As the name suggests, the skin types vary in the different areas of the face. The T-zone which includes the forehead, chin and nose, usually feels oily with enlarged pores, while the cheeks are normal to dry. The T-zone can vary in size from a very slim zone to an extended area.
After cleansing, combination skin will often feel clean and refreshed in the T-zone area and may feel tight and dry around the cheeks.
- You don’t necessary need two sets of products for the T-zone and the cheeks. There are plethora of products for combination skin. Products for oily skin are usually a good match for combination skin too.
- Be consistent with your routine – cleanse, tone and moisturize. Cleanse morning, evening and after excessive sweating or workout. Facial mists not only help hydrating the skin but they also facilitate the absorption of nutrients from your serum, oil, cream or balm.
- Exfoliate twice a week. Exfoliation is essential to promote cell turnover and prevent sebum buildup in pores.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. You can use moisturizers with SPF30 or you can apply sunscreen with SPF30 after you moisturize.
- Stay hydrated – drinking enough water is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out.
- Workout – exercise increases blood circulation. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.
- Avoid touching your face - your hands are constantly coming into contact with dirt and bacteria throughout the day. When you touch your face you’re introducing all that grime to your skin it could cause breakouts.
- Keep stress at bay - Stress can affect your whole body, including your skin, hair, and nails. Meditation is a great way to keep the stress level low
- Get enough sleep - a lack of sleep interrupts your body's ability to maintain healthy skin.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. In general, bright colored fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants - blueberries, beans, cranberries, apples, whole grains, spinach, and peppers. For omega-3 fatty acids, eat foods like walnuts, avocado, and flaxseed. Especially if you don't eat fish, consider taking fish oil as a supplement. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar.