Do you have combination skin?
Do you know your skin type? Typically, skin types fall into one of four categories: Sensitive, Normal, Combination and Oily. And most of the time, it’s based on genetics. Today, we’re focusing on Combination Skin – one of the most common skin types.
Combination skin is characterized by having an oily T-zone (your forehead, nose and chin) while having less oily cheek and jawline areas. There are more sebaceous (oil) glands in your T-zone than other parts of your face. These glands produce sebum which is the waxy substance responsible for keeping your skin soft and offering a protective layer to the elements.
A simple test to determine if your skin is combination is to wash your face with your go-to cleanser, wait an hour and then quite literally, touch different areas of your face to determine if some are more oily feeling than others.
So now that you know you have combination skin, what do you do about it?
- Avoid products that contain chemical fragrances in them. These chemicals can irritate the dry areas of your skin which tend to be more sensitive.
- Avoid comedogenic products. EG. products that cause acne breakouts. DUH! 99% of over the counter products contain oils and fillers that are intended to prolong that product’s shelf life. But unfortunately, what they do is clog pores and reduce the effectiveness of the active ingredients. Cleansers, moisturizers, masks – anything that you put on your face could exacerbate your combo skin if it contains the wrong ingredients.
- Find the right cleanser. If your skin has patches of more or less oil or more or less sensitivity, it’s important to use a cleanser that removes oil without causing irritation. Ninja Skincare’s Revolutionary Cleanser Balancing is fragrance free, sulfate free and paraben free and leaves your skin feeling clean without irritation and without over-drying.
- EXFOLIATE! Has everyone heard us say this before? Exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate! Every skin type benefits from consistent gentle exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells both topically and inside the hair follicles will prevent acne breakouts, smooth skin texture and lighten skin discoloration.
Other things that ALL people can do ALL the time to help out their skin:
- Exercise. Not only do you get the benefit of endorphins rushing through your body, making you a generally happier and nicer person, but you also experience an increased blood flow throughout your body, bringing vitamins and increased oxygen to the skin’s surface. The better your circulation, the healthier your skin.
- SPF SPF SPF. This might become our chant. Wear your sunscreen! Wear a wide brimmed hat! Wear long sleeves! Stay out of the sun! Re-apply every 2 hours! Sun is no one’s friend when it comes to skin health. Everything bad and very little good.
- Don’t stress out! Easier said than done. Stress regularly shows up on your skin. The stress of lack of sleep. The stress of a bad work situation. The stress of bad eating habits and malnutrition. Any thing you can do to minimize your daily life stress will pay off in the long run for your skin.
So there you have it. Hopefully helpful information for you to digest. Please remember if you have questions, we are here to help with your skin. Call, text or email us with your questions.