Derma Dilemma: DIY Solutions for Oily & Dry Skin

Posted Saturday March 29, 2014 12:13 PM GMT

Whether you have dry or oily skin, chances are this winter’s weather has only exacerbated your complexion woes.

For those of us with a dehydrated complexion, the frigid temps have done nothing but drain our outer layer of the moisture it needs to look (naturally) soft and supple, and encourage red spots and rough patches galore.

Battling excess sheen? Overcompensation of cosmetic/personal hygiene products to create a fake glow and/or restore hydration to skin is more than likely irritating your sebaceous glands, which in turn generates an excess of sebum. Translation: Breakouts.

Here to help us all battle derma drama is celebrity facialist and owner of her namesake salon and spa Joanna Vargas. She suggests two DIY concoctions that are capable of catering to even your most demanding skincare needs.

Read on to see how you can treat your skin naturally at home.

For Oily Skin
1/4 Cup mashed strawberries
2 Tbsp yogurt (plain)
1 Tbsp rice powder

Why it’s great: “For people with oily skin, achieving a balance of exfoliation and oil control is difficult. But this recipe puts the skin back into balance immediately,” says Vargas. "The yogurt is soothing because it's a natural anti-inflammatory. That means it will calm breakouts immediately. The lactic acid will gently remove the excess oil and resurface the skin without causing any trauma to the skin that may inflame further breakouts. The strawberry is an old fashioned trick to pore refinement. It will make them seem less dominant on the face. The rice powder is great because if you have blackheads, you can scrub it into the skin to clean them out. Also the rice powder really absorbs excess oil without stripping the skin.”

For Dry Skin:
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp avocado
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Mashed mango

Why it’s great: “Honey is great because it is hydrating without risking a breakout. Avocado is amazing because it's loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, which are incredible for your lymphatic system and restoring the skins lipid layer. Mango is loaded with Vitamin C which brightens the skin, and olive oil is a skin softener, an anti-inflammatory and reverses the signs of sun damage.”

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