Combination skin has had us humans puzzled for years! It’s like having a hot sunny day combined with a snowstorm- two polar opposites in one place- your face! While the other skin types are relatively more straightforward (oily skin is oily and dry skin is dry), combination skin, as the name suggests, combines both extremes. If you have realized that combination skin is what you’re blessed with, you’ve come to the right place! We understand how confusing it can get to take care of confusing- er, we mean combination skin, which is exactly why we’ve put together this article to help you figure out how to handle the wild weather conditions on your skin. With a few pro-tips and the right products (which you can find on Maccaron, you’ll be all set to enjoy the best of both worlds.
So what exactly does it mean to have combination skin? If you’ve taken an extra close look at your face (aren’t we all guilty of doing this every day?), you’d have noticed that some parts of your face tend to have a visible sheen while some others are on the drier side (think: Sahara). These parts are classified as the T-Zone and the U-Zone.
The T-Zone is a fairly popular word in skincare, used to describe the region of your face that includes your forehead and nose. Those with combination skin tend to have an oily t-zone which also comes with the potential to have other related skin concerns such as blackheads, roughness, and even acne.
The U-Zone refers to your cheeks (and sometimes parts of your chin, though this depends from person to person). You may have noticed that unlike the oily parts of our face, your cheeks tend to feel dry and stretched out, especially after you’ve washed your face.
Understanding the different needs of your different skin zones is key to making progress with combination skin. It’s all about doing the right things to help your skin get along with you.
Use a Gentle Cleanser
With combination skin, we sometimes end up using a cleanser that’s more suited to those with oily skin. This may work for our t-zone but it often leaves our cheeks dry and irritated. The best option, in this case, is to use a gentle cleanser that will not only cleanse your skin effectively but will also ensure that your skin is not stripped of its natural moisture.
The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser 150ml is ideal for combination skin types. Its mildly acidic formulation helps its balance your skin’s pH perfectly. This gentle cleanser comes in a gel form that cleanses your skin without drying it out- a win-win situation if you ask us!
Go for Multi-Masking
Multi-masking is the best way to put your skincare routine into the multi-task mode. This works especially well for combination skin types. After all, when each part of your face has completely different needs, it doesn’t make sense to be treating them with the same things. Applying an oil-absorbing mask all over will leave your cheeks dry, while an ultra-moisturizing mask won’t do much for your t-zone at all. We recommend that you opt for a pore-cleansing mask for the oily parts of your face to pull out all the excess oil and deal with any blackheads and acne. As for your u-zone, you can go for a soothing, brightening mask to give you a good glow.
The Secret Key Black Out Pore Bubbling Pack 100gm would be perfect for your oily t-zone. The activated charcoal pulls out dirt and grime, leaving your skin super clean. This, in turn, will help reduce the appearance of your pores while regulating the amount of sebum your skin produces as well. Once you lather this onto your forehead and nose, you can apply the Secret Key Snow White Milky Pack 200 ml on your cheeks and chin. This creamy formula will help brighten up these parts of your face without irritating them in the least bit. Wash off both the masks and you’re left with smooth, balanced skin.
Hydrate All Over
Irrespective of how oily your t-zone can get, moisturizer is an absolute must. Drying out your t-zone in an attempt to prevent it from producing excess oil can be counterproductive and cause more harm than good. By keeping all parts of your face moisturized, your skin gets the message that it is adequately hydrated and hence does not need to produce too much sebum. Moisturizing intelligently is often the key step that helps many people get their combination skin finally under control.
For combination skin, we recommend using a light moisturizer which will replenish your u-zone without feeling too heavy on your t-zone at the same time. The It’s Skin Green Tea Watery Cream 50ml is a perfect choice for this as its light, the watery formula will provide a boost of hydration to your skin. With ingredients like cucumber, bamboo, plum, and green tea extracts, this cream can help with various skin conditions apart from keeping your skin soft, supple, and hydrated.
A Little Extra
We understand that sometimes combination skin can feel a little extreme with a lot of contrast between the skin zones. In such a situation, it is very common to feel like the oily regions of your skin needs just a bit more exfoliation while your dry areas need something a bit more hydrating. In fact, this would actually be the right thing to do.
If you tend to have blackheads and roughness in your t-zone, you should give it a little more attention with a good chemical exfoliator that contains BHA. We highly recommend the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 100ml. This will help clear clogged pores and get rid of pesky blackheads, leaving your skin smooth and healthy.
For when your regular face moisturizer doesn’t feel like enough, give your u-zone an extra shot of hydration with the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 30ml. This soothing cream is specifically meant to target those areas that really need the extra love and care. You can layer this over your moisturizer or use it as is. This can be a real savior especially on those days when your skin feels extra irritated.
Now that you know what it takes, we’re super excited for you on your journey to conquer your combination skin. May your zones are balanced and your skin glowing! You can find all the products that you’ll need on Maccaron.in.
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