Natural Ways to Moisturize Oily Skin – 10 Easy Home Remedies for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you already know how difficult and just downright frustrating it is sometimes to manage all that excess sebum production. I mean we know that natural sebum keeps the skin hydrated. Sebum also provides your skin with antioxidants that protect it against free radical damage. But then excessive sebum just wreaks havoc!

And now those with oily skin, you should NOT skip moisturizer. Skipping is only going to turn out to be a counterproductive thing to do, thus making your skin look and feel even more oily and, ultimately, causing more breakouts.

Instead, why not use the correct type of moisturizer for your oily skin – one that’s non-comedogenic (meaning non-pore-clogging)!

Allow me to elaborate further in the article below and also discuss the most effective, scientifically-proven natural ways to moisturize oily skin the right way.

What Is Moisturizer for Skin?

Moisturizers are formulas that rehydrate your skin’s top layer and moisture barrier. They seal in the latter either by replenishing the water content or by trapping the moisture already present in the skin’s topmost layer.

A moisturizer consists of one of three different kinds of primary ingredients. Namely, occlusives (silicone, petroleum jelly, etc. – that seal moisture), humectants (hyaluronic acid, glycerine, etc. – that attract moisture), or emollients (water, oil, and emulsifier – easier and lighter to apply).

So when you want a good moisturizer for skin prone to too much sebum production, you have to be very careful and mindful about choosing the most suitable type of moisturizer. Because, at such times, you want a formulation infused with ingredients that do both moisturize your skin and control excess oil.

The moisturizer, first of all, should be water-based (not oil-based). Secondly, a lightweight consistency is a must as it prevents clogging your pores. On the other hand, something too heavy and thick, as opposed to lightweight, tends to make the skin appear to be even more oily or greasy.

And lastly, the moisturizer should be non-comedogenic. So you know it’s not going to congest the pores and give rise to acne breakouts. And of course, no synthetic preservatives and chemicals that end up irritating the skin and producing more oil.

Why Is Moisturizer Necessary for Oily Skin?

You have to maintain your skin’s moisture barrier, irrespective of your skin type. And applying a moisturizer does retain that healthy moisture balance, even if you have oily skin. Moisturizers infuse hydration into your skin, which is essential to keep the skin healthy and plump.

And let’s not forget that your skin has to deal with the many chemicals included in face washes and cleansers that strip off natural oils, hence making it look very dull and also less youthful and radiant.

So it’s a must even for those with oily skin to moisturize daily.

What Is the Purpose of A Moisturizer?

The main goal of moisturizers is preventing moisture loss from the outermost or topmost layer of the skin. A moisturizer also prevents skin damage often caused by external factors such as pollution by forming a protective moisture barrier.

Now it goes without saying really that you should be opting for a water-based moisturizer formula if your skin type is oily and/or acne-prone. The texture needs to be ‘light’ and also ‘oil-free’ as that makes sure your pores remain unclogged. Whereas a thicker consistency is more suitable for people with dry skin concerns.

When Is the Best Time to Moisturize the Skin?

Oily skin demands special care and attention but that doesn’t mean clogging your pores and making the surface of your skin look more greasy. So if you’ve decided to use a moisturizer, which is something that should be done no matter your skin type, then it’s best to do it the right way. So let’s keep some rules in mind…

  1. Always wash your face with a cleanser formulated for oily or acne-prone skin before applying a moisturizer.
  2. Apply your moisturizer for oily skin twice daily – once in the morning and then again in the evening or before bed.
  3. During application, take only a small amount for creating an evenly distributed thin layer. Too much moisturizer does and will congest pores.

10 Home Remedies for Oily Skin

Chemically formulated face moisturizers don’t usually go together with oily skin. So how about a homemade moisturizer for acne-prone oily skin that consists of any one of the following natural ingredients…

1. Milk

Do you know what milk contains? It’s got lactic acid – an organic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) with moisturizing power and the ability to maintain your skin’s natural barrier protection.

Just 1/3 cup of milk (make sure it’s fresh) with 2-3 lime juice drops. Let this stay on your skin for about 10 minutes and then wash it off. And one application per week is enough to get started.

2. Aloe Vera

This is one of the most commonly used ingredients in skincare products for oily, acne-prone, and dry skin types. What aloe vera for oily skin does is moisturizes the skin and protects against UV damage.

Aloe’s anti-inflammatory properties and, on top of that, even its antioxidants help with minimizing the size and appearance of acne and acne scars. All this without making your skin look shiny, oily, or greasy!

And here’s how to use aloe vera on the face.

3. Argan Oil

Argan oil – is it really fit for use on acne-prone and/or oily skin? Yes, totally! For the simple reason that argan oil is non-comedogenic. Meaning it doesn’t clog pores.

Its lightweight texture implies no greasy or sticky feeling on the skin either. So don’t think twice before gently massaging your skin with a few drops of argan oil once or twice a day.

