How to take care of oily skin? We discover some useful tips to cleanse, care for and protect oily skin naturally, with 2 easy mask recipes to make at home.
The skin is the largest and longest organ of our body, and can reach between 1.5 to 2 square meters, and which in turn tends to weigh between 3 to 4 kg. In fact, it is in direct and permanent relationship with the rest of the organs, hence any alteration that arises in it may indicate the presence of some type of dysfunction or disease.
Among its most important functions we can mention that of protecting our body from microbial, mechanical, physical and chemical attacks, helping us in the process of regulating body temperature, it is essential in the synthesis of vitamin D and transmitting tactile, thermal and painful through its various nerve endings.
There are different types of skin whose characteristics and care vary enormously from one to another. Therefore, knowing what type of skin we have is essential when it comes to maintaining the most appropriate and correct care possible, since the hygiene or care products to be used will vary depending on the skin we have.
What is oily skin like?
Oily skin is characterized as a type of skin that produces an excess of sebum. It presents medium to large pores in what is known as the T-zone of the face (includes the forehead, nose and chin), and it is also possible to find them in other areas such as the cheek or neck.
The sebaceous glands are characterized by being hyperactive, which gives the skin a shiny appearance. In addition, it is a type of skin more prone to the presence of acne, and the existence of clogged pores.
We must pay attention to climatic conditions, since both heat and humidity tend to increase sebum production, while lower humidity and a cool temperature help its elimination.
Recommendations to care for oily skin
If oily skin becomes dehydrated, it tends to produce more sebum and oil to compensate, so the main objective is to remove excess oil but without removing the layer that protects the skin in a completely natural way.
The use of mild soaps, whether liquid or in bars, are especially useful -and suitable-. Water-based gels are also highly recommended, especially when you use them twice a day.
Regarding the use of cleansers, it is advisable to use a clay or milk-based cleanser, or combine them with the use of cleansers made from ground nuts or seeds, which help to cleanse the skin of oil without precisely removing its protective layer.
After cleansing your skin, it is useful to apply an astringent herbal infusion with certain medicinal plants: parsley, rosemary, mint, sage, lemon balm, thyme or lemongrass stand out in this regard. These herbs have the ability to help remove possible residues left by the cleaning product, while restoring the proper pH level.
When it comes to moisturizing the skin, remember that it is not recommended to moisturize oily skin excessively, since in many cases it may not actually be necessary. However, it is useful to spray your face and body with moisturizing herbal water, especially lemon balm, rosemary or roses.
Masks recommended for oily skin
- Parsley and mint face mask: You need 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley, 1/4 cup of chopped mint leaves, and 2 cups of distilled water. Put the water in a saucepan and bring to the boiling point, when it reaches this point remove from the heat. Add the herbs, cover the saucepan and leave to macerate for 30 minutes. Filter and reserve in a glass bottle for up to a week in the refrigerator. When applying it, use a cotton pad and leave it on until it dries.
- Lemon mask: you need the juice of half a lemon and 1/2 cup of witch hazel. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it to obtain its juice. Boil half a cup of water in a saucepan and when it reaches the boiling point add the witch hazel, turn off the heat, cover and leave to macerate for 30 minutes. Then filter the infusion, mix with the lemon juice, reserve in the fridge and when it is cold, apply it to the face.