Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin
Oily facial skin can be quite a feat to battle each day. Due to the overactive oil glands in the skin, it seems as though your oil supply will never end. But remember before you go condemning your face. It is the same oil glands that supply your face with the supple young look that everyone compliments on.
There are countless herbs and home remedies that you can use to help manage your complexion. Here is a list of some of the herbs that you can use and why they are so awesome for your skin!
First and foremost- Rose Petals: Spoiler alert- receiving roses from that special someone is great, but using rose petals as an ingredient on your skin is even better for you! This should come as no surprise; rose petals are in many personal care products, and there is a reason for this! Products that contain roses (aka rose petals) work as great tonics for the skin.
Since, logically speaking our skin is aging and maturing each day, you can use rose water tonic to help aid your facial skin. Why you ask? Well, rose petals contain Vitamin C which is good for the skin. It also has the wonderful ability of re hydrating your skin, as well as helps to soothe irritated skin. Ha, look at that… roses literally help irritated wives and irritated skin. Bonus!
Chamomile: This amazing herb is completely soothing for all skin types. Using Chamomile in your facial treatment regime will not only soften the skin, but also helps wrinkles and stretch marks. The aftereffects of using chamomile will allow your skin to glow with radiance. You can also use chamomile infused water to make eye compress. Using this compress will reduce redness and puffiness.
Chamomile contains Bisabolol. This natural alcohol is the anti “KING” of skin healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial.
Recipe for Chamomile Apple Facial: This facial cleanser works great to remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells.
1. Cut 1 apple into slices, remove seeds and stem.
2. Puree apple slices into a liquid like form. Add ½ ounce chamomile flowers to apple. Add 1 teaspoon honey and stir all ingredients together.
3. Sprinkle in small amounts of fine, raw oatmeal. Stir this together and repeat adding oatmeal until you have a smooth constant consistency.
4. Avoiding your eyes and mouth, appeal the mixture to your face. Let the mixture set for 5 minutes.
5. Rinse facial off with warm water. Pat face dry.
6. Optional: You can complete the facial by using a toner once your face has dried.
Besides facials, people with oily skin can also benefit from steam treatments. Here is the recipe for an awesome herbal steam treatment.
Lemongrass (astringent) with Lavender (soothing, antiseptic and normalizes):
Using a homemade herbal steam facial once or twice a week can help you balance and tone your facial skin. The dirt and excess oil of your facial skin can be released from your pores by using the steam from an herbal stream treatment. What is great about the addition of herbs is the balancing and toning properties, as well as cleansing. Since when you use a steam treatment, your pores are temporarily opened, these properties are quickly absorbed into the skin.
Recipe for Herbal Steam Facial:
1. Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender and 2 Tablespoons Lemongrass on the stove top.
2. Next, pour the water and herbs into a large glass bowl.
3. Place a towel over your head and put your face into the steam coming off of the bowl. Stay over the stream with your eyes closed. Do this for about 10 minutes.
4. When 10 minutes has expired, rinse your face with cool water. Let your face air dry.
Rosemary: A natural astringent that aids in toning oily skin, this is a key herb to use. By infusing this ingredient into hot water, you can make a facial toner that will leave your face feeling clean. Store any leftover rosemary toner in the fridge.
Other great herbs to use for treating oily skin are:
Comfrey: Comfrey contains allantoin. This protein quickens cell renewal.
Elderflower: This herb is great for smoothing out wrinkles, soothing sunburn, and can even fade freckles and mother’s masks.
If you would like the benefits of any combination of these herbs without necessarily wanting to make a facial product, you have the option of a “facial free for all”. In a teabag, using any, all, or some of the herbs, place several tablespoons of the herb/herb mixture into the teabag and tie shut. Then, next time you shower, place one or two of the filled tea bags in the bottom of the shower. The hot water from the shower will soak the herbs; and the steam of the shower will cleanse your skin. And, since the average shower takes 10-15 minutes, it is the perfect time allotment and your skin will never feel better.
If oily skin is not your facial skin type, be on the lookout. In a future blog post, we will be featuring Best Homemade Treatments for Dry Skin.
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