Although combination skin is one of the most common skin IDs (type and concern), it is also one of the most difficult to manage. Combination skin is typically defined by dry cheeks and oily nose, chin, and forehead (T-zone). As such, you’re essentially dealing with two different skin types simultaneously. This makes choosing moisturizers for combination skin particularly challenging. You need a product that addresses the dry areas of your skin without adding excess oil to the areas with high levels of sebum.
Understanding combination skin helps you know how to hydrate skin properly. Armed with this information, you can create an individualized skincare routine that includes a moisturizer that meets the needs of your specific skin.
- Determine your skin type and skin concern to understand which moisturizers will work for you.
- Understand the complexity of combination skin and keep your two skin types in mind as you seek a tailored skincare routine.
- Consider using two different moisturizers to meet the needs of both your dry and oily skin.
- Know what ingredients to look for in choosing products to properly and effectively care for your combination skin.
Determine Your Skin ID
To create a skincare routine that’s right for you, it is important to know your skin ID and what your skin requires to be healthy.
First, it is helpful to recognize the four main types of healthy skin:
- Normal: Smooth, balanced skin with healthy circulation and small pores that isn’t particularly sensitive.
- Dry: Lacking the lipids that retain moisture, so transepidermal water loss is especially impactful.
- Oily: Large pores overproduce sebum, leading to more breakouts.
- Combination: Cheeks are dry while T-zone is oily.
- For an even more specific diagnosis of skincare needs, the Baumann Skin Type classification system takes it a step further. It not only categorizes skin into 16 different types, it also measures these four barriers in our skin:
- Dehydration: dryness vs. oiliness
- Inflammation: sensitivity vs. resistance
- Pigmentation: non-pigmentation vs. pigmentation
- Wrinkles: wrinkling vs. tightness
Understanding your skin ID provides useful insight into how best to care for your particular skin needs. If you’d like to learn how to know your skin type, this simple skin analysis quiz helps identify your unique skincare issues. This information can guide you in developing a tailored skincare routine for healthy, balanced skin.
Understand the Complexity of Your Combination Skin
Based on the main skin types and concerns, you see that some areas of combination skin are susceptible to transepidermal water loss while other areas are experiencing an overproduction of sebum. Why is that?
Combination skin is a result of several factors. Stress, hormone shifts, environmental factors, and genetics all play a role in your skin ID.
People who have combination skin typically notice that:
- Pores look bigger: Throughout the day, dirt and dead skin cells block pores, causing sebum to build up beneath the skin and enlarge pores.
- The skin has a sheen: When the skin overproduces sebum, it creates a sheen most typically noticed on the T-zone.
- The face is prone to whiteheads and blackheads: This is a result of trapped dirt and oil mixing with dead skin cells and blocking pores.
- Skin concurrently experiences dry patches and breakouts: As your skin loses moisture, the dry areas of your face become flaky while the areas overproducing sebum may experience acne.
When looking for moisturizers for combination skin, it’s important to keep both your dry skin and your oily skin in mind. Skincare isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. For best results, you’ll want to find products that are designed to care for your specific combination skin needs.
Consider Two Moisturizers for Combination Skin
The purpose of moisturizers is to add hydration back to your skin by creating a barrier on the skin’s surface. This traps moisture in the skin and helps to soften, smooth, and hydrate your skin cells. Moisturizers have different consistencies and contain different ingredients based on the needs of the skin ID they’re treating.
It’s difficult for one product to meet the needs of two opposite skin types. Dry skin often needs a heavy, cream-based moisturizer to rehydrate. Unfortunately, this can be too greasy for oily skin and cause breakouts. A light, lotion-based moisturizer may help your oily skin but lead to dry skin irritation. You could use a middle-of-the-road product that’s a medium consistency for all-over face application, but chances are it won’t offer the adequate hydration both skin types need.
You may want to consider using two different moisturizers in your skincare routine. A light moisturizer can be applied to the T-zone to help smooth dry skin cells without clogging pores. Conversely, a heavier product can be used on the cheeks and periphery of your face where the skin is dry. By treating each skin type with its own specially formulated product, you’re more likely to see positive results that leave your skin feeling clean, fresh, and rejuvenated.
Look for Moisturizers Containing These Ingredients
As you search for products for your combination skincare routine, look for moisturizers that contain these ingredients:
- Humectants: Your body produces these naturally to retain your skin’s moisture. They create a barrier on the surface of the skin that not only keeps water in but attracts water to the skin cells. They’re lightweight and don’t clog pores, so they’re ideal for combination skin. Look for products that contain vegetable source glycerin, betaine, propanediol, hyaluronic acid and it appears in the higher ranking which means the dosage is higher to give effective moisturizing effect.
- Antioxidants: While most of our antioxidants come from the foods we eat, they can be obtained through skincare products. Vitamin C brightens the skin and serves as an anti-inflammatory while vitamin E smoothens, moisturizes, and heals the skin. Antioxidants can be found naturally in pomegranate, chamomile, knotgrass extract, and even honey.
- Lamellar Emulsion: This emulsion structure mimics the lipid structure of the skin, creating a protective layer on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss and protect against the environment. Excessive sun exposure and age can weaken the skin barrier. Moisturizers with this ingredient can repair the skin barrier. and help restore your skin’s hydration. Keep in mind that lipids are oily by nature, so they are best used on areas of your face with dry skin.
Find the Right Products with Snowperk
To maintain your skin’s balance of oil and moisture, combination skin requires special care and attention. It’s important to find the right products that meet your specific needs. With Snowperk’s personalized product line, you’re sure to find the right moisturizers for your combination skin. We can help you determine your skin ID and guide you in developing your perfect skincare routine.
Shop our products to find the right moisturizers for your combination skin today!