Oily skin

Ml skin needs some oil — in moderation. But too much oil, the result of overactive sebaceous glands, can contribute to clogged pores, a tendency to develop pimples and blackheads, and an unwelcome shine. To control oil. opt for a toning cleanser: a hardworking scrub: an oil-absorbing mask with soothing minerals: and a light lotion or serum with aromatherapy oils and herbal essences that remove oil without drying the skin.

Lemony whip cleanser This quick and easy cleanser removes makeup and grime, and has powerful skin-balancing properties. Yogurt tones skin, honey is naturally antiseptic, while lemon juice controls oiliness and tightens the pores.

2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

1 teaspoon honey, warmed juice of half a lemon

2 drops lemon essential oil

1 Place yogurt, honey and juice in a bowl and mix well. Add the lemon essential oil and mix again.

2 To use, massage mixture into face and throat, avoiding eye area. Rinse off.

Mint astringent Barley water is a good source of zinc and sulphur, two minerals that help balance oil production. Peppermint is a refreshing, stimulating and cooling herb, which also calms inflammation.

1 tablespoon fresh peppermint leaves 1 tablespoon fresh lemon balm leaves 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves V2 cup (125 ml) witch hazel 1 tablespoon vodka 1 tablespoon pearl barley V2 cup (125 ml) water 5 drops peppermint essential oil

1 Crush herbs with a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

2 Add witch hazel and vodka and steep for 10 days. Strain.

3 Place barley in a saucepan with water. Bring to the boil then simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Cool, then strain.

4 Combine barley water and herbal liquid in a bottle. Add oil.

5 Shake well before use. Store in the refrigerator, but make sure you use it within 2 weeks.

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