We’ve talked about masks for dry skin and now it is time to present some options for those of you who are fighting oily skin – and I know you’re not too few.
You might be tempted to try to make your skin drier and therefore go for products that might, on the spot, solve your excess sebum problem, but did you know that these products usually contain alcohol and other irritant ingredients? It might look awesome for a few hours, maybe a few days, but on the long run, this will actually lead to more and more sebum produced on top of a very dehydrated skin.. nop, not good! Soooo.. how to get rid of oily skin and maybe spots that come with it?
Tea Tree Oil mask
Tea Tree oil is an ingredient well known for its power against spots and oily skin, but it is also extremely irritant if you don’t use it in the right amount. So, instead of putting it directly on your skin, this recipe: mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. If you have, also add 2-3 drops of vitamin E. Apply the mixture on your clean face and leave it for about 20 minutes. Wash it with either warm water or some warm chamomile tea. I’d recommend the last one especially if you also have spots or scars from previous spots. Finish everything with some thermal water (if you have) or just skip this step and go to your usual skin care routine. If you do this mask once/week (maybe twice if you have really oily skin) you should see long term results in somewhere around 2-3 weeks.
Clay Mask – with a twist, of course
Clay masks are also a classic when it comes to oily skin.. but did you know that not the clay itself is what helps, but what you put inside it? Most recipes are with tea tree or strawberries, but the mix of those ingredients with clay is actually a bit too harsh (yes, even for oily skin!) and the results aren’t great on the long run. But if you have this astringent ingredient – clay – you can mix it instead with something that would hydrate your skin and achieve beautiful results. Just remember this word: hydrating – not nourishing or emollient.
For this you could mix 1/4 cup of clay with 3 teaspoons of grape juice (real juice, the one that you make yourself, don’t use anything that you find in the supermarket, mkey?) and a teaspoon of honey. Mix this very well and apply it on a quite thick layer on your face. Leave it until you feel the clay drying and then gently remove it with warm water. Ta daaa! Glowing, hydrated skin with no trace of extra sebum. This recipe is both long term effective, but it also gives an instant result that should keep you away from shine for a few hours.
One last tip when it comes to masks for oily skin.. try to mix ingredients that tend to absorb the sebum/clear the skin with very hydrating ingredients, because, even if you’re not expecting it, oily skin tends to be usually quite dehydrated. Also invest in a hydrating moisturizing while skipping the emollient ones.