This story was updated in February 2019.
With an oily T-zone and dry cheeks, my skin classifies as combination skin. Meaning I get the best and worst of both dry and oily skin. So I can totally empathise with you when you feel your face is oilier in summer. That the excessive sebum in combination with the dust and pollution makes you wash your face more than usual. Or that layering on makeup makes your face shine.
While going to a dermat is the best bet (especially if you have acne), tweaking a few parts of your skincare routine may just help reduce your woes. These tips can improve the overall health of your skin and mattify it too.
First and foremost, stop using soaps for your delicate facial skin. The use of soaps can further aggravate your skin problems and cause irritation as it dries out your skin of its natural oils. Instead, opt for a gentle face cleanser which is best suitable for your skin type. You can also make use of natural ingredients like honey or milk to cleanse your face in an ol’ natural way.
Next on the list is to strictly follow a CTM routine - Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing. This routine will clear your skin tone and also protect your skin from further skin problems. Follow CTM to get flawless skin in no time.
The use of toner is a must for combination skin. It balances your skin by expelling the last hints of your cleanser and aides in shrinking open pores.
You should regularly moisturize your skin. Period. You can opt for a light moisturizer or a gel based moisturizer which will work well to soften the dry areas and mattify the oily areas on your face.
Never, we repeat, never skip your sunscreen. Use of sunscreen is critical for the protection of your skin when you go out in the sun. Always invest in a sunscreen which is suitable for your skin type and make it a point to apply it daily under your base before you start with your makeup.
Keeping all these tips in mind, I was stoked to see Neutrogena Oily Skin Combo on sale today. Priced at Rs 824, it is available today at a 20% discount. It includes all Neutrogena products for oily skin in India.
The classic Neutrogena Deep Facial Cleanser: it suits most skin types and has been a staple in my vanity since college days. It also helps prevent clogged pores which is always a plus.
Next up, is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+. It has both UV-A and UV-B protection and since it's SPF 50, you can carry it to the beach too.
And the third product in the kit is Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15. A slightly lesser known product, it's great for sensitive and acne-prone skin (it's non-comedogenic too). If you hate that shine on your skin in summers, this moisturiser will tackle that too!
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