BEAUTY

BEST FACE MASKS FOR OILY SKIN

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Oily skin can be a contradiction though. With lots of oil and shine you feel the need to wash your face more more often, but harsh scrubs and cleansers can overstimulate pores to produce even more oil. And using oil to wash your face? Crazy! But in reality, oil dissolves oil and helps clear out pores and regulate skin’s oil production.

OILY SKIN MASKS

Sometimes you need a little extra assistance in getting rid of the excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt clogging your pores. Anyone else break out more during the holidays? Maybe it’s the extra time at the stove – or the stress!

A grease-cutting face mask can do the trick. Here are three ways to combine natural astringents with oil-absorbing ingredients to tone your skin, soak up oil and draw out impurities.

CLAY + WITCH HAZEL MASK

Clay provides deep pore cleansing by pulling out impurities and dirt while witch hazel is an effective astringent that makes pores tighten as they dry.

To make

  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Combine ingredients and stir until blended. Don’t use metal spoons or bowls to mix. Apply to skin with clean fingers and leave on for 10 minutes. Super oily skin types can leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

EGG WHITE HONEY MASK

Egg whites are often used in masks to tighten and tone skin, which essentially means they are helping to dry out the skin. Ground oats absorb oil and exfoliate dead skin that can clog pores. Add a bit of honey for its skin healing benefits.

To make

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Ground oats or flour

Whip together the egg white and honey until well combined and a bit frothy. Add ground oats or flour until you have a paste. Apply to face (avoid the eyes) and massage paste gently into skin. Leave mask on for 10 minutes and remove with warm water.

LEMON APPLE MASK

Lemon and apple both contain natural fruit acids that exfoliate skin and remove oil. Sage is an herb with astringent properties to tighten and close pores. You can also try dried lavender or peppermint for similar effects.

To make

  • 1 tablespoon applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage

Combine ingredients and apply to face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and remove with warm water.