Since combination skin operates in two different ways (both oily and dry), it takes a little more attention to detail when learning how to maintain your combination skin well.
However, since a good, consistent skincare regimen for your skin type is the number one secret to your best skin, all you have to do is understand how to maintain your skin type well!
Here are a few good tips specifically for maintaining combination skin.
1. Start with a gentle but effective water soluble cleanser.
Your cleanser can be a gel based like SkinScripts Green Tea Cleanser or light and airy like the Anteage Cleanser, but the goal is for it to effectively remove impurities, debris, and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry or greasy.
2. Use a facial cleansing device
If you need a bit of extra cleansing, don't reach for the foaming cleanser. Using a facial device like The My Skin Buddy is the way to go!
Not only is it gentle and safe enough for everyday use, it won't pull at the skin stimulating oil production or causing dryness.
Additionally, the thermal heat and positive ion therapy will emulsify the dirt and oil and get all the gunk out of your pores while the LED therapy and Ultrasonic vibrations help to stimulate your collagen production and take care of a plethora of other skin concerns and conditions.
3. Apply a hydrating, soothing non-irritating toner
Applying a well formulated toner filled with a healthy amount of skin-replenishing ingredients and antioxidants, like SkinScript's Mint Refining Toner, can really help nourish dry skin and minimize oiliness at the same time.
Plus, it won’t make the dry areas drier or the oily areas oilier. I'm not always a huge advocate for toners, but if you have combination skin, don’t skip this step. This is the skin type that can benefit from a great balancing act, like a toner.
I promise you’ll be impressed by the benefits!
4. Use a gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on BHA exfoliant.
This is an optimal choice for gently, but effectively exfoliating combination skin. A BHA exfoliant helps skin shed dead skin normally without abrasion (no scrubs or stiff cleansing brushes needed here!), unclogs pores, lessens oily skin, and at the same time gently smooths rough, dry, flaky skin and revives a healthy glow.
Whoa! That's a lot! When it comes to a leave on BHA, I prefer Hale & Hush’s Clear Future.
5. Protect your skin from sun damage.
No skin type is exempt from the need of a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater and applied 365 days a year.
This is the one step that reduces the early signs of aging now and into the future. For combination skin, an extremely feather-light, soft matte sunscreen works best all over the face (and don’t forget to apply to the neck!).
I would recommend the Hale & Hush SPF 30. It’s the best SPF I’ve used by far and everything a facial sunscreen should be. It's a natural zinc oxide, provides broad spectrum protection (both UVA & UVB rays - blocked!) and even has a special amino acid and algae complex that helps to provide protection from a cellular level.
6. Face map when it comes to your serums and moisturizers
No. Not like the Ayurvedic face mapping (although that's useful for understanding your skin's health too!). Apply serums and moisturizers made for each skin type to the accurate parts of your face.
For best results, apply a nourishing serum like the SkinScript Ageless Hydrating Serum or the Hale & Hush Saffron Meristem Cream over the drier areas to relieve the dryness and give those areas extra nourishing enriched hydration. Then, apply your ultra-light sunscreen over that.
For the oilier areas, use something like the Hale & Hush Soothe Essence Serum and the Hale & Hush Hydrate Gel to ensure the appropriate amount of hydration while leaving it with just a lightweight layered feel.
Use nighttime moisturizers with lots of antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients like the Anteage Serum & Accelerator. The ingredients (like the stem cell cytokines) in these products also have stunning anti-aging properties for skin and help to calm skin, lessen oil and improve dryness.
7. Don't ignore your eyes!
Be sure to use a great eye serum, like the Hale & Hush Brilliiant Eye & Lip Serum underneath a powerfully hydrating eye cream like the Hale & Hush Eye Mousse to protect the skin underneath your eyes.
The skin under your eyes is the thinnest of all the skin on your body and needs extra protection, but often gets overlooked. Make sure you don't ignore that area while you're giving all this extra special attention to everything else!
Using these easy tips will help you to get more balanced skin and overcome your combination skin challenges more easily. Let me know how it goes in the comments!
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