Oily skin is a common problem for many women. It is prone to acne more than other types of skin, which is the result of enlarged pores and excess oil from the sebaceous glands. Washing the face daily with water and the mechanical force of your hands cannot get rid of sebum, impurities, and dead cells completely. If you want your skin and pores to be cleansed without being negatively affected by the pressure of your hands, the use of a face wash is a good idea.
There are many face washes on the market that can help you deal with this quickly. However, if your oily skin is sensitive, make yourself a natural face wash at home. It does not contain chemicals, are entirely benign and offer a smooth, youthful skin to you.
Before coming up with recipes for natural facial cleansers for oily skin, let’s find out what causes oily skin.
Causes of oily skin you should know
● Genetics: If your parents have oily skin, you are also capable of having this type of skin.
● Abuse of skin care products: You overuse skin care products, wash your face many times, and apply too much cream and so on, all of which lead to the excessive oily skin.
● Incorrect use of skin care products: You have oily skin, but you use a facial cleanser for dry skin, which makes your skin oilier than ever before.
● Weather changes: Increased temperature and humidity in spring and summer can stimulate oil glands on your skin to work more. Conversely, when the air becomes cold and dry, your skin becomes dehydrated, which also causes the sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum to compensate and protect the skin.
● Medications: Birth control methods can also increase the activity of the sebaceous glands. Similarly, some drugs can cause dehydration and lead to overactive sebaceous glands to compensate for dry skin.
● Hormonal imbalance: For women, the fluctuation of androgen hormones (during pregnancy, pre-menopause) can cause the sebaceous glands to lose control.
● Stress and pressure: When you are stressed, your body produces androgen hormones, which produces more oil than normal.
Top 5 natural face washes for oily skin you can make yourself
The following are five recipes of making natural face washes you can do easily with inexpensive and safe ingredients available at home.
1. Lemon, honey, and oatmeal
The combination of these “threesome” creates an incredible natural face wash for oily skin. When you use lemon to cleanse, its acid properties will help to remove all dirt and sebum under the skin completely. Additionally, nutrients in oatmeal and vitamin C in the lemon will nourish your skin healthy, bright and smooth but not dry. Moreover, honey is known for its inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which helps prevent the appearance of acne on your skin.
● 1/2 cup of oatmeal
● 1/4 cup of lemon juice
● 1/4 cup of water
● 1/2 teaspoon of honey
Firstly, put all ingredients into a liquidizer to mix them well so that they blend into the paste. Then, store the paste in a glass jar and put it in the cooler of the refrigerator to use within a week. You use this handmade cleanser like your normal ones.
2. Honey, coconut oil and baking soda
Both of coconut oil and honey are helpful in fighting against bacteria and remove oil on your skin. Not just that, the presence of baking soda also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. In addition, the pH level of baking soda is easy to penetrate sebum deeply into your skin, and its fine grains are useful to exfoliate dead skin cells, give you a smooth skin.
● 3 teaspoons of coconut oil
● 1 teaspoon of honey
● 1 teaspoon of baking soda
Use a spoon to scoop coconut oil into a cup and then submerge the cup into a bowl of hot water to make it melt. Next, add one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of baking soda into the cup and stir them together. Now, you have a natural face wash for oily skin. You should preserve it at the room temperature.
To use, after wetting your face, take an adequate amount of the mixture to apply evenly all over your face. Use your fingertips to massage gently in circular motions for about 1 minute. Finally, cleanse your face with lukewarm water and dry it with a soft towel.
3. Fresh milk, honey, and olive oil
As mentioned above, honey has antimicrobial properties so it can inhibit the formation of acne. Besides, to promote its power in skin care, you should combine with a little milk and olive oil. They are also fantastic elements to help you overcome the weakness of your oily skin.
● 1 teaspoon of honey
● ½ teaspoon of olive oil
● 20 ml of sugar-free fresh milk
Mix all of these evenly until they blend. Then, you take this mixture to cleanse your face for two minutes by applying it to your face with the gentle massage in circular motions. At last, wash your face with cool water and follow usual skin care steps.
4. Strawberries and sugar-free yogurt
Strawberry is a favorite fruit of women in beauty and skin whitening effect. It is very effective to kill bacteria and reduce skin lesions caused by the environment. Besides, sugar-free yogurt also brings unexpected effects to the skin such as anti-aging, moisture retention, roughness prevention, and skin protection from external environmental factors and other skin problems.
● 3 strawberries
● 2 teaspoons of free-sugar yogurt
Wash the strawberries and then put them and free-sugar yogurt in the liquidizer to grind them well. So, now you have a smooth mixture of strawberries and sugar-free yogurt. To use, wet your face and apply this mixture to your face. Rub it gently and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. After that, rinse off with lukewarm water and tap your face dry with a soft cloth. With this face wash, you should apply twice or three times a week for your oily skin.
5. Cucumber and Tomatoes
Cucumber and tomatoes are considered as the most efficient natural face wash off for oily skin. Both of them contribute to eliminating impurities as well as control secretion of grease or oil covered on the skin. Additionally, tomatoes help to brighten your complexion and prevent the damage of UV rays on your skin, while cucumber brings your skin more freshness.
● 1/2 cucumber
● 1 piece of a tomato
Use a liquidizer to grind both ingredients until they blend into a paste. Wet your face and then apply this paste all over your face. Leave it for a quarter hour and cleanse it off with lukewarm water. You can use this natural cleanser to get the desired result.
Useful tips on how to care for oily skin
1. Skin Hygiene
The high temperature and polluted environment will easily cause clogged pores so that the condition of greasiness becomes worse. Thus, it is important to keep in mind that regular skin cleansing routine will help get impurities and dirt out of your pores, limiting the risk of oil secretion and acne formation.
Dermatologists recommend that you should clean your skin at least twice a day with a cleansing face wash; otherwise, you can use a specialized cleanser for oily skin. Furthermore, when washing your face, you can use gentle massage movements to help blood circulation and help the pores clear.
2. Choosing cosmetics without essential oils
When choosing cosmetics for oily skin, you should note not to choose cosmetics containing essential oils, which will make your skin oilier.
3. Cleansing face before makeup
Before putting on your makeup, you do not forget to wash your face clean to remove sebum on the skin. It makes your makeup easy and effective as you want.
4. Oil-absorbing sheets
If you are the “owner” of the oily skin, it is best to always carry oil-absorbing sheets as a “non-separable” item. It helps absorb excess oil on the surface of the skin.
5. Not staying up late
Staying up late with stress and pressure will make it hard for you to fall asleep, and it’s also a good condition to get more oil on your skin.
Author Bio: JASMINE HE
Being interested in health and beauty as well as having a strong desire for the well-being, I have a broad knowledge of this area after having the patience to learn and experience it for a couple of years. Along with my current education job, I have now been working as a freelance writer on health and beauty.