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If you are an avid follower of the Friends sitcom, you may have seen Episode entitled “The One With the Cheap Wedding Dress.” As part of the subplot, Ross becomes enamored with a certain girl and prepares for his date with her by giving himself a facial for his “oily T-Zone.” When Joey and Chandler discover they are dating the same girl, they decide not to be one-upped and follow suit, only for Monica to come home to discover the three seated on the couch watching football with their T-zones slathered in lotion.
Oily T-zones can be a problem for men and women alike. While parts of your face remain soft and compliant, the T-zone is shiny and rebellious. How do you treat both parts of your face separately but equally? Here are some makeup tips for ladies with an oily T-Zone.
Avoid Using A Serum in the T-Zone
During the summer months, the T-Zone can produce an excessive amount of oil, therefore avoiding a serum, even if it is oil-free, is probably the best course of action when it comes to keeping the area feeling lightweight and fresh. However, the winter time brings dry air and with it comes the need for greater hydration of the T-zone, in which case, you’re probably best off using an oil- free, water -based serum under moisturizer.
Use a Light Weight Moisturizer At Night
Although most skin care formulas can be used all over your face, moisturizer is an exception. Cheeks, which require more hydration, will benefit from a hydrating moisturizer, while an oil free lighter weight moisturizer is better for the oily T-zone.
Producing oil is a natural process for your skin and, although you may want to find a product to make your skin less oily, there is nothing that will significantly reduce the amount of oil your skin generates. Therefore, the best way to cut down on facial shine is to blot your skin with oil -blotting tissues or papers.
Skip Liquid Foundation
If you’re going for a matte look, you probably don’t want to add any oil to an area which is already oily. While you may want to apply a liquid fountain to your cheeks, follow it with a dusting of SPF-infused powder over your entire face. It will help the liquid foundation set and give the rest of your face matte coverage.
Get Regular Facials
Because the T-zone produces the most oil, it is a common area for enlarged pores and blackheads, which result when the oil is oxidized. Consider scheduling monthly or bimonthly facials for deep pore cleansing and professional extraction to keep blackheads at bay.
Do you have an oily T-zone? Who doesn’t? Let us know how you keep your shine toned down. We want to know!