If you think tailoring a skin care routine for dry or oily skin type was tedious, welcome to the world of combination skin, where both dry and oily areas need equal attention to create a perfectly balanced skin. A combination skin type is typically when the T-zone is prone to oiliness and the cheeks are dry. A customised skin care routine is the way to deal with combination skin, especially during monsoons. In this article, we will talk about the best moisturiser for combination skin, which is the best face wash for combination skin and the best sunscreen for combination skin. Read on below to find out the challenges faced by combination skin during monsoons.
Nurturing Your Combination Skin this Monsoon
The high humidity during monsoons can lead to an increase in sebum production in the T-zone, making it appear shiny and greasy. Despite the humidity, the cheeks and jawline may still experience dryness, especially if the skin is dehydrated. The combination of excess oil and the potential dehydration in other areas can create an ideal environment for acne-causing bacteria to thrive. With increased humidity, makeup may have difficulty staying put, especially in the oilier areas. This can lead to a makeup breakdown.
By customising your skin care routine, you can effectively address these diverse skin concerns, ensuring that each area receives the appropriate care it needs. By using products that control excess oil without overly drying out the skin, you can minimise the risk of acne flare-ups. By using gentle and soothing ingredients, you can reduce the risk of irritation and redness.
Decoding Combination Skin
Combination skin usually has larger and more visible pores in the oily regions. Due to the variation in oil production and hydration levels, combination skin may display an uneven texture, with smoother and refined skin in some areas and rougher patches in others. Combination skin can particularly be sensitive to seasonal changes, temperature and weather conditions, making it more reactive and prone to redness or irritation. For example, during summers, the hot conditions can lead to increased oil production in the T-zone. And during winters, the cold and dry air can exacerbate dryness in the cheeks and jawline.
Gel cleansers are ideal for combination skin during the monsoon season because they offer a lightweight and non-greasy cleansing experience. We recommend using Lakme Blush & Glow Berry Smash Gel Face Wash. The face wash has fruit antioxidants and beads that cleanse your skin washing away dirt and other impurities.
During the monsoon we may sweat more due to the humidity and higher temperatures. Hence, it is important to cleanse combination skin twice a day as it helps wash away sweat and accumulated dirt and grime from the skin’s surface. Cleansing twice a day also helps remove excess oil, reducing shine and preventing clogged pores, which can lead to acne breakouts.
Toning for Balance
Toners play a significant role in restoring pH balance and controlling oil in combination skin. Some cleansers disrupt the pH balance, leaving the skin more alkaline. Toners with slightly acidic pH can restore the skin’s natural pH level. Toners designed for combination skin often contain ingredients like niacinamide that help balance oil production. Some toners also contain ingredients like witch hazel that help tighten and minimize the appearance of pores. To balance the dry areas, toners with hyaluronic acid provides lightweight hydration to the areas of the face without adding excess oil.
Hydration: Moisturise with Precision
For lightweight moisturisation, use Pond’s Super Light Gel for the added moisture. Infused with the goodness of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and glycerine, this super light moisturiser helps restore the moisture balance to keep the skin soft and smooth.
Opt for oil-free and lightweight moisturisers that won’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin. Seek moisturisers that contain hydrating ingredients like glycerin, vitamin E and shea butter that help retain moisture in the skin without making the oily areas feel greasy. We suggest using the Lakme 9To5 VitC+ Day Cream. This cream is enriched with vitamin C, vitamin E and shea butter. Vitamin C is a powerhouse of antioxidants which is known to provide a healthy skin barrier that can fight multiple skin problems like pollution and dullness of skin. Vitamin E is known to heal and moisturise and shea butter is known to lock in hydration in the skin.
Combination skin can also have dehydrated and dull under eyes during monsoons. Use Lakme Argan Oil Radiance Night Revival Eye Crème to provide a boost of hydration while you sleep. Infused with Moroccan Argan oil, known to provide superior nourishment, this non-greasy and non-sticky formula helps reduce dark circles and dullness to give you a bright look.
Monsoon-Proof Sun Protection
For combination skin, sun exposure can exacerbate existing uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Regular use of sunscreen helps prevent further darkening of hyperpigmented areas and promotes a more even complexion. Choose Lakme Sun Expert SPF 24 Ultra Matte Lotion which is ideal for all skin types. It contains cucumber, lemongrass and vitamin B3. This lightweight lotion provides broad spectrum UV protection. SPF 24 blocks up to 97% harmful rays of UVB which causes sunburns, PA++ shields from UVA rays which cause dark spots and skin tanning.
FAQS about Your Combination Skin this Monsoon
Q1. Should you exfoliate combination skin?
A. Yes, exfoliation is beneficial for combination. Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, promoting a smoother complexion.
Q2. How to do makeup for combination skin?
A. Primers are essential for combination skin as it can help keep makeup in place during monsoons. When choosing foundation, look out for lightweight formulas with a mattifying effect.
Q3. What homemade face mask to use on combination skin?
A. You can use honey and yogurt mask on combination skin. Mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse off. Honey helps retaining moisture while yogurt soothes and exfoliates the skin.
To effectively tackle challenges of combination skin, it’s essential to adjust your skin care routine accordingly. Incorporating targeted treatments for oily and dry regions are some of the key strategies to manage combination skin and maintain its natural beauty and harmony.