Are you always trying to remove the oily shine from your skin? Does your forehead, nose and cheeks always have that unwanted shine and you’re always struggling to maintain your skin matte? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably face the problem called oily skin.
Oily skin is characterized with visible pores and oily glow, and it is often followed by some acne and blackheads. This type of skin requires special care, otherwise it has that feeling of oiliness and uncleanness. But oily skin has a positive side too – women with oily skin retain the youthful look of their skin much longer, because of the oils the skin preserves its elasticity and is less prone to wrinkles.
Dermatologists say that the best way to take care for oily skin is to treat it like you have a sensitive skin. That means: no face toners with alcohol, no washing with hot water and no aggressive scrubs.
The following home treatments will help you keep your oily skin clean, and also give it an intensive but gentle care:
Almonds and Honey: Mix two tablespoons of ground almonds with two tablespoons of honey. Using circular motions gently apply the mixture on your face. Do not rub too hard! Allow the mixture to stay as a mask 5-10 minutes, then rinse it with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera gel and Oatmeal: Make a mixture of 3-4 tablespoons of oatmeal and a bit of aloe vera gel. Mix it well, then apply the mixture on the face with gentle circular movements. If you have acne, do not rub the skin, just apply the mixture on it. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Nutritional and cleansing Masks:
Green clay: Mix a few tablespoons of green clay with a small amount of water to get a thick paste . Apply the mask on your face and leave it until it dries, for about 20 minutes or so. Then, as you rinse your face with lukewarm water, gently massage your skin with circular movements. If your green clay is not super fine, the small grains of clay will act as a scrub.
Cucumber and Lemon: Grate a half cucumber and using a cheese cloth or just a spoon, drain one teaspoon of cucumber juice. Add an equal amount of lemon juice. Using a cotton pad, apply this mixture to your face and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm or cold water. This mixture of cucumber juice and lemon will not only refresh your skin, but it will also help you get rid of the unnecessary oils.
Brewer’s yeast and Yogurt: Mix one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast powder with a little yogurt to get a thick paste. Apply it to your face and let it act for 20 minutes. Brewer’s yeast reduces the secretion of fat and helps to fight acne.
Lemon mist: Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and water and put the liquid in a spray bottle. Close your eyes and spray it on your face. Relax with your eyes closed until you feel that your skin is dry. Then, rinse your face with cold water. If you’re not allergic to kiwifruit, you can make a face mist from kiwi.
Sea salt mist: Fill a spray bottle with water and add a teaspoon of sea salt. Shake it to dissolve the salt. Close your eyes, spray your face with a small amount of this saline solution, and then wipe it dry with a towel. Do this several times a day and you will notice that the greasy sheen on your face will decrease.
Tomato mask: Mash a tomato and get as much pulp as possible. Soak a cotton pad in the mashed tomato and apply it to your face. Allow your skin to dry before rinsing it with water. Tomato juice will reduce the oily shine and shrink the pores.
Wash your face with lukewarm or cold water: At least twice a day wash your skin with cold water. Cold water will close the pores and it is non aggressive way to clean the oils.
Keep your hair away from your face: While you are at home, keep your hair in a ponytail or bun. Usually people who have oily skin have oily hair too, so keep the oils, hair products and dirt from the hair away form your face. These things can clog the pores of your skin and cause blackheads and acne.
Do not touch our face with your hands: If you often tend to touch your face and pick your blackheads and acne, now is the time to leave this bad habit in the past. With each touch you just irritate the skin and spread bacteria which stimulates the formation of acne and blackheads.