Editor’s Note: This article was updated on January 22, 2017; first published July 17, 2015
Oily skin is one of the most difficult to deal with. This skin type is very prone to breakouts and acne, since the oil tends to block pores. It also makes for a very unpleasant look, since oil is constantly visible on the skin’s surface and thus serums, loose powder, and blush is required to keep it at bay. A lot of skin problems also surface on excessively oily skin.
It isn’t just teenagers who are looking for the best tips for oily skin—a lot of older adults also struggle with this difficult skin type. Whether you’re 13, 30, or 65, the best oily skin solutions and remedies are often the ones you make yourself, because you know exactly what’s going into them.
6 Natural Homemade Moisturizers for Oily Skin
Natural homemade moisturizers are gentle on your skin, effective, and made with the freshest ingredients. These can be made in a big batch and stored to be used throughout the season. However, it is better to check the shelf life of the ingredients being used and try to keep it under refrigeration. If you’re ready to try making your own natural homemade moisturizing creams and packs to treat your oily skin, here are six easy methods you could try out.
Almond, Aloe, and Coconut Moisturizer
This homemade moisturizer for oily skin uses three key ingredients: almond oil, aloe vera gel, and coconut oil. For starters, aloe vera has the ability to moisturize skin without making it look or feel greasy, which is exactly what you want in a natural homemade moisturizer. It’s also anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and vitamin C, which are known to naturally promote skin health and prevent the aging of skin.
The coconut and almond oils in this homemade moisturizer for oily skin also serve an important purpose. The fatty acids in almond oil work as a natural emollient on the skin, helping it to lock in moisture. It’s an especially effective ingredient in a natural moisturizer for acne-prone skin, because it’s believed to absorb some of the excess sebum that clogs pores. (The oil on your face is different from processed oils used for moisturizing.) Coconut oil is effective on oily skin, particularly as a natural moisturizer for acne-prone skin, thanks to its fatty acids, vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory properties.
To make this natural homemade moisturizer, just mix four tablespoons of aloe vera gel (preferably organic or straight from the plant) and two tablespoons each of almond oil and coconut oil. (You’ll need to melt the coconut oil, as it’s usually sold in solid form.)
Avocado, Egg White, and Lemon Moisturizing Pack
This one is more of a mask than a moisturizer for oily skin, but it works just as well, thanks to the three ingredients which work perfectly together. The lemon works as an astringent, which helps to cleanse, remove excess oil, minimize pores, and improve the overall appearance of skin. Lemons are often used as a natural toner for acne-prone skin, because of their astringency. The raw egg whites contain valuable proteins that help improve skin elasticity, thereby reducing the look of wrinkles. And the avocado, which contains natural oils, balances the tightening effect of the lemon by restoring moisture.
To make this natural homemade moisturizer, blend half an avocado (pitted and peeled), one egg white, and one teaspoon of lemon juice until the texture is smooth. Spread this mixture evenly all over your clean face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry and then apply an oil-free moisturizer.
Rose, Aloe and Jojoba Oil Moisturizer
An excellent moisturizer for winter skincare, this special cream is gentle and contains a bit of jojoba oil to prevent skin drying. Rose water, known for its dirt-eliminating properties and making skin fresh and bright, adds a glow to your oily skin. Jojoba oil is an excellent antioxidant and moisturizer, while aloe clears the skin. Carnauba wax helps keep your skin soft and smooth.
To make this moisturizer, mix one tablespoon of carnauba wax and water in a bowl and add to it three tablespoons of jojoba oil. Place this on a double boiler until combined. Remove from heat and cool. To this, add aloe gel and a drop of rose essential oil. Mix well and apply it on your clean face.
Milk, Olive Oil and Lemon Moisturizer
A natural skin softener, milk is high in lactic acid and when combined with olive oil, it provides good nourishment. Lemon juice helps in removing blemishes, dead skin cells, and also clears the complexion. The combination of these three ingredients makes for a wonderful natural moisturizer for oily skin.
To make this one, mix one-fourth cup of low-fat raw milk with two to three teaspoons of olive oil. Add in the same quantity of lemon juice. Mix well and apply it to the face.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice Pack
Apple cider vinegar is milder compared to regular vinegar. It helps eliminate dirt and excessive oil from the face and results in a soft, supple skin. It also removes dead skin cells effectively. Lemon juice helps lighten the skin complexion and is an excellent exfoliator.
Make this pack by combining equal quantities of apple cider vinegar with lemon juice, tomato juice or orange juice. Mix well and apply with a cotton ball, leave for 25 minutes, and wash off with tepid water.
Banana, Honey and Milk Nourishing Cream
The key ingredient in this cream is banana which is rich in Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and fiber. The addition of honey and milk ensures soft skin, good complexion, and moisturizes it naturally. The cream is also high in vitamins and nutrients.
Smash one ripe banana until you achieve a fine, smooth paste. Mix this with a teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons of raw milk. Apply this paste on your face for 30 minutes and massage gently. Wash off with plenty of cool water.
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