The beauty routine for this type of skin aims to rebalance the face, without ever exceeding in too much purification or too much nourishment which would risk worsening the condition of the skin in one way or another.

Mixed skin: how to recognize and treat it

Combination skin, despite its widespread use, is often difficult to recognize because it is mistaken for oily skin or dry skin. The different types are divided into opposite areas on our skin: the skin is dry in the cheek area, while on the chin, nose and forehead it tends to shine and produce impurities in greater quantities. If treated incorrectly, tense combination skin can even become dehydrated. It is therefore important to follow a skincare routine that does not forget hydration, without using too nutritious and rich active ingredients, which would only weigh down the skin and thus favor the release of new imperfections even outside the critical areas.

As well as oily skin, imperfections and the continuous production of sebum can be caused by a hormonal issue or an incorrect diet, or by the incorrect use of products that can alter the hydrolipidic film and cause a protective reaction on the part of the skin. The hyperproduction of sebum leads to the characteristic dilated pores in the cheek and chin area in many combination skins, which can be minimized thanks to the use of corrective and blur effect make-up products such as the Step 1 Pore Minimizer primer.

Combination skin is one of the most common types, influenced by hormones and lifestyle, it combines very different skin types: dry or normal skin and oily skin, especially in the T zone.

The best way to treat combination skin is to use multiple products to treat the different areas of the face and to layering the textures, then starting from the most liquid formula to arrive, by layering the products, at the densest formula, or the cream. face.

Mixed skin: products to be used in cleansing

The main step to treat combination skin starts with the right cleansing, which can take place by contrast and / or by affinity. Cleansing by affinity requires that the skin must be cleansed with a product similar to it, which contains lipids and fats, such as a face oil or a cleansing milk that allow the removal of make-up in a short time, even the most resistant and waterproof. . Contrast cleansing, on the other hand, consists in the use of detergents containing surfactants that remove impurities, excess sebum and accumulations of smog and dirt that settle on the skin, and are found in products such as micellar water or cleansing gels. Both also have a make-up removal function and are suitable if the skin is very sensitive or if the sensation of the oil, especially in the summer season, can be heavy for the skin.

You can choose to follow a routine that includes both cleansing strategies listed above, as in the Korean practice better known as “double cleansing”: after applying the cleansing oil and emulsifying it with water, you can apply a mousse or a gel detergent and remove everything with water. The skin will be perfectly cleansed and ready to move on to subsequent treatments.

Mixed skin: products to be used to hydrate and rebalance

Before applying the serum and cream, combination skin often needs an additional step: the application of a balancing tonic allows you to restore the skin’s pH after cleansing and to be sure, especially if you do not double cleanse, of having removed all traces of impurities and make-up from the face, plus it helps to purify and soothe the skin and make it immediately brighter.

A perfect treatment to purify the skin and counteract the formation of imperfections, to be applied after cleansing, it is an exfoliating tonic based on BHA: since it is not a photosensitizing active, it can be applied in any season and act in depth on blackheads and comedones.

Depending on the seasons and the needs of the skin, you can find a different face serum: in winter, with temperatures that tend to dry out the skin even more, it is better to opt for a hydrating serum based on hyaluronic acid that moisturizes in the deeper layers of the dermis the skin, avoiding dehydration; in summer it is preferable to apply a rebalancing and purifying serum that goes to counteract the imperfections present due to the high temperatures that cause an even more accentuated production of sebum.

As a last step, a face cream suitable for the season and needs: always choose light formulas or gels, which contain purifying and soothing active ingredients and which are also well suited as a make-up base.

The best face masks for mixed skin

In order to help the skin remain regenerated and free from imperfections, targeted treatments such as a purifying face mask to be done 2 times a week, or 3 only if applied on the T-zone and in the points with more, cannot be missing in the skincare routine of combination skin. imperfections, or an oxygenating mask that helps regenerate the skin, hydrating and making it radiant without weighing it down.

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    Purifying, rebalancing and illuminating clay mask

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    Face mask 3 in 1: purifying, revitalizing and moisturizing with spirulina algae extract


How to make up mixed skin with the right cosmetics

How can we ensure that all the precautions we take in our skincare are not lost in the making of the make-up? Using oil free formulas for the make-up base, starting with a mattifying primer or pore minimizing, continuing with the application of an oil-free foundation, with a matte finish on the skin. To make sure that the critical areas always remain opaque, don’t forget to apply a mattifying powder in the T-zone and take it with you during the day for some touch-ups.

Beware of luminous products to define the volumes of the face: they can highlight enlarged pores. Better to opt for matte finishes and use the highlighter only on the cheekbone, always preferring powder formulas to cream or liquid ones.