Most shiny faces are the result of too much oil on the skin. The body overproduces sebum, a natural oil that lubricates the entire body. While oily skin is more susceptible to breakouts like pimples, it also shows signs of aging at a slower rate. There are many products on the market designed to remove excess oil from the face and prevent or cut down the shine. Keeping the face clean helps to cut down on the shine, but there are also home remedies that offer inexpensive ways to cut down on the shine without harsh chemicals or substances.
Steam the Face
Because the pores fill with excess oil, it is important to deep clean them to cut down on a shiny face. A steam facial opens the pores, softens the sebum and lets the excess oil drain out. There are commercial facial steamers on the market, but the same effect is possible with a pot of boiling water on the stove. After turning off the heat, drape a towel over your head to concentrate the steam. Bend over the pot for no more than 10 minutes at a time. Keep your face at least six inches away from the pot to prevent burns.
Cleaning the Face
Another way to cut down on oil and get a shine-free face is to cleanse the face with products that absorb the excess oil. One good home remedy is a paste made of two parts honey and three parts oatmeal. Apply it to the face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, suggests the Mama Herb website in its article "Oily Skin Home Remedy.” Rinse off the paste with cold water. The cold water helps to close the pores. The Mama Herb website reports that oatmeal absorbs oil, and the honey is an astringent that dries the top skin layer.
Rice Powder for Face
Rice powder, which is available at beauty supply stores and in supermarkets, is a natural substance that absorbs oil. Dip a make-up brush into the rice powder and brush the powder over the face to reduce shine. Apply the rice powder throughout the day to maintain a shine-free face. The Essence of Mineral Makeup website reports that rice powder is used in many make-up brands. The rice powder not only absorbs the oil, but it absorbs the oil slowly so it works for a longer period of time.