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What is combination skin and how do you take care of it?

Combination skin is a particular type of skin, unstable, always between two waters. But what is combination skin exactly? What are the right gestures to take care of it and sublimate it? Veld's tells you everything you need to know about combination skin:definition, functioning, needs, adapted beauty routine. Follow the guide!

Combination skin:definition

Combination skin is the most common type of skin, but also the most difficult to manage, due to its unstable nature... But what is combination skin exactly? As its name suggests, it is "mixed", that is to say, halfway between two types of skin:between oily skin and normal to dry skin. Just that!

Specifically, combination skin has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) , with problems similar to those encountered by oily skin, only in this area. It is not uncommon in combination skin to see imperfections, blackheads, or simply a less fine skin texture, in the T zone. The rest of the face, meanwhile, oscillates between normal skin and skin dry, depending on skin sensitivity and time of year.

Combination and dehydrated skin, is it possible?

Dehydration is a common problem in combination skin. To overcome imperfections and excess sebum, the first reflex is to try to mattify the skin by all means, sometimes with overly aggressive treatments. However, combination skin needs hydration all the same.

It requires relatively gentle care, so as not to completely dehydrate the cheek area, and end up with patches of desquamation. Thus, to pamper combination skin and sublimate it, you must:

  • Bring it comfort and hydration to prevent dryness and dehydration
  • Matify the T-zone to limit shine
  • Limit excess sebum to prevent the appearance of imperfections

What beauty routine for my combination skin?

Clean your combination skin without irritating it

If you have combination skin, keep in mind that you don't have oily skin , they are two very different skin types. It is therefore better to avoid products dedicated to oily skin, especially when it comes to daily cleansing of the skin. Choose softer formulas that won't dehydrate your combination skin or make it sensitive. So we put on cleansing oil, or a soap-free foaming gel .

For morning cleansing, you can simply bet on lavender floral water, ideal for refreshing the skin after the night, without attacking the hydrolipidic film. When you cleanse your skin, you can insist a little more on the T-zone than on the rest of the face, in order to eliminate excess sebum and obtain clear skin, ready to receive care.

Matify the T-zone without drying out the cheeks

To mattify the T-zone, face masks are great allies. Once a week, you can give yourself a purifying mask , to prevent the appearance of imperfections and refine the skin texture. Either you take a gentle formula, suitable for sensitive skin, especially if you have dry cheeks; or you take a more active formula, for example, based on green clay or vegetable charcoal, and apply it only to the T zone.

Finally, if during the day you are bothered by excess sebum in the T-zone, which causes shine, consider mattifying papers . These are small absorbent papers, found in make-up and cosmetic stores.

Provide sufficient hydration to your combination skin

To take care of your combination skin , there are mattifying care creams, based on sebum-regulating active ingredients. On the other hand, they must be chosen with moisturizing active ingredients as well, so as not to dry out the skin. Alternatively, you can double up with a moisturizer on top, as a mattifying cream alone will not adequately hydrate the skin in most cases.

Another option:mattifying serums. Very effective with their concentrated formula, they make it possible to mattify the skin, without skimping on hydration, provided they are used in duo with a good day cream.

One of the great difficulties when taking care of your combination skin is its unstable appearance . Depending on the seasons, the living environment, but also the hormonal cycle, it can change. Your skin may have an oilier period, then a more sensitive period, or a period where blemishes multiply. Pay attention to these developments and adapt your skincare routine accordingly:apply a richer cream in the event of dryness, a lighter one in the event of increased sebum production, make a good mask or use a special blemish cream in the event of the occurrence of blackheads and blackheads.

Take care of your lifestyle to beautify your skin

As we have just seen, combination skin is unstable and very sensitive to changes, both internal and external. Thus, your lifestyle influences the condition of your skin. For example, lack of sleep or vitamins can increase sebum production , or make the complexion dull.

The effects of stress on combination skin can also be deleterious, promoting blemishes and sensitivity. To take care of your combination skin, first take care of yourself:get enough sleep , limit sources of stress, as well as excessively rich foods that contribute to fat in the T zone.

How to make up combination skin?

By its nature, combination skin can be difficult to apply makeup. For the complexion, do the hunt for comedogenic products :they clog the pores, favoring the overproduction of sebum and blemishes. Choose a fluid and light foundation, a BB cream or a CC cream, with moisturizing agents, without too many lipids. To mattify, apply a veil of loose powder to the T-zone. Avoid compact powders, and above all, keep your hand light to avoid the "plastered" effect and not clog the pores:your skin needs to breathe!

If your skin starts to shine during the day, opt for mattifying papers over powder touch-ups:putting on powder to camouflage the shine will just help to smother the skin, which will grease even more under all this powder. In addition, the touch-up will not last more than an hour, because the makeup will have trouble sticking to an area that is too oily. So we absorb the excess sebum with the paper, and to unify the complexion, we put a veil of powder afterwards, but very light!