Thursday, December 6, 2007

Home remedy--oily skin

Good Morning!  The theory is that oily skin tends to stay young looking longer.  Although if you have oily skin I'm sure that is not very comforting when you feel like people can see their reflection on your forehead.  The following is a mix of various recommendations I've found on the web and heard first hand.  I hope you find it useful.

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.

Causes of Oily Skin
  • Heredity
  • Diet
  • Hormone levels
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Cosmetics you use
  • Humidity and hot weather
  • 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.

    Be sure to use hot water as it dissolves oil better.  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. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. My daughter used a lavendar soap for her skin and she highly recommends it. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.

    Natural Skincare

    Half an hour before taking your bath apply on your face half teaspoon each of lime and cucumber juice mixed together. 

    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. 

    For oily skin, mix 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 Tbls. lemon juice, and 1/2 cup mashed apple into a smooth paste. Apply to face and leave on 15 minutes. Rinse.

    Mix half teaspoon of honey with 1 egg white and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.  Add brewer's yeast powder and mix into a paste and apply to face.  Remove with water after 20 minutes.

     Beat together 1 egg white, 1 tsp spirits of camphor, 1 heaping Tbsp skim milk powder and a scant drop of essential oil of mint. First apply a thin film of odorless castor oil to the skin , then apply a thick layer of the egg white mask. Lie back for about 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, then rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution or witch hazel.

    Essential Oils For Oily Skin


    Herbs for Oily Skin

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

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

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

    A facial sauna using lemongrass, 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 cotton ball after cleansing.

    Ohmahgosh!  I can't believe Christmas eve is just 18 days away!  Which means that Christmas at my mom's house is in a mere 16 days.  That is just a little over 2 weeks...oh my, how time flies.  It feels as though I just got done cleaning up after a huge Thanksgiving dinner. 

    Well, after I run to the store today, to get some bread, I am going to need to start making some more cookies.  The molasses cookies went over really well so I will probably start with making a batch of those.  Then I think I'm going to make some of those Russian tea cakes and more sugar cookies.

    Well, it looks like it is going to be a busy day around here so I better get my bum in gear.

    Have a great day & hugs to all my friends!
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