Being a sufferer of oily skin, I am often worried about using skincare products for oily skin on my face for fear of making my skin worse or spot prone.
As a new mum, I’m really concerned with what I put in my body but also what I put on my body. Having oily skin can often leave you feeling despondent when you look at the variety of skincare products for oily skin on offer, so why not have a go at making your own at home?
Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will be able to control what goes on your skin and use really good, natural products.
Making your own skincare products for oily skin may sound a little scary or wacky however you can tailor your ingredients to your exact skin type.
You could even make different products when you are hormonal which often affects the skin.
There is a huge range of DIY skincare products for oily skin that you can make quite easily at home. These include face moisturizers, face scrubs, facial oils, anti-aging serums, lip balms and anti-wrinkle creams.
Below we will take a look at how to make a range of skincare products for oily skin easily at home.
1. Daily Face Cream
This is a beautiful fresh cream containing melon seed oil, which is full of Vitamin C and Omega 3 and 6 and is absorbed by the skin very quickly.
- 15g melon seed oil
- 15g jojoba oil
- 5g wheatgerm oil
- 14g emulsifying wax NF
- 35g Lavender water
- 25g spring water
- 3 drops of sandalwood essential oil
- 5 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
- Very carefully weigh out your oils (not the essential oils) and the wax and place into a heatproof container.
- Weigh out your waters and place them in a separate heatproof container.
- Place both your heatproof containers into a large pan of simmering water.
- Wait until the wax has melted, remove both the containers from the pan and mix the oils and the waters together, stirring for at least 3 minutes.
- Continue to stir at regular intervals until the cream cools to under 45c. Use a thermometer to test this.
- Place the cream container onto scales and add 1 gram of preservative.
- If you have separation issues place the container back into simmering water until the wax has re-melted, remove and stir continuously.
- When the mixture begins to thicken, add the essential oils, continue mixing and then add to a clean jar.
2. Daily Face Serum
The idea of putting an oil onto already oily skin often makes us combination skin sufferers a little uncomfortable, however, serums are not only very popular they are so good at nourishing the skin, slowing down signs of aging, soften any wrinkles and hydrate the skin.
- 35g Olive squalane (it comes from olive oil and is an excellent option for face creams/eye treatments and serums. It’s a natural alternative to the silicone used in shop bought serums)
- 10g Evening primrose oil
- 5g Avocado oil
- 4 drops of neroli essential oil
- 2-ounce dropper bottle
- Measure out the olive squalane, the evening primrose oil, the avocado oil and the four drops of neroli oil.
- Pour into your dropper bottle.
Just remember to give the bottle a shake before you go to use as sometimes the oils can divide. Apply to your entire face, leave for a few minutes and then you can use your normal moisturizer.
3. Face Scrub
It’s vital to exfoliate your face at least once a week to remove any dead skin that may be sitting and could lead to blocked pores. This mask is great for oily skin because of the lemon juice, which can help remove excess oils.
- 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 Teaspoon of lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
- Make a paste by mixing the cornmeal, yogurt and lemon juice.
- Massage the paste onto the face for up to five minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
4. Homemade Face Toner
A toner is a must for those with oily skin. It is great for your skin as it helps remove any traces of your cleanser a well as closing the pores preventing blockages which leads to spots. A toner is generally the second step of your daily facial routine.
- 50g Lemon water
- 30g orange blossom water
- 0.5g xanthan gum (this gives your toner a slight thickness to it if you want a spray toner don’t use the gum)
- 15g aloe vera
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 4oz bottle for storing your toner
- Pour the lemon water into a heatproof container, add the gum.
- The gum will eventually dissolve, if there are any lumps that are stubborn, add the container into a bowl of warm water and the lumps should dissolve quickly.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into a separate container.
- If you needed to warm the gum, let it cool before adding the other ingredients to it.
- If you find the toner is too thick, add some more spring water.
The great thing about making your own skincare products for oily skin and other types of skin is that they can be great for gifts for friends. If you have a birthday or Christmas coming up and know your friend’s skin type, you can make a really thoughtful gift and package it in some really nice glassware.
Even if you aren’t too sure of their skin type, just make a simple face cream or scrub and they will love it!
By Holly W.