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How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin – 10 Easy Home Remedies To Help You

How To Get Rid Of Oily Skin – 10 Easy Home Remedies To Help You

Oily skin is actually a blessing if you are able to take good care of it and keep it acne free.

Normal skin tends to get dry as you age and dry skin becomes even more parched as the years pass by. Dry skin tends to develop wrinkles and fine lines early. Oily skin, on the other hand, ages much better and develops less wrinkles.

Factors That Contribute to Making the Skin Oily

  • Your genes play a major role in deciding your skin condition, how oily or dry it normally is.
  • Hormonal changes may worsen the oiliness of the face, with the worst phase during the menstrual period.
  • Stress can play havoc with your skin.
  • Medication side effects can also exacerbate oily skin.
  • Ensure you drink adequate water as facial skin may get oily if the skin is not hydrated enough
  • Seasonal changes, especially in the summer, can make your skin more oily.
  • You may be using the wrong skin care products on your face.
  • The overuse of skin care products is also a cause of oily skin.

Easy and Effective Home Remedies

1. Lemon Juice:

The citric acid in lemon juice has antiseptic properties that can restore the skin’s pH balance. Lemons juice can be used as an astringent. It helps lighten skin discolorations.

You can apply a mixture of lemon juice and distilled water in the ratio of 1:1.5 and apply this on your face using a cotton ball. After 10 minutes, wash your face using warm water. Apply a moisturizer afterwards as lemon juice can dry out your skin.

You can mix in some honey and a little milk to the lemon juice to add to the cleansing and moisturizing effect of this face pack. Make this a daily practice and you’ll be surprised at how effective this is in controlling the excess oil on your skin.

2. Egg Whites:

Facepacks using egg whites is great for removing excess oil from the skin and tightening it up.

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You can simply whip up the egg white till it firms up and becomes stiff. Apply this foam on your face and allow it to dry. Best not to try speaking or making any facial expressions till you wash it off – it actually tightens your skin, though the effect is temporary.

Adding vitamin E oil, honey and milk to the beaten egg white improves the mask’s benefits.  Apply this mix on your face, keep for 15 minutes and wash off.

3. Yogurt:

The lactic acid in yogurt helps in exfoliating the skin. All you have to do is apply some plain yogurt on your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cool water. Adding some ground oatmeal and a little honey can make a tremendous difference as the oatmeal helps to scrub off the dead skin while the honey moisturizes the skin.

Try out this popular home remedy once a day for at least a week and you’ll find a great difference in your skin texture as this remove the impurities and the excess oil.

4. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes have a high vitamin C content and their natural oil-absorbing acids help to get rid of the excess oil on your face.

The simplest way to use tomatoes for this is to cut them into halves and rub them on your face. Leave the juice on your face for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Apply a light moisturizer after this. If you have more time, make a face pack using tomato juice and honey. This one is more effective for clearing up acne.

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5. Milk:

Rather than buying expensive cleansing milks that may actually irritate your skin, use actual milk for cleansing your face. Use chilled milk as this not only removes the dust and other impurities from the pores, it also tightens and closes them up.

Simply apply the cold milk on your face and wash off after 15 minutes. Adding a few drops of lavender or sandalwood oil makes this an even more effective face pack. You can also freeze some milk in ice trays and run the frozen milk cube over your face. Raw milk is more effective than boiled milk.

6. Cucumber:

Cucumbers also having cooling astringent properties which help to tighten the pores. They have high vitamin and mineral content which add many benefits to the face pack.

You can easily rub your face with chilled cucumber slices for a quick pick-me-up. To lighten freckles and reduce sunburn, apply a mixture of cucumber juice and lime juice. Regular application of this face pack can soothe your skin and leave it feeling fresh and light.

7. Apple:

Though apples have only mild antiseptic properties, they work well as astringents. The malic acid content in apples absorb the excess oil from the face and it also helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Apply finely grated apple on your face for 15 minutes and then wash off with tepid water. You can also make a great apple face pack with mashed apple, yogurt, and lemon juice.

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8. Aloe Vera:

The cooling properties of aloe vera are well known. Aloe vera can lighten hyperpigmentation spots and improve uneven skin tones.

When you cut the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf, you can access a thick jelly-like substance. Apply this jelly on your skin and leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with water and pat your face dry.

Aloe vera gel can also be bought from the market. apply this twice daily for at least two weeks and you will be rewarded with a fresh oil free skin.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. It is also good for applying on the skin to exfoliate the dead cells.

It is best to apply this as a night time routine. Apply using a cotton ball and leave on for 10 minutes before washing it off. If your skin is sensitive, it will be wiser to dilute the vinegar with a little water.  You can also freeze this mixture in ice trays and use the cube on your skin for a very refreshing feel.

10. Orange Peels:

Astringents restrict oil secretion and orange peels have strong astringent properties, so they are very effective in face packs for oily skin. They are also rich in Vitamin C which is known to lighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation.

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You can dry the orange peels under the sun and then powder them in a blender. Make a paste of this powder using rosewater and spread this on your face. Wash off after 15 minutes. Orange juice is also great for your skin – both externally and internally.

Conclusion

Home remedies are often the most effective and obviously the cheapest when it comes to skin care routines. Many people use steam to cleanse their skin, but this is not advisable as controlling the heat is tricky and this puts your skin at risk of burns.

The above-mentioned tips are tried and tested ones which do not harm your skin in any way. But those with sensitive skin should take care and do a small test patch first to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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