Out of all the skin types we have, combination skin is the most complicated. Why? Because this skin type is neither dry nor oily, in fact, it’s both. Even so, women with combination skin can’t use two different skincare routines. So they need to find the middle-ground but it’s not as easy as it sounds because there’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution.
Typically combination skin has a mix of oily areas where you’ll see a lot of shine and clogged pores (usually the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)) and dry patches (cheeks and jaw, and hairline) where you’ll experience flaking and redness.
Start every skin care regimen with cleansing. Using a cleanser is like turning your face into a blank canvas, ready to take on the world. During the night, your face has had a chance to create impurities and produce excess oil. A morning routine that starts with a gentle cleanser is so important, so that you can remove those impurities and prepare your face for the next step in your skin care routine.
In the evening, you can double cleanse by using an oil cleanser first, to remove grime and pollutants that have collected on your skin through the day, as well as remove makeup and any residual sunscreen.
Then follow up with your regular facial cleanser. A foaming cleanser is a good choice, as are gel cleansers. Cream cleansers or a cleansing lotion works exceptionally well for combination skin type. Consider trying one that’s water-soluble for optimal results.
A common misconception about combination skin is that a moisturiser will worsen the oiliness in your T-zone, but this is not true and advises that all good skincare regimens should include a moisturiser.
During the day you may want to use a thin water-based moisturiser or gel form, something that will last the day and not too greasy or thick to clog the pores. At night you can get away with something that is thicker and more luxurious, which will feel greasier on the skin but will provide the hydration you need overnight.
Don’t go overboard on exfoliating. A gentle exfoliator is great for unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells, but if you use one that’s too harsh you will negate any positive effects and possibly trigger additional inflammation.
A regular exfoliation practice also helps increase cell turnover, helping to smooth your skin and even out your skin tone. It’s best to exfoliate in the morning, and stick to just 1-3 times a week.
You can also try a leave-on exfoliant with BHA as a gentler alternative to scrubs or brushes to reduce oil, unclog pores, and smooth skin that’s dry and flaky. Try looking for one that is a gel or water-based formula.
Don’t Forget the SPF
Protecting yourself from sun damage helps to slow down signs of ageing. Think of it as a preventative measure. While you can’t stop ageing, you can age gracefully. To protect combination skin, look for formulas that are lightweight and have a matte finish. A tinted moisturizer with SPF of at least SPF 30 or higher is perfect if you want a golden glow while still protecting your face.
Remember that finding your perfect combination skincare routine might require some experimentation at first. You may have to mix and match different products to come up with the perfect concoction to manage your combination skin effectively. However, the most important thing is to establish a regular beauty routine and stick to it. You can adjust your formulas based on your skin’s current needs as you go.