We all want happy, balanced, blemish free skin.
Not an easy task with a combination skin.
Especially when it’s behaving like an angsty teen.
Undecided, moody and temperamental, sound familiar?
One minute your skin is dry the next it’s oily, and then there’s a breakout, blackhead or wrinkle.
It really is a battle ground.
HOW TO TREAT COMBINATION SKIN
So how do you crack the combination skin code?
By approaching your skincare routine strategically that’s how.
Select products that lean towards your predominant skin type.
- If you simply treat the whole area of your skin as oily, it will leave areas dry, tight and flaky
- Likewise if you only treat the dry areas, this will cause to much oiliness
Unravelling the complexities of treating a combination skin is not easy.
SPECIAL CONCERNS require SPECIAL PRODUCTS and a combination skin is no exception.
However I’m not suggesting you rush out and buy a battalion of products, in order to get your temperamental skin under control.
Once you understand the cause of your combination skin, you’ll need to bring it back into balance.
This you can do with products that mimic the function and structure of a healthy skin.
Look for ingredients like ceramides, emollients, antioxidants and intelligent cellular communicating ingredients like peptides.
YOU’RE COMBO SKINCARE ROUTINE
Knowing how to treat combination is important, because it is easy to sabotage this skin type.
The first step is to implement a good skincare routine.
For the perfect solution, use a gentle alcohol free cleanser that won’t dry out your skin.
Avoid soap or any astringent products that strip the skin causing sensitivity.
If your really keen to know how to treat combination skin, then you should know this is an important part of your routine, as toners help to balance your skin’s pH.
Look for toners with a healthy dose of skin repairing ingredients, like peptides and antioxidants
When thinking about how to treat combination skin, the first rule of thumb is to avoid scrubbing bubbles.
In my experience as an aesthetician, many people who have a combination skin also suffer from a sensitive skin, so focus on exfoliants that have the texture that is appropriate for your combination concern.
Understanding your combination skin code is key, are you combo oily or combo dry? This article does a good job of explaining this in more detail.
Beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s) are great for breaking down the build-up of oil in the skin.
They exfoliate deep within the pore to eradicate cellular build up and kill acne causing bacteria, perfect for those struggling with blackheads and pimples.
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) are water based and gently help to slouch off rough scaly skin, leaving skin looking luminous and fresh, perfect for those more on the dry side.
Your combination skin requires balance, and a key part of maintaining that balance means properly moisturising your skin, not only on the dry areas.
In an ideal world a twin approach is going to be your best bet, a lightweight moisturiser for the T zone panel and a rich emollient for the drier areas.
However most of us want a fuss free approach to our skincare, which is why a moisturising gel specifically designed for combination skin, is going to be ideal.
One that can be used all over your skin without worrying about clogging pores, whilst still delivering those all-important ingredients.
Water based serums may just be a combination skins new best friend; it’s a time when product cock-tailing really comes into its own.
These targeted treatments, can be used as a spot treatment to treat different areas of your face.
Whilst it may seem a little contradictory, especially to those with oily, combination skin, there are some oils that will bring your skin back into balance.
These include jojoba and kiwi seed, which you can read all about here.
So as you can see, you don’t have to over think how to treat combination skin, just listen to your skins needs and treat it with intelligent ingredients.
To find out more, follow the link to find out the causes of combination skin.