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Our last two posts focused on the beginning and middle stages of a good combination skin care routine. Today, we will finish the combination skin care routine with a look at adding moisture to the skin and protecting it with an SPF. For many with combination skin, the tendency is to either over-moisturize or under-moisturize and neither will be effective. The key to both moisturizing and protecting combination skin is to create a balance between your oily and dry skin areas. Keep reading to learn more about how to effectively moisturize and protect your combination skin.
The ideal moisturizer for combination skin is one that can manage a balancing act in which your dry skin is hydrated, but your oily skin (mostly the T-zone) isn’t loaded with thick, heavy products. When selecting a moisturizer for your combination skin, be sure to look for an oil-free, lightweight formula that is non-comedogenic. One ingredient that can really benefit combination skin is panthenol. Panthenol is “a vitamin B5 that has water-binding and balancing properties to keep cells healthy and moist,” explains Renee Rouleau, celebrity esthetician.
Applying your moisture probably seems like a complete no-brainer, but there are some techniques you may not know. Begin with moisturizer on your cheeks and use upward and outward motions to spread your moisturizer. When you move to your forehead and your neck and chest (it’s important to include your neck and chest for anti-aging benefits), use upward motions to spread moisturizer. Always remember to be incredibly gentle near the eyes and lips, as the skin in these locations is thinner and more delicate than elsewhere on your face.
Sunscreen is non-negotiable for healthy, youthful skin, but when you have an oily T-zone, it can be difficult to find one that doesn’t aggravate your situation. There are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and tend to work well for sensitive skin. Additionally, physical sunscreens can have a bit of a drying effect, so they may prove quite effective for combination skin. Chemical sunscreens tend to be more greasy, although there are plenty of formulas that are oil-free and lightweight. A gel sunscreen can be perfect for combination skin. Look for a broad-spectrum (meaning it prevents danger from UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25.
If you choose to wear a chemical sunscreen, apply at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure, so that the product has time to sink into your skin. Physical sunscreen can be applied immediately prior to sun exposure, and both types of sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours if you are in the sun.
Taking care of combination skin can be a frustrating task due to the major differences in your skin, but when you know what ingredients to look for and what products to use, caring for your combination skin becomes much easier. Add blotting papers to your bag so that you can remove any excess T-zone oil at a moment’s notice and your combination skin care routine is complete. Caring for your skin properly can help you love the skin you’re in.