If you have oily skin, don’t worry because it’s not the end of the world. There are a lot of ways that you can control it. The best part is that you don’t even have to spend too much money to get consults from a dermatologist. Nor do you have to blow your paycheck on expensive products that promise to rid you of oily skin.
Believe it or not, you can concoct your own remedies from items that can be found in your pantry. You don’t even have to worry about doing it wrong – since all of the ingredients are natural, these remedies are not likely to cause your skin any harm. Additionally, you can enjoy a lot of savings by using home remedies for oily skin rather than buying commercially sold products.
As you may well know, skin care regimens are broken down into three different steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Each step is very important because they all help in controlling oily skin. Additionally, giving yourself a facial scrub is important. This will help you get rid of deep seated dirt and dead skin cells. Here is a broken down list of home remedies that you can use for each step:
Unless you know how to make soap, this step will actually require you to head to your local drugstore so you can buy a cleanser. Remember that oily skin is also sensitive so it is important that you buy a cleanser that has a gentle formula. Since there are a lot of stores that sell organically made skin care products, you can still stick to your plan of only using products made from natural ingredients.
The best type of soap for oily skin types are those that are glycerin based. Since glycerin is a component of fat and oil, it generally won’t contribute to any dry skin you might have (bonus!). As a result, your skin will feel supple even right after you wash it. And of course this also helps keep your oil glands under control.
For this step, you can concoct your own toner by using extracts of fresh fruits and vegetables in your fridge. Here are a few suggestions that you can benefit from:
1. Cucumber and Lemon Juice
Juice 1 piece of cucumber and add a teaspoon of lemon juice into 1/4 cup of clean water. Shake well and transfer to a clean spray bottle. Spray your face with this toner twice a day after cleansing and let dry naturally (or blot if you’re in a rush). This concoction can be kept fresh inside your refrigerator up to a week.
Why does it work? First, cucumber can help in tightening your pores which lessens the chances of them getting clogged. As a result, this will not only reduce the occurrences of acne breakouts, it will also keep your oil glands from becoming overactive. Lemon juice on the other hand acts as a regulator of the oil production of your glands. Plus, it is a great source of Vitamin C which is very important for skin cell regeneration.
2. Watermelon Extract and Aloe Vera
Juice some pieces of watermelon to come up with at least 1/3 of a cup and add 5 to 6 drops of aloe vera. Apply this concoction to your face using a cotton pad and let dry for 15 minutes. Once dried, rinse your face with cold water.
Watermelon is rich in Vitamin A which is important for minimizing oil secretion. Also, it will help reduce the size of your pores significantly. Meanwhile, aloe vera is great for reducing acne inflammation and providing your skin with the hydration it needs.
Additionally, you can add other ingredients to your homemade toner. Witch hazel and mulberry extract have been proven to aid in controlling oily skin. You can buy a bottle of these at local health stores and even some markets (check whole foods). A few drops to your concoction is enough to provide a surprising amount of benefit so a little goes a long way!
Homemade moisturizers can be a bit tricky. Of course, you can just head to the mall to get a tube of moisturizer infused with natural ingredients. However, since your goal here is to only use home remedies, it’s time to head to your kitchen.
One of the best moisturizers that you can find in your kitchen is olive oil. Olive oil has the ability to lock in moisture in your skin. When your skin is hydrated, less oil is produced by your glands. You can apply a few drops of pure olive oil on your face by gently massaging it with your finger tips. Make sure that your hands are clean so bacteria won’t be transferred to your face. Do this every night before going to bed and wake up to a glowing and more supple skin.
Homemade Facial Scrubs
Exfoliating your skin is very important if you want to keep oil under control: deep seated dirt, clogged pores, and dead skin cells can cause your oil glands to become overactive. However, it is also important to keep in mind that over exfoliating can cause your skin to become dry – this isn’t something you want if your skin is naturally oily. Once or twice a week is enough to ensure that your skin is free from components that can cause your glands to produce more oil. Here are a few homemade scrubs that can help remedy oily skin:
1. Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Scrub
Get 1/4 cup of oatmeal and run it through your blender. When the oats have been reduced to tiny bits, transfer them into a bowl and add a tablespoon of milk and honey. Make sure that the oats are not turned into powder because then your concoction will be too runny to use as a scrub. Apply this on your face and leave on for about 15 minutes. Before rinsing off with cold water, gently massage your face using your fingertips so the oats can remove deep seated dirt and dead skin cells.
2. Egg White, Honey, and Sugar Scrub
Separate the whites of two eggs and combine 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Mix thoroughly until the ingredients are turned into paste. Apply this on your face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 15 minutes. Massage gently then rinse off with your facial soap.
Additional Tips to Controlling Oily Skin with Home Remedies
- Always make sure to get sufficient amount of sleep. This will allow your skin to breathe and regenerate.
- Drink lots of water to keep your skin well-hydrated.
- Make sure to drink your vitamins.
- Stay away from oily food.
- Avoid smoking and excessive drinking of alcohol.
- Practice your skin care regimen religiously.
Home remedies for oily skin are excellent options if you’re concerned about what you put on your face. Not only are they free from side effects, but they are also inexpensive. Give our suggestions a try and let us know what you think.