As humidity hits us in full swing, so do an array of skin concerns, the most common one being greasy, oily skin. The general oily and sticky feeling on your face is very unwelcome, and to deal with that, we’ve put together a list of DIY face masks you can whip up in your kitchen. Now, remember that your face is not a salad (put down the lemon juice, please) and everything that’s in your pantry cannot be applied on it. Instead, we’re bringing you some tested remedies that have actually worked wonders in zapping shine and oiliness.
Buckle up, this article is full of what will (hopefully) be helpful tips! As with any new skincare (store-bought or made at home), always do a patch test before going all in. If you have a pre-existing skin condition, infection or allergies, consult your dermatologist before trying these out.
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Oatmeal And Honey Face Mask
What it does: Oatmeal (or powdered oats) works very well to absorb excess oil from skin and honey has antibacterial powers that keep acne at bay.
What you need:
2 tablespoons of oatmeal
2 tablespoons of honey
Method: Mix the two ingredients together and apply to your face. Wash off after 15 minutes using lukewarm water and circular motions.
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Fuller’s Earth And Rose Water Face Mask
What it does: Before there were exotic clays from far off lands, there was multani mitti or Fuller’s earth that did the task of absorbing excess sebum from pores. Rose water will be your BFF, especially if you have blotchy or irritated, reddish blemishes as it balances the skin’s pH level.
1 tablespoon of Fuller’s earth (multani mitti)
2 tablespoons of pure rose water
Method: Mix the two together till you get a smooth paste. Apply to your face and wash off when it is semi-dry.
Pro tip: Don’t wait till the mask has fully dried to wash it off. This will make it suck the moisture from your skin, throwing it in an oily frenzy.
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Aloe And Honey Face Mask
What it does: Aloe vera is a super star ingredient, no matter what your skin type is. It has antimicrobial properties that prevent acne and when paired with honey, which has gentle exfoliating characteristics, this concoction is sure to hydrate and repair skin.
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon honey
Method: Use a blender to combine the two ingredients. Apply to your face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.
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Cucumber, Honey And Yoghurt Face Mask
What it does: Cucumber is one of the best ingredients for oily, acne-prone skin because it is incredibly soothing and cooling as well as a natural astringent (read: tightens and cleans pores). Honey moisturises and repairs skin whereas yoghurt is rich in lactic acid, a very mild exfoliating agent. These work in sync to tone and tighten skin, and in other words, are serious shiny complexion fighters.
2 teaspoons of cucumber juice
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of yoghurt
Method: Mix all the ingredients together and apply on your face. Wash off after 10 minutes.