Last Updated: 5th January, 2017. The entire human body is covered by a layer of skin to prevent it from being affected by harmful radiations, ultraviolet rays, a number of toxins and bacteria present in the air. It connects us to our surroundings by enabling us to sense things; it prevents flow of excessive fluid from our body since it is compact and also protects us from extreme temperatures.
The skin consists of two layers namely, epidermis and dermis. All humans have different types of skin and must be treated accordingly. The oil glands produce oil that is formed in between skin cells. These glands are attached to hair follicles that secrete oil through the follicles. The amount of oil secretion depends on the size of the hair follicle. Follicles with smaller pores secrete less oil as opposed to bigger pores that secrete a higher amount of oil leading to oily/ greasy skin. Our skin type depends on genetics, hormones, stress and environment. Our skin quality can also depend on how we take care of it, as well as how we prevent it from getting worse.
Different steps can be taken to ensure healthy skin such as, regular exfoliation, face masks and frequent massage therapies. In recent times most women prefer home remedies to chemical treatments and therefore prefer making face masks at home to treat different types of skins, be it dry, oily, acne prone skin etc.
In this article we are going to discuss how we can treat oily skin with natural remedies by making homemade face masks without the use of chemicals. Nature has made available a number of products that are found in our houses which require very little investment. Let us look at some home made preparations to make face masks using those products:
- TOMATO MASK:
Any citric fruits are extremely good for oily skin. Tomatoes consist of Vitamin- C which adds radiance to our skin as well as takes care of pimples. Tomatoes are acidic in nature, hence applying its paste on our skin as face mask sucks oil from our skin giving it a glow.
There are two ways in which tomatoes can be used to treat oily skin:
Firstly, you can cut a half of a tomato and rub it on your face upwards with circular motions. Concentrate more on the nasal area and T zone where oil secretion is maximal.
Secondly, you can also prepare a face mask by making a paste from tomatoes. Put the tomatoes in a blender and apply the paste on your face. Let it to sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
- BANANA MASK:
Bananas are endowed with rich minerals and nutrients that help the skin to look vibrant as well as maintain the skin texture preventing it from getting oily. Bananas fruit mash can be used as a face mask. Banana oil also can be made by soaking banana peel in a jar full of almond oil for days in the sun. However you must cover the jar well, and make sure no impurities fall into this mixture. Once the oil has a strong banana smell you can strain the oil and store it and use it on your face. You will be surprised to see the outcome of this miracle oil. There are many ways to make a face mask from bananas and one must employ the easiest and cost effective method.
- YOGHURT MASK:
Yoghurt which is also called Dahi in India is a natural tightening agent. It also seals pores and helps the skin from absorbing unnecessary dust particles. You can take 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and beat it to make a face mask and apply this on to your skin. Apply this mask for 10 minutes and wash it off to get an oil- free, supple skin.
- EGG WHITE MASK:
Eggs contain protein, riboflavin, magnesium and potassium. The egg white contains an enzyme called lysozyme which kills pimple causing bacteria. They are also good in tightening skin.
Take an egg white along with some orange pulp and beat it to make a semi liquid mix. Wash your face with warm water in order to open pores. Take a cotton ball preferably and gently tap the mixture on your face and keep it for 15 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with running water. Cold water acts as a natural pore closing agent. This egg face mask can be used twice a week to maintain good skin.
- CINNAMON MASK:
From ancient times cinnamon has been used to treat different health problems such as high blood pressure, weight loss etc. Cinnamon contains anti-ageing properties, it also tightens skin and helps maintain the skin texture by preventing excess accumulation of oil. Cinnamon face masks can be made with different ingredients.
The easiest method is to make up a paste with 2 tablespoons of pure honey, 1 teaspoonful of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon lemon juice. Use this as a revitalising face mask to bring vibrancy to your skin.
Oily skin is a great residing place for bacteria. Honey consists of enzymes that kill these bacteria and keep one’s skin free from acne. In order to prepare a face mask with honey, mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of milk. Nutmeg helps in exfoliation and soothes inflamed skin while milk smoothens the skin.
Apply this face mask on to your skin and let it dry and rinse it off with cold water.
- STRAWBERRY MASK:
Strawberries contain skin lightening agents. After a tan one can make a face mask by preparing a smooth paste of strawberries and apply it on to their skin and observe the immediate effect of the mask. Strawberries have a number of benefits from cleansing the skin to avoiding acne to preventing aging as well as protect our skin from UV rays damage. Anthocyanins, a pigment in strawberries help in protecting one’s skin from cell damage. You can also make a face mask with strawberries, lemon and yoghurt.
Apart from the above face mask remedies it is very important that we take proper care of our skin especially for those of us who have oily skin. Oily skin poses a lot of trouble for us and if we do not protect the skin from further production of oil, we can end up with a lot of unwanted and stubborn acne.
Keeping our skin clean at all times is the key to a normal well hydrated skin. After a travel it is mandatory that we clean our face with a light face wash. There are facial wipes as well that helps us wipe off excess oil from our skin. There are a few more effective face masks which can be made out of Oatmeal, Avocados, Papaya, Chocolate and many more that help to get the perfect skin every woman desires.