Summer Skin Care Tips For Combination Skin
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.
CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
Cleansing skin twice a day is important for a healthy-looking complexion, as well as to help keep breakouts at bay. 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. At night, always remove your makeup prior to hitting the sack with a makeup remover wipe or tissue-off makeup remover. This helps ensure that your pores are free from buildup—and are not being suffocated by cosmetics—while you snooze. As much as you despise that oily film that accumulates, make sure you don’t go overboard with your cleanser. Using it more than directed may irritate the skin and lead to excess dryness and oil production.
FOLLOW UP WITH A TONER
Up next: tone. Toning helps remove any last traces of your cleanser while moisturizing the skin for a perfectly clean, refreshed complexion. Vichy Pureté Thermale Toner is gentle and its formula is 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!
MIX AND MATCH YOUR PRODUCTS
Since certain areas of your skin are drier than others, it’s smart to invest in different products to address each concern. When it comes to moisturizer, don’t be afraid to apply thick cream on areas that are very dry. On zones of your face that are oily, use blotting papers during the day to absorb some of the unwanted shine, and keep the area hydrated with lighter moisturizers that are non-comedogenic and can help control excess oil. Try a gel-based moisturizer or gel-cream on your T-zone, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream. It’s formulated with imperata cylindrica root extract and antarcticine to help retain skin moisture, and it offers shine control with an instant cooling effect upon application.
GIVE MULTI-MASKING A SHOT
Multi-masking is perfect for combination skin. Why? Because it allows you to target the different zones of your face with different masks based on each area’s needs. For instance, most combination skin types find more oil collection on their T-zone compared to their cheeks, which can be dry. Customize the treatment of your T-zone with a clay mask—we like SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque—to help decongest pores and absorb excess oil, and apply a hydrating mask to your dry cheeks, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, to help moisturize the area. Isn’t it nice when everyone wins?
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
We’re not going to stop stressing the importance of wearing SPF every day, so you might as well add it to the top of your to-do list. Reach for a sunscreen suited for combination skin that also offers broad-spectrum protection (SPF 15 or higher) and apply—and reapply at least every two hours—daily. We like Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 for a number of reasons. First, its formula is free of fragrance, oil, and PABA, and it’s non-comedogenic, meaning it’s easy on our pores. Next, the formula combines UVA and UVB filters with antioxidants—read: white grape polyphenol and vitamin E—to help neutralize free radical damage. What’s more, 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 skin and complexion.