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Coping with Combination Skin
The Esthetician SaysCombination skin is in fact just what it sounds like — skin with areas of dryness and oiliness. Typically the oiliness manifests in the “T” zone of forehead, nose and chin, while the cheeks, mouth and areas around the eyes are dry. It can be frustrating to deal with, especially since most ads and articles don’t seem to address your concerns. So what is the best way to care for your skin if you are one of the many people dealing with two different skin types?

According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, combination types should consider themselves lucky, as they are much less susceptible to climate changes than other skin types. Combination skin can effectively adjust when temperatures drop (which often causes dry skin) or when humidity rises (which makes skin oilier).

The forehead, nose and chin have most of the active oil glands on the face, so it’s not surprising that those areas tend to be oily and prone to shininess and breakouts. The non-oily areas can range from normal to dry in combination skin types. Balance is the key when dealing with your different types — avoid using products that are overly abrasive or potentially irritating, as they will only cause more dryness in the dry areas and redness in oily areas.

Most estheticians agree on the following general guidelines:
Use a gentle water-soluble cleanser; combination types do well with gel-based or mildly foaming cleansers that will remove dirt, makeup and impurities without being overly drying. B.Kamins Vegetable Skin Cleanser and Ole Henriksen On the Go Cleanser are good options.

If you choose to use a toner, the same one can be used all over, provided it doesn’t make the oily areas of your face feel greasy. Pevonia Combination Skin Lotion is hydrating, but also contains lactic acid for its oil-control capability. It will prepare your skin for moisturizing. Osmotics Balancing Tonic Facial Mist helps balance normal to combination skin.

Since even oily skin needs moisturizing, the best bet for combination types is to stick with an oil-free moisturizer such as Cellex-C Sea Silk Oil-Free Moisturizer, or Astara Blue Flame Oil Free Moisturizer. If you still notice dry spots on your cheeks, you might supplement with a richer moisturizer such as Caudalie Vinosource Nourishing Cream.

Everyone needs to wear sunscreen every day, regardless of skin type. Choose a broad-spectrum formula, which will protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Good choices include Peter Thomas Roth Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30 and Murad Oil Free Sunblock SPF 30.

The use of “extras,” such as serums, exfoliators and masks is a matter of personal preference. With a little experimentation, you can discover how to keep your combination skin glowing.

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