I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of the year for beauty looks. There’s just something about radiant, sun-kissed skin that exudes an air of effortless confidence. And if you’re anything like me, a summer makeup routine tends to be more light-handed (and less complicated), allowing for a quicker application – a godsend for busy women and men who want to look polished in a pinch. But there's one thing that can quickly put a damper on achieving that coveted summer glow. A little too much glow (or should we say oiliness) in the t-zone.
What is the t-zone?
The t-zone consists of the forehead, nose and chin area, which according to beauty expert and founder of Colour Collective, Kerry Yates contains a higher concentration of sebaceous glands (aka what makes your skin secrete its naturally occurring oils). Yates says, “As a result, you’re usually oilier in this area in comparison to the rest of your face. However, an overproduction of oil in the t-zone can be caused by environmental changes or an overzealous cleansing routine.” Celebrity makeup artist Mary Irwin adds, “Excess oil in the t-zone can take a little bit of investigating to figure out why you’re feeling greasy. You could naturally be oilier or live in a super humid climate. Seasonal changes can affect the area, too.”
Don’t strip skin of its natural oils
While excess oil in the t-zone can sometimes be unavoidable, there are ways to combat or, at least, lessen its effects with skincare. Yates says, “Don’t overdo it with the cleansing and be sure to use the right skincare products. Keep exfoliation to a minimum of one to two times a week. Over-exfoliating can lead your skin to think it is dry, which then encourages the sebaceous glands to produce more oil.” Echoing that sentiment, Irwin adds, “A gentle cleanser, an oil-control toner, and a light-weight or oil-free moisturizer can help to regulate and balance out your skin.”
Go with a matte finish
In terms of a makeup base, Yates says, “Stick with a matte foundation if you’re more oily prone. You don’t want anything that has a luminescent effect, as it’ll create more shine.” For added oil-proofing, translucent powder is a must. Yates says, “If you have a super shiny areas, I suggest taking a micro-fiber sponge, dotting with powder, and applying it directly to the face, just like you would with your blotting sheets. Then taking a powder brush, swipe away the excess.”
Your one easy priming step to a matte t-Zone
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Formulated with a unique Huberderm 1000 technology, the skin will stay matte all day (even throughout unbearable summer heat and humidity), no matter your skin type. For busy jet setting guys and gals who don’t want to spend their summer Fridays refreshing makeup after work, one simple swipe can make for a flawless, long-lasting complexion. And if you need of a midday pick-me-up, its squeeze tube applicator makes touch-ups easy and convenient for anyone who is constantly on-the-go.
Why the experts love it
Irwin, who’s a professional makeup artist to stars like the singer Nicole Scherzinger says, “The Pore Revolution & T-Zone Mattifier is a great combination of natural ingredients and advanced science that works synergistically to control oil, fight breakouts and help makeup last longer.” She adds, “Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate skin and prevents pores from getting clogged. Tea tree oil is an excellent natural antiseptic that has antibacterial properties for the skin. The formulation also has high-quality silicones that create a protective barrier to control and absorb oil.”
How do you combat unwanted oiliness and shine in the summer and beyond? Let us know in the comments below!