Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Oatmeal Face Mask

Last night, whilst editing the collage below, Mr Jones looked over at my screen and said 
'What the hell is that?!!' 
Me 'Erm, I'm writing a blog post about the oat face mask' 
Him 'You're nuts!'
Me ' Well maybe, but it's too good not to share'  

Mr Jones can laugh all he wants but the Oatmeal face mask is absolutely brilliant! I can't rave about this mask enough, my itchy skin feels soothed afterwards and the oats act as a very very gentle exfoliant, leaving my skin super soft as well. The results are as good ( if not better) than any luxury face mask! It's so cheap and easy to make and it's hypoallergenic too. Despite making fun of me, Mr Jones even commented on how soft my skin felt after the mask!!

Over the past few years I've suffered with redness on my cheeks and since becoming pregnant again, the skin on my face is really easily irritated and itchy, I think it's probably Rosacea but I have never been formally diagnosed.

I love DIY face masks and have been using The Aspirin face mask for a while but I needed something gentler and didn't think Aspirin was a great idea when pregnant either! I noticed that many many products for sensitive skin contained oats so I did a bit of research and discovered the Oatmeal face mask, made from products that I already had in my kitchen cupboard, perfect!!




Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of porridge oats ( I just used Quaker porridge oats)
1 tablespoon of runny honey
4 tablespoons of water

To make:

  • Put the oats in a food processor and blend* for 10-20 seconds
  • Add the water and honey 
  • Blend for a further 30 seconds, or as desired
  • Apply to the face and leave on for 20mins
  • Wash off with water

*you can skip the blending stage if you wish, this is just to make the mask consistency creamier and therefore easier to apply.

You can also experiment with other combinations, for example you could add milk or greek yogurt depending on what works best for you. I find that the recipe above is the most effective for me though.

If you're interested in DIY treatments, here are some that I have blogged about in the past :




 I love discovering new homemade treatments. Have you tried any DIY face masks?
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6 comments

  1. I used to use the Dermalogica oatmeal mask on clients when I did facials and it was brilliant for reducing redness and for sensitive skin xx

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    1. Was that the Dermalogica Ultra Calming masque? If so I've been using that too and I noticed that it contains Oat extract which is what inspired me to create my own :)
      I actually prefer the DIY treatment but I still use this one if I can't be bothered to make it, it's great and smells lovely too!
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  2. I'm going to try this tomorrow xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it looks really nice. :) Love oats too! Have you considered using Apricot Kernel oil though? I use it a lot in my own books (http://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/8-homemade-salt-and-sugar-body-scrubs.html). It's light and easily absorbed by the skin and it also doesn't leave a greasy or oily feeling. I think it'd work well with your recipe. If you consider using other carrier oils as well, apricot kernel oil works nicely. :) Thanks again

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I haven't tried Apricot Kernel oil although I have noticed it in many skin care products. Definitely something to remember next time I do this face mask x

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