Natural Beauty Solutions for Oily Skin

Last week we looked at natural, kitchen made beauty solutions for dry skin. This week we tackle oily skin.

Frankly, if you have oily skin over the age of 45 you’re both rare and lucky as the natural oils will keep your skin plumped and wrinkle-free.

Before we look at natural remedies, keep the following in mind:

  • Avoid harsh soaps because, while they take away the oil they also dry, and so activate, your skin to produce more oil

  • Harsh, alcohol based cleansers will also activate oil production

  • Hair which drops over your face will aggravate an oily forehead

  • Oil based creams and make-up will only add to the shine

  • Those apparently clever little papers which you press on your nose to pull out black-heads will activate oil glands and make your nose super-shiny.

As before, we have scoured the internet and our old beauty books for natural solutions which will help manage your skin without a tsunami of chemicals and harsh oil-strippers.



  • Blend hard honey with lemon juice

  • Massage into your face

  • Leave for a few minutes

  • Wash off with warm water and a cloth

Another recommendation is to use natural yoghurt (plain, not strawberry!) as a cleanser.


Toners – we have three solutions here

  • Mix 25ml of cider apple vinegar with 100ml of filtered water. Apply with cotton wool

  • Tone your face with strong camomile tea with two drops of grapefruit oil

  • Rub your face with a slice of potato which is very good for breakouts


Face masque

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of fuller’s Earth, and old time favourite, with warm water.

  • Leave it for 20 minutes

  • Mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice

  • Smooth it all on your face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Another, more elaborate masque, though only for Sassistas with Mediterranean or darker complexions, uses turmeric:

  • Three tablespoons of gram flour

  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder

  • Milk to bind

  • Mix into a paste, apply to your face avoiding eye area

  • Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off

If you have very oily skin, then simply blend berries, papaya flesh or kiwi fruit and spread on your face for 10 minutes (though cover your pillows – this can be messy!)


Face scrub

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal

  • Runny honey

  • Mix to a paste

  • Use circular motions to slough off all that dead skin and excess oil

  • Rinse with warm water

One Victorian recipe for the T-zone and blackhead advocated adding salt to the oatmeal paste.

If you have oily skin which also needs tightening then beat the white of an egg with lemon juice into a mouse, spread it over your face and lie there thinking how you will use the yolk in your next meal. 



Kristen Marr of www. http://livesimply.me, who says she has very oily skin makes a very simple blend of coconut oil and lavender oil. Apparently, though counter-intuitive, it does not make her skin greasy, though she only uses a small amount.

We cannot find a better remedy and all home-made recipes have a blend of oils. If purchasing moisturiser for oil skin, avoid those with petroleum or shea butter as an ingredient.


Our next mission is to find natural recipes that keep hands soft and looking young. If you have a natural beauty remedy that you love please let us know and we will feature it in a future article and give you full acknowledgement.


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