A combination of oily and dry skin can manifest in various ways and amounts. There are no hard and fast rules about how it looks and feels, which can change depending on the weather, lifestyle factors, and stress. You can figure out how your combination skin looks with a little observation.
- Symptoms of oiliness include acne with larger-looking pores.
- Dryness symptoms may include flaking\redness, tightness, or roughness of feeling.
When developing a skincare routine for combination skin, it's best to be conservative. Choose gentle products that can moisturize dry areas without adding more oiliness, and only apply treatments to problem areas.
Cleanser. It's critical to clean up any overnight buildup.
Toner. Toner removes any oil that your cleanser did not remove and balances your skin's pH. Make sure to use an alcohol-free toner.
Serum. Serums both hydrate and protect the skin. It is best to use a serum containing hyaluronic acid.
Moisturizer. You'll need two moisturizers if you have combination skin. Choose a creamy formula for dry areas. Choose a lightweight, water-based formula for oily areas.
Sunscreen. Select a lightweight sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
Remove makeup if you wear makeup. Makeup remover keeps pores clear and allows your skin to breathe. Micellar water is one of the most gentle products for this purpose.
Cleanser. Day and night, cleanse. A nighttime cleanser should remove any leftover makeup and the natural buildup.
Exfoliant. Exfoliants are great for removing dead skin cells once a week, which keeps pores clear and relieves dry skin.
Mask for the face. Try multi-masking once a week, when you apply different masks to different parts of your face.
Evenings are best for stronger products, so choose an emollient-rich moisturizer for dry areas.
Look for the following ingredients while buying a skincare product.
- Hyaluronic acid is ideal for your face because it hydrates your skin without leaving it greasy, which can aggravate oiliness.
- Salicylic acid may help regulate oil production and keep pores clear.
- Lactic acid is a mild exfoliant that removes dead skin cells from dry areas while gently clearing pores.
- Emollients, such as shea butter and coconut oils, soften dry skin.
- Antioxidants shield you from environmental harm. Choose a product containing vitamin C for overall skin health. Wear sunscreen or vitamin C products at night to protect your skin from UV rays.
There you go, you have the best routine for your combination skin. The key here is to keep experimenting until you find a good fit for your skin.