Oily, shiny skin can look dirty and greasy. That is why many women and even men use various types of facial washes, creams, oil control powders and absorbent papers. However, you do not have to spend too much on expensive oil control beauty products. There are many natural remedies that can be made right at your own home.
Natural Cleansers for Oily Skin
One way to get rid of oily skin is to add half a teaspoon of lemon or baking soda to a liter of water. Use this to rinse your face after washing it. Make sure to use a sunscreen or sunblock in the morning because lemon can cause sensitivity to the sun.
Another good cleanser is liquid castile soap. Castile soap contains olive oil which is effective in breaking down oil in your face without drying out your skin. Mixing it with water, peppermint oil and lavender oil makes it an effective anti-acne cleanser. Added with honey, the mixture now has natural moisturizers to help restore the normal pH balance of the skin.
Natural Skin Exfoliants
Exfoliation is important in removing dead skin cells and excess oils in your face. Some of the best natural exfoliants include oatmeal, cornmeal, salt and bran, mixed with lemon juice, baking soda and honey. Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week is enough for a smooth, glowing skin.
Even if you use a natural facial wash, the pH balance of the skin still needs to be restored. That is why a toner is important after washing your face. Witch hazel is a good toner because aside from effectively removing oil on your face, it also minimizes the pores.
Another good idea is to mix apple cider vinegar with purified water. Instead of vinegar, you can also use
Kaolin or French green clay is one of the most recommended ingredients in a facial mask. Clay readily absorbs oil, removes dirt clogged in pores and neutralizes skin in the process. Using clay on skin can be extremely drying so it is recommended that it should only be done once a week. In order to prevent skin from getting dry, mix it with yogurt and honey.
Looking for a simpler facial mask? Try fresh aloe vera. Just cut a leaf and apply the gel to your face twice a day. Let it dry for a few minutes before rinsing off. Aloe vera contains salicylic acid and has anti-bacterial properties which makes it ideal for oily and acne prone skin.
Tomato puree is also a good facial mask. It contains alpha hydroxy acid. It effectively removes oil without drying the skin. It prevents the sebaceous glands from producing too much oil.
Mashed cucumber is not only refreshing. It is also recommended for oily skin. For best results, chill the cucumber paste before applying on face. Let it stay for around 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Use it twice a week.
For a healthier, oil-free skin, pair your beauty routine with a healthy diet. Avoid eating oily and greasy food and pile up on fruits and vegetables instead.
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