Combination skin tips are for all of those people that have a little of both – oily and dry. Living with combination skin can get a little complicated sometimes — what kind of products should we even be shopping for, dry or oily? (We hope it's not both because that would burn a hole in our pockets 😧).
Read on to find learn if you have combination skin and our top-picked combination skin tips.
Here's How You Can Tell If You Fall in the Combination Skin Category:
If some parts of your face are dry while the rest are oily, it's a sign. Specifically, if your forehead, nose, and chin (T-zone) are oilier than the rest of your face— it's very likely you have combination skin.
This type of skin can be attributed to a variety of factors — genetic, environmental, hormonal, etc. The challenge comes in managing these, so here are some tips that will surely help:
Experiencing Flakiness in Winter Climate
When winters are at peak, it’s not uncommon for people with combination skin to experience dryness. Why does it happen? A common guess would be the ruthless winter winds that cause your skin to dry up.
Although partly true, the main reason your skin flakes during winter is dehydration.
What you can do: Hydrate regularly, exfoliate 1-2 times a week and use a mild water-based lotion especially on the drier parts of your skin.
Dealing with Confusion on Which Products to Buy
Another challenge that people with combination skin face is that they’re confused about which product to buy. Creams can feel too thick, while lotions don't do much for face dryness. Gaah! It's exasperating.
What you can do: Get yourself some personalised skincare that factors in everything from your lifestyle to your environment; that is tweaked based on your skin needs. One of our favourite combination skin tips is to spend time, thought, and efforts in buying yourself skincare. It’s time to do away with all that guesswork.
So, what do you think about taking our 2-minute skin assessment, and try out some clean, personalised skincare?
Clogged Pores — Combination Skin's #1 Enemy
We hate to break it to you, but combination skin usually also comes with clogged pores, which might lead to blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes acne especially in the T-zone area.
What you can do: To combat clogged pores, try moisturising from inside out. Switch to a diet rich in fatty acids — eat more walnuts, salmon, avocados. Also, avoid exfoliating with rough or large beaded scrubs, as those would only make large pores larger.
We all like skin that glows and glistens like a bright diamond. However, a perpetual shine accrued from combination skin, might not be something you like. This shine is most often found in the T-zone area (areas circling the nose, mouth, and chin), and is known to cause a host of skin issues.
What you can do: There are a number of ways in which you can rid the skin of excessive oils.
- Use a blotting paper to absorb extra oil. These are cheap, easy to find, and tiny enough to fit into your pockets or purses. What’s best is that these papers do not ruin your perfectly done makeup.
- Give cosmetic clays a try. These healing clays are highly absorbent, and also have a reputation for treating several skin conditions.
- Get creative with facial masks. A variety of really effective masks can be prepared within the constraints of your kitchen. Oatmeal, honey, lemon, and aloe vera are natural ingredients that are a blessing for combination skin.
You Have Dandruff in Your Hair
Although this isn’t true for everyone with combination skin, we’ve had a lot of clients complain about the same. It’s rather embarrassing when these flakes sit around your shoulders, or when your hairdresser points to it.
What you can do: While there are many medicines and treatments to rid your scalp of dandruff, some home remedies could help eliminate these flakes too.
Coconut oil and lemongrass oil have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, that keep dandruff at bay. In addition, make necessary dietary changes – incorporate loads of fruits and vegetables into your eating routine.
Combination Skin Tips: Lifestyle Changes
We often tend to side-line the impact that our lifestyle choices have on the health of our skin. To do away with combination skin induced problems, practice as follows:
- Exercise on a daily basis. Whether you go for a run, run the treadmill, or play squash is up to you. However, sweating it out is necessary for the skin to heal from inside out.
- Manage your stress. Today, a number of factors could be responsible for your stress and worries. If you ignore how you feel, your body will react negatively. So, if you need someone to share the burden with, do not hesitate to open up to a loved one, or see a therapist.
- Balance your combination skin by eating right. What goes into your bloodstream, largely determines your health. For those with both oily and dry skin, cutting out on processed foods and sugars would be really beneficial. Furthermore, fermented foods and those high in minerals, protein, and fiber should be consumed as much as possible. It’s time to make a trip to the supermarket! 😉
- We all love sleeping, don’t we? One of the most effective combination skin tips is to get all the beauty sleep that you can. While you’re sleeping, your skin cells perform crucial tasks of repair and renewal. Maybe, it’s true when they say that the best things in the world are free.
Getting the radiant, flowy shiny skin you’ve always dreamt of is not impossible. We get that things can get rather perplexing when you have combination skin. However, these skin care tips and lifestyle changes will help you take a step further towards the ideal of flawless skin.