Navigating the dos and don'ts of oily skin is undoubtedly a tricky trial, but definitely not one too daunting for Mother Earth. Get organic and know your nature—here, 10 au naturel ingredients to help battle unwanted shine!
A natural antiseptic, the vitamin C in lemons helps brighten skin and combat hyperpigmentation (bye, acne scars). It also whisks away greasiness and excess sebum, thanks to cleansing properties. Reduced shine and less breakouts, check!
2. Tea tree
Your best bet for acne-prone skin! Tea tree is a gentle astringent, controlling oil sans dryness. Fun fact: It also happens to be antibacterial. Blemishes are caused by bacteria, so using tea tree oil will help prevent new breakouts from forming.
3. Kaolin clay
Use a kaolin clay mask two to three times a week for optimum results! It absorbs excess oil (without stripping moisture), drawing sebum, dead skin, and other debris from your face. A bonus? It cleanses and tightens pores, too!
5. Olive oil
Looking for the perfect cleanser? Look no further, because olive oil pulls impurities from your skin and helps maintain its pH balance! Gently massage your face with a few drops, leave on for five minutes, then remove with a warm, wet towel.
6. Jojoba oil
Jojoba oil is so light, it actually helps curb (not worsen!) your skin's sebum production. Here's how it works: After you apply it, the oil glands get a signal that your skin is properly hydrated, and so they stop producing any excess shine. How cool is that?
7. Witch hazel
Make your own toner! Post-cleansing, soak a cotton pad in distilled witch hazel, then dab all over your face. Tip: Use it twice a day for two to three weeks; after the third week, apply only once a day. Witch hazel contains astringent tannins, making pores tighten up as they dry.
With humectant properties that help to moisturize the skin without making it too oily, honey also contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties to battle acne. It also prevents breakout from recurring, so stock up on the sweet stuff!
Oatmeal is great as a gentle exfoliator because it soothes as much as it scrubs. It's got the best amino acid balance of all cereal grains and a high silica content, making it a great emollient that restores the skin’s natural moisture.
10. Apple cider vinegar
Scarlett Johansson swears by washing her face with apple cider vinegar, so you've got living proof that it's an ace beauty hack. Dilute some with water then use as a toner—with just enough acidity to balance your skin's oiliness out, the acids in ACV also help tighten pores to make them less visible.