I used to spend $7 on organic fresh face mask from Lush every few months or until I had 5 black pots emptied (return 5 clean black pots for a free fresh face mask.) I really loved using the blueberry & the oatmeal mask since it helped smooth out & calm my breakouts.
Fast forward, since moving to a new state and bills constantly piling up month after month, splurging on handmade organic products just was not fitting the budget. I also started researching more about health, which eventually led me into skin care.
I take great pride in taking care of my health from the inside and out by consuming food high in antioxidant, protein, and vitamins. Joel eats oatmeal often and we have left overs lying around so I decided to search what can be added into it for a fresh mask. Three ingredients that I narrowed down that carries benefits that works for my skin were: Milk, honey, and tea tree oil.
You don’t need to get fancy with brands, but I have read that raw honey and raw milk carriers more benefit since they are at their purest form without anything being altered from processing it through factories. Don’t fret, I still find store bought Great Value milk and honey can do the trick just fine.
Milk: Potassium helps to hydrate & moisturize skin, which is good for dry, itchy skin. It helps lighten by promoting the shedding of pigmented skin cells. It soothes red and irritated skin. Magnesium, Calcium, and Selenium fights free radical that causes skin aging.
Honey: It is a natural antibacterial, so it helps treat active acne and prevent them. Packed with antioxidants, it works to slow down aging of the skin. Honey’s composition is described as humectant, which attracts moisture and locks it inside. Using honey in areas where you suffer constant dryness lends moisture.
Tea Tree Oil: Antibacterial
Oatmeal: Contains anti-inflammatory properties that makes is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. It has saponins, which is a mild cleaning agent. It repairs damage from other chemicals, such as alpha hydroxy acids and bleaches. Oatmeal helps to remove dead skin cells (exfoliating properties), relieves symptoms of aging skin, treats acne, eczema, rosacea, and rashes. Bonus, it helps to reduce pore size.
There are no measurements for this recipe since it depends how much you need to cover your face, neck, and chest. You can throw the oatmeal into the food processor or blender if you would like, but I prefer to ground it up in my asian “poi pounder.”
Mix everything in a small bowl with a spoon. Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of honey. Add milk little by little until you get the consistency that you prefer. I like mines slightly chunky and paste-like for easy and less messy application.
Wash your face with your cleanser and pat dry. Apply all over face, neck, and chest area. Let is sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash with warm water, pat dry, and proceed with your regular moisturize routine.
You’ll notice that your skin feels less oily, softer, smooth, and lessen the redness, if any. You can use this mask twice a week if you would like 🙂 ***Any leftovers can be stored in a container & kept in the fridge up to 7 days.