Combination skin is by far the most common cause for consultation with a dermatologist. This is due to how difficult it is to care for it as different areas of the face experience different issues: oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and the rest of the face with normal or dry skin.
This is caused by genetics and, although there is no miracle solution for this type of skin, Labelist Cosmetics has a few tips to help you have healthy, radiant combination skin.
What is combination skin?
People with combination skin usually have oilier areas of the face in addition to areas of dryness. This peculiarity requires a beauty routine that involves moisturisation of the drier areas and, on the other hand, oil reduction in the T-zone area: the nose, chin and forehead. This goal is achievable with Labelist! 😉
How do I know if I have combination skin?
Pay attention to the appearance of your skin a few hours after you’ve completed your beauty routine. If your cheeks are well-hydrated, but the T-zone is shiny you might have combination skin.
Another way to find out is by gently wiping a piece of blotting paper over the different areas of the face. If the paper turns translucent or wet after wiping over the T-zone, this indicates that oil has been absorbed. If you notice oil absorption from the T-zone but not from the cheeks, this could also be a sign of combination skin.
Characteristics of combination skin
- Shiny T-zone: chin, nose and forehead
- Enlarged pores
- Imperfections (open pores, pimples and blackheads)
- Dry cheeks with matte texture
- Occasionally, small dry patches and/or acne scars
This Labelist beauty routine will help you keep your combination skin radiant and healthy: OSMOLYTE CLEANSER + NIACINAMIDE SERUM (morning) + GLYCOLIC + AHA (night).
Cleanse your face once per day with this facial cleanser enriched with aloe vera and betaine. This product will leave your skin feeling soft and fresh. It’s perfect for everyday skin cleansing, helping keep your skin supple and toned. Remember to avoid over-cleansing.
We recommend this product with its star ingredient, niacinamide, to treat combination skin. Niacinamide serum is ideal as it contains 13% niacinamide, a much-loved vitamin due to its multiple benefits and the fact that the skin tolerates it well. Among its many benefits are its great capacity for moisturisation, for reducing and balancing the production of sebum, and for reducing the appearance of blemishes. In addition, the formula contains many other active agents such as panthenol or vitamin B5, olive extract and jujube fruit extract to help improve the appearance of the skin.
Another essential product is Glycolic + AHA, with glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin by helping to open and clean blocked pores in the oily areas of the face and even remove acne blemishes or marks. In addition to contributing to the exfoliation, alpha hydroxy acids are moisturisers, so they will hydrate the drier areas of the skin.
This product also allows for previously applied cosmetics to be better absorbed.
We recommend you add this to your routine gradually to ensure your skin tolerates it well. Start by using it one night per week. If you need more effective results and your skin tolerates it well, increase its use to 3 nights per week or even daily.
If you’re still not sure if you have combination skin after reading this article, we recommend that you take our diagnostic test. In just 10 minutes you’ll have the answers you need, and your skin will thank you for it!