5 Summer Skin-Care Tips for Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, the summer climate can make skin care even more difficult to navigate. The heat and humidity outside can make your oily T-zone look shinier and exacerbate the dry patches on your cheeks. Finding the perfect balance between hydration and oil-controlling skin-care products to master your routine can be tricky. To help you keep your skin balanced from now until fall, we’re sharing five summer skin-care tips for combination skin types, ahead.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Cleansing skin twice a day — once in the morning, once at night — can help prevent breakouts, especially those that come from increased sweating. Reach for a gentle cleanser suited for combination skin like the Vichy Pureté Thermale Foaming Cream to remove impurities, makeup and dirt and pollution from the skin’s surface. We like to pair our cleanser with the Clarisonic Mia Prima Facial Cleansing Skin Care Device. This helps ensure pores are free from buildup. As much as you despise the oil that accumulates on your T-zone, make sure you don’t overdo it. Washing your face more than directed can cause irritation and lead to excess dryness and, in turn, excess oil production.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #2: Follow Up With a Toner
Toning helps remove any last traces of impurities from the surface of your skin while also hydrating and soothing your complexion, depending on the formula. One of our favorite options for combination skin is the INNBeauty Project Down to Tone toner. It’s gentle and has a combination of six acids that clear impurities and blackheads. After cleansing, apply toner with a cotton pad (or your fingers) over the entire face using sweeping motions.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #3: Mix and Match Your Products
Because certain parts 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, like the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, on areas that are very dry, and lighter, non-comedogenic moisturizers, like the Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream, on oilier sections. If you tend to get shiny throughout the day, we also recommend keeping blotting papers, like the NYX Professional Makeup Blotting Paper, on hand for a midday refresh.
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, depending on their needs. Customize the treatment of your T-zone with a clay mask, like the Kinship Mint Mud Deep Pore Detox Mask, to help decongest pores and absorb excess oil. For dehydrated areas of the skin, try the Kiehl’s Ultra Overnight Hydrating Masque.
Summer Skin-Care Tip #5: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure
Reach for a sunscreen suited for combination skin that offers broad-spectrum protection SPF 15 or higher and reapply at least every two hours. We like sun protection that’s lightweight and absorbs easily like the Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. It has a combination of water lily and sugarcane-derived squalane to help lock in moisture without letting excess oil seep through.
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