Oily skin can be a nuisance to deal with. This aggregation of excess oil on the skin (outer skin layers) often gives way to blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, acne, and other skin-related allergies/irritations. To cheer one up, I would like to point out that though oily skin may not suit you well or cause irritation or be irksome or whatever; it is however of some use, after all. Oily skin tends to age better and develops fewer wrinkles when compared to normal or dry skin, at least some people claim that. So, in the end it’s not that bad, right?
Still, people have nightmares because their skin is way too oily and… and… they couldn’t even dare to show up their face to someone because of how untidy they look and stuff like that. That’s why we present to you some homemade recipes to tackle oily skin. Yes, you could always use products from the market or elsewhere but homemade things are, well – homemade. So, let us begin:
1. Lemon – Citrus fruits are not only delicious, but also refreshing for the skin as they help in reducing oils. One such fruit is Lemon. Lemon juice is an ideal source of citric acid and works like an astringent. It also has some antiseptic applications that restore skin’s pH balance and are able to lighten skin discolorations.
Here’s what you do, mix equivalent parts of lemon and water, stroke on your face, and let it dry. Rinse your mouth first with warm water followed by cool water for a refreshing delight! You could also try to mix ½-teaspoon limejuice with an equal quantity of cucumber juice instead of water.
2. Milk – works great as an oil-free cleanser that manages to make any oily skin soft and agile. Milk consists of alpha-hydroxy acids that kindly exfoliate the skin and help maintain the pH balance of the skin.
Here’s what you do, mix 2-3 drops of lavender or sandalwood oil with 2 tablespoons of milk and apply this mixture on your skin gently using a cotton ball. Continue with gentle massaging for a few minutes and then go to sleep. After waking up, wash you face with cold water. Continue this task for a few days (daily) and then see the results.
3. Eggs – are enriched with vitamin A and are capable of effectively drying out skin blemishes along with skin tone and can tighten up the oily skin as well.
Here’s what you do, whip one egg and apply the yolk on your face with a cotton ball. Cover up all the oily spots. Leave it for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water.
4. Apple – Apples are great exfoliating agents. They have astringent, mild antiseptic and soothing properties that make them a great home remedy for oily skin. It is the malic acid within the apples that help exfoliate dead skin cells and absorb excess oil from the skin. Here’s what you do, grate half an apple and place the following shreds on your skin. Leave it there for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Then mix 1 teaspoon each of yogurt, grated apple and lemon juice to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste all over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off your face after 15 minutes.
5. Yoghurt – is rich in lactic acid that smoothly exfoliates the skin and absorbs any extra oil from it.
Here’s what you do, apply 1 tablespoon of simple yogurt on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Perform this on a daily basis (once a day is enough). Alternatively, you could try mixing 1 tablespoon each of organic yogurt and fine ground oatmeal and then stir in it a teaspoon of warm honey. Apply this mixture on your face, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then finally rinse off your face with warm water.
6. Tomatoes – with their astringent, cooling and clarifying properties, works like a wonder for the skin. The high Vitamin C content also helps with acne-prone skin problems. Additionally, the natural oil-absorbing acids in the tomatoes help in getting rid of excess oil. Here’s what you do, cut the tomato in half, rub it on your skin, then allow the juice to immerse into the skin for at 15 minutes, and then rinse your skin with cold water and then stroke it dry and apply a light oil-free moisturizer. You could also consider making a face mask that consists of 3 tablespoons of tomato juice along with 1 tablespoon of honey.
7. Cucumbers – are the cool dudes of the vegetable family. They contain astringent, soothing and cooling properties that are beneficial to tackle oily skin. They also possess high vitamin and mineral content that are good for oily skin.
Here’s what you do, cut a fresh cucumber into 3 slices and then rub them through your face. Leave them there overnight and then rinse your face with warm water in the morning. You shall do this daily before going to bed. Alternatively, you could also mix ½ teaspoon each of cucumber juice and some limejuice. Apply this mixture on your skin and then rinse it off with warm water and you’ll never be afraid to chill in summer anymore.
8. Honey – can help effectively in reducing excess oil from the skin and can clean pores and even prevent wrinkles. Honey has moisturizing properties that nurture the skin without making it oily.
Here’s what you do, apply a thin layer of honey over your face and leave it there for 15 minutes. Do this twice daily. You could also mix small amounts of ground almonds with honey and then gently massage the paste on your skin. After massaging for about 15 minutes, wipe everything off with a warm cloth. Do this once a week.
9. Cornstarch – is very good for the skin. It is able to easily dry up oily patches. Here’s what you do, mix about 1-3 tablespoons cornstarch with enough warm water and make a paste. Rub it on your face and let it dry. Shower or rinse off the paste with lukewarm water. Do this once a day for best results.
10. Aloe Vera – has antimicrobial properties that make it an ideal option when it comes to treating acne-prone oily skin. Aloe Vera is easily able to absorb off excess oil from the skin.
Here’s what you do, cut an Aloe Vera leaf in half and extract its fresh gel. Now, apply this gel on your face and let it dry, and then wash off your face with clean water. Do this 2-3 times a day.