Care for dry and oily skin at the same time
Mixed skin as a skin type.
mixed skin differs from other skin types in that it is neither really dry, nor normally moist or shiny. Instead, mixed skin is a mixed of normal and oily skin or a combination of dry and oily skin. The different types of skin hydration decrease with age and both skin areas adjust.
Mixed skin contains oily skin.
Skin care for mixed skin There are always shiny and oily spots on the combination skin type. These areas are usually found in the area with the highest density of moisture-producing sebaceous glands, so the most common areas are the face, chest, shoulders and back. Other parts of the body have fewer sebum glands, so these areas are normally moist or dry.
The T-zone in mixed skin.
mixed skin on the face is also visible to others. Generally, the oily area of combination skin is always on the forehead and nose, while the cheeks are dry. That’s why it’s called the T-zone, because the forehead and nose area looks like a “T”. Thus, when we talk about the T-zone in mixed skin care, only the skin care of the oily part of the facial skin is meant.
Causes of mixed skin.
The main cause of combination skin is the sebaceous glands, which produce more moisture than normal skin types. Environmental factors (such as air humidity) and skin aging are mainly responsible for dry skin.
Do I have mixed skin?
Most people can already see in the mirror if they themselves are a combination skin type. Shiny areas may also contain pimples (blackheads) and the pores are enlarged. Makeup and other skin care products do not normally last a full day without reapplying cosmetics.
Dry areas may also peel and redden and become irritated during the day. Most importantly, pores are barely visible in this area of the skin, but wrinkles are more pronounced and skin tension is less dynamic.
Skin care for mixed skin types.
Appropriate skin care for combination skin can be described as a fine balancing act. Areas with oily skin should not be over-greased if you want to avoid the risk of blemishes. You should not use oily skin products in areas that are not oily, otherwise you will encourage dry skin to flake off, especially in the area around the mouth and around the eyes. How do you take proper care of your mixed skin?
In general, only different care products should be used for different parts of the face (oily T-zone and dry cheeks) if combination skin is very pronounced. For average combination skin, there are well-adapted care series from cosmetic manufacturers for the skin type.
It is best to wash twice a day with lukewarm water and a skin care product that is gentle to the skin. This helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt and excess fat and thus prevents the clogging of pore openings.
From time to time, a facial peel is also recommended (a full body peel is also good) to cleanse the skin even more thoroughly of unwanted particles and to keep the skin fresh and radiant. When choosing your skin care products, make sure you find skin care products that also match your skin type. Ideally, a peel always takes care of the oily areas, i.e. the T-zone of the face.
With normal, oily skin, sufficient moisture should be maintained, but at the same time, dryness should be ensured in excessively shiny areas. It is preferable to choose moisturizers containing water instead of oil (fat) as the basic ingredient and to treat oily areas more economically than the rest of the body. We also recommend cosmetic products that remove fat from the skin, as well as skin cosmetics such as powder.
In the case of oily and dry skin, it is important that dry areas receive sufficient moisture to keep the skin fresh. The area around the eyes in particular may need an even more intensive moisturiser.
In general, you should avoid facial tonic containing alcohol with combination skin. It is advisable to use a mild facial toner for the entire face. If you care for areas of the face separately, you can use a product containing alcohol in the oily area.
Mixed skin in winter and summer
In winter, the skin tends to become drier, which is helped by the lower humidity in the air (through home heating).
In summer, on the other hand, shiny skin is more prominent.
These seasonal fluctuations should not be forgotten when it comes to skin care.
Why mixed skin needs to be cared for
Since mixed skin is a combination of different skin types, this can have different consequences. Brittle skin, rapid ageing, clogged pores or redness are signs of inadequate or insufficient cosmetics. The skin loses its elasticity and softness, it does not feel or look good. The skin on the face looks dull and the affected person often looks older.
With mixed skin, a distinction is made between oily dry skin and oily normal skin. The dry areas of combination skin quickly become rough if insufficient care is taken, tension occurs and they are reddened and irritated by the lack of moisture. The facial shell lacks elasticity, which makes it impossible to apply make-up exactly, appears irregular and stained. Moisture and fat are the barriers of the skin, if these layers are damaged by insufficient care, the moisture can simply evaporate. This can promote premature aging and wrinkles. If the dry areas of combination skin lack the necessary care, they dry out. The first signs of this can be seen on the cheeks and are reflected in the loss of facial contours and the increase in wrinkles.
A typical sign of mixed skin is imperfections in the oily area. If the areas are not properly cared for and treated with appropriate preparations, the risk of blemishes increases and the pores become clogged. Sebum accumulates under the skin and causes unsightly pimples. If combination skin does not receive the necessary care for these spots and if blackheads, pimples, etc. are not tackled in time, facial care or make-up will barely survive a day without new make-up. The skin is constantly covered with a thin film in the oily areas of combination skin.
Care products for mixed skin
Whereas in the past you had to use various articles to care for combination skin, today there are preparations that can be used all over the skin because of their composition. Separate care is only necessary for particularly extreme problems with combination skin.
With a mild washing gel or mild washing lotion, the face should be cleansed in the morning and evening with lukewarm water and a washcloth (to remove excess sebum more easily).
As Dr. Hauschka’s nursery to enhance the face cream balm. Dry skin is sufficiently moisturized and at the same time the oily part of the face is regulated during skin care. The cream meets the high demands of combination skin by rebalancing the skin. It also prevents blemishes and is anti-inflammatory.
For the night, La Roche-Possay Effaclar M moisturiser can also be used if you wish to purchase a second product.
A gentle peel should be on the programme once or twice a week.
For women, make-up is available for oily and shiny skin without oil, so that excess sebum is absorbed and you do not have to apply make-up, or only rarely.