Oily skin cleanser is to be used as the first of the 4 steps in skin care routine.
No matter how many skin care creams, masks, packs, etc. you apply, results are never complete unless you allow the skin to absorb the ingredients you offer it.
Cleansers open up the pores of the skin. This allows for nutrients to penetrate the skin's deeper layers, layers where those nutrients actually have some effect.
In the process of cleansing, the impurities that clog the pores are extracted and the skin is rid of excess oil which causes oily skin to begin with as well as other impurities that lead to inflammation, acne, and other oily skin related conditions.
When looking at oily skin cleanser recipes, you need to look for two things:
1 - You need a cleanser that removes excess oil not remove oil completely. When in normal amounts, oil protects the skin and serves the purpose of a shield against the outside world.
2 - You need an ingredient that will come after the cleansing part and introduce anti inflammatory effect that will deal with the existing inflammation (if there is one) or prevent possible future inflammation from occuring.
There are tons of recipes but to keep it simple, here are the two I would recommend:
Oatmeal oily skin cleanser
Grind oats and combine them with water to make a paste. Apply it on the face in circular motion, massage the skin gently. Rinse off with warm water.
Oatmeal does both things I mentioned: it is coarse enough to scrub the skin and remove the dirt and oil but it is gentle enough not to damage it in the process. Oatmeal is a neutralizing ingredient, it balances skin's pH and prevents irritation.
The next one is Yogurt oily skin cleanser
Mix 7oz of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply on the face and massage the face gently. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
Yogurt contains enzymes that cleanse the skin. It also has AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acids that dissolve the bond between the dead skin cells. Filled with Vitamins A and E, it helps in skin's overall nutrition. Its role in this cleanser is the one I mentioned as number 1.
The rest of the ingredients have two effects: lemon juice is an astringent. Once you're done with opening and cleansing the pores, lemon comes in and closes them to prevent them from being exposed and vulnerable.
Honey on the other side comes in and acts as an antiinflammatory substance which thoroughly cleanses and prevents any possible infection and inflammation.
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