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6 Ways To Manage Combination Skin

Balance your oily t-zone and dry cheeks!

Facialist Boldijarre Koronczay is the president of Éminence Organic Skincare, the natural beauty brand that has a fan base boasting A-list's most picture-perfect from Jessica Biel to Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Megan Fox. Phew! While he's hailed as Hollywood's skin god—we have his top tips right here for one of the world's most common complexion concerns: controlling combination skin.

Firstly, is your skin type "combination?"

Boldijarre explains, "You can determine if you have combination skin by using an 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." If you are not concerned with acne, he says to avoid using products specifically designed for treating spots as they may be over-drying for combination skin. You want to regulate your central oil production while rehydrating your cheeks. Get maximum results with these tips:

1. Keep your products cool.

"Rather than storing products in your bathroom or dressing table, put them in the refrigerator. By keeping the contents cool, it will help reduce inflammation and redness when applied to the skin and ensure more balanced oil production throughout the day."


2. Use different cleansers at different times.

"Combination skin needs a different type of cleansing at different times of the day. That's why I recommend cleansing with a foaming cleanser in the morning to remove oil and then switching to a cream based cleanser at night to replenish moisture."

3. Choose your toner wisely.

"Toning is often a forgotten step in a skincare regime but is really important. That said, not all toners are created equally, so to keep combination skin in balance, seek out toners that are high in anti-oxidants and are positioned as anti-inflammatory versus toners high in alcohol that can further dry your complexion."

4. Treat the oily T-zone and dry cheeks separately.

"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 moisturiser on your T-Zone to control shine and a richer moisturiser on your cheeks for hydration. By using targeted products, you can ensure your combination skin stays balanced throughout the day.

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5. Try #multimasking.

Keeping combination skin in balance isn't just about cleansing, toning and moisturising. Treating skin with a mask is also advised. As with your moisturiser, use an oil-balancing version on your T-zone and a hydrating mask on your cheeks.

6. Don't forget SPF

"Always wear sun protection, but opt for one that suits you to ensure you are perfectly protected: there are sunscreens available for different skin types including combination skin." Opt for light, fluid formulas. 

This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors. 

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