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Oily Skin Care: Reduce the Greasy Look!

What Is Oily Skin?

All skin types need oil to a certain degree to lubricate the cells of the skin but sometimes the glands are triggered to overproduce.  This often happens in puberty when the hormones are changing rapidly and unpredictably. This can result in a greasy look with shiny patches over the face.  It leads to clogged pores generating pimples and blackheads. If picked at these pimples will lead to scarring - not that attractive anywhere on the body but especially not on the face.

What To Do?

Some people react to this greasy look by over cleansing their skin with harsh products containing alcohol. This only aggravates the situation and the cycle goes on and on...

Using essential oils that balance the skin rather than strip it will help with the production of too much oil and reduce the inflammation caused by harsh chemical products leaving the skin soft and natural.

Oily skin cleanser using essential oils

Cleansers

Recipe One

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Mix the yogurt and honey until combined. 

Then add the lemon juice and essential oil.

Massage into face avoiding eye area.  Rinse off and follow by a tonic.

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

  • 30ml apricot oil
  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Cypress essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients and store in a dark colored bottle. 

Shake until combined.

Gently massage over the face, avoiding the eye area, and remove with a damp cottonwool ball or tissue.

Facial Steaming

Instructions:

Oily skin will benefit from a facial steam treatment once or twice a week, depending on time availability. Use the Inhalation method and splash your face with cool water afterwards.

Recipe One

Ingredients:

  • 2 drops Juniper essential oil
  • 4 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 15ml sweet almond oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and store in a blue or amber bottle. 

To use, add 1 teaspoon of mixture to a bowl of boiling water.

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

3-5 drops of your choice of essential oils: Tea Tree, Geranium, Juniper or Lavender essential oils

Directions:

Add these 3-5 drops into a bowl of boiling water and follow with a cool splash.

Toner

This is a toner/astringent which is suitable for men as well as women.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons honey 
  • 1 tablespoon glycerine 
  • 150ml vodka or similar alcohol 
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops Clove essential oil
  • 250ml pure water

Directions:  

Mix together and splash a little over the face.

Avoid any broken capillaries and the eye area.

Moisturizer

Oily skin moisturiser using essential oils

Oily skin moisturizer using essential oils:

Ingredients:

  • 90ml grapeseed oil 
  • 3ml evening primrose oil 
  • 30 drops Carrot essential oil 
  • 30 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops Juniper essential oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients into a 100ml bottle. 

Leave for 5 days to mature. 

Apply to face daily using a cottonwool ball. 

Remove any excess oil with a tissue.