Do you have oily skin? Then it would help if you take special care of it to prevent sebum from producing imperfections on your complexion.
However, having oily skin is not necessarily bad, as it has its benefits. The American Academy of Dermatology says that “oil helps preserve the skin, and people with oily skin tend to have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles”.
However, important is to keep a balance between having too much oil and maintaining your skin’s natural moisture.
Cleansing your face should be a daily habit to improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the presence of dirt or clogged pores.
How to Clean Oily Skin?
The first thing is to make sure you use the right products specially formulated for your skin type. Both the tonic and the soap you use need to be gentle and designed for skin with seborrhoeic tendencies.
Wash your skin with these products, pat it dry, and make sure that there is no trace of soap left on your face.
Once you have cleaned the skin of dirt and impurities, the next thing is to exfoliate the face to remove everything inside the pores.
How to Exfoliate Oily Skin?
This step is mandatory — to deeply clean the dermis and avoid the appearance of irregularities and imperfections, you have to exfoliate your skin properly.
Who has oily skin can exfoliate more often as long as it’s needed. If your exfoliator is gentle enough, you can do it daily.
Not exfoliating is a common reason for the appearance of dead skin. Removing the dead skin from your face will make it look brighter and healthier. More than that, exfoliating can enhance the abomination of topical skin care products and improve their effectiveness.
To exfoliate oily skin is better to use more potent chemical and physical exfoliators. “Those with oily, thicker skin may want to use stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation,” explains the American Academy of Dermatology.
For oily skin, we highly recommend this facial cleansing brush by Olay Regenerist.
If you prefer to make your own exfoliator at home, you should know that the base of the exfoliant should always be a citric fruit (kiwi, lemon, orange) since acid manages to absorb the excess of sebum, thus, reduces the shine.
What to do after Cleaning & Exfoliating
The following is removing any dirt that you have not been able to remove with soap and exfoliation.
To do this, you have to make steam vapors that will help open the pores and remove blackheads or dirt through a slight pressure.
First, boil some water, and when it’s ready, place the face near the mist that comes off the interior. To take more effect from the vapors, we recommend that you put a towel on your head.
Let the steam work for about 5 minutes, and you will feel how your pores are open and ready to be cleaned intensively.
Once you’ve opened your pores, it’s time to remove all the blackheads or pimples that you see on your skin. Make sure your hands are clean before doing this.
With the fingertips, surround the black spot or pore in question and press slightly until you see that the stored dirt flows from the interior. Go carefully, do not overdo it by pressing too much.
If you want to remove a pimple that already has pus in it, then you will need to use a gauze pad to prevent the infection from spreading to other pores because, at this point, you have them completely open.
When you have finished the cleaning, it’s time to close the pores. You only need to apply a special serum to close pores or a tonic that is also designed for this.
With this final touch, your skin will stay in perfect condition, clean, without dirt, and prevent new imperfections.
Homemade Facial Masks for Oily Skin
After the facial cleaning for oily skin, it will be essential to finish your session with a special mask for your skin type.
This way, you’ll be able to end the process correctly. Besides, you will reduce the presence of sebum, making your skin look much more homogeneous, matte, and unified.
Next, we are going to offer you two recipes of homemade facial masks that you can easily prepare at home, and they work great for greasy skin.
Cucumber and lemon mask
Both products are astringent and will help reduce the production of oil on the skin. In addition, the lemon will get rid of any redness or acne marks on your face.
To make this mask, you will need:
- 1/2 cucumber
- Juice of 1 lemon
- One egg white
Mix the three ingredients, cut them, and beat them in a crusher or blender. When you see that a homogeneous paste is left, you can apply the mixture to your skin and let it act for 20 minutes. Then remove it with plenty of warm water.
Kiwi and yogurt mask
Kiwi is ideal for balancing sebum production and also acts as a powerful natural cleanser. At the same time, yogurt will help to moisturize the dermis and give it its softness.
To make this mask, you will need:
- One kiwi
- Two tablespoons of plain yogurt (unsweetened)
Chop up the kiwi and add it to a ford to blend with the yogurt. Beat it until you get a homogeneous and compact mixture. Then, apply it to the face avoiding sensitive areas such as the eye and lip contour. Let it act for 20 minutes and rinse with luke-warm water.
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