How to take care of combination skin

Combination skin is one of the world's most common skin types. You may find that you develop combination skin at a certain time in your life, it may be a brief stage or it may last for many years. Either way, it is important to know how to look after your combination skin. Combination skin is when your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin and cheeks) is oily while your cheeks and other areas may be prone to dryness. This can be difficult to manage as the needs of your skin are so varied. So how do you do that?

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Find a balance

While your T-zone may need more cleansing and antibacterial treatment, it is important not to over-cleanse the T-zone. You also need to be aware that dry skin will only get drier if anything too harsh or abrasive is applied to it. Likewise, applying oil in an effort to hydrate the dry areas may simply make the oily parts even oilier. Focus instead on natural, gentle products that create equilibrium and allow your skin to produce enough oil to stay healthy. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturize each morning and evening.

Sunscreen

No matter what your skin type, protecting against the sun should be the most important element of your skincare routine. Not only can the sun’s harsh rays cause extreme dehydration and premature ageing, but sun exposure can of course, lead to skin cancer and potential melanoma. Part of staying safe in the sun also means regular skincare checks and knowing the potential signs of skin cancer. Always use sunblock and stay in the shade as much as possible too.

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Exfoliation

A gentle scrub is a fantastic way to give your skin a healthy glow whilst unblocking pores and sloughing off dead skin cells. If your skin has oily sections then you may be tempted to try a harsher facial scrub in order to remove the excess oil and deeply cleanse your skin. In reality, removing too much excess oil will actually cause your skin to produce more oil to compensate. Resulting in an even oilier complexion. Instead opt for something gentle and natural. Chemical exfoliants are too harsh for daily use and should only be used once a week. Natural exfoliants can be used on a daily basis.

The best way to find a facial scrub that is natural and balancing rather than too harsh or chemical-based is to make your own.

Mix two tablespoons of oats with a tablespoon of honey and massage into your face using circular motions. Leave on the skin for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Oats are very effective as a natural exfoliant, oats are also known for being effective in removing excess oil from the skin. Using oats is also a great way to gently remove dead flakey skin cells which are common in combination skin. Honey is known for its antibacterial properties, as well as its moisturising effects which makes it the perfect accompaniment to oats for your homemade facial scrub. Apply this facial scrub every day after cleansing and before moisturising.

Night Cream

Many people with oily skin, whether it be combination or oily all over, tend to avoid moisturizer where possible. The idea of adding moisture each night seems like it might make your skin more oily and difficult to manage. In fact, our skin uses the night time hours while we are sleeping to rebuild, restore and heal. If your skin is lacking moisture then more sebum will be produced in order to counteract this. Applying night cream means that you will be actively fighting wrinkles while you sleep, and can look forward to waking up with a little radiance too.

If you enjoy natural homemade skincare treats then you might like to try applying some papaya. Skin and deseed a fresh papaya, mash up the pulp and apply it liberally to your face. Not only does this smell divine but it also is very effective in regaining balance, removing excess oil, adding moisture and giving your skin a boost of radiance. Papaya is perfect for combination skin.

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Combination skin doesn’t need to be a problem, once you learn how to restore balance with natural, gentle methods then your skin will be glowing with health and radiance in no time.

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