Combination skin could be considered the most challenging skin type to care for because you are often dealing with two opposite ends of the skin care spectrum. The majority of people with combination skin have a “T-zone” that includes the forehead nose and chin where the skin is oily while the cheeks; mouth and the areas around the eyes have dry skin. Many people deal with occasional breakouts and larger than normal pores, especially on the nose.
It’s easy to aggravate your dry skin areas by aggressively dealing with the oil on your forehead, nose, and chin. The products that control the oil often make your dry skin areas even worse. This leads to dry flaky skin, frustration and wondering if anything works.
The challenges of aging skin just add another level of complication. There are completely opposite anti-aging requirements for oily vs. dry skin. Combination skin requires gentle oil control in certain areas as well as moisture to ensure even healthy skin.
Combination Skin Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen Goals:
- Maintain oil control.
- Maintain moisture in the skin.
- Prevent sun damage
- Prevent or reverse the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
You will get the greatest satisfaction and best results by adopting a “both and” approach to every step of your skin care regimen. The oily parts have over-productive oil glands so it’s important to keep your pores clear and avoid stimulating excess oil production.
The dry sections of your complexion struggle to hold moisture. So your mission is to find products that do both, minimize oiliness and maximize moisture. Let’s start with you cleanser.
Cleansing Combination Skin
The first step in controlling oil and preventing acne breakouts is keeping the skin clean. Soaps or cleansers that are perfumed or colored can irritate the skin. Cleansers formulated for very oily skin may irritate the parts of the skin that are dry. What works best is a gentle cleanser at least twice a day, and try for three times if you can. Exfoliation is also important for oily skin because dead skin cells create the perfect habitat for bacteria to grow and infect the skins oil glands. Regular exfoliation is also a part of maintaining oil control in your skincare regimen. Your cleanser must be gentle enough for dry skin and clean deeply enough to remove oils.
Use a Toner
Your toner is important for your T-zone. An astringent toner will provide a second cleansing step and will temporarily shrink some of your larger oil producing pores. Your toner should not contain alcohol, which will damage the dry areas of your skin. Let the toner dry before applying moisturizer.
Moisturizing is the key for healthy beautiful combination skin. You already know that a good moisturizer is necessary for your cheeks and dry skin areas. But that good moisturizer is also important for keeping the skin in your T-zone hydrated after the cleanser has removed excess oils. Oil holds moisture in the cells. Oil does not provide moisture for skin cells.
Your moisturizer needs to be heavy-duty enough to nourish parched dry skin without making your forehead nose and chin appear shiny and greasy. Your moisturizer must not clog pores.
Always use an eye cream to moisturize the delicate area around your eye. Do not use heavy creams or all purpose moisturizers around your eyes. They can cause clogged pores and damage the delicate skin.
Be sure to remove your makeup before going to bed. Leaving the makeup on will clog the pores and help pimples and black heads to develop.
Dermatologists agree that you should use a sunscreen with at least a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 if you are going to be in the sun for 15 minutes. Ideally it should protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. Your sunscreen should not clog your pores or pull moisture from your skin. Many sunscreens with anti-aging properties irritate dry skin. It is important that your sun protection is both effective and agreeable to combination skin.
Your Anti-Aging skin care regimen must work with both oily and dry skin. It should prevent and reverse wrinkles. I must encourage the repair of damaged skin cells. It should address thinning skin, photo aging, dryness, and maintain your complexion in radiant health and beauty. It seems like a lot to ask but the science and technology is already proven.
I have no hesitation in recommending Xtend-Life anti-aging skincare products for my clients with combination skin. First of all, the ingredients in the entire line are safe enough to eat. There are no harmful ingredients to create irritation, clog pores, or damage skin cells. The dry and oily areas of your face will be cleansed, moisturized and refreshed.
Xtend-life also includes some of the finest natural anti-aging ingredients that I’ve seen in any anti-aging skincare system. The approach is to re-grow the skin cells and collagen reversing the cause of old-looking skin. Then by gradually raising levels of hyaluronic acid your skin regains it’s natural youthful smoothness and beauty. The antioxidants attack free radicals slowing further damage to skin cells. A noticeable positive difference in the appearance of facial skin happens in a short time frame. Further improvements occur with continued use.