If your skin is shiny, thick, dull, and prone to pimples and other blemishes then you may have oily skin. Yes, oily skin… YIKES! If you think you’re the only one who suffers from oily skin, think again. Millions of people are going through the same thing and its because of their:
- Hormone levels
- Birth control pills
- Humid weather
Having oily skin can be a true pain in the butt. From walking around with a shiny forehead or nose, to having your makeup being completely dissolved by the oil. However, the best way to deal with oily skin is to know how to treat it.
If you have oily skin, DO:
- Use warm water to wash your face
- Use an oil-free moisturizer daily
- Use pure soap (no artificial additives)
- Use products specifically for oily skin
- Drink plenty of water
If you have oily skin, DON’T:
- Use harsh products that severely dry out your skin (this causes your glands to work overtime to form more oil)
- Over-wash your face. 2-3 times a day is good (too much washing will dry out your skin and cause more oil to be produced)
- Eat pork, fried, or processed foods
- Try a new product without reading the label. Especially as and when it comes to makeup, because not all makeup is created equal and will tend to absorb quickly into oily skin.
Having oily skin just means that your skin is imbalanced and produces more oil than it should. And hey, there is good news! Did you know that people with oily skin age slower than people with normal skin? Lucky you :) However, while you continue to age gracefully, here’s an item that help with your oily issues in the meantime, milk of magnesia.
Milk of magnesia is more commonly used as a laxative, but it can also help to control your extra shine. Milk of magnesia works similar to a clay mask, by drawing excess oil from the skin and actually more gentle than most clay masks. It also helps to kill bacteria on the skin and since milk of magnesia contains zinc, it helps wounds heal.
MILK OF MAGNESIA IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH DRY SKIN
Milk of Magnesia Mask
- Milk of Magnesia (liquid, non-flavored)
Before opening the milk of magnesia, shake well. Pour milk of magnesia into the cap that comes with the bottle and use clean finger tips to apply a thin coat on face. Don’t rub in. You will notice the milk of magnesia dry to a white, chalky texture and this is normal. Allow mask to sit for 10-15 minutes and wash with warm water.
EXTRA TIP: Milk of magnesia can also be used a primer. After moisturizing, apply a very thin layer of milk of magnesia to the skin and allow to dry. Then continue to with normal makeup routine. Milk of magnesia is definitely cheaper and more effective than high-end primers.