WHERE WILL I NOTICE COMBINATION SKIN?
The skin will naturally produce varying levels of oil in different sections. However, using products with drying ingredients like alcohol and sulfates can stimulate the skin to produce more sebum in the T-zone area, creating symptoms of combination skin.
Lifestyle Changes to Manage Combination Skin
Simple lifestyle changes can help balance your skin. These include:
MOISTURIZING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Moisturizing this skin type without clogging pores is quite a challenge. Ingesting essential fatty acids helps to moisturize the skin from within. Consider adding salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts to your diet. Fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements are beneficial as well.
AVOIDING HARSH CLEANSERS
Ingredients like sulfates and alcohol in facial cleansers can strip your skin of its natural oils. This is counterproductive since it encourages your skin to produce more oil.
Exercise boosts blood circulation, thus distributing vital nutrients throughout the skin.
LAY OFF THE STRESS
Stress isn't good for health in general. As far as skin is concerned, stress can make it more reactive, both the dry and oily areas. Find a release mechanism that works for you: meditation, tai chi, journaling, yoga, music, etc.
AVOID PORE-CLOGGING PRODUCTS
The best thing would be to choose skincare and makeup products formulated for oily or combination skin. Avoid petroleum-based moisturizers like mineral oil.
The dry areas of your skin are likely more prone to irritation. Artificial fragrances and other irritants should be avoided.
Hats and shade are not enough to protect you from UV rays. You need a safe sunscreen to keep your face looking youthful.