Monday, May 26, 2008

Natural facial masks for oily skin

Natural facial masks for oily skinSkin that feels great when you take off for work in the morning but feels greasy by lunch; these are all too familiar scenarios for those of us with oily skin. By one word, does your skin tend to look shiny or oily? Do you suffer from frequent blackhead and whitehead breakouts? Are the pores visible all over your face (not just on your forehead, nose, and chin)? If so, you have oily skin. Oily skin contains a lot of sebum which helps prevent the skin from drying out. However, oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin. So, oily skin requires more cleansing than other skin types.

The main rule to remember if you have oily skin is keeping your skin clean. Use a cleanser preferably without strong perfumes or colors. We recommend not using soap because it may be too alkaline for the skin. If you can, clean it three times a day. If not, at least try to clean in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. Use warm water to loosen the dirt, and then use cold water to rinse. And put any masks for oily skin only on cleaned skin.

An oatmeal and honey mask can be very effective for treating oily skin. Simply make a paste using uncooked oatmeal, honey, and lemon juice. Spread this mixture on your face, and use extreme caution around the eyes. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, and rinse it off with warm water. Dab your face dry with an absorbent towel. This oatmeal and honey mask should leave your face feeling clean and refreshed. Apply this natural home remedy once a day, or as often as desired, to keep your skin soft, smooth, and oil-free.

Generally honey is a natural astringent that will also help to tighten your oily skin. You can make also apple and honey facial mask for oily skin. Add one apple (peeled, seeded, and cut into slices) into a blender or food processor. Add 3 tablespoons of honey. Blend the mixture well. Apply to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

Cucumber mask for oily skin. You need 1/2 cucumber, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon mint. Puree everything and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm, then cool water.

Banana mask is a smoothing facial mask and great if you have bananas around the house. To do it, you need 1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using), 1 tablespoon honey, an orange or a lemon. Mix the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.

Strawberry and yogurt facial mask for oily skin. Place four ripe, clean strawberries in a bowl. Use a fork to smash the strawberries. Add a teaspoon of plain yogurt and stir until the mixture is smooth. Apply the mixture to your face, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove mask with lukewarm water. The yogurt will naturally exfoliate your oily skin.

And finally three easy masks to help you to care oily skin. Honey, yogurt and oats. Mix one spoon of each and apply over clean skin. Leave it for 10 minutes and clean it with lukewarm water.
Egg whites to close pores. Whip an egg-white and apply it over clean skin. Leave for 10 minutes and wash it off.
French green clay. You may add essential oils or use it alone. Take one spoon of French clay and make a paste with few drops of water. The consistency has to be such that it can stick to your skin. It is a good mask for very oily skin.