How to recognize oily skin
Oily skin is a type of skin characterized by greasiness that makes it shiny and often subject to impurities. When you are young it is quite common to have oily skin because sebum is produced in response to hormonal stimuli; just during adolescence, hormones undergo considerable variations and the skin can be affected. lipids on the stratum corneum that is the most superficial layer of the epidermis. Together with water, the sebum helps to keep the skin hydrated and soft and to defend it from external agents.
However, when excess sebum is produced, the skin appears greasy, thicker than normal, greyish and may be more prone to developing enlarged pores, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. All the excess sebum can in fact accumulate in the skin pores together with dead cells and sweat, obstructing them and giving rise to inflammation. In addition, oily skin is more difficult to make up because the sebum film does not allow for good adhesion of the make up. However, there is a positive side related to oily skin: it is in fact a skin able to remain softer and more elastic over time, therefore less subject to the formation of wrinkles and signs of aging. However, this advantage is often not enough to tolerate greasiness and pimples, but luckily there are natural remedies to counteract excess sebum, such as DIY face masks.
DIY masks for oily skin are formulated with ingredients which absorb excess sebum and are able to regulate its production. These treatments therefore work in improving the appearance of the skin both in the immediate and in the long term. Immediately after a mask, the skin appears less shiny, smoother and softer and with a less dull and more uniform complexion. However, the effect would tend to disappear in a short time if the mask did not also contain ingredients capable of normalizing sebaceous production.
Before trying the DIY recipes, let’s see how and when they apply. First of all, the masks must be prepared and used on the spot and it is best not to keep them; so be careful not to overdo the quantities. The face mask is applied by spreading a thin layer avoiding the eye and lip contours and left on for ten to fifteen minutes. To spread the mask you can use your hands or small spatulas or clean make-up brushes and, for convenience, a fabric mask can be placed on the face during the exposure time. After about a quarter of an hour, the mask is rinsed with warm water and then applied with your favorite moisturizer. Finally, how many times can it be done the mask? One to three times a week, according to the needs of your skin.
An effective mask for oily skin can be prepared with aloe gel, orange zest and a few drops of orange juice. First, pour two tablespoons of aloe gel into a small bowl, then grate the zest of an orange previously washed with water. Add a few drops of orange juice and mix well, then apply to the face. The compound tends to be a bit runny, so it’s best to apply a fabric mask or gauze during the processing time. Astringent and invigorating, this mask deeply cleanses the skin, frees the pores and gives the skin a fresh and luminous complexion.
To prepare this mask you need only ventilated green clay, available in herbal medicine, and an infusion of aromatic herbs. The infusion is prepared with half a cup of boiling water in which to pour a tablespoon of dried mixed herbs: for example, sage, rosemary, bay leaf, oregano, thyme and marjoram are fine. Once lukewarm, it is filtered and added in small doses to two level tablespoons of clay, until a sort of homogeneous cream is obtained, thick enough to be applied. Clay absorbs excess sebum, while aromatic herbs have an antibacterial and sebum-regulating action: together, they help normalize oily skin.
To prepare this mask you need: white clay, pink and purple lavender flowerschamomile flowers, violets and mallow flowers dried. First, prepare an herbal tea with the mix of flowers by pouring a level spoonful of it into half a cup of boiling water and then letting it cool. Instead, two tablespoons of white, pink or purple clay and a teaspoon of dried flowers are placed in a bowl. When the infusion is lukewarm, it is filtered and slowly added to the clay, stirring constantly until the mixture is lump-free, homogeneous and not too liquid. Also in this case, as for the aromatic herb mask, the clay is used to absorb the sebum and normalize the sebaceous function; also contribute to the sebum-regulating action fiori which also have emollient, antibacterial and soothing properties.