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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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