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Homemade beauty solutions...natural skincare recipes for oily skin

Updated on June 19, 2013

Considering that we will have our skins for our entire lives, it makes sense that it needs to be maintained to last the test of time. Hence the global use of skincare, to help us cleanse, tone exfoliate and moisturize, all in the aid of giving us the best skin possible.

Making our own skincare products is not hard and more importantly it is a lot cheaper than most commercial brands on the market today. For some the comfort of knowing that no chemicals are used in their homemade skincare products could be motivation enough, for others it could be the ease and affordability, whatever the motivation making your own skincare products at home can be very satisfying.

Check out the following homemade skincare recipes for cleansers, toners, facial scrubs and moisturizers all for the oily skin type


Homemade Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin

A vital step in your skin care ritual should be a good facial cleanser made for your skin type (oily, dry, normal or combination) for the best results using any cleanser it is best to use in the morning and at night before bed, cleaning away both the toxins that your body has released while you have slept and the dirt and grit of your day.

Making these homemade cleansers for oily skin is easy and very affordable so with nothing to lose why not give them a go today and spoil your skin with some of these great homemade cleansers

Simple Cleanser For Oily Skin

2 tablespoons of baking soda

Lemon or tomato juice

Step one. In a small mixing bowl combine with the baking soda with the juice of you choice, just enough juice to make a small paste.

Step two. Using your fingertips gently scrub into the face and neck before rinsing well with warm water


Honey Milk Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of powdered skim milk

3-4 drops of apple vinegar

Step one. Combine ingredients together into a small bowl, mix well

Step two. With gentle circular upwards motion massage into paste onto face before rinsing well with warm water

Buttermilk Cleanser for Oily Skin

½ cup of buttermilk

2 tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds

Step one. Using a double boiler combine the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes

Step two remove from heat and allow to cool for 3 hours before straining

Step three. Bottle for use,

Note if kept in the fridge this recipe will last up to three days


Milk and lemon

The use of milk can make a great daily cleanser for oily skin. Simply dip a cotton ball in a small of amount of milk and apply the face allowing it to dry before washing off with lukewarm water.

Using mixing half a cup of lemon juice with a cup of hot water you not only make a great cleanser for oily skin, but for sensitive skin as well, as the citric acid in lemons, help clear away oil and dirt while giving your skin a healthy glow.


Homemade Facial Toners for Oily Skin

The use of a toner is a great step for those who struggle with oily skin, simply put the toners main jobs are to Cleanse, Balance and hydrate, it also assists with the absorption of important nutrients from other skincare products, making sure your skin receives all the benefits of your hard work, and like a cleanser it should also be used twice a day

Making these homemade facial toners is easy and fun with the results well worth the small amount of effort involved.

Peppermint facial toner.

Refreshing toner great for oily skin

1 peppermint tea bag

2 teaspoons of witch hazel

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 cup of boiling water

Step one. In the cup of boiling water place the peppermint tea bag, leave to diffuse for 10 minutes, remove tea back and allow to cool

Step two. Add witch hazel and the lemon juice mix well

Step three. Store in a class container or bottle and keep refrigerated

Note can be used every day after your cleanser and before you moisturiz

Bee balm facial toner

Very soothing…

2 cups of boiling water

2 table spoons of witch hazel

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of lime juice

3 teaspoons of dried bee balm leaves (helps keep the oils in the skin balanced)

Step one. Place the dried bee balm leaves into the two cups of boiling water and leave to sit until a golden looking tea is made,

Step two. Remove the leaves and pour tea into a glass jar or bottle and leave to cool

Step three. Add the witch hazel, lemon and lime juice, fix the lid tightly on and shake gently until the mixture is well combined

Note. This toner is a beautiful golden colour once made with a great fresh scent that will keep well in the fridge and should be used twice a day after using a cleanser for best results


Homemade Facial Scrub for Oily Skin

Exfoliating is very important in skincare, using a homemade facial scrub is a great way to remove the dead skin cells, giving your skin a great deep cleaning that will leave it fresh, soft and glowing.

So treat your skin today with these pampering facial scrubs that are sure to have you and your skin feeling great

Strawberry Facial Scrub

Leave your skin soft and supple

4 large strawberries

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Step one. Mash the strawberry’s together in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Step two. Smooth onto the face in upward circular motions, avoiding the eye area before fully rinsing with warm water.

Note, this scrub should only be used up to three times a week, and is said to be very effective controlling acne.


