8 main rules of combined skin care

Owners of combination skin have to constantly balance between “dry” and “oily” care products. Our rules will help you make the right choice to maintain balance.

8 главных правил ухода за комбинированной кожей

First of all, you need to decide which skin to consider combined. And here everything is quite simple — if the areas in the middle part of the face shine with sebum, and on the sides suffer from dryness, then you have a mixed skin type. In order to make sure of this for sure, it is enough to conduct a simple test: clean the skin and do not apply any funds to it. After two hours of “virgin purity”, press a sheet of tissue paper tightly to your face and look at the prints. A shiny T-zone and a feeling of tightness in the cheeks will give an answer to the question.

Nature has provided for everything. In those places where the face is most exposed to the sun, winds and bad weather (forehead, nose, chin) and needs enhanced protection, the sebaceous glands are located thicker. Accordingly, the problems here are specific: enlarged pores, the appearance of blackheads, acne. The other zones, on the contrary, suffer from dehydration, which means they are prone to the appearance of dullness and premature wrinkles. The main strategy of combined skin care is to restore balance and maintain it.

1. Individual choice

Take care of different areas of the face in different ways. Accept the fact that it will not be possible to find one universal product that “dries” where it is necessary, and moisturizes where it is necessary.

Some brands periodically announce the creation of smart drugs that themselves “on the go”, decide how to act and release the right components in the right places. As a rule, this is a marketing ploy, and everything ends with the usual moisturizing and matting over the entire surface. Therefore, for the T-zone, choose the lightest moisturizer, preferably with an additional acne control function. For the rest of the “spaces”, deep and serious hydration is necessary. Agree — two means are not so much.

1/9 Hydrating cream gel for skin radiance Hydra Sparkling, Givenchy

2. Gentle cleansing

Use only delicate facial cleansers. Those who suffer from acne, try to choose the most active cleansing, but with combined skin it becomes a mistake. Powerful formulas irritate dry skin on the cheeks and at the same time stimulate the oily T-zone to produce even more sebum. Let your hand always reach for a gentle water-soluble remedy: it can be a gel or cream — it doesn’t matter, the main thing is that the product effectively removes makeup and dirt, without leaving the effect of tightness.

1/8 Hydrophilic balm for washing and removing makeup on 7 organic biomass Don’t Touch My Face, Organic Kitchen

3. Washing with warm water

Hot water destroys the hydrolipidic layer of the skin, which leads not only to a weakening of protection, but also causes itching, and even peeling. Room temperature water is what you need. And after washing, it is necessary to apply a moisturizing serum to the face: unlike cream, it is suitable for all areas of the face.

1/4 Hyalu B5 Moisturizing serum, La Roche-Posay

4. Tone up

Oily and dry skin have different pH balances, they need to be aligned to maintain balance, and using a tonic after you wash your face is a big step towards this goal. Just make sure that your product does not contain alcohol, which means it does not dry the skin or stimulate the sebaceous glands to work more actively.

1/5 Antioxidant lotion serum Crema Nera Acqua Pantilleria, Giorgio Armani

5. Exfoliate

Do a light peeling at least twice a week. You can properly cleanse and moisturize the skin, but if you do not exfoliate the dead particles, it will look dull and tired. This mini-ritual will help prevent clogging of pores and the appearance of rashes. Some dermatologists advise using a mild scrub even four times a week to remove sebum, dead cells and deep dirt. 

1/5 Cleansing sugar scrub “3 natural sugars + kiwi”, L’Oreal Paris

6. Use SPF

This rule of skin care applies to everyone without exception, but it is for a mixed skin type that non-comedogenic sunscreens are needed. Then the rash on the T-zone will bypass you. If it still seems to you that traditional sanskrins add shine where it would be quite possible to do without it, pay attention to mineral filters.

1/4 day protective agent SPF50 Orchidée Impériale, GUERLAIN

7. Connect the clay masks

Don’t forget about clay-based masks. Their global beauty expansion has been going on for a year now, which definitely benefits our skin.  Whether it is bentonite clay, which consists of minerals (iron, sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, or French green clay containing magnesium and other minerals of plant origin — they are perfect for the T-zone: they will clean the pores, absorb excess sebum, relieve irritation. But you need to act on the principle of multi-masking (since clay still dries), using moisturizing or nourishing masks for the rest of the face.

1/3 Face mask 155 Clay mask, L:A Bruket

8. Add vitamin A

Since vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and bacteria, it becomes increasingly difficult for acne to develop and break out. In addition, vitamin A helps speed up the process of cell renewal. After exfoliation and removal of dead particles, young cells rise up faster, and the skin becomes radiant and healthy. Look for ingredients such as retinol or tretinoin on the labels — they are different forms of such a necessary vitamin A.

1/4 Moisturizing cream A6% with retinol, iSystem

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