Oily skin can be quite troublesome. It looks shiny, feels sticky and often the overproduction of sebum causes coarse pores and pimples. People with oily skin often feel the need to wash their faces a few times a day. But washing your face often, even with a mild soap, may dry your skin too much and as a result, make it produce even more oils. It is always difficult to find moisturizers which truly soothe and hydrate oily and mixed skin types without over-drying or making them even more oily. Some plants and herbs, however, can help your skin with that.
Aloe Vera is a moisturizer used for centuries in cosmetics. It also has soothing and regenerating properties. To make Aloe Vera lotion wash a few leaves of the plant with warm water. Dry and leave them in fridge for about 10 days then mash the leaves to extract the juice. The lotion will then be ready. If you don’t have Aloe Vera plant at home, you can buy ready Aloe Vera gel here.
Cucumber lotion is also very useful. To make the lotion, take an over-ripe cucumber, peel it and cut it into small pieces. Put the pieces in a jar filling it half way. Fill the rest of the jar with vodka and leave exposed to the sun. After 12 days, drain the liquid and the lotion is ready. If you notice that it dries your skin too much, then when you create it next time increase the cucumber and reduce the vodka.
Herbal pledget can soothe and hydrate your skin too. Mix together birch bark or buds, marigold flowers, camomile and juniper in equal parts. Make a decoction from one tablespoon of the herbal mixture and one cup of water. Boil for five minutes on low heat. When the decoction is ready, put a soft towel in it. Cover your face with the hot towel until the heat is gone. Then make the towel wet and hot again with the decoction and repeat until 20 minutes have passed. You can keep the leftover decoction in fridge for a few days and use it as a lotion.
Natural products are more pure and less harmful than store-bought products. However, it is possible to be allergic to natural ingredients as well. If you notice that some of the ingredients in the recipes above irritates your skin, stop using it. Listen to your skin.
Do you know any other natural moisturizers for oily skin?