain on the skin for about 10 minutes, after which you can rinse it off.
Combination Products for Combination Skin
Finding the right product for combination skin may be tricky, but not impossible. There are many people who experience combination skin. As a result there are number of beauty products that have been specially designed to take care of such skin. Basically, you are looking for a beauty product that will take care of the oily parts of your skin without causing dehydration on the dry areas.
When choosing products to use on combination skin, you should be on the lookout for the following ingredients:
- Salicylic acid
- Lactic acid
- Witch hazel
Often, you’ll find that people with combination skin are prone to acne breakouts. Salicylic acid has the ability to penetrate the skin and dissolve the impurities clogging the pores thus reducing breakouts, reason why it is a common ingredient in many beauty products.
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA). It has perfect exfoliating properties that enable it to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of new ones, which can help reduce oiliness. In addition to this, it also acts as a moisturizer which helps address the dry areas on your face.
This ingredient has become increasingly popular in recent years, due to its ability to tighten the pores and remove excess oils from the skin. Witch hazel, when used in moderation also helps to soothe inflamed and dry skin. The fact that the plant extract is able to reduce excess oils and relieving dry skin makes it an ideal option for people with combination skin.
How do you clean combination skin?
After you have determined that you have combination skin type, you should get a skin care routine that will keep all your facial regions at their optimum in terms of texture, radiance and clarity. The best combination skin cleanser should be water-soluble. Therefore foaming cleansers work best. I do not recommend the use of bar soap in cleaning your combination skin as a result it can clog the pores and cause dryness.
You should also avoid the use of harsh cleansers. Ingredients such as sulphate or alcohol will strip essential oils from your skin, which results in breakouts.
How to take care while washing your face?
When washing your face, certainly use lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply the cleanser. Wash cloths are not a good option especially on the face as they may irritate the skin. After washing, use a dry towel to tap yourself dry. It is important to note that towels accumulate a lot of dirt, both from your skin and the atmosphere, and it is always advisable to wash the towel after use to keep it clean for next time.
If you have anti-acne medication prescribed by a doctor, you should use them immediately after washing the face to care your skin.
Use of Toners
You may also want to use a toner after cleansing in order to minimize the appearance of large pores on the T-zone. Above all when choosing a toner, avoid products with irritants for example – alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, fragrance, and citrus extracts as they irritate the skin. Once again, always remember that ‘minimum ingredients’ is the way to go.
Regardless of your skin type, skin health and nourishment is always a priority. While you may have been in a fix concerning the best product for your sensitive skin with both oily and dry skin properties, this article hopes to provide you with an understanding of the ideals of combination skin and recommend the best practices that will work well with you. Therefore, by following our combination skin care routine, you’ll be sure to achieve the best skin health and walk with a radiant and glowing skin that is bound to boost your confidence in all that you do.