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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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