Milk and honey Facial scrub

1 teaspoon of skim milk

1 teaspoon of honey

1 tablespoon of ground almond

Step one. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl

Step two. Smooth onto the face and neck in smooth circular motions avoiding the sensitive eye area

Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse well

Facial Scrub

1 teaspoon of fine bran

¼ teaspoon of dried yeast

1 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of water

Step one. Combine all the ingredients together in a small bow making a thick paste

Step two. Gently apply to face in circular upward motions especially around the nose and chin, and even around the eyes using a soft make up brush. Wash off after 2-3 minutes


Lemon Facial Scrub

1 tablespoon of sea salt

1 tablespoon of lemon

Step one. Make a paste out of equal parts of sea salt and lemon juice

Step two. Apply to face in circular gentle upward motions, leave for 2- 5 minutes before washing off with warm water



And just for a bit of extra pampering try this wonderfully soothing face mask


Aloe Vera and cucumber mask

2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel

½ a cucumber


Step one. Peel and seed the cucumber and cut into small pieces

Step two.  Place pieces into a blender or food processer with the Aloe Vera gel and blend until a nice smooth paste forms

Step three. Apply to a clean face, in smooth gentle motions, being careful to keep the coverage even and avoiding the sensitive eye area.

Step four, Lay back and enjoy

Homemade Moisturizer for Oily Skin

The moisturizer is the last but vital step, soothing the skin and helping it maintain its natural moisture which is especially important when dealing with oily skin.

Surprisingly easy to make at home

Simple and Easy Moisturizer

1 cup of avocado oil or Almond oil

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 egg white

Step one. Combine all the ingredients to together in a small bowl and beat together until frothy

Step two. Use… apply to the face and neck and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing fully with warm water

Lavender Moisturizer for Oily Skin

3 drops of lemon oil

3 drops of lavender oil

3 teaspoons of glycerine

½ cup of distilled water

Step one. Mix the lemon and lavender oil together in a bottle before adding the glycerine and distilled water.

Step three. Shake well and store in the fridge for future use

Note can be used on body as well as face… can also replace the lemon and lavender oil with rose oil, sandalwood oil, lemon grass oil and geranium oil as these have the same effects



With most of the ingredients able to be found in most kitchen pantry's there is no reason not to try something new today, you may be happily surprised by the results of these very simple skincare recipes!


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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia


      Apricot kernel? I have never tried it but I am now keen too thanks for the advice and the visits it's always great to meet like minded people :)

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia


      Sorry it's taken me so long to answer you

      Olive oil, sunflower oil or even avocado oil are all good bases for skin care

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      Mia Natural Skin Care Author 4 years ago

      Great choice of ingredients for oily skin. May I suggest you try incorporating apricot kernel in your recipes? It's very light and is absorbed easily by the skin. It doesn't leave an oily or greasy feeling either and it works great in combination with other oils. I use it a lot in my own books! ( Thanks for sharing your recipes. :)

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      allie 4 years ago

      for the moisturizer what type oils do you use are they like a cooking oil or are they essential oils? thanks

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia


      I am so glad that you enjoyed these recipes :)

      When it comes to the scrubs and masks, you want to use them only 1 to 2 times a week

      And after you cleanse and tone always use a moisturiser as the last step to protect your skin and to stop it over drying

      I truly hope these tips help you enjoy your new home without having to sacrifice your skin :)

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      AbbiGardner 4 years ago

      Hi, thanks so much for your awesome recipes! I recently moved to the desert and my skin totally changed to oily, so I've been looking for some natural remedies. I noticed you said the cleansers and toners should be used twice a day. But how often would you suggest using the scrubs, masks and moisturizers?

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      your so very welcome, I really hope that you enjoy them

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      Mia Gordon 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great list of recipes and ideas thank you

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I am so glad that you have had some success with these recipes, I simply love them so I am always thrilled when others get the same wonderful results

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      pinki 5 years ago

      wow! u hv awesome ideas .........really works!

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      naz khan

      You can absolutely use the moisturiser at night,

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I like to use distilled water as I find it more gentle on the skin and it less likely to have any chemicals from processing.

      The basil toner sounds great, a lot of toners can dry out the skin but if you find that moisturiser helps with that then I shouldn't think it much of a problem

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      naz khan 5 years ago


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      ladyk811 5 years ago

      Awesome page. I have been battling oily skin for a very long time. So far, I have made the moisturizer with lavendar oil. But I have a question for you, why do you specify using distilled water? I plan on trying some of the facial washes once I run out of what I have. Also, what are you thoughts on basil? I discovered using that as a toner a few weeks ago. I crush the oil to release the oils, boil water and then pour it in the bowl so it can steep and then after it cools I pour it in a container and keep it in the refrigerator. I remake it once a week. What I have noticed is it does seem to dry my face out but the moisturizer from above helps with that.

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you find these homemade skin care recipes useful... thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you for sharing!! this would be a great help!

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I am so sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you ...

      with most of these recipes I always err on the side of caution keeping my homemade products for no more than a week in the fridge, unless the recipe says it can be kept for longer...

