With the dregs of spring still permeating the upcoming summer weather, its hard to determine how our skin will act in the beginning stages of summer. Depending on what region one lives in, oily skin can be a problem for women who would have never thought it could happen to them. The girls at First Impressions Salon reside in northern Virginia where the weather changes very often and can at times be very humid. Due to this, its hard to apply makeup and expect great matted coverage all day long. Certain products claim to “keep oily skin under control” or “reduce shine” (Sound familiar?) but have other side effects that may not be so good for the skins natural oil producing process. When these products fail, IF they fail, there are other options that ultimately help more than harm. For example, blotting sheets. The emergence of these lightweight little beauties have saved many sweating brides, nervous first daters, and just plain overheated women since their production. They are easy to use and can be taken most anywhere. You can even blot oil from your face WITH makeup on! Sounds like a dream right? Some of the noted best are:
Also, note that OIL based products or liquid forms of concealer, blushes, or bronzers are not such a good idea this summer season. It’s like BEGGING the elements to make your face shiny and greasy! There are other natural ways to control shine that one can do at home as well!
Honey Mask (Used respectively from Voices on Yahoo.com)
Here is what you will need for this mask:
5 to 7 regular, uncoated aspirin
1 teaspoon of water
1 to 2 tablespoons of honey, any kind
Place the uncoated aspirin in a bowl and add several drops of water. They need to be able to dissolve but don’t make the mixture too watery. Once the aspirin is dissolved, mix in the honey. It will be a bit of a sticky mess at this point.
Depending on your particular skin needs, you can modify this recipe to suit your skin. If your skin is excessively oily, perhaps just use the aspirin without the honey. My skin is extremely oily but I find that the honey makes a nice base for the aspirin. Also, you can substitute aloe vera for the honey as well. Some people find it pore clogging though.
Pull your hair back with clips or a headband as you do not want to get this mixture in your hair! Spread it all over your face with your fingers, avoiding your eyes and mouth of course. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Wash off with a warm washcloth, making sure that you get off all of the honey.
This is a great homemade and inexpensive mask that will help to clarify and treat oily skin. I use this mask twice a week.
With the help of these tools, hopefully an oil and shine free summer will be attained. More time to focus on fun and not face!