Do you think you have oily skin but your cheeks become dry in winter? Maybe you have combination skin.
To know your skin type, put a tissue against your face for a few seconds. You should then look at the tissue: if there are no oily patches your skin is normal or dry. If there are any noticeable oily patches in the t-zone, then you have combination skin. Finally, if you see oil all over the tissue, then you have oily skin. To avoid affecting the results, take care to test your skin with no make-up on.
Combination skin has the features of dry skin and oily skin. Here’s how to take care of your combination skin with a suitable routine.
Skin type is a genetic attribute: if you have combination skin, you can’t do anything about it. However, it is possible to treat blemishes that often come with combination skin such as acne on the T-zone or irritations on the cheeks.
Combination skin is sometimes difficult to deal with: a moisturiser is essential for treating the dry area but can also accentuate excess sebum on the T-zone. Likewise, regular exfoliation is necessary to treat the oilier part of the skin, but may irritate cheeks. Combination skin needs purifying care that gently exfoliates while deeply hydrating skin.
Skincare for oily skin is generally too harsh for combination skin that’s sensitive to irritation. That’s why Klorane has created a range for combination to oily skin, with products that gently treat excess sebum and hydrate dry areas.
The ideal routine for combination skin is 3 key steps:
Most teenagers have oily skin: this is due to hormones and changes in their bodies. However, in some cases, the hypersecretion of sebum persists into adulthood. Here’s how to purify oily skin and control excess sebum for clean, radiant skin.
Like combination skin, oily skin is genetic. However, various environmental factors can accentuate sebum hypersecretion, such as stress, diet, hormonal changes or the use of unsuitable cosmetic products. Pollution is also an important factor: pollutant particles stick to oil, which prevents skin from breathing and leads to even more sebum. This vicious circle makes the skin shiny and prone to blemishes.
Oily skin has three main needs: to detox the pores from impurities accumulated during the day, to regulate sebum production, and to protect the skin from pollution and external aggressions.
The idea that oily skin doesn’t need moisturisation is a myth: dehydrated skin actually produces even more sebum to compensate for a lack of water. People who suffer from oily skin tend to use a lot of harsh products, like exfoliants and other mattifying ingredients that dry out the skin. To properly care for oily skin, you must combine a sebum regulating treatment with regular hydration.
The perfect routine for oily skin includes 3 main steps: