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TIPS FOR COMBINATION SKIN - HOW TO KEEP SKIN MATTE AND SHINE-FREE

Combination skin is characterized by oily, shiny skin in the T-zone and dry skin around the eyes, cheeks and the neck. Finding the right routine for this skin type can be quite a challenge, because the active ingredients have to be beneficial for both dry and oily skin.

Combination skin is a blend of two completely different skin types: dry and oily skin. The T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin will often appear shiny with enlarged pores and can be prone to blemishes and clogged pores. That is because the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, causing dead skin cells to build up and block pores – which leads to blackheads and pimples.

On the other hand, combination skin is rather dry in the area around the eyes, cheeks and the neck. The skin might also feel tight and look flaky. Especially in winter, when indoor heating makes the air drier than usual, the skin will often feel dry, while in summer it becomes oily. You might notice how make-up does not last very long and starts to melt off the nose, forehead and chin. It is not completely clear what causes combination skin. It seems likely that hormones play a big role, especially amongst women. They are prone to this skin condition when they experience hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy, hormonal contraception and menopause, for example.

Finding a good skincare routine for this skin type is a challenge. Dry areas need lipids and hydrating ingredients, while for oily areas anything too rich might lead to blemishes and even oilier skin. However, anything too light will not provide the necessary hydration and moisture for the dry areas. All in all, this makes finding the right skincare products for combination skin a real challenge and balancing act.

COMBINATION SKIN Causes, Symptoms & Common Questions

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CAUSES OF COMBINATION SKIN

  • Excess sebum / oil production
  • Hormonal changes due to menopause, contraception, pregnancy
  • Psychological factors, stress
  • Genetics
  • Unbalanced diet and alcohol

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMBINATION SKIN

  • Large pores in the T-zone
  • Forehead, nose and chin are oily and prone to blemishes
  • Dry skin around the cheeks, eyes and neck
  • Feeling of tightness, redness & flaky skin around the eyes and cheeks

CAUSES OF COMBINATION SKIN

  • Excess sebum / oil production
  • Hormonal changes due to menopause, contraception, pregnancy
  • Psychological factors, stress
  • Genetics
  • Unbalanced diet and alcohol

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMBINATION SKIN

  • Large pores in the T-zone
  • Forehead, nose and chin are oily and prone to blemishes
  • Dry skin around the cheeks, eyes and neck
  • Feeling of tightness, redness & flaky skin around the eyes and cheeks

What is combination skin?

As the name suggests, combination skin is a combination of two skin types: dry and oily skin. The T-zone is typically oily, while the skin around the eyes, cheeks and the neck tends to be dry and feel tight and flaky. This skin type is often prone to large pores and blemishes. 

What kind of cleanser is best for combination skin?

Proper cleansing is very important. It is advised to cleanse your face twice a day – not just at night, but also in the morning. Here, too, you should look for cleansers that keep the dry parts of your skin moisturized, without overwhelming the oily parts and making them even greasier. Opt for an acohol-free tonic and gentle cleansing foam or cleansing gel.  

What is a good skincare routine for combination skin?

Similar to choosing the right cleanser, you also want to go with balancing products when it comes to moisturizers. This requires some tricky multitasking: You have to care for two opposite skin types at once and focus on the long-term improvement of both. Our products for combination skin can bring your skin back into balance. The anti-aging moisturizer for combination skin mattifies the oilier parts of the face, moisturizes dry skin patches and also helps to combat the first signs of wrinkles. Serums and concentrates are packed with active ingredients that nurture the skin and enhance the overall effect of your skincare routine. As the combination skin type is typically prone to blemishes, we recommend to exfoliate with the AHA Peeling once or twice a week, in combination with a clarifying face mask.

What type of make-up is best for combination skin?

Your T-zone keeps getting oilier and shinier throughout the day, while your make-up is slowly slipping off your face? Primers create the perfect base for a long-lasting look – apply after your moisturizer and before your foundation. Tinted textures are great if you want to conceal blemishes or imperfections for a flawless appearance. Light fluid foundations with mattifying and pore-refining properties work very well for combination skin and large pores. However, trends like strobing should be treated with caution, as products with glow effect can easily emphasize your oily T-zone even more. You can, however, apply subtle highlighting on the dry parts of the skin.

COMBINATION SKIN Products for Dry & Oily Skin

SOLUTION FOR COMBINATION SKIN

Your skin requires a routine that meets the needs of both dry and oily skin areas and balances the skin.

The OYSTER line manages to balance dry and oily skin areas. This skincare collection contains an extra portion of oyster and nourishing almond oil to supply the dry skin patches around the eyes, cheeks and the neck with plenty of moisture. It also features an extract of pistacia lentiscus that helps to minimize pores and keep the skin matte and shine-free. Thanks to its unique formula, the OYSTER collection is able to address the varied and complex needs of combination skin, which has characteristics of both dry and oily skin. Your skin will immediately look calm, balanced and refreshed. The OYSTER Skin Balance collection also contains our anti-aging Celumer Marine Extract, which helps to control the first signs of aging and ensures that the skin gets all the vital nutrients it needs.

Find more details about key ingredients and relevant test results here: OYSTER Skin Balance for Combination Skin.

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