At a very basic level, most people have a pretty good idea of how to go about building a skincare routine.
After all, it’s pretty easy, right? Suffer from dry skin? Moisturize, lay off the harsh cleansers, and buy a humidifier for the house.
Oily skin? Get a good, oil free moisturizer, stay on top of your cleansing and toning, and invest in good exfoliating product.
And for a lot of people (at least for a basic skincare routine), this approach is enough to provide a pretty good foundation.
But for those of you who have skin that’s in that dreaded “in-between” zone, things can get a bit more complicated.
What Is “Combination Skin”?
The term “combination skin” is really just a fancy way of implying that a person has both dry AND oily skin (lucky you).
Generally speaking, this oiliness and dryness is not random, and is located in specific areas. Most people with combination skin find that, while their cheeks tend to be dry, the skin on their forehead, nose and chin (also known as the “T-Zone”) are prone to excessive oil.
What’s The Best Strategy To Treat Combination Skin?
While it may seem complicated at first, the reality is that treating combination skin is actually quite simple…but a bit of a hassle.
Simply put, you’ll be using two different skin care routines – one for the dry parts of your face, and the other for the oily T-Zones.
Step #1 – A Dry Skincare Routine
To begin with, you’ll want to treat the dry parts of your face the same way you would any other dry skin. That means:
- Using a gentle, non-irritating cleanser twice per day
- Investing in a quality moisturizer
- Avoiding scalding hot showers
- Going easy on the exfoliating products (once per week is more than enough)
And remember, while it’s important that you keep your skin nice and hydrated, it’s also important that you keep your ENVIRONMENT nice and hydrated as well. For most people, that means investing in a quality humidifier for their home or office.
Step #2 – An Oily Skin Care Routine
The second step is to develop a separate routine for your oily T-Zones. Fortunately, this is also pretty straightforward, and is more or less the same process you’d use for “regular” oily skin:
- Cleanse the T-Zones along with the rest of your face
- Use a skin toning product daily on these areas (people with an excessive amount of oil in these areas can get away with a stronger alcohol based toner)
- Exfoliate more frequently than you would for the rest of your face (two or three times per week for most people with combination skin)
- Remember to moisturize these areas as well, since a lack of moisture can actually cause the skin to produce MORE oil as an unintended response (for the T-Zones, choose a separate, oil free moisturizer).