There are many myths surrounding oily skin. Stop moisturizing, only use oil-free products, always use a toner, carry around blotting papers—the list goes on! The truth is that even oily skin needs its fair share of hydration. Here are 4 mask that will help you moisturize and balance out the skin’s natural oil.
1. Avocado and egg white
Avocado is well-know for benefiting dry skin, however, in most cases the oily skin is really dehydrated beneath the surface. Avocado will provide a good moisture boost that will help you regulate the sebum production:
- 1 ripe avocado pitted, peeled and mashed
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbs lemon juice
How to use: Take a small bowl and use it to combine the mashed avocado, the egg white and the lemon juice. Mix all ingredients using a wooden spoon until you create a smooth paste. After cleansing your face, apply the mask onto your entire face making sure to avoid the eye area. Keep it on for 20 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and proceed with your usual beauty routine.
2. Orange and Aloe Vera
The combination between orange juice and Aloe Vera promises to give you the right balance of hydration, absorbing the excess sebum and leaving your skin with a matte finish.
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel
How to use: Using a spoon, mix the two ingredients together in a small recipient. Just as with any other face mask, proceed to apply the paste made out of orange juice and Aloe Vera gel after first cleansing your skin. Avoid the eye area and relax for 15 minutes, while the mask works its wonders. Rinse with lukewarm water and a gentle washcloth. Apply once, or twice a week.
3. Banana and Honey Mask
Promising to make your skin both feel, and look smoother, the banana and honey face mask is known for its soothing proprieties. Prepare it for yourself and expect for the oily shine to be replaced with a healthy glow.
- 1 banana, preferably ripe
- 2 tbsp honey
- juice from an orange, or a lemon
How to use: Start by mashing up the ripe banana, add the tablespoon of honey and mix well. For best results, mix the ingredients in a blender. Finish making the mask by adding a few drops of orange, or lemon juice, and apply it on a clean face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then proceed to rinsing your face using a cool washcloth, or a steaming warm washcloth. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
4. Strawberry, Honey and Lemon Juice
Strawberries and lemon juice contain natural astringents which work in reliving the oily skin from the expansion of the pores and excessive oils, preventing the microbial attacks to result in acne outbreaks.
- 6 fresh strawberries
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
How to use: Start by de-steming the strawberries using a common drinking straw. Just push the straw up through the bottom of the strawberry until the stem pops off. Mash the strawberries with a fork or toss them in a blender until they are pulp. Add the lemon juice, the honey and the egg whites, making sure to blend them well together with a whisk. Apply the mask to your face after having previously washed it, avoiding the eyes and the mouth. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
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