Hi friends, in my last edition, we learned on how to keep up a healthy skin in dry weather especially this time of the year. I hope you have started your personal routine. However, in this episode we are going to dwell on good skin care habit for oily skin.
Healthy Oily Skin
Considering our day-to-day activities, and the thousands of microorganisms we experience daily, there is great need to maintain a healthy skin. Regardless of your skin type and how conscious you are about maintaining skin hygiene we are still prone to meet these microbes. No matter where your skin type belongs (dry, oily, normal etc) you need to ensure skin cleanliness and improved skin health. We have learned before that dead skin cells accumulate on daily basis due to exposure to dusts and smoke. That is why it is expedient for us to constantly remove these dead cells and make sure the skin cells are not left open to more dirt accumulation.
The skin possesses sebaceous glands that produce sebum (oily secretion); in oily skin, there is much production of sebum. It is more common among women and could be difficult to manage. However, there are simple remedies you can apply on your skin that will make it healthier.
Apples are of extremely great benefits in skin care with their antibacterial activity. Apples have potentials to lighten and brighten your skin; this is due to high collagen and elastic fibre content. It hydrates the skin and cleanses it so that the oil production in the skin get balanced. They are great exfoliants through the help of the malic acid in apples. Another great importance is protection from ultra-violent radiation; this radiation could be accompanied by dusts and smoke which when mixed with sebum blocks the skin pores and can attract microbe-causing diseases.
- By blending a teaspoon of glycerin with grated apple and apply on your skin for about 20 minutes; then wash off with cold water.
- Grate half an apple and place the shreds on your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
- Mix one teaspoon each of grated apple, yogurt and lemon juice to form a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse face with cool water.
The lactic acid in yogurt helps to exfoliate the skin and absorbs excess oil on the skin.
- With one tablespoon of plain yogurt throughout over the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse it off with cool water. Do this once daily.
- Mix one tablespoon each of organic yogurt and finely ground oatmeal. Then stir in one teaspoon of warm honey. Apply the mixture on your skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
The citric acid in lemon juice helps to close skin pores, kills microorganisms, and restores skin pH balance.
- Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice, one-half tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of milk. Apply this paste on your skin including face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water.
- Mix one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with one-half teaspoon of distilled water. Apply it on your skin using a cotton ball. Leave it on 10 minutes and then wash your face with warm water. Lemon juice can dry out your skin, so apply some oil-free moisturizer afterward. Do this once daily.
Tomatoes possess astringent properties. The high vitamin C content is helpful for acne-prone skin.
- Cut a tomato in half and rub it on your skin. Allow the juice to soak into your skin for about 15 minutes or more. Rinse your skin with cold water, pat it dry and apply a light oil-free moisturizer.
You can as well make a face mask of tomato and honey.
- Mix two to three tablespoons of tomato juice with one tablespoon of honey. Make a paste and rub it on your skin and leave for 15 minutes or more. Then wash off with warm water.
Cucumbers possess astringent properties as well as soothing characteristics. They contain vitamins and minerals that are good for oily skin.
- Mix one-half teaspoon each of cucumber juice and lime juice. Apply on your skin and let it dry. Wash off with warm water. Do this daily.
- Cut a fresh organic cucumber into thick slices, and rub them thoroughly on your face. Leave it on overnight and rinse with warm water in the morning. Do this daily before going to bed.
Other remedies include milk, honey, aloe vera. We have discussed these remedies in my previous edition. You can refer back and make use of the guide.
Oily skin could be a great deal of pain; nevertheless these above-mentioned remedies are quite effective thereby giving you a successfully radiant skin. I hope to receive comments from you in the New Year with evidence of healthy, radiant skin. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year ahead.