How to Care for Combination Skin

A trip through the supermarket aisles to the skin care section is something everyone either truly dreads or truly enjoys. You will find yourself bombarded with an entire range of products that claim all kinds of extraordinary results.

Most of these products are specific to caring for normal, oily and dry skin. The fourth skin type, combination skin, is quite a challenge to deal with. As the word suggests, this skin type is a combination of oily and dry skin. Areas like the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are normally oily while the cheeks, jaws and neck are typically dry.

Many people often pick the lesser of the two evils and go with products meant for oily skin. However, these are designed to reduce the sebum secretion and hence, dry the skin of excess oil. By using these products, people with combination skin will find them effective only on portions of the face that are actually oily. Other areas will respond by drying quickly, peeling or causing the skin to feel taut. The same goes with products meant for dry skin.

Some cosmetic companies have specific product lines that cater to customers with combination skin but this may not always be available. Skin care experts strongly recommend using treatment specifically pertaining to the area. For example, use a gel based or foam cleanser on the oily areas of your skin. You can use a single toner for the entire face, which is either water or glycerin based.

All skin types require a good moisturizer and exfoliating cream/scrub. Pick one out for the oily areas and another for the dry areas. This may sound tedious but it is the best method to ensure that both the dry and oily portions of your face are properly cared for.Use a good sunscreen that has a matte finish or which is gel based. Use a moisturizer on the dry areas and then apply the sunscreen over it. If you wear foundation, pick one that has a matte finish and an SPF 15. The surest way of dealing with combination skin is to identify what products work best and make them a part of your daily skin care routine.