During the hot and heavy summer months, it’s entirely possible to have skin that’s both oily and dry at the same time—and it’s also incredibly frustrating. If you have combination skin, you can still use the same products you’re currently using, you just have to make some tweaks with how you apply them. We’re here to show you how to effectively apply them for a healthy, beautiful face.
In this article, you will learn:
- What’s The Best Cleanser for Dry and Oily Skin?
- What’s the Best Cream for Oily and Dry Skin?
- How Can I Exfoliate Combination Skin?
What’s The Best Cleanser for Dry and Oily Skin?
Taking care of combination skin starts with choosing the right cleanser.
Avoid Aggressive Ingredients
Many foaming cleansers contain sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate, which strip the skin of its own natural moisturizers, leaving even the oiliest skin feeling tight and stripped of all moisture after washing.
Choose a Cleanser That’s Potent But Still Gentle
The best cleanser for dry and oily skin is a milder formula that doesn’t foam, like Circcell’s Geothermal Clay Cleanser. This gentle formula contains meadowfoam seed oil and geothermal clay that extract impurities like dirt and makeup while keeping even the driest patches of skin well hydrated.
What’s the Best Cream for Oily and Dry Skin?
After washing your face, it’s important to choose the right moisturizer for combination skin. It may seem counterintuitive, but even oily skin needs hydration.
Stick With a Lightweight Cream
To prevent clogged pores and breakouts, use Circcell’s Extraordinary Face Oil for Oily Skin. This lightweight oil works as a long-lasting moisturizer that contains essential fatty acids that help dissolve oil buildup in pores.
The Extraordinary Face Oil is great for problematic skin because it visibly reduces the appearance of blemishes from past breakouts. This miracle elixir contains natural ingredients like pumpkin seed oil, moringa oil, botanically-sourced lipids, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. More importantly, it does not contain any fragrances, parabens, or harsh chemicals.
How Can I Exfoliate Combination Skin?
If you have both oily and dry skin, it may be tempting to use powerful products that contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, but harsh chemicals only serve to strip the skin of its own natural oils, which leaves it simultaneously incredibly dry in some places and oily in other places where it is struggling to overcome the dryness.
Choose Lactic Acid-Based Products Over Harsh Exfoliators
If you want to remove dead skin cells and other contaminants that are clogging your pores, use products that contain lactic acid, instead. In addition to increasing skin’s natural moisture, lactic acid reduces inflammation. Circcell’s Dew pH Perfector is a skin-refining product that provides rich, dewy hydration with the help of lactic acid.
Whether you use the pH Perfector as a primer or a final step in your skincare routine, the amino acids it contains will moisturize sensitive skin while the witch-hazel and Canadian willow herb will minimize pores and even out your skin tone.
What Else Can I Do to Treat Dry and Oily Skin?
Combination skin can be frustrating. Being oily and dry at the same time make it complicated to know what to treat and what kind of skin care products to use.
Balance Your pH
Your skin’s pH is naturally more on the acidic side. Sometimes during the summer months, the sun can dry out our skin, throwing off our pH into a more alkaline state. When our skin is too alkaline, it’s normal to experience:
- Flaky skin
- Blotchy redness
- Difficulty for skin to retain moisture (further perpetuating the dryness of your skin)
On the other hand, when our skin becomes too acidic, you may experience:
- Excess oiliness
- Clogged pores
In other words, many skin concerns start with an irregular pH. Often times, when the skin is both too oily and too dry at the same time, a pH-balancing toner could do the trick, another reason to trust in the skin-healing powers of Circcell’s high-performing Dew pH Perfector
Stay Hydrated and Eat More Skin-Healthy Foods
Applying the right products is only part of the solution if you have combination skin. It’s also important to lead a healthy lifestyle which starts with what you consume on a daily basis. That means you should drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from within and eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. This sounds so simple, yet so many people don’t meet their daily requirement of water and end up in a chronic state of dehydration without knowing it. Dehydration over the long-term has many negative effects on the skin, including dullness, redness, and inflammation. When in doubt, drink more water.
It may not seem like your diet directly affects your skin as much as the products you apply do, but fresh produce contains nutrients that can do everything from neutralizing the free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles (like lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in kale), to clearing up eczema (like alpha-Linolenic acid that’s abundant in walnuts).
When it comes to skin-enhancing foods, adding vitamin-loaded leafy greens and beta-carotene rich carrots to your diet can give you a healthy glow your and balance your complexion.
What you don’t eat is equally as important. Many people experience dry and oily skin in the summer and don’t realize that their seasonal diet change may be responsible. In the summertime, we tend to eat more foods like ice cream, for example. This cold treat may feel satisfying under the heat, but in reality, the high lactose intake combined with the high sugar content is one of the most damaging combinations for skin health. This is why dermatologists commonly recommend anyone suffering from aesthetic skin concerns like acne, blotchy redness, and oiliness to strictly avoid lactose.
Ultimately, living with combination skin is no more challenging than living with skin that’s either just dry or just oily—if you know how to take care of it properly. And Circcell is here to help.
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Mechanical engineer and Wharton MBA, Maya Crothers, began her career in corporate America where she worked in consulting and operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. After leaving the corporate world and moving to Jackson Hole, WY she found the need for high performance, clean skincare that could stand up to extreme environments. This led to her founding Circcell Skincare. She lives in Jackson Hole with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.