Looking after oily skin is a challenge. Everyone wants to flaunt a fresh face all day long. An oily appearance can take away that freshness, as well as give you skin problems that seem to be never ending. It can clog your pores and can lead to acne problems, pimples and blackheads. But oily skin is not all bad. Among all the drawbacks, you can also find a few blessings in disguise. If you have oily skin , it means that natural oils are found in abundance in your skin, something that most people don’t have! All you need is to follow a simple oily skin care routine to keep the greasiness in check.
In this post you will learn answers to:
- What is the cause of oily skin?
- What are some good beauty tips for an oily skin face?
- Are there a few easy-to-make natural face masks for oily skin?
- Is it good or bad to have oily skin?
- What does a toner to your skin?
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What is the Cause of Oily Skin?
Simply put, if you have oily skin, it is because your skin produces more oil than other skin types. Getting into details, the sebaceous glands in the skin secrete a substance called ‘sebum’ which is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy. In oily skin types, excess sebum is produced which causes the skin’s pores to get clogged, and could also lead to acne. A oily skin care routine followed religiously, would help keep the oil appearance in check, and leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.
Beauty Tips For Oily Skin Care
Tip #1. Wash your face twice a day
Yes, just twice a day. Washing your face more than twice would over dry the skin and prompt the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, which will leave your face oilier. As part of your oily skin care routine, use foaming, or gel-based cleansers twice a day to clean accumulated dirt and excess oil. For the rest of the day, rinsing with lukewarm water is more than enough.
It’s important to carefully choose your skin care product. Select oil free face wash and soaps. Instead of commercial products that can rip off your skin’s natural oil, go with natural cleansers. Honey and lemon cleansers, rose water, neem, cucumber and turmeric cleansers are good for oily skin. Use an effective homemade mixture of gram flour and turmeric make your control excess oil and make your skin look healthy.
Tip #2. Use a toner
The golden rule regarding toner is this: use a toner after cleansing, before moisturising. Be it any skin type, dehydrated skin can look unhealthy and dull. Replenish it with toner. Alcohol free toners are the best to keep oily skin hydrated and help slow the aging process.
You can make a natural toner for oily skin using 2 parts apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 part water.
Tip #3. Scrub once a week
One of the best tricks to keep your skin less oily is to exfoliate once a week with a mild oily skin scrub. Exfoliating your skin part of your oily skin care routine keeps the excess oil in check, removes dead skin, and clears the pores, especially areas prone to whiteheads and blackheads, like the nose and chin area. Be sure to scrub your face gently and softly.
If you prefer natural ingredients Go with lemon sugar based scrubs. Cucumber and walnut scrubs also work best for oily skin. You can use natural ingredients at home for scrubbing too!
Don’t scrub if you have acne! Our post on HOW TO MANAGE ACNE PRONE SKIN is a must-read for acne prone skin types.
Tip #4. Apply a face pack on weekends
Applying face masks once a week can be very effective for oily skin. You can choose from wide variety of herbal face packs with organic extracts available in the market for oily skin. You can make the natural face packs for oily skin at home by using some wonderful readily available ingredients in your kitchen.
Tip #5. Don’t Forget to Moisturise!
Yes, you have to moisturise oily skin too! Sounds contradictory, right? The truth is that with all the oil-reducing products and ingredients added to an oily skin care routine, your skin is bound to dry out. And dry skin would prompt the glands to produce more oil. To keep things in balance, oily skin needs moisturising too. Gel-based and water-based moisturisers are perfect for oily skin. Aloe gel is a good natural moisturiser for oily skin.
Don’t miss our 2 minute guide to finding the right FACE MASK FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE.
Easy Natural Face Masks for an Oily Skin Care Routine
These face masks are easy to make, and the ingredients are already lying in your kitchen. So, you shouldn’t be left with an excuse for not adding one or more of these face masks to a daily skin care routine for oily skin.
Banana Face Pack
Ripe banana is very effective in treating oily skin. Banana has great anti-aging properties that helps you get rid of dark spots and brightens your dull looking oily skin. Mash a ripe banana and add 2-3 drops of lemon juice to make a paste. Apply it on your face and let it dry. Then rinse your face with lukewarm water to feel the softness and freshness.
Aloe Vera Face Pack
Aloe vera is a great moisturizer for oily skin as it reduces acne and prevents clogging of pores. Aloe vera can be used for every skin type as it has anti-inflammatory properties that treat various skin problems. Aloe vera can be mixed with honey to make a face mask. Aloe vera face masks can do wonders to your oily skin
Gram Flour (Besan) and Curd Face Pack
It’s an age old recipe for treating extra shiny skin. Gram flour, or besan is anti-pimple, anti-aging tan removal agent that reduces the oiliness of skin. Besan mixed with curd paste when applied as a face mask can make your skin glow with more radiance and freshness.
Cucumber Face Pack
Cucumber is an excellent natural ingredient to treat oily skin. It reduces dark spots and makes your skin look radiant and fresh. Cucumber hydrates your skin without making it oily. Its natural astringent properties tighten the pores and remove excess oil, dead skin and dirt. Extract cucumber juice and apply it all over your face using cotton balls. Let it dry and wash off with warm water.
Multani Mitti Face Mask
Fuller’s earth or multani mitti is an amazing ingredient to apply as face pack for greasy skin. Mix a little Multani mitti/fuller’s earth in rose water to make a paste. Add some lemon juice and apply it as a mask all over your face. Multani mitti is a long known beauty ingredient which is rich in vitamins and minerals. It has excellent exfoliating properties that remove all of the dead skin, control oil production and make your face glow.
Strawberry Face Mask
Strawberry-based masks work well for acne-prone skin. Strawberry mixed with sour yogurt can be applied as a face mask. Strawberry contains salicylic acid which controls the excess oil in your skin and curd has a smoothing effect on skin. Strawberry, lemon and honey is also a good combination to make a face pack at home.
The Dos and Don’ts of a Oily Skin Care
There are many repeated questions about oily skin care and what routine to follow. We’ve answered some of those below:
Is it good or bad to have oily skin?
Natural oils are extremely important for our skin , and can keep our skin glowing and fresh . It’s when they are produced in excess, that they become a problem . Oily skin looks quite beautiful when managed properly.
How can I get rid of a oily face?
Cleanse, tone, and moisturise your face daily using products meant for oily skin. Exfoliate your face once a week and follow it up with a good skin blotting face pack. Sleep well and maintain a healthy diet. These are some things you can do to get combat oily skin.
What foods make your skin oily ?
Some foods that contribute to excessively oily skin and acne breakouts include dairy (milk, cheese etc.), refined flours (maida), butter, ghee, coffee, and too much of sugar. Try eating these food items in a healthy moderation if you have oily skin.
If you want know about more about the right diet for oily, acne-prone skin read our post on ACNE AND THE FOOD YOU EAT.
Last Words on Oily Skin Care
However problematic and irritating it is, you have to work hard to protect your skin especially if it is the oily kinds! But if you’d like to take a break once in a while, you can always get special oily skin care treatments at home, by booking an Urban Company Salon at Home service.