GLOW: DIY OATS, MILK AND HONEY MASK FOR BRIGHT & GLOWING SKIN.
I'm a massive fan. On any weekday, but most notably weekends, you can find me with a face mask on. I've tried dozens if not more, and know what works best for my skin. I've settled on May Lindstrom's - The Problem Solver, as it literally solves all your problems, Karuna Sheet Masks (new obsession!), and my trusty old DIY's. I feel now a days it's too easy to get distracted with the 'next big thing', so I've started to stick with what works for me. I say that, but watch in a months time I will be sharing my new favorite mask! But, I do believe when it comes to masking the most important thing is 1) it's time to switch off. A mask signifies a touch of pampering to me, so I make sure I'm either in the bath or with a book. No screen time and 2) extra self-lovin'. A mask is a deep clean, a more intense form of treating your skin. I find that women are not taking this time in the morning and evening to give themselves a little extra loving, so enter in masks. They are the perfect solution if you find yourself rushing in the morning, or being too tired at the end of the night to give your skin a 2 minute face massage with oil (my other new favorite thing!). What I'm trying to say is to utilize this time, go inwards, switch off, pamper & treat yourself. We all lead such varied, rushed and FULL lives, we owe it to ourselves to give back, especially to our bodies and minds. They work so, so, so hard for us.
I also know that masks can get a little pricey, so I wanted to share something that you can not only do at home, but is also very inexpensive! I whole-heartedly believe in the power of food, and using it to treat, heal and soothe. You skin is your largest organ, so why wouldn't we use natures gift topically on our skin? Which is why I love using honey, avocados, turmeric, oats, natural oils from plants, etc...they are just as effective, and if not more potent because they haven't been processed or manufactured in any way.
So today I wanted to share a mask that is more of a mask/scrub as the oatmeal acts as a natural exfoliator. They key to this guy is leaving it on for 30-45 minutes, and before you rinse it off rubbing it in circular motions to really slough off those dead skin cell particles (!)
OATS + MILK + HONEY EXFOLIATING MASK :
- 1 CUP of non-rolled oats (i.e quick cooking). You will notice the difference in the store as rolled are much larger than the quick cooking ones.
- Benefits: Soothing, exfoliating, unclog pores, removes dead skin cells, moisturizing
- 1/2 CUP organic goats milk - I don't drink milk, but you will need to use real milk (goat) here as it contains lactic acid, where as nut milk won't have the same consistency, texture and benefits. Choose organic, hormone-free and goat as it matches our skins natural PH.
- Benefits: brightening, cleansing, lactic acid breaks up dead skin cells, and oatmeal removes them
- 1/4 CUP honey. This you will have to play around with. I like a thicker mask so sometimes I put more, other times I want to do more of a scrub so I like it thinner. When doing this. I exfoliate with it 3 times, rubbing in circular motions very, very gently.
- Benefits: acts as the binder, is incredibly moisturizing, antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and is a natural wound healer.
You always want to treat your skin like it's your best friend. Be gentle with it, don't scrub away, as this only creates inflammation and will cause more harm than good! Sometimes (myself included!!!!) forget how delicate our skin really is. We scrub, pick, squeeze, exfoliate, peel, rub, etc...and I promise you when you ease up on it a little bit more, step away from the mirror aka pimple, your skin will thank you in major ways! This creates stress both internal and external which only makes things worse. I know it's a vicious cycle, and hard to break, but it's SO WORTH IT.
*** Side tip - these 3 ingredients are also heavenly when placed inside your bath! It makes your skin heavenly soft (think of all the commercial milk,oat & honey lotions, soaps and scrubs that are on the market!). Now you can literally make your with the above three.
Let me know if you've tried this before, and what foods you're putting on your skin!