Ok I again promise this is not going to become one of those super weird all natural tree hugging sites. Not that tree huggin’ is bad… I do it on a regular bases but I am only human and sometimes forget my reusable grocery bags at home, buy premade foods, and forget to recycle.
But I did resolve this year to eat fresher and to try making more things from scratch. I honestly did not think that making a homemade face mask would fall into that category of homemade concoctions I would try!
I mean oatmeal is meant to be eaten not slapped on my face and saved for later. LOL! But all kidding, stereotypes, and crazy looks aside, studies have shown that all the natural ingredients in the recipe for the recipe below DO have wonderful health and skin benefits.
Did you know:
Chamomile tea has been found to be great for naturally lightening your skin tone. It has also been shown to help relieve puffy eyes and dark circles.
Oatmeal has cleansing and exfoliating properties which aide in soothing dry skin. It will absorb dirt, cleanse pores and gently exfoliate.
Honey has been used for thousands of years to moisturize, protect, heal and rejuvenate skin.
I’ll admit I was skeptical about slapping what looked like my breakfast on my face. But after the 15 minutes and washing, my face felt smooth, clean, refreshed, and even smelt like lingering breakfast! Ha! I kid. I kid.
This was fun and interesting and I was actually surprised at how my skin felt afterwards, the same as when I use the pricey drug/department store masks, but at the fraction of the price! I have several sugar scrubs and avocado masks bookmarked so maybe this won’t be my last edible face mask experiment!
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Heavenly Honey Oatmeal Mask
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Wait Time: 15 minutes Makes: 1-2 masks
For the rinse:
2 cups water
2 chamomile tea bags
For the mask:
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
To make the chamomile rinse, bring the quart of water to a boil. Arrange the chamomile tea bags in a bowl pour the boiling water over the bags and let the tea steep and cool down to lukewarm.
While the rinse is cooling down make the mask. Put oatmeal in a blender and grind until it is a fine powder. Transfer the oatmeal powder to a small bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Using your fingertips apply the mixture to your face, avoiding your eyelids and the tender skin under your eyes. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes, just relax and read or let yourself stare at the wall, you need the break. After the 15 minutes, double check that the chamomile tea rinse is not too hot, be careful you’re going to put this on your face, you want it to be lukewarm. Rinse face with the chamomile tea.
adapted from Rachael Ray via The Food Network