Updated: Jul 3
Dry in some areas? Oily in other areas? You have combination skin! How to balance two different skin types can seem like a mystery, but unlocking this mystery is easier than you might think with the right formulas! With the right info and products, balance can be beautiful, and easy!
What is Combination Skin?
Combination skin is simply having oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas. Typically, there’s a mix of oily and dry areas on different parts of your face, with the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) being slightly to very oily.
Whether you have oily areas only around the nose and center of the forehead and dry areas over the cheeks, jaw area, and along the hairline, what you do to fix those problems is the same.
What Causes Combination Skin?
A variety of factors can contribute to combination skin, but more often it just comes down to the luck of the draw in terms of what you inherited from your parents.
However, the types of skincare products you’re using can absolutely make it worse or in most of the cases those creates the problem.
Read on to learn what you might unknowingly be doing to contribute to making combination skin more of an issue.
As you might already have suspected, using products that contain synthetic, skin-aggravating ingredients, or just not the right natural formula will inevitably dry out some areas of your face while stimulating oil production in other parts (especially around the nose) that were already oily.
If you’re using the wrong products, you might actually be causing your combination skin. Once you start using the right products, your skin improves almost immediately, with the dry areas softened and smoothed and the oily and red areas gone—plus minimized pores.
Which Products Work for Combination Skin?
The key thing to keep in mind with combination skin is that you need the right formulas. It comes down to this: you can balance both no matter who's saying what with less products than you think.
Dealing with Extreme Combination Skin
Those struggling with extreme combination skin experience an exceptionally oily T-zone, while the sides of the face are typically very dry and may also be flaky.
Not surprisingly, finding the right routine for extreme combination skin can be difficult in terms of finding the right balance of textures. Products for very dry skin will make an oily T-zone worse (possibly triggering breakouts), while formulas that are best for very oily skin won’t help very dry areas!
How to Take Care of Combination Skin
Start avoiding anything based on synthetic ingredients. Anything that not fixes the problem in a couple of days, synthetic based foundation and makeup, foaming cleansers, toners, gel-texture cleansers - all these will strip off your skin while the body will start producing more oil to overcompensate. In some areas will produce more and in some will not produce at all.
Avoid synthetic based SPF creams. No skin type is exempt from the need of protection but a perfectly balanced skin along with a full spectrum UVA/UVB/UVC goes a long way against synthetic based sunscreens rated SPF 30 or greater and applied 365 days a year.
This is the one step that reduces the early signs of aging now and into the future.
What We Recommend
The Vooqo 4 or 5 step Anti-Aging Skincare Routine along with a powder foundation - you'll be totally surprised how easy can be.
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