Shiny skin is a problem that really heats up in the summertime. A lovely glow is great, but when your skin produces too much oil. Skin produces an oil called sebum, which keeps it supple and healthy and protects it from environmental aggressors. Overactive sebaceous glands result in greasy skin with larger, open pores. The excess sebum on the face and various environmental factors lead to this unflattering oily appearance which also promotes the formation of pimples and clogs the pores.
Instead of using expensive products to combat a shiny face, you can use home remedies to control the amount of oil on the skin. I plan to give them all a try and I think you should too. Here are the best ones!
The Best Natural Ways To Get Rid of Shiny Skin
- Keep the skin hydrated, as it will try to produce more oil if it feels dry. Use water-based moisturizers or those formulated for oil control.
- Powder: Apply a light coating of a mineral-based powder to the face when needed. The powder can soak up the oil causing the shine without clogging the pores and leading to breakouts. Apply only a thin layer of powder to avoid a caked-on look.
- Its astringent and cleansing properties make lemon a great home remedy to prevent facial shine. And for this purpose you only have to mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and apply it to your face. Leave to act for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You will see that after a few days your skin starts to stay matte for longer and without any shine.
- Homemade skin care is one of my favorite things! Experts say that milk can help combat oily skin, leaving you looking less shiny. Simply soak a cloth in milk, lay it over your face, leaving a spot to breathe, and let it sit there for 15 minutes before removing and rinsing with warm water. Do this often enough and shiny skin will be a thing of the past.
- Avoid oil-stripping products with high alcohol content. These make the skin feel fresh in the short term, but they are too harsh and will actually make the problem worse!
- Hot Water: Hot water is a good solvent for oily skin. When you wash the face, use plenty of very warm water. You may wash your face frequently, since this increased exposure to water dries out the skin. When cleansing the face, do not use emollients. Instead use soaps since they have a tendency to dry out the skin.
- Preparing a black tea and a green tea and then mixing these two together to then apply the liquid to the face once these are totally cold. Do so with help of a cotton disk so to be thorough with the areas which have more shine such as the forehead, nose and chin.
- Sunscreen is certainly important for preventing burns, skin cancer and the signs of aging. But it turns out that it can also control shine. Sunscreens that contain oil-absorbing micronized zinc or titanium dioxide and denatured alcohol can help you get that matte finish you crave on your face.
Lastly, oil-free makeup and moisturizers will help to keep you shine-free. Steer clear of products that claim to give a glossy or satin finish as these contain fats.