There are 5 types of skin: dry, oily, sensitive, normal and combination. You can easily understand your skin type by washing your face and leaving it for one hour to observe and determine the changes in the appearance of your skin. It is easy to treat or act upon your skin if you know that it is completely oily or completely dry or absolutely normal (trust me, you’re the luckiest if you have normal skin) but, it is the most difficult to treat combination skin as it is a mixture of all skin types. If you have combination skin, you will notice more oil on your forehead, nose and chin as compared to cheeks and other parts on the face. It is also known as the T-Zone area. Combination skin can be due to various reasons like genetic, hormonal, etc. let us have a look at some of the ways by which we can deal with combination skin:
How to manage T-Zone Area
1. Mild and Gentle Cleanser
Never use soaps to wash your face as they can make your skin dry, causing irritation and other skin problems. You can use honey and milk as natural cleansers which will not change the pH balance of your skin. Using a gentle facial cleanser twice a day focusing on the T-zone area so that your cheeks do not over dry.
2. Moisturise Deeply
The biggest challenge with combination skin is to moisturise deeply without clogging the pores. You can use two different types of moisturisers for different areas and you can also take supplements like fish oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts, salmon etc.
3. Use Fragrance-Free Products
You must prefer to use fragrance-free products as much as possible because they will contain only natural ingredients which will not be harmful to your skin. Dry, dull, or flaky skin can react to the fragranced products as they are more prone to irritation.
4. Do Not Touch
Avoid touching your face as much as possible as your hands contain a lot of germs and dirt most of which are invisible. These impurities can clog your pores and make your skin sensitive and prone to acne.
5. Blotting Sheets Will Help
Since you have oily skin in certain parts of your face, you should keep blotting sheets handy in order to remove the excess oils and shine from your face and without ruining your makeup. Also, it is very easy to carry in your handbags so you don’t have to worry much.
6. Exercise and Stay Stress-Free
No matter how busy your schedule is throughout the day, it is very important to stay stress-free as stress can make both, dry and oily skin over-reactive. You should try to meditate, do yoga, listen to music. Exercising is also very important for removing the impurities from the skin.
7. Sunscreen Protection
Application of sunscreen is very important for protection of your skin from the Sun. A broad spectrum sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 is good to use. You must limit your time under the sun as the Sun can be responsible for causing premature fine lines, dark spots, and even wrinkles.
Caring for Dry and Oily Skin
Exfoliating once or twice a week, depending upon the sensitivity of your skin and using a face mask to calm down your combination skin are also good steps for keeping your skin in control. You must also take care of the skin around your eyes by using tea bags regularly in order to avoid the half-moons under your eyes.