5 Summer Skin-Care Tips for Combination Skin Types
Are you oily in the T-zone but dry on the cheeks? Chances are you have combination skin. Combination skin types may find it confusing that parts of their face— think: nose, chin and forehead—are super greasy, while others may be dry and flaky. To find the perfect balance between dueling skin combos, especially during the warm summer months, follow the tips, below.
If you have combination skin, chances are the summer climate can be more than a little difficult to navigate. The hot and humid temperatures outside, mixed with your already oily-prone skin can make for a shiny T-zone and dry cheeks. To find the perfect balance for your skin type, follow these summer skin-care tips.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Cleansing skin twice a day is important to help prevent breakouts. Reach for a gentle cleanser suited for combination skin, like Vichy Pureté Thermale Foaming Cream, to remove impurities, makeup and environmental dirt and pollution from the skin’s surface. At night, always remove your makeup prior to going to bed with micellar water or a cleansing balm. This helps ensure that your pores are free from buildup — and not being suffocated by cosmetics — while you snooze. That said, as much as you despise the oil that accumulates on your T-zone, make sure you don’t over do it with your cleanser. Washing your face more than directed can cause irritation and lead to excess dryness and oil production.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #2: Follow Up With a Toner
Toning helps remove any last trace of dirt from the surface of your skin while moisturizing for a perfectly clean, refreshed complexion. Vichy Pureté Thermale Toner is gentle and free of alcohol and parabens. After cleansing, apply it with a cotton pad over the entire face using sweeping motions. It’s super simple and you don’t even have to rinse.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Products
Because certain areas of your skin are drier than others, it’s smart to invest in different products to address each area. When it comes to moisturizing, don’t be afraid to apply thick cream on areas that are very dry. On sections of your face that are oily, keep the area hydrated with lighter moisturizers that are non-comedogenic and use blotting papers during the day to absorb some of the unwanted shine. Try a gel-based moisturizer or gel cream like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream on your T-zone. It’s formulated with imperata cylindrica root extract and antarcticine to help retain skin’s moisture, and it offers shine control with an instant cooling effect upon application.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #4: Give Multi-Masking a Shot
Multi-masking is perfect for combination skin because it allows you to target the different zones of your face with different masks based on the area’s needs. For instance, most combination skin types find more oil collection on their T-zone compared to their cheeks, which can be more dry. Customize the treatment of your T-zone with a clay mask like SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque to help decongest pores and absorb excess oil, and on your cheeks, apply a hydrating mask like the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque to help moisturize the area.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #5: Protect Your Skin
Reach for a sunscreen suited for combination skin that offers broad-spectrum protection SPF 15 or higher and apply (and reapply) at least every two hours. We like Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 because its formula is free of fragrance and oil and it’s non-comedogenic. It also has UVA and UVB filters with antioxidants, like white grape polyphenol and vitamin E, to help neutralize free-radical damage. The lightweight lotion practically melts onto the skin without leaving a sticky, white residue. It’s your best line of defense against harmful UV rays that can wreak havoc on your complexion.