Not many individuals fit into the perfect "oily," "normal," or "dry" skin category. If your T-Zone (forehead, nose area, and chin) feels oily, but other parts of the face are dry and flaking, then it is likely that you have combination skin.
Combination skin is common among many men. While there are many products available in the market labeled as suitable for combination skin, the best and simplest option would be to follow a proper and balanced skincare routine.
But first, let us tell you some indicative signs to help you determine if you really have combination skin.
Decoding a Combination Skin
The following are some of the markers for combination skin:
- In less than half an hour of washing your face, you will see that certain parts of your face are oily while the other parts remain dry.
- The T-Zone feels more oily and greasy during summers, while in winter, it takes a longer time to become shiny and greasy.
- When you apply a moisturizer for oily skin, the central part of the face from forehead to chin feels nice, while the cheeks feel dry. Similarly, when you use a moisturizer for dry skin, the cheeks are fine, but the central part of the face tends to feel greasier.
- There are large visible pores on the nose area.
What Causes Combination Skin?
Multiple factors can contribute to combination skin. Quite often, genetics plays a significant role. Also, the skin care products that you choose can lessen or worsen the issues and problems of combination skin.
Type of Products that one Must Use for a Combination Skin
Choosing the right skincare products for a combination skin basically depends on to what extent your skin is oily in the central part of the face and to what extent are the remaining parts of the face dry. This varies from individual to individual. Once you have identified this, you must follow it up with a dual skincare regimen to cater to both areas (oily and dry).
For the oily parts, choose skincare products with a matte finish as such products help to control the oiliness. Choose light-weight products for the T-Zone that have a lot of water content or gel-like consistency and those that contain active agents to control oil release.
Now, by using matte products, the oily areas might feel happy, but such products can create trouble for the dry areas. This is because the dry parts of the face may require more moisture. Hence, for such parts, choose products that have more soothing and hydrating properties like creams, lotions, moisturizers, etc. However, take special care to avoid the application of such products in oily areas as these might increase the oil secretion in those areas.
An excellent win-win option would be to apply gel-based lotions and creams all over the face and then top up the dry areas with moisturizing creams and serums.
The key here is to strike the optimal balance, and for that, you should know which areas of the face need to be layered and the apt products for such layering.
Now let us have a look into the skincare regimen for combination skin.
Guide to Combination Skin
Dealing with combination skin can be tricky. The skincare regimen for a combination skin requires a balanced approach as you have to balance two different skin types. So, here's a quick guide to the right skincare approach for combination skin.
#1. Use a Mild Cleanser and a Foaming Face Wash
Start with a mild and gentle cleanser, preferably a water-soluble one. Opt for gel-based cleansers or ones that have a lotion-like texture with antioxidants as they are good for exfoliation. The goal should be to remove the impurities effectively without removing too much moisture from the skin. A matte cleanser that helps to remove excess oil in the T-zone without drying the face is ideal.
In that sense, micellar water (also called cleansing water) can be a good option for combination skin. While this is already popular among women to remove their make-up, micellar water can also be used by men. A man’s skin is more stubborn and requires adequate cleansing. Micellar water acts as a mild surfactant that cleans away the impurities quickly. All that is needed are some cotton balls to dab the micellar water onto the face, and interestingly, micellar water does not require a rinse. Hence, this can also be taken on the go along with some cotton balls during travel.
Another option would be to use a foaming face wash that can remove excess oil and clear breakouts while at the same time soothe the dry areas.
So, whatever be the type of cleanser you opt for, apply the cleanser twice daily on the face and pat dry after washing it. Do not rub the face with a towel to dry. If you require some deep cleansing, consider using a soft-bristled cleansing brush instead or rubbing hard on the face.
Post cleansing your skin requires a soothing toner. The perfect toner for combination skin is the one that contains antioxidants to nourish the skin. Most importantly, the toner must be alcohol-free.
#3. Use Moisturizing Ingredients
Moisturizing the face is a crucial part of the skincare regimen, especially when it comes to combination skin. Opt for a moisturizing sunscreen during the day and at night, follow it up with a moisturizing cream with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to keep your skin nourished and hydrated all night. Choose a high-quality men's facial moisturizer, and avoid the T-zone.
#4. Invest in a Good Anti-aging Men’s Cream
This is because combination skin is more prone to wrinkles, fine lines, and other aging signs. Investing in a good men’s anti-aging cream will help to minimize the signs of aging and keep you looking youthful.
#5. Use a Face Mask
A face mask is a remarkable way to care for combination skin. Try multi-masking (applying different masking to different areas of the face to address multiple issues) as it works great for combination skin.
Combination skin can pose a challenge to many guys. However, the trick is to get to know our skin well and create a smart, balanced plan. So, follow the tips above to balance your combination skin effectively. After all, life is all about balance.