The frustration of having oily skin is real.
We all want to look our best 24/7, and oily skin can feel like an unstoppable obstacle in our way. But you can learn how to control oily skin naturally, the way your face intended.
So many outside factors go into how your skin behaves: stress, sleep, and skincare, just to name a few.
How we treat our bodies translates directly onto our skin–no part of ourselves exists in a vacuum. So, keep in mind that staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and avoiding sunburns can do a lot for your skin’s health.
And, oily skin is not inherently unhealthy skin. In fact, it can help you age beautifully with fewer wrinkles!Still, there are times when it serves us better to have calm, soft skin. So let’s get there–naturally.
Why do I have naturally oily skin?
Every person has a different skin type, from dry to oily to any combination in between.
Many factors go into the overproduction of oil. Stress is one, so embracing your relationship with stress is incredibly important.
Fluctuating hormones can also cause changes in your skin, creating both oiliness and dryness, depending on the imbalance. Learning which foods affect your stress hormones can make a real difference.
Androgens, particularly dihydrotestosterone, can cause oily skin as well. Since hormones control so much with regard to our skin, you may experience changes over the course of each month as your hormones cycle.
How to control skin oil overproduction.
This might come as a surprise, but it’s possible that the best way to target your skin’s oil overproduction is to do nothing.
Over exfoliating your skin causes an overproduction of oil, as does washing too frequently.
Your skin needs oil in order to function properly. It protects you from things such as bacteria, keeps you from wrinkling, and provides natural hydration. When we wash too much or use products that are too harsh, our skin can react.
Stripping the skin by using harsh cleansers and exfoliants can even cause it to react by forming bumps, which we then attempt to target with harsher and harsher products. This makes it worse, and the cycle continues.
Moisturizing and using spot treatments instead of full-face products can do wonders.
All-natural home remedies to keep your skin soft, even, and supple.
You don’t need to go to the drugstore to treat acne-prone, oily skin. Nature is full of recipes.
Use raw honey as a 10-minute face mask.
Raw honey has natural antibacterial properties, and no harsh soaps or glycerins. It can treat acne and prevent it from worsening.
Honey is also a humectant, which means it imparts moisture to the skin without adding any oil.
Using honey to treat acne and oily skin is incredibly easy. It takes just one ingredient: you guessed it, honey.
Apply a thin layer to your (clean, dry) face and leave for about 10 minutes. Then rinse.
If you have more specific problems, there are plenty of plant-based ingredients to add to your honey to make different masks and treatments. Here’s 8 honey-based acne treatment recipes with ingredients like apple, yogurt, aloe, and more!
Make an oil-balancing, hydrating face mask with tomato, oat, and cucumber.
The natural acids in tomatoes brighten your skin and prevent acne while balancing oil, and at the same time ground oats soothe irritated, inflamed skin. Cucumbers contain wrinkle-fighting antioxidants, so this face mask is a skin-loving triple threat. Ingredients:
- ½ cup of mashed tomatoes
- ¼ cup of grated cucumbers
- ¼ cup of ground oats
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply to your face in circular motions. Leave on for 5–10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. And there you have it!
Discovering how to control oily skin naturally can change your relationship with your skin.
An overproduction of oil in the skin is often simply a sign that your skin’s moisture barrier is unbalanced. Though counterintuitive, being more gentle and patient is often the answer. When you feel as though your skin is only getting worse, pull back. Let it heal with natural ingredients and remedies, and explore self-care in other areas. Sometimes, doing nothing is the most difficult–and loving–thing we can do for ourselves. Your skin deserves to be pampered, not battled with, and no amount of acne or oil takes away its worth. Infuse the skin on your entire body with a beautiful glow with our luxurious, hydrating Evening Body Serum. It’s lightweight, not heavy–it won’t leave a residue or make you feel oily.
Cold-pressed, plant-based botanicals infuse your skin and mind with layered, intriguing aromas of yuzu, cardamom, palo santo, and more, reminding you to take time to layer yourself in self-love.
When your skin is naturally moisturized and hydrated, your moisture barrier is repaired and oil overproduction slows to a stop.
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