Does it ever feel like your skin has a split-personality? Its dry like the Sahara in some areas, and oily like the Gulf in others! If youre nodding vehemently, then its safe to assume you have combination skin. And since you fall in between the skin-type Venn diagram, fixing it can be slightly tricky- especially when it comes to those godforsaken oily patches around your T-Zone.
As any Zen guru will explain, the key to treating your skin is balance. You need to hydrate those dry patches and soothe the oily ones. Although the dry patches may take up most of your attention, it is vital you also treat the oily parts with the same TLC to avoid acne breakouts and clogged pores.
Heres how you can fix those pesky oily patches on your skin, without parching the already dry ones.
Combination Skin Care Routine We Swear By
1. Cleanse Gently
This one tops the combination skin care list! Your cleanser should do two things- remove the dirt and grime on your face, and not strip it of its natural oils (i.e., sebum). Because you have combination skin, the second part is crucial as, contrary to popular belief, a harsh cleanser will not just remove accumulated dirt and oil but will signal your skin to produce more! And this, in turn, will make your T-Zone oily and acne-prone. Add this Cetaphil Cleanser to your daily regime. It is sulfate and soap free, which will not irritate your skin and maintain the oil balance on your face. Use it twice a day to avoid oil build-up and clogged pores.
2. Choose Your Toner Carefully
Toning your face is like tuning a guitar. You want all the strings to produce a specific sound. Likewise, correctly toning your skin will balance out the hydration levels on your face. A toner like Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin Ex toner is perfect for your skin type. It has cooling and soothing properties for those oily patches and at the same time is hydrating and cleansing. It restores the pH balance of your face and visibly minimizes pores. Boasting easy absorption and a non-sticky formula, this ones going to be a mainstay in your vanity.
3. Exfoliate And Liberate
Oily patches on your skin are often caused by large, oil secreting pores. Those patches are limited to your T-Zone, around your nose, your chin and forehead. Since you don’t want to dry out your skin, but still maintain the sebum content on the rest of your face, invest in an exfoliating product that contains all the good-good that salicylic and glycolic acids have to offer. The best thing you can do for your skin is to add the Avene Cleanance Mask to your skincare arsenal. This multi-tasker is an exfoliating mask that you must use at least once a week. Oh, you thought that was it? It gets better! It has AHAs and BHAs that help gently eliminate imperfection on your skin. Do not skip this step of your combination skin care routine.
4. Moisturization Station
It goes without saying that moisturizing is easily one of the most important steps of your skin care regimen. There's no circumventing it. The key to great skin is in having a good moisturizer. Seeing as you have dry and oily patches alike, you need a mattifying facial gel with oil-free hydrating agents like glycerine or hyaluronic acid. All these properties manifest gloriously in The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. It has the goodness of Seaweed, a super-hydrator filled with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Feed Yo Self
A girl has got to eat! You must feed your skin from the inside out. The challenge lies in feeding your skin just enough of good fat to avoid acne-breakouts and overtly clogged pores. And you know what that means- ACNE! To have supple, soft skin that's nourished from the inside, eat foods rich in essential fatty acids like salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Also, don't discount the benefits of working out. Hit the gym at least 3-4 times a week and sweat out that grime. Getting your heart rate up will help it pump those essential nutrients to your face.
6. Bonus: Do The Dab
The weather plays a great role in determining the sebum content on your face. If it's humid outside, you must be prepared for the sebum deluge that’s about to take over your face. Keep Dromen & Co Green Tea Blotting Paper handy to control that T-Zone terror when you’re on the go. Enriched with Green Tea goodness, make this a handbag staple for all your oily woes. Think of your face as a greasy pizza and the blotting paper the tissue we’ve all invariably used in our lives to soak up the excess oil and butter oozing out of it. See what we mean? Whenever your oily patches act up, simply dab them with the blotting paper and watch it mop up the sebum, leaving you almost mattified.