Summer or not, if you have oily skin, it will keep bothering you all through the year. Add to this, problems like acne, sweat and clogged pores; and you may as well kiss goodbye to your dream of having perfect and flawless skin! It does not end there. Oily skin can make your foundation melt away in just a few hours of application. So the problems seem to be never-ending.

If you are wondering about the reason behind your skin becoming oily, then it is a result of an overly active sebaceous gland! When these glands are overactive, they produce a waxy or oily substance called sebum. Sebum is extremely essential to protect your skin and keep it healthy, and hydrated. But when this sebum is produced in excess, your skin looks oily, your pores get clogged, resulting in acne.

While it is extremely important to treat your skin with the right skincare products and cosmetic treatments such as facials and cleanups, there are certain tips for oily skin that you should keep in mind. These home remedies tips for oily skin are ideal for those lazy weekend when you are in the mood for some extra skin pampering.

While oily skin can be a little difficult to manage, with these simple home remedies and tips for oily skin, and the right mix of skincare products, you can definitely combat this issue successfully...

Tips for oily skin

Always cleanse thoroughly
 

Always cleanse thoroughly

One of the best tips for oily skin that you’d ever receive is that you need to cleanse your face twice a day without fail. It is important to remove all the dirt, grime and makeup each day using a makeup cleanser specially formulated for the oily skin type. You should then follow it up with a gentle yet effective face wash such as the Pond’s Oil Control Face Wash. This face wash prevents your face from looking dull and tired due to excess oil secretion.

Tone your face
 

Tone your face

Once you have thoroughly cleansed your face, it is important that you use a toner. Toner helps remove excess dirt and traces of makeup from your face. Additionally, a toner balances the pH level of your skin and preps it for all the skincare products to follow. Get your hands on the alcohol-free Lakmé Absolute Pore Fix Toner that helps tighten pores and improves skin texture.

Don’t skip a moisturiser
 

Don’t skip a moisturiser

If you think that oily skin does not need a moisturiser, then let us tell you that highly mistaken as even oily skin needs regular and enough moisture. But you need to pick a formula that is lightweight and non-greasy. You can try the Lakmé Peach Milk Soft Creme Moisturizer that offers light nourishment for soft and glowing skin.

Keep blotting papers handy
 

Keep blotting papers handy

If your skin is extremely oily, then sweating and being out in the sun can make things a lot worse. Hence carrying blotting papers along with you is a great idea to keep your skin matte and prevent makeup meltdowns. Instead of washing your face as soon as you see it turning oily, use a blotting paper to blot out the extra oil from the problematic areas of your face.

If you regularly follow these tips for oily skin, managing it won’t pose to be such a major problem. But pair these tips along with a few simple home remedies for oily skin to further keep your skin matte and acne-free.

Home remedies for oily skin

Honey
 

Honey

If you have problem skin and are looking for a natural yet effective solution to deal with it, then honey would more often than not, top the list. It has amazing antibacterial and antiseptic properties that are a blessing in disguise for oily skin and acne-prone skin. Being a natural humectant, honey keeps your skin moist without making it oily.

BB Pro Tip: After thoroughly washing your hands, take a little bit raw honey on your fingers and massage it into your skin. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and rinse it off with water. 

Oatmeal
 

Oatmeal

Another great home remedy for oily skin is oatmeal. It helps calm inflamed skin, absorb excess oil as well as exfoliate dead skin. When you include oatmeal in your face masks, it mattifies your skin and improves its texture. It can be combined with yogurt, honey, or mashed fruit such as bananas, apples, or papaya for amazing skin benefits.

BB Pro Tip: Mix half a tablespoon of ground oatmeal with a little water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste all over your face. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off with plain water.

Egg mask
 

Egg mask

Egg whites and lemon mask are an amazing remedy to beat oily skin. These ingredients help tighten pores and absorb excess oil. But if you have sensitive skin, we would suggest that you stay away from this face mask.

BB Pro Tip: Take an egg and separate the white from the yolk. Whisk the egg white and mix it with a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture all your face and neck using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

Aloe vera

This miracle ingredient is a wonder when it comes to dealing with oily skin. The astringent and moisturising properties of aloe vera tone the skin and shrink the pore size effectively. This, in turn, can help control oil secretion.

BB Pro Tip: Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel on your skin before bedtime each night. Leave it on and go to sleep. Wash with a gentle cleanser the next morning.

Please note: Aloe vera is known to not work too well for sensitive skin. We suggest a patch test if you have not used aloe vera ever before. If no reaction appears within 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.

Tomatoes
 

Tomatoes

Another effective home remedy for oily skin is using tomatoes. Tomatoes contain salicylic acid, a common acne home remedy. The acids in tomatoes may help absorb excess skin oils and unclog pores.

BB Pro Tip: Extract the pulp of 1 tomato and add a teaspoon for sugar to it. Apply this mixture to the skin and massage it in a circular motion. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, and pat dry.

Green tea
 

Green tea

Green tea is an amazing home remedy for oily skin. Being a rich source of antioxidants, green tea helps flush out toxins from the skin and reduces sebum production. it also helps reduce acne to a great extent.

BB Pro Tip: Take a couple of used green tea bags and refrigerate them for some time. Dab the cold tea bags all over your face. Leave the residue on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off