Knowing your skin type is essential to choose a routine adapted to your needs and to make your skin look its best. There are four skin types: normal, dry, oily and combination.
How do you know if you have combination skin.
Combination skin is characterized by an oily T-zone with dilated pores and dry areas on the rest of the face. The T-zone refers to the nose, chin and forehead.
To make sure, you can perform a simple test. Clean your face, wait 45 minutes, and then check if your skin is oily again. If it is only in the T-zone, it means you have combination skin.
Why do we have combination skin?
First of all, the causes are often hereditary and/or hormonal. However, external factors such as an unbalanced diet, stress, pollution, smoking, … can intensify this phenomenon.
Consequently, the presence of shiny skin can be explained by an overproduction of sebum in the T-zone. On the other hand, dry areas are deficient in sebum and become uncomfortable.
What routine should I adopt for my combination skin?
Combination skin can be difficult to manage due to its imbalance, so be careful not to make it greasy or irritate it.
First, before any routine, you should remove your make-up and clean your face. For combination skin, it is best to use a micellar water for a moment of gentleness that will not grease the T-zone. Then apply a cleansing foam or gel to purify and moisturise.
Regarding hydration, it is essential to choose an adapted care product. Avoid creams that are too rich and tend to obstruct the pores. Instead, opt for a fluid skin care product, such as our Shea Day Lotion, for light hydration without an oily film.
Finally, encourage your skin’s cellular renewal by applying an exfoliant and a mask once or twice a week.
When exfoliating, use a fine-grained skin care to avoid damaging your skin’s balance. Focus on the T-zone with circular movements to clear the pores and smooth the skin. If the other areas of your face are drier, use gentle movements.
After exfoliation, this is the best time to apply a mask because the active ingredients are better absorbed by the skin. To target the needs of your combination skin, you can use different masks for different areas of your face. For oily areas, choose a purifying mask such as our Shea Radiance Mask for soft, radiant skin. Finally, for dry areas you can use our Shea Hydra Mask to nourish and soften your skin.