For centuries, people have given special care to their skin. Skin is not only the largest organ in the body; it's also the most reflective of our beauty and health. It has always been a tell - tale sign as to whether a person is healthy or ill. Therefore, it's no surprise that there has always been a high demand for cosmetic and pharmaceutical products aimed at providing healthy, glowing and spotless beauty. However, before there were big-time, multi-national pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies dictating which products you need for healthy skin, there were beauty remedies made at home. These remedies have been around for generations and have been tried and proved by many who will attest to their effectiveness. Therefore, if you're looking for great skin, you're more likely to get better results using home remedies rather than fancy - and not to mention expensive - beauty products at your local drugstore or mall.
One of the commonest problems when it comes to skin is excessively oil. Skin oil is produced by tiny glands known as 'sebaceous glands'. These oily secretions aim at maintaining the natural moisture. However, things sometimes get a little out of hand leading to excessively oily skin and all the problems it entails. After all, no one wants a shiny forehead and even worse, those dreaded blemishes popping up here and there.
Anyone with oily skin knows how frustrating it is to try one product after another to no avail. Luckily, there are several home remedies that can help.
First of all, one of the best homes remedies for oily skin is a Green Clay mask. Green clay can suck out the excessive toxins and sebum in your skin, leaving it significantly less oily and shiny. Use Green Clay mixed with a small amount of lemon juice, yoghurt, water and one of the many essential oils. Essential oils you can pick and choose from when making home remedies for oily skin include Bergamot, Lavender, Sage, Tea Tree and Sandalwood among others.
A quick trick to dry out oil is by using a thin layer of toothpaste all over your face and then washing it out using lukewarm water. Another quick trick you can use to moisturize your skin without making it oily is using honey because oily skin should never be excessively dried out or else the sebaceous glands will try to overcompensate by producing even more oil.
Cleansing properly is also an important aspect of natural care. A good home remedy for oily skin is using a gentle cleanser such as milk mixed with an essential oil and using it to clean out any residues on your skin every night before bedtime.
Don't forget to use an astringent to prevent blemishes. A great home remedy for oily skin is using a natural astringent in the form of Witch hazel.
Last but not least, the most basic of all home remedies for oily skin is a proper diet. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, avoid excessive junk food and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.