ingredients for honey oatmeal mask recipe to moisturize and exfoliate the gentle way

A Super Easy Recipe to Moisturize and Exfoliate the Gentle Way

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What would you say if I told you I had a super simple homemade mask recipe that is as good for your skin as it is for breakfast? Well, talk to me, because I do! If there is one thing a DIY skincare recipe has to be, it’s simple, well make that two things. It should, of course, be effective as well. Because there is no sense in putting in any amount of time and effort if you don’t have anything to show for it in the end, am I right? If you have been hanging around my blog for a minute or two, you know that I don’t like doing stuff the hard way, if I have a say about it at all. There was that unfortunate stair riser thing… but I digress.

I love me a simple recipe and I bet you do too. And just to make it even easier on you, I have compiled all of my favorites so far in my FREE Resource Library! Sign up is easy, you only have to do it once and you’ll always have all of my best goodies right at your hot little finger tips.

And with that, let’s get started on making you even more beautiful than you are already, shall we?

Why bother with a mask? You do your best to take good care of your skin. You are diligent about using all the right products for cleansing and moisturizing every morning and evening day in and day out. But somehow you skin looses its luster even with regular care. Maybe you are prone to dry skin, oily skin and/or breakouts. Somehow, what you are doing is not quite enough. And that is neither the product’s fault nor yours. That’s just how skin works. Your face is always exposed whether it’s hot and humid or cold and dry. As we age it tends to have a more difficult time keeping up. Time for some extra TLC!

When it comes to beauty treatments, masks are amazing. They can be tailored to any skin type and created with relatively simple and inexpensive ingredients. No fancy day spa needed. And the time it takes for a facial mask to accomplish its mission is just the right amount to relax and take a load off. Just whip up your favorite recipe, apply and enjoy. I have also found that masks work very well at keeping husbands and kids away for a little while, because, um, who wants to look at a face smeared with goo;) It’s all good friends.

Today I want to share one of my favorite go-to recipes with you. My version of a honey oatmeal nourishing and exfoliating mask. I have been using this for a while. And it actually wasn’t until after I came up with this recipe that I decided to look on Pinterest to see if this recipe already existed. At first glance my heart sank a bit, because it looked like there were quite a few recipes out there, but it turns out mine is different.

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HONEY OATMEAL NOURISHING AND  EXFOLIATING MASK

All it takes is three simple ingredients and you may already have them on hand as we speak!

#1. Plain Organic Yogurt

One thing that struck me was that many recipes used oatmeal that was far too course to actually be able to function as an exfoliating ingredient. Some masks just look like honey with rolled oats. Many recipes included oil and a few used milk. Now there isn’t anything wrong with these ingredients, except that the mask would likely slide off your face as soon as you apply it. Honey pretty much liquifies as soon as it is warmed. And rolled oats don’t really cover and exfolitate your skin as they should.

Yogurt as an ingredient for a gentle exfoliating mask

That brought me around to one of my all time favorite mask ingredients – plain organic yogurt. Yogurt is a fantastic choice for its wonderful skin softening benefits. Yogurt contains lactic acid which aids in softening skin and loosening dead skin cells. It’s readily available, cheap and has a number of other uses so you can put whatever is left to good use for sure. It also happens to be an ingredient in my other go to mask recipe. Does it matter what kind? No, you can use greek, goat or regular plain yogurt. Greek yogurt will be a little thicker if you prefer that consistency. I always prefer organic over regular, because you are applying it to skin and some of it will be absorbed.

#2. Raw Honey

Honey has antibacterial properties, which is great news if you have breakout prone skin. As if that weren’t good enough, honey is an excellent moisturizer, chock full of antioxidants to help slow down the effects of aging. Honey has been used in beauty and healing  treatments for thousands of years. And that definitely makes it a must have ingredient for any soothing, healing mask. Why raw? In order to get the maximum benefit from your natural skincare opt for the purest ingredients. They will contain all of the benefits nature imparted on them. You can also find my favorite honey face wash recipe in the FREE Resource Library.

honey in a bowl for as an ingredient for facial mask

#3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is another heavy hitter when it comes to skin benefits. Like honey it contains antioxidants. It is best known for its skin calming properities. Soothe eczema or a sunburn with an oatmeal bath.

For this honey oatmeal mask, oatmeal also serves as a gentle exfoliant.

oatmeal as an ingredient for acne healing honey oatmeal mask

For this recipe you can use rolled or quick oats, which is shown here. The important part is that you need to process the oats into a finer consistency like is shown here:

oatmeal powder for mask

This is pretty easy to do, just give it a quick whirl in your small food processor or as I did in our Nutribullet. We use that thing for all kinds of stuff and it comes in mighty handy for quick little jobs like this one!

THE RECIPE:

1 tbs plain organic yogurt

1 tbs ground oats

1 teaspoon raw honey

TIP: Grind a bunch of oats and store them in the refrigerator for next time

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. You may add a little more ground oats if the mixture is too wet. Apply mask generously to face, excluding eye and mouth areas. Gently rub in a circular motion when applying. Leave mask on for 20-30 minutes, wash off with warm water. Use your regular moisturizer to follow.

Ingredients all mixed for oatmeal honey yogurt mask

Use this mask recipe as often as you like.

Pretty simple, right? You cannot argue with skin care that is good enough to eat! If you like to DIY your own natural skincare, be sure to sign up for the FREE Resource Library for additional recipes and all kinds of other fun and useful stuff. Getting and maintaining glowing skin does not need to be difficult or expensive as this recipe proves. Let me know how you like it!

For other natural skincare recipes be sure to check out these posts:

How to Create Homemade Soap like a Pro

Easy Lip and Hand Balm

Sugar Scrub, Body Balm and Soothing Lavender Bath Salt

Take the time to pamper yourself! Nobody deserves it more than you!

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