Moreover, argan oil contains linoleic and oleic acids that lock in moisture while also protecting and soothing the skin.

4. Honey

Every homemade moisturizer for oily skin in summer should include honey. You can also create a blend of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this on the face and then wash off after 10-15 minutes. And repeat the process 1 or 2 times per week.

But what good does honey do? Honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties make sure that acne is kept miles and miles away from your skin. What many also don’t know is that honey’s a natural humectant substance. In simpler words, honey will keep your skin well-moisturized but not at all oily.

As for lemon, its Vitamin C content evens out skin tone, minimizes the visibility of scars and spots, prevents premature aging, repairs damaged skin, and makes your skin look plump and youthful.

5. Sunflower Seed Oil

Moisturizing the skin, keeping wrinkles and fine lines away, strengthening skin barrier, and NOT clogging pores – all the great benefits of sunflower oil for oily skin. This natural ingredient is both non-comedogenic and highly absorbent. And it works for all types of skin – oily, acne-prone, dry, and combination.

Just a few drops should be massaged into the skin maybe once daily to replenish hydration.

6. Strawberries

Strawberries in a skin care routine for oily skin naturally? Well, you would think so too after you come to know that strawberries moisturize the skin by reducing the loss of water from its transepidermal layer. Consequently, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and nourished.

Strawberries also have very effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties that protect the skin as well as delay signs of aging. The alpha hydroxylic acid present in strawberries eliminates dead skin cells.

You can mash 2-3 strawberries to create a thick, pulp-like texture. Mix a few teaspoons of honey with this strawberry paste and apply on the face. Then rinse off thoroughly after 10-15 minutes. And doing this twice a week is a good and safe idea.

7. Jojoba Oil

The humectant and emollient properties of jojoba oil plus its lightweight texture are ideal for those struggling with oily skin on a daily basis. No wonder this natural carrier oil is added to antibacterial body wash formulations that get rid of body acne and odor.

It’s a very effective natural skin moisturizer, even if your type is oily and/or acne-prone. The texture of jojoba oil is much like the natural sebum of the skin. This is how it balances out excess oil production. Plus, the light consistency gets absorbed into the skin really quickly without any greasy, shiny, sticky, or oily appearance.

Apply jojoba oil all by itself on the face, just a few drops. Or you could sprinkle those 1-2 drops on your daily face moisturizer or sunscreen and apply it that way.

8. Green Tea

For moisture retention, green tea is the most effective natural home remedy. And yes, it works for oily skin too!

Green tea prevents moisture or water loss at the transepidermal layer of your skin. And how about those antioxidants of green tea that we all have either heard or read about!

Plus, you can infuse the antibacterial, antiseptic, and moisturizing properties of honey into green tea as well to make the solution even more effective.

Just prepare green tea like you normally would, add honey, and (using cotton) apply the mixture (after it cools down of course) onto your face. And then rinse off after 10 minutes. This fresh green tea + honey homemade pack should be used once or twice a week.

9. Rose Petals

Did you know that rose petal extracts have astringent and anti-inflammatory effects on your skin? And you can expect the same from rose water too! Even rose essential oil cleanses the skin thoroughly i.e. gets rid of dirt.

Boil a full cup of rose petals in some rose water. Strain this solution and let it cool. Then place it in the fridge (you can also add some aloe vera if you like). Apply on the face at night before bedtime.

10. Rosehip Oil

Oily skin can also be acne-prone and sensitive, right? If you can relate to every word here, then it’s time to befriend rosehip oil. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes irritated skin, reduces acne, and also calms redness.

And of course, rosehip also moisturizes the skin, along with making your skin complexion look more even-toned and minimizing the appearance of acne scars.

Additionally, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, discoloration, and even skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can be treated with rosehip oil.

When using rosehip essential oil, take 2-3 drops and combine it with carrier oil (such as jojoba oil), and massage into the skin once or twice a day.

It’s All About Preventing/Managing Oily Skin!

To be honest, if oily skin has been passed down to you (meaning if it’s genetic), it’s almost impossible to prevent excess sebum production. But you can control the situation with a few healthy skincare and even food habits (avoid fried food, sugary food, processed food, etc.).

As for skincare, face cleansers and moisturizers formulated for oily and/or acne-prone skin should be incorporated into your daily routine. Don’t use heavy cosmetics and thick-textured creams and lotions. You can even switch to these body washes specifically made for deep exfoliation of oily skin to prevent body acne.

In short, choose non-comedogenic, oil-free products for your skin. Face moisturizers ought to be water-soluble and free of chemicals and preservatives.

And yeah, one last thing, and this is good news for those with oily skin. If you have oily skin, then you gain the upper hand against those with dry skin or even combination skin. Your skin’s natural sebum keeps wrinkles and fine lines away. This means oily skin ages better in comparison to dry skin. So there’s your silver lining!

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