Oatmeal is a great ingredient for absorbing excess oil and dirt off the face, and serves as a gentle cleanser and exfoliator rolled into one. When used in a face mask, oatmeal can reduce shininess, and give you clean, smooth skin, with no oil or dirt residue. To prepare, simply toss a cup of oatmeal into a blender, along with a tablespoon of yoghurt, and the juice of one lemon. Blitz it all together, apply to your face (avoiding the area around the eyes), and then rinse it off with warm water after 20 minutes.
Oranges serve as great natural cleansers, owing to the astringent oils they contain, which can keep oil-secreting glands in check. The reduction in the production of excess oil leads to fewer blackheads and pimples, smaller pores, and a reduction in blemishes. To make an orange face mask, put orange peels out in the sun to dry, and once they are completely devoid of moisture, toss them into a blender and pulse until they form a powder. Mix in rose water until it forms a thick paste, and smooth this on, avoiding the eye contour. Leave it on for around 20 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Cucumbers are a wonder vegetable in the world of skincare – in addition to cooling inflamed skin, getting rid of dark eye bags, and reducing wrinkles, cucumbers are also great for reducing oiliness on skin. To reap the benefits of the properties of cucumbers, toss half a peeled cucumber into a blender, along with a tablespoon of skimmed yoghurt. Blend it all together, apply it to your face, and wash it off after leaving it on for around 20 minutes.
Much like citrus fruits, apples are also great astringents for skin, and in addition to tightening pores, leave you with beautifully clear skin. To use apples in a face pack for oily skin, peel an apple and cut it into slices. Toss these into the food processor, along with three tablespoons of organic honey, and blend until you have a smooth paste. Apply this to your face, and leave it on for 20 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water.