The combination skin type is sometimes dry, sometimes oily and winter conditions may exasperate the problem. How frustrating it is to treat one area only to have the other flare up! You may have an oily “t-zone” or have oil centralized just on your chin or forehead. Dry patches on the cheeks and around the nose are common with this skin type too. This winter you can have beautiful combination skin just by making a few tweaks to your existing skin care regimen.
First, get a good read on your skin. To tackle winter combination skin, you will need to identify which areas are dry and which are oily. Keep in mind this can change over time so examine your skin regularly. Give your skin a good once over at the beginning of winter.
Wash your skin with a gentle foamy cleanser. Do not exfoliate or give skin a deep scrub. Rinse the cleanser away and pat your skin dry. Do not moisturize your skin. Wait 30 minutes to 1 hour then examine your skin in front of a well-lit mirror. Oily skin will begin producing oil right after you cleanse it.
Use oil blotting paper or small squares of tissue paper to identify the oily areas. Press the paper onto small sections of your face. Look at the paper for oil residue. Make a mental note of where your skin got oily first.
Check the rest of your skin for signs of drying. Cracking, no visible pores and tightness are indications of dry skin.
Combination Skin Care in Winter
Sorry combination gals. Winter will make those dry patches drier and if you spend a lot of time bundled up, your oily patches may get oilier. The key a well-balanced face is to cleanse regularly with the right cleanser. Combination skin should be washed with cleansers that have a pH balance of 7 or less. Using a toner on the oily areas after you cleanse will keep oil under control. Finish off your winter skin care with an oil-free moisturizer. A moisturizer will keep thirsty dry areas satisfied without making oiliness flare up.
Kitchen Toner Recipe
Treat an oily “t-zone” with a kitchen recipe that will level out those oily patches. Avoid toning areas that are typically dry as a toner application may worsen the condition. Here is a great kitchen toner recipe for the winter treatment of combination skin.
1. Pour 1 cup of distilled water in a small saucepan.
2. Add 1 ounce of dry peppermint to the water and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Strain the peppermint from the water and pour the liquid into a glass or plastic bottle.
4. Add 7 drops of witch hazel and 3 drops of juniper berry oil. Finish the toner with 5 drops of rosemary oil.
5. Place the lid on the bottle and give it a good shake.
6. Dab some toner on a cotton ball and rub the face with your natural toner.
Masks for Combination Skin After holiday shopping, your skin may feel stressed out. Give it some relief by relaxing with a rejuvenating facial mask. Besides calming skin, a quality mask will pull out toxins and keep skin hydrated. Search for clay based masks, especially green clay that works perfectly on oily area