The Perfect Regimen For Your Skin Type: Combination Skin
Like Yin and Yang, unexpected music mashups, or morning stretches and breath work, some combinations create a harmonious coupling. On the other hand, some blends can be difficult to understand, like combination skin.
Before we share our recommendations for the perfect regimen, let’s go through a quick lesson on combination skin. This unlikely duo tends to live on two sections of the face. The t-zones (forehead, nose, and chin) chief resident is oil, whereas the cheeks and jawline house the dry areas of the face.
Similar to oily or dry skin, combination skin is simply the natural state of your skin, although there are other factors, like seasonal change.
According to dermatologists, cleansing your face in the AM and PM is a necessary step to remove excess oils. Finding the right cleanser can be trial and error, but several sources say a foaming cleanser works best for combination skin. Consider a foaming cleanser as a product of a harmonious blend of gel and cream cleansers.
Serums come in all shapes and sizes, formulated for specific needs. Combination skin has two needs; one need is hydration. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin while increasing the skin’s elasticity.
Moisturizer is essential for any skin type and routine, but not all moisturizers work for every skin type. After cleansing your face in the morning, we recommend a lightweight water-based moisturizer applied to the drier areas. In the evening, you can use an oil-free moisturizer for the t-zone and a heavy cream moisturizer for the dry spots. Because your skin regenerates throughout the night, it can handle more potent products.
Remember: too much of anything isn’t good, so don’t overdo it with overwashing or over-moisturizing.
Besides sunscreen, exfoliants are a special ingredient in this recipe for the perfect regimen. Some exfoliants are blended into serums, like an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), their cousin PHA (polyhydroxy acids), and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). Remember to follow up with sunscreen if applied during the day.
Now that you have a better understanding of which products work best for your skin type, it’s time to create a combination that feels harmonious for you!