Choosing a Moisturizer for Combination Skin

If you have dry skin or oily skin, it is easy to find face washes and moisturizers since there are many beauty products that are made for dry and oily skin widely available. However, when it comes to combination skin, the skin care routine for it becomes tricky. Combination skin tends to have a shine in the T zone – your nose and forehead while it can be very dry in the other parts of the face. There are not many products available that explicitly say that they are compatible with combination skin. So here we give you a guide to choosing a moisturizer for combination skin.

What is Combination Skin?

Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, you would have two different types of skin on your face at the same time. Some parts of the face can be dry or flaky but some regions like the forehead, nose and chin tend to be oily if you have a combination type of skin. You could have breakouts and flakiness of the skin at the same time with combination skin.

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Problems with choosing products for oily skin

If you go about using products meant for oily or pimple prone skin, it might so happen that your dry skin becomes drier and irritated. If you use moisturizers rich in emollients, then it can end up clogging pores and aggravating the pimples. What your skin needs is to gently control the oil in some areas while moisturizing others.

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Choosing a moisturizer for Combination Skin

One thing to remember is to never skip moisturizer for the skin. You skin needs it to remain soft and supple. If you have combination skin, you can take the easy way out and pick two different products – one gel based, light weight moisturizer that will take care of the oily part of the skin while another rich moisturizing cream to be used on the drier parts of your face. This is a surefire way of dealing with the combination skin type.

However, if you do not want to be bothered with using two different kinds of moisturizers, you can pick certain products that are well suited for both kinds of skin. While choosing a moisturizer for combination skin, remember the following

  • Find a light-weight oil-free formula. While the oil-free formula may not be sufficient to moisturize the dry skin sufficiently, it should still be able to moisturize the skin to some extent.
  • Find a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic.
  • If you are not too sure, go in for products that are made for sensitive skin since you can be sure that it would contain anything that would irritate your skin.
  • Avoid application of acne fighting products all over the face and stick to spot treatment instead, since it can have an extreme drying effect on the drier parts of the skin.
  • Pick a light, non-greasy moisturizer like the Neutrogena Oil free moisturizer or Clean and clear moisturizer which are best suited for combination skin.
  • You could even try to apply a dab of virgin coconut oil on your face since it does not clog pores and is great to nourish the skin.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.