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Have you noticed that some parts of your skin are dry and other parts are oily? If that’s the case, you might have combination skin. When it comes to combination skin, it can be tricky to figure out how to care for your skin properly, since different parts of your face have different needs. Help your skin find the perfect balance (literally) by learning what combination skin is and follow our skin care guide for combination skin below.
In order to learn how to take care of combination skin, you have to know what, exactly, it is, first.
You’ll know if you have combination skin if some parts of your face are dry, while other parts are oily. Specifically, you may notice that your T-zone (the central part of your face, including your forehead, nose, and chin) are oilier, since your skin’s oil-producing glands are more concentrated there. Meanwhile, your nose and chin may appear dull and rough because of a buildup of dead skin cells. And, your cheeks and the skin around your eyes may be drier than the rest of your face. Sound familiar? You could have combination skin.
Now that you know how to identify combination skin, you can put together a skin care routine tailored to addressing your needs. Follow these tips for a happy complexion!
1. Use a gentle cleanser. As you go about your day, your skin’s surface becomes covered with dirt, excess oils, and impurities. Help wash them away with a gentle cleanser twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. The most important thing is that your cleanser helps to mattify your oily T-zone without over-drying your cheeks. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser.
2. Balance your skin with a toner. After you’ve finished cleansing your face, you can help to sweep away any remaining impurities (beneficial for your oilier areas) and help restore moisture (beneficial for your drier areas) by using an alcohol-free toner, like the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner.
3. Apply a moisturizer. Think having combination skin gets you a free pass from using moisturizer? Think again! Every skin type—combination skin included—needs moisture, so don’t skip out on this step. Try an oil-free moisturizer so you don’t add any additional slick to your already oily T-Zone area. Consider using an oil-free water-based moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, which is formulated with aloe water and hyaluronic acid and has a matte (non-shiny) finish.
4. Stop touching your face. We get it: This is easier said than done. But it’s important to try to keep your hands away from your face! Your hands carry a lot of invisible dirt, so you don’t want to transfer that to your face.
5. Blot away oil. Dealing with excess shine? Reach for oil blotting sheets! These papers are easy to fit in your purse and can offer you a quick way to cut back on excess grease mid-day. They’ll temporarily absorb oil without ruining your flawlessly applied makeup.
6. Make sunscreen your best friend. This goes for all skin types, really: One of the best ways you can care for your skin is by applying a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher each day. If you’re pressed for time, reach for a moisturizer with SPF so that you don’t have to apply moisturizer and sunscreen separately. Here’s why this skin care step is so important: Spending time in the sun sans SPF protection can cause damage, which can lead to visible signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. No thanks!
7. Exfoliate. Exfoliate once or twice a week to slough off dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. A buildup of dead skin cells can make your complexion look dull. But at the same time, you don’t want to over-exfoliate—everyone’s skin is different, so it may take some trial and error to determine how much exfoliation your skin can handle. If you have combination skin, grab a face scrub that’s suitable for all skin types, since you are dealing with two types of skin after all.