Skincare 101 Combination Skin
Lifestyle for Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, your skin is never happy. When you use products designed to treat oily skin, your "dry areas" are aggravated, turning red, irritated, and itchy. When you use products designed for dry skin, your T-zone becomes oilier and you break out.
Trying to balance your Jekyll and Hyde skin type can really seem like a mystery.
What is Combination Skin?
It's just as it sounds: combination skin is having oily skin in some areas of your face, and dry areas in others. The oily areas tend to cluster in the forehead, nose, and chin region, otherwise known as the "T-zone". The rest of your face tends to be dry and maybe flaky.
As frustrating as it is, it's the most common skin type out there. If you have combination skin, chances are:
- You see oiliness on some parts of your face soon after washing it.
- Using a moisturizer for normal skin makes your T-zone oily, but the rest of your face feel really good.
- The pores on your nose are much larger than the pores elsewhere.
- You have dandruff.
- You can breakout and have dry patches all at the same time.
- The weather dictates how oily your T-zone gets.
- You have flaky areas inside your T-zone.
- You have a hard time finding products that work: some make you breakout, while others leave you dry.
What Causes Combination Skin?
Most likely, your genetics are to blame for your combination skin. The skincare products you choose to use can be a major contributing factor, too. Products that contain harsh or irritating ingredients will cause some areas to dry out, while oil production will be stimulated in others.
Products for Combination Skin
Combination skin is thought to be one of the most common skin types, it features two or more different skin conditions on the face. Typically, the combination skin type is characterized by dry, flaking skin on the cheeks, while excessive oil and shine appears on other areas of the face. Environmental factors including the change of seasons can cause fluctuation of these conditions, causing one to be more prominent than the other during certain times of the year.
What combination skin looks like
- The appearance of larger pores
- Shiny skin
- Blackheads and whiteheads
- You deal with dry patches and acne breakouts
Below are GLOWBIOTICS product regimen suggestions for combination skin:
- Cleanse AM & PM: Probiotic Acne Treatment Cleanser or Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
- Treat AM: Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum
- Treat AM & PM Acne Clarifying + Refining Treatment or spot treat for breakouts
- Treat PM: Acne Clarifying + Refining Treatment
- Treat PM ONLY: Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment Serum or Retinol Anti-Aging & Brightening Treatment
- Hydrate AM/PM: Gentle Probiotic Calming Lotion or Probiotic Instant Refreshing Gel Hydrator
- Prevent AM: Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB
- Eye Area AM/PM: Soothing + Revitalizing Eye Cream or Anti-Wrinkle Illuminating Eye Cream
BOOST YOUR SKINCARE Regimen:
FOR EXTRA firming, hydration and volume…. . apply Skin Perfecting Hydration Lotion to face, neck and/décolleté in the morning and/or the evening before you apply the treatment step or mix directly into the hydrate step!
FOR EXTRA balance, soothing and radiance….. apply the Hydra Glow Cream Oil to face, neck and décolleté after you apply the morning treatment step or mix directly into the morning hydrate step or mixed with the Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 or mixed with your liquid foundation!
FOR EXTRA calming, redness reduction and soothing....apply the Calming Restorative Treatment to face, neck and/or décolleté in the morning and/or evening before you apply treatment step or mix directly into the hydrate step!
PRODUCTS FOR COMBINATION SKIN
Tips for Combination Skin
When it comes to what products to use, if you're looking for the magic answer, you may not find it here, as there's no one-stop-shop or one-size-fits-all solution. You may have to care for different parts of your face differently. But it mostly comes down to trial and error.
- Avoid any products that contain harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients. Steer clear of sulfates, alcohol, fragrances, soap, and harsh chemicals. Also stay away from petroleum-based moisturizers like mineral oil in your lotions and foundations, since they're pore-clogging.
- Potent, concentrated amounts of beneficial ingredients in products with a gel, thin lotion, or liquid texture usually work well over the entire face, so you may need only a more emollient moisturizer over the very dry areas.
- Topical products containing probiotics have the ability to soothe skin on a cellular level and balance out the skin's microbiome. They're very gentle and usually work well for all skin types.
- Protect your skin from UV damage with a gentle SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Eating a diet rich in probiotics can affect the health and appearance of your skin. They stabilize the lining of your intestinal walls to combat inflammation and harmful bacteria, improve skin clarity, eliminate dryness, and enhance anti-aging effects.
- A diet that includes fatty acids from salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed can help to moisturize from the inside out without clogging your pores. Not a fan? Take a fish oil supplement.
- Exercise to get the blood pumping, and practice stress relief, since stress can make your skin more reactive.
Diet for Combination Skin
Your combination skin is never happy. Caring for combination skin can be touch and go when you have both oily and dry areas. There's no one-stop-shop or one-size-fits-all solution for products that will help, but the skincare products you choose to care for all areas of your face is only a part of the equation.
Since combination skin is often the result of an imbalance, then it stands to reason that you can help to balance things with diet.
Because you're skin may be doing different things at differing times on different areas of your face, making sure your diet includes a healthy balance across the board will insure your skin is getting the nourishment it needs. Make sure that you're getting your fruits and veggies in a variety of colors, especially green and orange, as they're high in minerals, beta carotene and fiber.
Eating a diet rich in probiotics can affect the health and appearance of your skin. They stabilize the lining of your intestinal walls to combat inflammation and harmful bacteria, improve skin clarity, eliminate dryness, and enhance anti-aging effects. The fermented foods are also already partially broken down, so your intestines can pull nutrients it needs out more readily.
Fatty acids from foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed can help to moisturize from the inside out without clogging your pores. Even if your skin tends towards the oily side, it can still play a big role in the look and appearance of your skin. You could also take a good quality fish oil supplement.
Avoid processed foods and sugars, since they can gum up your system and contribute to inflammation.