People with oily skin dread summers because it seems the sebaceous glands go into an overdrive in producing oil and grease, and no amount of matte makeup seem to prevent the shine from showing through. Even other skin types like normal and combination suffer from a common problem during summers, although not on the same level as oily skin, and that is oily T zone. For women who are embarrassed about their oily forehead and nose (commonly referred to as T zone), here are a few tips and tricks that can help you sail through summers.
But before we start, let’s find out your skin type:
How to Find out your Skin Type?
If an hour after washing your face, your skin:
1. Feels itchy and tight, with flaking also – then you have dry skin.
2. Shiny with a greasy feeling, especially on the forehead and nose area – then you have oily skin.
3. Oily on the T zone, but feels dry through the rest of the face – then you have combination skin.
4. Feels pretty much normal, not much oiliness or dryness – then you have normal skin.
5. Gets red, patchy, itchy – then you have sensitive skin.
What is an Oily T Zone?
T-zone comprises of the forehead, nose, and chin area together which looks like the english letter “T.” A majority of women, even those with dry, combination, and normal skin have hyperactive oil glands and large pores in these areas and that’s where all the oiliness is coming from.
Now, let’s start with 10 Simple Skin Care Tips to Deal with Oily T Zone:
1. Pick the Right Kind of Cleanser:
Picking up the right cleanser is the first step towards clearing up the T zone. Refrain from using alcohol-based cleansers which dry out the skin and trigger increased oil production, which is the last thing you want. Gel cleansers and even foaming cleansers are good options to try. Use a cleanser at least twice a day. It would also be a good idea to buy cleansers with salicylic acid content to prevent bacterial buildup as well. Our Recommendations: Saslic DS Face Wash, Himalaya Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash, Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser, Sebamed Clear Face Foaming Cleanser.
2. Exfoliate and Unclog the T-Zone:
Exfoliating the T-zone is necessary, otherwise you may notice breakouts and pimples in these areas. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to clear dead skin cells, whiteheads, and all the oil buildup. You could try using this homemade Red Lentil and Turmeric Facial Exfoliator to unclog pores and to brighten up the skin.
3. Use Oil-Free/Water-Based Moisturizers:
Every skin needs moisturizer, even oily and acne-prone skin, but the key is to choose the correct type based on your skin’s needs. For people with oily T zone, we would recommend water-based moisturizers. Our recommendations – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Lotus Herbals Alpha Oil Free Moisturizer, Biotique Morning Nectar Flawless Moisturizer.
4. Use a Good Toner to Close Pores:
As we have mentioned earlier, people with oily T-zone tend to have large open pores on their forehead, nose, and chin area. To reduce pore size, use a good toner that would have an astringent effect too. Our suggestions – Biotique Bio Cucumber Pore Tightening Toner or just plain rose water.
5. Use Clay Mask on the T Zone:
Clay masks, such as made out of multani mitti or bentonite clay help in unclogging pores and also absorb excess oil and sebum from the skin, making it fresh and clean. Here’s how you can make multani mitti and neem clay mask all by yourself – Neem and Multani Mitti Face Pack for Oily Skin
6. Apply Salicylic-Based Cream/Treatment on the T-Zone:
Salicylic acid can break down the fatty and sebum layer on the skin, exfoliate it, and clear clogged pores. Including a salicylic based ointment or treatment twice or thrice a week on the T zone is a good idea to prevent breakouts and acne. Our recommendations: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Kaya Purifying Spot Corrector, Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask, Avene Cleanance Mask are some good options.
After you put on the makeup, it may seem all good, but in case you are one of those with the oily T zone, which shows up shine within a matter of a few minutes, here’s good news. You need not wash your face again and redo the entire makeup whenever the oil shows up, just invest in good blotting paper and dab all the excess oil with just a wipe without messing your makeup. Our recommendations: Wet n Wild On your Matte Blotting Paper.
8. Pick up a good Pressed Powder:
Pressed powder is always a better choice than loose powder when it comes to getting rid of the dreaded t-zone. It is the recommendation of many leading makeup experts. It’s heavier and will easily suck off the excess oil from your face and give you a great matte feel to your skin. Our Recommendations: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder, Essence Mattifying Compact Powder, Kiko Milano Matte Fusion Pressed Powder.
9. Let’s go Matte with Makeup Foundation:
A matte foundation with an oil-free feature can do wonders to your face in more than one ways. The right foundation can make the base appear flawless. A good matte foundation will prevent oil from seeping through and keep your makeup fresh throughout the day. Our recommendations: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Compact Foundation.
10. Priming is the key
Priming your face right before applying makeup will reduce the size of pores and increase the longevity of your makeup by forming an extra layer between your skin and makeup. Primers let your makeup glide smoothly and also help it last longer, keeping greasiness at bay.
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