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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR OILY SKIN



Oily skin is shiny, thick and dull colored. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.


Because of the hormonal shifts of adolescence, oily skin is common in teenagers, but it can occur at any age. In general, skin tends to become dryer with age. The flow of sebum or oil increases during adolescence and starts decreasing with age. During pregnancy and menopause, hormonal imbalances can also upset the oil balance and increase the activity of sebaceous glands.


Many people have skin that is oily only in certain areas and dry or normal in others, a condition known as combination skin.


Causes of Oily Skin


Heredity
Diet
Hormone levels
Pregnancy
Birth control pills
Cosmetics you use
Humidity and hot weather



Skin Care for Oily Skin


The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.


Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.


Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.


To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.


Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.


Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.


Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.


If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning.


When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.


If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliates on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.


Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.


Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.


Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.


Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.


Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.


Natural Skincare


Take half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together and apply on your face half hours before taking your bath.


If your skin is excessively oily, mix in a few drops of eau de cologne. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as astringent, thereby preventing acne.


To prevent the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas, apply a little cucumber juice on the excessively oily parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.


If your whole face turns patchy after makeup is applied on it, then apply equal amount of lime juice and witch-hazel. Dry well before putting on your makeup.


Choose an astringent that contains acetone, which is known for dissolving oil. Strong astringents will do more harm than good, stimulating an overproduction of oil.


To clear away excess oil, use a clay or mud mask. Blend together well 1 teaspoon green clay powder and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, and then rinse well with lukewarm water. Do this at least three times a week or more.


Once or twice daily, mix equal parts of lemon juice and water together. Pat mixture on your face and allow it to dry, and then rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse.





Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits.



Take a diet rich in proteins but restricted in sugar, fluids and salt.


Drink plenty of quality water to keep the skin hydrated and flush out toxins.

Do not drink soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Avoid sugar, chocolate, and junk food.



Have your blood brought up to par by the suitable administration of necessary vitamins, iron and similar substances.



Even a slight deficiency in vitamin B2 can cause oily skin. Nutritional yeast, wheat germ and organ meats provide both vitamin B5 and vitamin B2. Other good sources of vitamin B2 are whole grains, beans, nuts, and royal jelly. Buckwheat, black beans and whole rice are excellent to supply the body with iron and rejuvenate pate skin.


Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Avoid pork and fried and highly seasoned foods. Consume no animal fats, or heat-processed vegetable oils.


Do not cook with oil. Do not eat any oils that have been subjected to heat, whether in processing or cooking. If a little oil is necessary, such as in salad dressing, use cold-pressed canola or olive oil only.





Aloe-vera has excellent healing properties. Apply aloe-vera gel topically, as needed.


Lavender is very good for oily skin. Mist your skin with lavender water several times daily.

Burdock root, chamomile, horsetail, oat straw, and thyme nourish the skin.


A facial sauna using lemongrass, liquorice (licorice) root, and rosebuds is good for oily skin. Two or three times a week, simmer a total of 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet or thick potholder on a table, and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. You can use a towel to trap the steam if you wish. After fifteen minutes, splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel. After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cot- ton ball after cleansing.

Witch hazel applied to the skin is excellent for absorbing oil.




Bergamot

Cedar wood

Cypress

Frankincense

Geranium

Juniper

Lavender

Lemon

Sage




Do not smoke. Smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin.


Rub oily skin areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.


Get sufficient sleep as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.


Regularly brushing and massage of the whole body stimulates circulation and rejuvenates the skin.


Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.


Evening primrose oil supplements are beneficial for skin. They contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid reputed to strengthen skin cells and boost their moisture content.

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