      I do hope this helps

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      michellef 5 years ago

      I have a quick question about the peppermint toner and the avocado moisturizer, do I have to worry about them going bad before I can use all of it?

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I really hope that some of these recipes are as useful to you as they were to me :)

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      Nay 5 years ago

      I love your article! I have been searching the net to come up with my own facial recipes for oily skin, you've made this so much easier for me. I'll be trying these tonight!

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this

      I personally love the ones with milk and honey, but I do find the strawberry scrub can make a big difference when dealing acne

      And my favorite mosituizer is one with lavender

      I truly do hope these have been helpful

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      darsmiles 5 years ago

      Thank you so much the way this is set up is so straight forward and easy i love it! There are so many great ones to choose from.... Which would you use together on a regular basis?

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      no worries at all :)

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      Alma 5 years ago

      Thank you so much

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      I personally found witch hazel at but it of course comes with some additives

      The following site does have an organic product that you can buy that comes with no additives what so ever and is perfect for so many uses

      I really do hope that this helps :)

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      Alma 5 years ago

      I need help I cant find wich hazel anywere at least not alone its always with something else eather lavender or aloe vera ect... what do I do im doing the peppermint facial toner help

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      They are really easy, fun to make and the best thing is how cheap it can be :) Im glad you liked these recipes and i hope you enjoy trying them out :)

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      jenniferg78 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      This is so cool! When I was in high school my friends and I used to have sleepovers and put all sorts of strange things (beer, eggs) in our hair. I never tried anything on my face. Some of these sound so easy!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am a huge fan of the organic options that are becoming more and more available in our health stores. I am so glad that you have found something that has worked well for your skin. :)

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      KittieL 6 years ago

      Before I struggled with extremely oily skin and occasional break outs. Now my skin is much less oily and very few break outs.

      I use the Rooibos Tea Face Scrub (from the organic Made from Earth skincare line). I love the smell and it has these little scrubbing beads in it that really clean your skin thoroughly. The scrubby beads feel great on your skin and when you rinse your face you have such a fresh feeling.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much I hope you enjoy these pages as much as I do

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      Phum 6 years ago

      This site is exciting. Thanks

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so thrilled that you liked these recipes for easy skin care, I can't thank you enough for the link up:)

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      eliserenee 6 years ago from Chicago

      I love all of the homemade recipes on this Hub! I'm going to link it to my hub on skincare. Thanks for posting!

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      sumitparihar, I am so glad that you liked them!

      rhyztie, in answer to your question I suggest you check out my super new hub on homemade solutions for dry skin, it covers everything this one does but for dry skin.

      Lemons from what I know a natural lightner, i will look into this more if you like...


      I am so glad that you like them, please dont hesistate to let me know how they work out for you :)

      Jennifer Burss,

      thanks so much for stopping in, I'm glad that you found this collection of natural recipes useful...

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      Jennifer Burss 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for these recipes. They sound easy to put together and natural and gentle on the skin.

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      mysisters 7 years ago

      Great Hub! I love all of these skin recipes. I will definitely have to try some of these!

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      sumitparihar 7 years ago

      good one

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      There are a lot of great recipes out there, and its been a lot of fun to explore making our own, thanks for stopping in :)

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      FeliciaM 7 years ago

      Love all the recipes. I have made some of my own but nice to have more! Thanks...awesome hub.

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      There is so much that we are so used to buying automatically I think it is almost a shock to think we can make our own :)

      Oily skin has plagued me too for years and now my son, and being all into homemade stuff at the moment it was only natural for me to want to research this great natural alternative.

      I hope you have some fun with these recipes It can be a bit addictive once you get started

      Thanks for stopping in I would love to here how you go trying them :)

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      rich_hayles 7 years ago

      What a great idea, never thought to try making my own.

      I have had oily skin issues for years and resorted to glycolic cleansers hoping for better results. I think its a bit too powerful and makes my skin worse at times.

      Will be trying a few of your ideas over the next week and will hope for better results.

      Thank you so much!

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia


      Aloe Vera was actually said to have been used by Cleopatra in her daily beauty routine, a great plant that is excellent in its healing and moisturizing properties, I have plans for hub centered around this marvellous plant and would recommend it for the use of many skin care problems...

      The juice of the plant generally has nothing added to it, making it a great option if its available...

      thanks for the visit it was nice to see you here

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      frugalgal, I am so thrilled that you liked these recipes, I completely agree that it is a great way to reduce waste, save money and have great healthy skin to boot. thanks so much for stopping in!

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      neeleshkulkarni 7 years ago from new delhi

      what r your comments on using aloevera juice?

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      FrugalGal 7 years ago

      Stupendous hub. In addition to being healthy and frugal, I love the idea that we're reducing the packaging we throw in the landfills when we make our own. Thank you.