If you have combination skin, then you're familiar with the term T-zone. Your skin has a unique blend- large pores on the forehead, nose, and chin (oily section), and dry cheeks and under-eye area.
Managing both parts of your skin can definitely be a headache! We have some tips that will make that headache a past worry for you.
Apart from what we've already mentioned (oily-dry blend), this skin type has other characteristics. You may notice the simultaneous occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles along with shininess and clogged pores. In some cases, the nose has an uneven skin tone or large pores.
WHAT CAUSES COMBINATION SKIN?
Genetics! --Just like every other skin type.
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.
How do you test whether you have combination skin? Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry, then wait for about 10-15 minutes. Leave the skin bare. After this time, your cheeks, temples, and other areas will likely feel dry and tight. Your forehead, nose, and chin will look shiny or have clogged pores.
If you have a hard time finding skincare products that work, you probably have combination skin. Some give you breakouts, while others leave you too dry and dull. Also, your cheeks and neck are likely to be more sensitive to cleansers.
Simple lifestyle changes can help balance your skin. These include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your main focus needs to be balancing what your skin needs in the oily areas with what it requires in the dry ones.
Most combination skin people have one type that is more dominant. If you mainly experience clogged pores, oily skin is your biggest concern. If it's only the nose that is clogged, but the rest of your skin is dry, then dryness is the primary concern. You need to consider this as you craft your daily skincare regimen.
Chemical-based cleansers will cause more problems for your skin. They dry out the dry regions and increase oiliness in your oily areas. Try our Rosewater Wellspring Cleanser. It gently removes oils, dirt, and other impurities while balancing skin oils.
Ordinary toners in beauty supply stores contain harsh ingredients like alcohol, fragrance, and menthol. When shopping for a toner, choose one that has natural ingredients which restore pH while nourishing your skin.
According to some skincare experts, you should use lightweight moisturizers on your T-zone and heavier moisturizers on your cheek area.
Adding these steps every week will ensure more glowing, hydrated skin:
Just as with moisturizing, use two methods to exfoliate your face. The cheeks only need gentle rubbing motions while the T-zone benefits from firmer scrubs.
Choose a mask that naturally purifies your pores without drying.
Use gentle alpha-hydroxy acids, the same as those recommended for dry skin. We recommend naturally-derived ones like sugar cane (glycolic), fruits (malic), and milk (lactic).
Environmental stressors cause a lot of damage to our skin and speed up the aging process. Anti-aging products that contain natural ingredients work best in nourishing your skin.
Try a light application of our Neroli Radiance Serum, which contains powerful antioxidants. Follow through with Espresso Bright Eyes cream to revitalize the delicate skin around your eyes, reduce dark circles, and decrease puffiness.
With all these excellent tips, managing your combination skin should be a breeze!
The Sole Toscana Skincare Team