"My cheeks are dry and flaky, but my forehead, chin and nose are oily and shiny." If this sounds a bit like you, then you might have combination skin. This skin type is characteristically even in tone, but can be prone to mild breakouts especially around the T-Zone (nose, chin and lower forehead). In a recent feature with popular beauty blog, OnoBello, our very own president and skin care expert, Boldijarre Koronczay, shares his essential tips on how to treat combination skin.
Here are a few highlights from Boldijarre’s exclusive interview:
1. Do a Quick Skin Type Test
The first step to treating combination skin is simple: Determine your skin type. Boldijarre’s combination skin test is easy - he suggests using oil-absorbing blotting paper: “If your forehead, nose and/or chin (your T-Zone) are generally oilier and your cheeks tend to be dry, then you have combination skin."
2. Try Double Cleansing
According to Boldijarre, “Combination skin needs a different type of cleansing at different times of the day.” He recommends using “a foaming cleanser in the morning to remove oil, and switching to a cream-based cleanser at night to replenish moisture."
When selecting a face wash that gives you a good lather, it’s important to avoid cleansers that contain harmful chemical foaming agents (How Stuff Works). All Eminence Organics cleansers are formulated without parabens and sodium lauryl sulfates, which means you can still get the same effective foaming action without harming your skin or the environment. In the Mixology below, our Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie combines our Mineral Cleansing Concentrate (mineral-based) and our Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser (gel-based). These two sodium lauryl sulfate-free cleansers combine to produce a natural foaming effect that helps balance excess sebum on the skin. Use this Mixology in the morning to remove oil and buildup and use a cream/milk based cleanser at night, like our Sweet Red Rose Cleanser, to hydrate and restore moisture to your complexion.
3. Multi-Moisturize & Multi-Mask
"Different areas of the skin need to be treated individually, so rather than using the same moisturizer over your entire face, use an oil-balancing moisturizer on your T-Zone to control shine and a richer moisturizer on your cheeks for hydration,” suggests Boldijarre. The same principle applies when treating your skin with one of our masks. The rule of thumb is to use an oil-balancing mask on your T-Zone, and a hydrating mask on your cheeks.
Our Balance Collection is the perfect solution for combination skin and includes a Balancing Moisturizer Duo and our award-winning Balancing Masque Duo. Our innovative divided jars contain two products - one is formulated for oil control of the T-Zone and the other for the dry areas of the cheeks.
Still eager for more of Boldijarre’s insider skin care tips for combination skin? Click here to read the full article.