Ever have those “Calgon, take me away” moments? You moms that grew up in the 80’s know what I’m talking about. Well, me too. ALL. THE. TIME! I dream of being whisked off to a spa and totally pampered. Then my brain suddenly screams “Reality check on aisle one!” Honestly, who has the time or the extra money to be able to do this regularly? By getting creative, I’ve found some ways that are easy and totally accessible to pamper yourself. Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY oatmeal face mask that is oh so easy and good enough to eat! Sound good?
Many of the ingredients are very inexpensive and probably something that you already have at home which makes it even better. Each ingredient is also chock-full of beneficial ingredients boasting their own specific advantages when applied to the skin.
Another benefit of this mask is that it is all-natural. I don’t know about you but the older I get the more I lean towards natural remedies.
DIY Oatmeal Face Mask Time Investment
Time to make the mask: 10-15 minutes
Time to let the mask sit: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients for the DIY Face Mask with Oatmeal
So let’s take a look at the ingredients needed.
- 1/3 cup of oatmeal
- 2-3 strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey
These quantities can make 2 – 3 mask applications. If you want to make a smaller quantity just half the entire ingredient list.
Ingredients Benefits for DIY Face Mask with Oatmeal
We all know that oatmeal has a lot of health benefits when eaten but did you know that it has a lot of benefits for your skin as well when used topically? It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe dry skin. For acne-prone skin, it absorbs excess oil and also helps treat acne. In addition, it has natural cleansing compounds called saponins which help remove dirt and act as an exfoliant. Generally speaking, it is suitable for all skin types.
Honey is truly a miracle potion. Isn’t it crazy that honey never goes bad? As with oatmeal, it is beneficial to eat, but it also provides various benefits when applied to the skin. Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help get rid of dirt and oil. It’s loaded with antioxidants that help boost collagen production – Yippie! Also, honey moisturizes because is a natural humectant which means that it holds on to water without being greasy. Being a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids, it also aids in exfoliation. Lastly, honey is soothing and has healing properties (historically it actually was used to help in wound healing).
Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is also a superstar for both eating consumption and topical skin application as well. The creamy texture is thought to help soothe your skin by locking in moisture. It contains probiotics that help to combat bacteria, soothe acne, and also is believed to help to even out skin tone. Also, the lactic acid present in Greek yogurt help to act as an exfoliant for the skin. I prefer to use Greek yogurt to regular yogurt because of the creamer texture. We are talking about plain Greek yogurt, however, not flavored yogurt. You could also substitute the plain Greek yogurt with regular plain yogurt if desired or if that’s what you have on hand.
Strawberries are another superfood that not only provides benefits when eaten but also when applied to the skin. Due to the natural acids present in strawberries, such as ellagic acid, it can act as an exfoliant. This can help to combat acne and prevent future pimples. Also, the acid can help to lighten your complexion. Strawberries are also rich in vitamin C which can help to nourish and revitalize the skin.
Please make sure to speak with your dermatologist before trying this mask. Also, if you have any allergies to the ingredients please refrain from using that ingredient. All ingredients are optional.
So now that we are aware of all of the benefits this mask can provide us – let’s get started. Shall we?
Steps to Making the DIY Oatmeal Beauty Mask
Step 1: Blend Your Oats
Take the oats that you have gathered and blend those babies! You want to make them into a powder to form the base of the mask.
You could also use a mortar and pestle to make the oats into a powder if you have one but I prefer the blender method – it’s all about convenience!
Step 2: Blend the Strawberries
You also want to blend the strawberries as well in a blender or a food processor. It’s okay to have some small chunks of strawberry but you want it to mix well with the other ingredients.
Step 3: Put all the ingredients together
Using a large bowl combine your blended oats, blended strawberries, honey, and yogurt. Mix by hand until it forms a paste.
If this formula is to watery you can add some more powdered oats. If the formula is too dry you can add more yogurt or honey.
Step 4: Apply the Mask
Using either your hand or a clean beauty brush put a generous layer over the entire face (steer away from eyes, nostrils, mouth). Applying the mask with your hands can get a little messy just FYI.
Let the mask dry on your face. This usually takes 20-25 minutes.
When ready to rinse off, then rinse with luke-warm water. If you want more exfoliating you can rub your skin gently. If you want less exfoliating than just wash off without rubbing.
And voila you have a fresh and soothed complexion!
Here’s me being a goofball and masking in my backyard. As if my neighbors didn’t think I was weird enough.
If you get a chance to try this mask tell me how you liked it in the comments! Wishing you happy masking!
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