Combo skin is a blessing and a curse. You’re not dry, you’re not oily, but you’re also kind of both. Finding the right regimen for your combo skin can make you feel like Goldilocks--constantly on the search for products that are just right. This search can get even trickier as you age because many anti-aging products are too heavy for combo skin. Here’s how you can anti-age your combination skin and restore your oil balance as you do it.
Step 1: Control Oil Production
Most combination skin gets oily through the T-zone over the course of the day. For some people, this oiliness can cause breakouts. For others, it just results in blackheads and enlarged pores. In either case, balancing your oil production is key. A surge in oil is often a result of dead skin cell build-up. Regularly dissolving this top layer--along with sebum inside your pores--can help balance oil and minimize blackheads. Once weekly, use a gentle peel, like our TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel, that is rich in salicylic acid and lactic acids. Salicylic helps dissolve sebum and prevent breakouts while lactic acid helps hydrate dry spots and remove dead skin.
Step 2: Stimulate Your Collagen
Slow collagen production is the culprit behind wrinkles, crepiness, and loss of tone. To rev it up, you need to stimulate the skin’s natural healing response. Microneedling with a tool like our Micro-Roller is one of the best ways to boost collagen at home. The tool gently micro-exfoliates the skin, kickstarting the regeneration response that tells your cells to make more collagen. Over time, this boost in collagen will give your skin a smoother, plumper, and softer look. It’s especially useful around the eye area, where it can help minimize the look of crow’s feet and puffiness.
Step 3: Even Out Your Tone & Texture
Uneven skin tone and texture can make your skin look older than it really is. Combination skin is especially prone to uneven texture caused by enlarged pores, acne scars, and dry patches. Luckily, both tone and texture can be improved at the same time. Regular exfoliation is the first step. In addition to your weekly peel, you can add dermaplaning to your exfoliation arsenal. This will help your peel go deeper, while gradually refining and brightening your complexion. Add a serum with epidermal growth factors like our EGF Activating Serum to further improve skin smoothness and fade dark spots.
Ready to start your anti-aging ritual? Everything we recommend for you is in our Brightening Stack.