Do you wake up in the morning and groan as you feel a layer of grease on your face? Are you embarrassed when your skin shines more than anybody else’s in a group photograph? If you said yes to both the questions, you are annoyed with your oily skin. There can be various ways of having oily skin. Though oil appears mostly on the cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose; some people experience it only on the forehead and the nose, known as the T-zone.
This kind of skin is called combination skin. Don’t you wish there were ways of getting rid of all that grease and control all that oil? Say goodbye to your worries, because here are some fool proof ways of treating oily skin.
Tips to Treat Oily Skin
Oily skin gets dirty faster because the oil in the skin attracts dust particles. Dead skin cells too remain stuck to the skin instead of falling off naturally. Therefore, washing and cleansing your skin on a regular basis is a must. Otherwise, the dirt that is left sticking to your skin irritates the skin causing it to break out into pimples and blackheads.
However, make sure that you don’t wash your face too often. Twice a day is enough. Washing your face too much will remove the natural oils and moisture from your face, leaving your skin flaky and stretchy.
This will also increase the production of sebum in your skin, making your efforts counter-productive. Sebum is the element that makes your skin oily.
Start once in the morning and again in the night before you go to bed, after which you can massage your cheeks, chin, temple and nose. This will help your pores open up. You can also wash your face after you return from a hot outing.
Instead of cold water, try using hot water to wash your face. This will help you remove oil in a much faster and effective manner, because hot water provides deeper cleansing of the skin pores.
Avoid both soaps and cream-based cleansers while washing your face, because while soap will make your skin too dry, cream in a cleanser will make your face oilier.
Scrub your skin regularly for deep cleansing and ridding dirt and oil. There are several mild scrubs available in the market that you can use or there are natural exfoliants at home itself that have proven to be very effective.
Besan, rice powder and corn meal are some of the proven exfoliants. You can make a paste of rice powder, corn flour and a few drops of lemon juice.
Another good scrub is almond meal, ground lemon rind and a few drops of lemon. Massage these mixtures on your face with an outward and upward motion.
Again, take care that you don’t overdo the exfoliation, because too much scrubbing will lead to over-production of oil. Three to four times a week should be enough. Use a mild moisturizer afterwards.
One more way of taking care of oily skin is to use an astringent. A good astringent will help soak the oil keeping away that awful shine. When you buy an astringent, look for one that has acetone.
This agent helps dissolve the oil faster. Avoid strong astringents because they can again stimulate over-production of sebum. Eau de cologne can also act as a good astringent. Add a few drops to your tissue and wipe off the oil from your face.
An oily skin produces moisturizer naturally. Therefore, applying a moisturizer will only lead to more oil on the face. Having said that, there are times, when you might require moisturizing, such as after a good bout of exfoliation or in dry winters. At such a time, make sure the moisturizer you choose is water based.
Facials and Home Remedies
Oily skin can often become dull and lifeless. There are several home facials, specifically for oily skin, that you can use to bring glow and vitality. Tomatoes have a cooling quality and are also like an astringent.
Simply cut it into two and rub over your face. For a thicker mixture, add honey to tomato pulp. Leave it on your face for ten minutes before washing it off. A mash of tomato and avocado can also do wonders to your skin.
A warmed mix of oatmeal, olive oil and lemon juice is also effective in cleansing pores. Apart from that a few drops of citrus essential oils like lemon, tangerine, orange and grapefruit added to your regular lotion can help treat oily skin without harming it.
A clay mask can also help absorb oil. Another concoction which is a rich source of alpha hydroxy acids is crab apple. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for twenty minutes before washing off.
Alpha hydroxy acid is a natural toner, softener and moisturizer. Rose petals along with a few drops of chamomile oil and geranium oil in your bath can help oily skin too.
What to Eat and Drink
Taking care of your diet can also help you control the production of oil in your skin. Avoid eating fatty food and oil. Favor green veggies and fruits. Boost your metabolism with at least two liters of water daily.
A diet rich in proteins but lesser amounts of sugar and salt is better. A deficiency of vitamin B2 causes oily skin, so consider food like wheat germ, nutritional yeast, beans, whole grains and buck wheat.
Choice of Cosmetics
Be as free of make up as you can. Cosmetic products can easily clog up pores and add to your woes of oil production, leading to acne. If you have to buy make-up, make sure it is water based. Never ever go to sleep with make-up on your face.
Make sure that you use a good cleanser to rid all cosmetic application at the end of the day. Before applying make-up apply a water-based, oil free moisturizer, as a base coat. You can also rub a bit of cucumber to the oilier parts of the face before venturing to use cosmetics.
Oily skin can be a nuisance, but the good news is that it ages slower than normal and dry skin. So cherish what you have. After all, there are so many ways to treat all that oil.