We all have different kinds of skin. Some of us have oily skin. Some of us have dry skin. However, most of us have a combination of both, and are left confused when looking for a solution. Fortunately, you’re not alone. You probably have a “T-Zone”.
The T-Zone is your forehead, nose, and chin. It is called this because it resembles the letter “T”, and has a higher concentration of oil glands than the rest of your face. Because of this your T-Zone is usually oily, while the rest of your face is drier. The drier areas of your face are commonly referred to as the “U-Zone”. When it comes to taking care of your skin you need to treat your T-Zone and your U-Zone differently.
To make it even more confusing for you, your T and U-Zones may be different than someone else’s. You may have an oily forehead and nose along with dry chin and cheeks, while someone else may only have an oily forehead along with dry nose, chin, and cheeks.
An oily T-Zone can be a complicated thing to control, and there are many products out there to do just that. From washes and masks, to toners and powders it can be hard to decipher which to use, and when to use them.
Controlling oily skin means washing away oil, without washing away too much. Harsh soaps not only strip away dirt, they also strip away oil. When you wash away too much oil your skin reacts by producing more oil than normal. If you already have oily skin the last thing you want to do is send oil production into overdrive. This is where the daily use of a gentle cleanser, like Kaiya Naturals Gentle Facial Cleanser, can help. It is a gentle cleanser that contains a small amount of natural oils to keep the skin clean and naturally hydrated. This is important for both the T-Zone and the U-Zone. You should cleanse your face twice a day at most. Once in the morning and once in the evening are common. Kaiya Naturals Gentle Facial Cleanser is not available online. You can only get it at a Kaiya Naturals Event.
A gentle facial cleanser is an important daily routine. However, sometimes you just need to get a deep clean. Mud Masks, especially ones that contain Bentonite Clay, like Kaiya Naturals Seedalina Mud Mask, not only remove surface oils, they can get deep down into the pores and remove oil from the source.
Because of the power of clay to remove oil a mud mask should only be used once a week. If you would like to know more about the best way to use a mud mask check out our article: Eliminate Acne With Clay
Toners are one of the more mysterious skin care tools. They not only refresh the skin, they have an important role in controlling oil production. Using a toner on your T-Zone after a daily cleanse, or weekly mud mask, removes any dirt and oil left behind, constricts the pores, and balances pH. Kaiya Naturals makes three different kinds of all natural toners. If you would like to know more about which toner to use be sure to check out our article: Clogged Pores? You Need Toner
For controlling shine throughout the day a refreshing powder should be in your arsenal. It can reduce shine without stripping your face of needed oils. Using a natural powder like Kaiya Naturals Baby Powder can not only reduce the amount of shine on your T-Zone, it can leave you feeling refreshed. This all natural product is made from powdered plant roots and clays, as well as essential oils that will have you smelling like the great outdoors. Keep some near you to dust yourself as needed.
The drier U-Zone is simpler to manage, but may be even more important for your health. Dry cracked skin not only looks bad, but it can also make you sick. This is because of something called the “Skin Barrier Function” which acts to keep bacteria from getting inside. When your skin is dry and cracked, this defensive function of skin isn’t working properly, and bacteria can flourish.
Your first line of defense in keeping your dry skin hydrated is a good moisturizer. Whether it is a lighter moisturizer like White Petal Aloe Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, a heavy moisturizer like Chickie Gold Moisturizer for Dry Skin, or something in between like Seedalina Moisturizer for Troubled Skin, you should apply it to your U-Zone to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. If your T-Zone is too dry from harsh soaps, or any other products, you may want to apply it there as well. However, you may want to use the Seedalina Moisturizer for Troubled Skin on your T-Zone, since it has a secret ingredient that has been shown to have positive effects on acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
The Take Away
You should treat your T-Zone and your U-Zone differently. Use a gentle cleanser on both twice daily, but follow up with a natural toner on your T-Zone, and a natural moisturizer on your U-Zone. Apply powder as need throughout the day to get rid of shine, and use a mud mask once a week for a deep clean on your T-Zone.
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