No one is a fan of excessive oil. Not in food and definitely not on the skin!
It goes without saying that of all the skin types, combination skin type (partly dry and partly oily) can be quite tricky to manage. While one half of the skin craves for moisture, the other half needs to get rid of the excess oils.
The combination skin type is actually quite prone to acne breakouts especially in the rainy season. High temperatures and humidity tend to trigger sebaceous glands to produce excess oil causing acne breakouts on the face.
We understand the struggle in finding the right products and curating a customized skincare regimen for the oily t-zone, that too in monsoons!
Fret not! We have got numerous effective steps for you to lock out that extra oil with the right choice of skincare products. Let’s begin before it starts to rain!
What is an oily T Zone?
This zone is more prominent in combination skin types. Here, cheeks are dry while the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are oily in nature.
T-zone particularly has overactive sebaceous glands that can make the skin more prone to acne breakouts.
5-Step easy routine for oily T Zone in monsoon
1. Choose a face wash that restores skin's natural pH balance
Having a combination comes with a challenge to hunt for the right face cleanser that can evenly hydrate your dry as well as oily skin. Additionally, pH is one of the basic factors in maintaining skin’s health.
Upon getting that right pH i.e. ~5.5 eventually protects your skin barrier. So, it is advised to look for the cleansers that have natural mild exfoliating ingredients like sugar cane extract (Glycolic Acid) and hydrating ingredients like citrus fruit extracts.
TIP- Do not overwash your face to get rid of the excess oil. It will strip off the natural oil and moisture from the skin damaging skin barrier. Limit washing face to twice a day.
2. Moisturize daily
Whatever the skin type is, it is mandatory to keep in mind that it requires moisturisation. Regular and consistent moisturisation will always give you healthy skin, but only when you choose the moisturiser that is according to your skin type.
It can be a real menace to find the suitable moisturiser for the combination skin type! We get that a lot! For this specific skin type, you need an oil-free moisturiser that hydrates and moisturises your skin in a very subtle and non-greasy manner.
3. Use a toner to close open pores after cleansing
Open and enlarged pores are the common and visible concerns not only with oily but combination skin as well. Enlarged pores can easily trap in dirt and pollutants clogging the pores giving rise to acne.
This is where a pore refining toner comes into play. Toners tend to cleanse the last dirt particle on the skin.
So, a toner which has a watery texture can easily penetrate the skin and ingredients like witch hazel extract in toner, especially without alcohol, works efficiently for oily t-zone.
TIP- It is important to understand that enlarged pores cannot disappear but can shrink to a smaller size visibly.
4. Use a niacinamide based face serum
For t-zone, where oil is aggravated like anything during monsoons giving visible and dilated pores, Niacinamide along with Neurobiox serum is the perfect companion for it.
Opting Niacinamide serums help to refine pores with its anti-inflammatory, barrier repairing and oil regulating properties. Using it once a day religiously can give you a smooth skin.
5. Use blotting papers
Another trending way to instantly counter the oily t-zone is using blotting papers. They are designed to absorb excessive oil from the skin effectively. However, it will not eliminate the excess sebum permanently.
Monsoons and combination skin can be difficult to manage if not cared for properly. Tweaking the skincare regimens and products seasonally not only helps you in getting a healthy skin, but also aids you in understanding your skin better. Always follow your routines consistently and make informed choices. And yes, don’t forget your sunscreens even when it is cloudy!
Have happy monsoons!