There is no need to use moisturizer for oily skin, right? Wrong. Doesn’t matter if your skin is oily or dry, it still needs hydration. Fun fact: the more you wash your face, the more oil your skin produces to keep itself lubricated. So contrary to popular belief, moisturizing actually helps the skin produce lesser amount of oil by keeping it hydrated. That being said, it is of utmost importance that you choose the correct moisturizer for oily skin, because sadly, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. So without further ado, here are some of the best ways to moisturize oily, sensitive skin.
Don’t wash your face more than twice a day
It might seem ideal to wash off the excess oil your skin produces a couple of times a day. But this is a practice that does more harm than good. Over-washing your face strips it off its natural oils. As a result, the skin secretes even more oil to make up for the lack thereof. A clay-based face wash can help clean the excess oil from the surface of your skin while also clearing clogged pores and leaving you with a refreshed look. A cleansing foam is also a good and perhaps the safest option for those with oily, sensitive skin. Washing once in the morning and once at night should be enough.
Use a face mask at least three times a week
Honestly, what can be more relaxing than kicking back on the sofa at the end of a long day, with a face mask on? The daily hum-drum of city life can cause excess oil build-up on your face. This clogs your pores and makes your face appear even more oily. Clay face masks help unclog pores by extracting dirt, pollution and oil from the deepest layers of the skin, and also provide deep nourishment to the skin. Here are a few homemade masks that will help moisturize oily, sensitive skin and also leave it squeaky clean:
- Banana Face Mask for oily skin
There is a personal belief that the yuckier the mask, the better it is for your skin. Banana contains Vitamins C & E along with properties that control acne. Best suited for oily skin, this is a mask that will do wonders for oily skin.
- Mash up one ripe banana in a bowl
- Add 2 tablespoons of organic honey
- Add one tablespoon of lemon juice
- Mix the ingredients and apply it on your face
- Rinse after 20-30 mins
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- Fruit Mix Face Mask
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and have astringent oils that are extremely beneficial for greasy, oily and sensitive skin. They help to tighten the skin’s pores, reduce oil secretion and make the skin clearer.
- Mash up orange pulp, tomato, and papaya in a bowl
- Add two teaspoons of lemon juice
- Apply the mixture directly onto the face and wash off after 20-30 minutes.
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- Strawberry & Honey
A natural skin moisturizer by day and a healthy snacking option by night? Sign me up! Naturally acidic in nature, strawberries help remove excess sebum from your pores all while nourishing and revitalizing the skin. And do we even have to go over the benefits of honey again?
- Mash up two-three strawberries in a bowl
- Add one teaspoon of honey
- Let it cool in the fridge
- Put it on as mask or moisturizer. Leave it on for as long as you’d like.
Don’t skip the sunscreen, please
Not using a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 (30 for those in tropical countries) is one of the biggest skincare crimes you could be committing. Even on gloomy days when the sun seems to be on a hideout, UV rays do NOT take a break. The most minimal level of sun exposure can not only cause premature aging, but also skin cancer. If you’re not in favor of layering up your skin with sunscreen in the morning, try a lightweight gel moisturizer with SPF or an oil free sunscreen spray that doesn’t leave behind the icky white cast we’re sadly familiar with.
Opt for oil-free, lightweight formulas
It is important to choose an oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. Your best bet would be choosing a skin lotion or gel moisturizer with aloe vera or spearmint. These ingredients are light on the skin but are extremely effective at giving your skin just the right amount of hydration. Speaking of hydration, hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that folks with oily skin need to get their hands on. Gel moisturizers and serums with hyaluronic acid are extremely light on the skin, and provide a soothingly gentle moisturizing action.
Make your own moisturizer for oily skin!
If you’re skeptical about skincare products or simply have had bad experiences with them in the past, fear not. There are numerous ways to make the perfect homemade moisturizer for oily skin. Here are a few:
- Aloe & Rosewater
Aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturizers found in nature. It not only has disinfectant qualities but also soothes and heals the skin. It is also super gentle and nourishing.
- Add 2 tablespoons of raw aloe vera to a mixing bowl
- Mix a few drops of rosewater to make a light paste.
- Refrigerate for an hour
- Layer it on your skin as a natural moisturizer
- Milk & Olive Oil
Yes, I said olive oil. Olive oil is a natural anti-microbial source which kills acne-forming bacteria. Milk is full of lactic acid that helps soothe irritated, sensitive skin. This acts as a perfect moisturizer for oily skin.
- Take a cup of fresh milk
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil ‘
- Add 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
- Mix it up and apply it on your face
- Green tea & Honey
An effective homemade face moisturizer made out of the most common ingredients. Green tea is packed with antioxidants while honey is one of the best natural moisturizers. Together, they provide all the hydration your skin will ever need.
- Brew a bag of green tea
- Add a tablespoon of honey to the warm tea
- Add half a tablespoon of lemon juice
- Then add half a tablespoon of glycerin (optional)
- Let it cool in the refrigerator before applying it on the face
Wrapping it up..
Oily skin requires just a little bit more effort than it does to take care of dry skin. But there is no reason why you cannot make this whole routine fun and change it up now and then. So there you have it; some sure-shot ways to moisturize oily, sensitive skin without breaking out into a million tiny zits. In short, wash your face twice a day, always, ALWAYS use sunscreen and use a light, gel moisturizer to keep your face from drying out, and you’re good to go!