Caring for Combination Skin at Any Age
Today, we’re going to talk about caring for the most common skin type among women: combination skin!
Combination skin can affect women of any age. If you have an oily T-zone, or forehead and nose, with dry patches on your cheeks and other areas, you have combination skin. Many women with this skin type feel frustrated and mystified when caring for their skin, but with a little knowledge and quality beauty products, you will be able to create a healthy, glowing complexion.
Whether you’re in your teens, your twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties or beyond, you can benefit from following a daily skin care routine. With good skin-care habits and informed shopping in the skin-care aisle, even combination skin can look beautiful.
Acne hits hardest during the teen years, but adult acne can occur even in your forties, fifties and beyond. Women are especially prone to adult acne due to hormonal shifts throughout their lives. You may be especially frustrated if you’re trying to care for your acne while combating dry, scaly patches on the rest of your face.
Keeping Your Skin Clean!
To properly care for your combination skin, you should begin by cleansing each morning and evening. If you have patches of dry skin combined with oily zones, it is important to find a good soap-free, alcohol-free cleanser. This type of cleanser will remove dirt and oil from your pores without drying or irritating your skin. In addition, you should look for a cleanser that is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog your pores. A great cleanser to try is the Beyond Belief 3-in-1 Natural Focus Facial Cleanser. Many cleansers are available, from both online retailers and drugstores, just be sure to follow the tips above when choosing a new cleanser. With a little trial and error, you’ll be sure to find a cleanser that you love. If you shop for your skin products online, you will have the added benefit of reading reviews from other customers, which may save you the hassle and money of buying an inferior product. View current Sally Beauty Supply coupons for additional savings on skin care products.
When you cleanse your skin, it is imperative that you do not scrub harshly, and washing twice daily is adequate even for oily skin. Be sure to use a fresh washcloth or simply use your clean hands to wash your face, so that you do not transmit bacteria to acne-prone areas.
Choose a Good Toner
You should follow your cleanser with a mild, alcohol-free toner, which will balance your skin. Harsh toners labeled as astringents will probably irritate the dry areas of your skin, so be sure to select a toner without alcohol or other drying ingredients. Neutrogena has a great line of toners suitable for sensitive, combination skin.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize!
If your skin is prone to blemishes, you should apply acne products before moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup. Most acne medications contain either salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, and should be applied sparingly to problem areas only. Murad has a great acne spot treatment available online, or choose your favorite medication from your drugstore.
Next, a non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer should be applied. A good choice for combination skin is the Pomegranate Balancing Gel Cream Moisturizer available from Sally Beauty Supply. For extra-dry patches of skin or additional moisturizing in certain areas, you may spot apply a slightly heavier moisturizer. If you do choose to apply another moisturizer to small portions of your face, applying once daily at bedtime is adequate. Try Frutique Apple Night-Restore Creme to smooth dry areas and wrinkles while you sleep.
Treat Your Pores Well
Finally, you may apply sunscreen and make-up as desired. Be sure that these products are also non-comedogenic and oil-free. Seek out makeup that contains ingredients to improve your skin that will not clog your pores. In addition, if you have combination skin, you should probably avoid makeup that has acne medications in it. This type of makeup will be labeled “skin clearing,” and may irritate the dry areas of your combination skin. One line of makeup you may wish to consider is Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Makeup.
Once or twice a week, you should add a facial exfoliant to your skin care routine. Scrubs, gels, and medicated acne exfoliants containing retinols are all possibilities.
Whether you wear makeup or not, it is imperative to follow your skin care routine in the evening as well as in the morning. Cleansing and toning remove not only makeup but also dirt, excess oil and impurities. Once your face is cleansed, you will have a fresh surface to apply acne medications, moisturizers and other necessary products to do their work while you catch up on your beauty sleep.
Invest in Your Skin!
To keep your complexion smooth and glowing at any age, be sure to follow the tips above. It may require an initial investment, especially if you haven’t purchased many skin care products in the past. It’s worth it, however, to keep your combination skin looking good now and for years to come. Your face will thank you for it.