Summer can be cruel on your skin. If you have oily or combination skin, your skincare routine has to be tweaked to tackle the excessive oiliness, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). Since the sun hits your T-zone first, it tends to get greasier than the rest of your face and needs extra attention. Here are five ways to deal with an oily T-zone this summer.
- Double cleanse
- Toner is your T-zone’s best friend
- Mask your T-zone separately
- Use pore strips
- Blotting sheets are BAE
Gone are the days when you could just take some cleanser on your palms and wash your entire face with it. Your T-zone needs special care with a gel or foaming cleanser that removes oil and cleans pores. Double cleanse by going over just your T-zone with an oil clearing face was such as the Lever Ayush Natural Ayurvedic Oil Clear Aloe Vera Face Wash; use gentle circular motions to avoid irritating the skin.
Toner is your T-zone’s best friend
A toner works wonders for people with oily/combination skin. Use a toner to minimise your large pores and balance the skin’s pH levels. Pick a mild formula like the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner. Infused with glycerin and witch hazel, it gets rid of the deep-set impurities and helps shrink the pores. The best part? It does not contain alcohol, which means it will not irritate your skin.
Mask your T-zone separately
Use a targeted face mask to tackle the oiliness. Look for ingredients like tea tree oil, clay or activated charcoal in your mask of choice. They will mattify the area and keep it acne and blemish-free. Apply the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask on your T-zone twice a week. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off to reveal a bright and radiant complexion.
Use pore strips
Use pore strips to clean out pores. But be cautious while using them as they can tug and pull at your skin and damage it. Follow it up with a toner to remove any residue left from using the pore strip.
Blotting sheets are BAE
FYI, a little shine is totally normal in the summer and honestly, you’d get bored of too matte a complexion very quickly. For any quick fixes though, you can keep blotting papers or rice paper at hand. These unsuspecting sheets fit in your handbag and get rid of oil without smudging your makeup!