My skin has been particularly horrible lately. A ghastly combination of dry (thanks crazy weather) and teenage.
I used to love buying Lush face masks but as a stay at home mum that’s not something I can really afford any more. Now I only get a Lush face mask when I’ve saved up enough empty pots to get a free one!
So I decided to try making my own face mask that would hopefully help to deal with the dryness as well as the spots.
I wanted it to be really easy to make from ingredients that I have readily available.
I decided to use oats as my base because I always have oats in the house, they’re super cheap and they’re known to have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. My inspiration was also the yummy Lush Oatifix which I always used to love.
A lot of recipes suggest mixing the oats with a tablespoon of warm water. I decided to use Green tea instead as according to legend it has the power to heal blemishes, reduce redness and delay the aging process…and fight cancer and cholesterol amongst other things. You can find out more about the power of Green tea from the good people at Clipper teas.
I also decided to add Coconut Oil to help with the dryness. It’s also supposed to be naturally anti-bacterial so I thought that might be good for my spots.
And finally I added a tablespoon of honey as it’s cheap, I always have some in and it’s well known for it’s anti-bacterial and nourishing properties. Recently Hubby got treated with medicinal honey for an infected cut when he went to our local NHS walk in centre a couple of weeks ago – so it must be good!
4 tbsp. Ground Oatmeal
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Honey
1 or 2 tbsp. Green Tea (enough to make the oatmeal into a paste)
*Play around with these until you get a consistency you’re happy with. They’re very rough guidelines.
- Grind the oats. I did a load at once so that I have a stash ready to go in the cupboard.
- Add the Green Tea to the oats to form a paste.
- Stir in the honey and coconut oil until you’re happy with the texture and consistency.
- Apply for 20 minutes, relax and look ridiculously sexy whilst you’re doing it!
I’ve used this mask twice and I really love it. It smells like yummy breakfast which is a big bonus. More importantly it’s so moisturising, and as the oats dry it’s also a really gentle exfoliator. My skin definitely seems softer and happier already. I’m going to try creating a small batch on Sunday evenings to use throughout the week. I’ve been keeping it the fridge which makes it super refreshing as well.
If you try this I’d love to know what you think.