Friday, 24 August 2012

DIY: Nourishing Face Mask


Hi Everyone, 

One of my favourite things to do apart from feeding my tummy is feeding my face. Yes, feeding my face real food. There are thousands of lovely skincare products available on the market but trust me when I tell you that none of them can compare to natural foods. If it is good enough to go inside you, then surely it must be good enough to treat your skin with. In the course of time, I hope to share with you more natural foods and recipes that work  wonders for the skin. 


All natural ingredients



Here's my own recipe, for a mask that’s gentle enough for everyday use, effective, extremely nourishing to the skin and pocket friendly (you will most likely have the ingredients laying around your house). It is suitable for all skin types but if you have oily skin, you might want to skip the olive oil. 


What you need


This recipe will make a mask that lasts about one week depending on usage. Feel free to play around with the measurements to make a consistency that you like.
  • 1 1/2 cup of Oats
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (if you have oily skin, please skip this ingredient)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder

What the mask looks like

Benefits

After doing some research, I carefully selected natural products that give the most benefits for all skin types. 

Oats: I’m not a fan of eating oats, actually I quite detest them but for my face, this food item is a godsend. Did you know that oats help treat acne and eczema? They contain some active ingredients one of which is saponins that help to rid your skin of excess oils and dirt that causes acne. They are also very moisturizing and possess anti-aging properties. Additionally, their grainy nature makes them a great natural exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells. 

Lemon Juice: I don’t think my words can ever do justice to how awesome lemon juice is but I will try. The juice in lemons though acidic are gentle enough to use on the face everyday. They possess high cleansing powers which is what your skin needs. Everyday our pores get blocked with makeup, sweat and oils and lemon juice will clean your pores out baby! Now the double effect this magic juice has is that it also acts as a toner. It cleans your pores out and then closes them back up, pretty nifty i’d say.
Lemon juice also helps to fade out acne scars and spots for a more even complexion. It does sting the face a little when you apply it directly but it is not unbearable. 

Milk: Milk contains proteins and vitamins that not only cleanse but nourish and hydrate the skin. It gives a healthy glow to the skin when used as a cleanser on its own or with other natural products. 

Honey: I’m sure the benefits of honey are not unknown to a lot of people. It has been a skincare staple for centuries (think Egyptian goddesses) because of its cleansing and moisturizing ability. Thus it known to help in the treatment of minor acne. For me, honey’s best attribute is the fact that it contains natural antioxidants which protect the skin from damaging sun rays. You know I love my sunscreen! 

Olive Oil: If you have oily skin, then you can chose to skip olive oil in this recipe because it just adds essential oils to the mix. Oats extract the oils from your face which is a good thing, but if you’ve got dry or combination skin like mine, olive oil balances out this effect. It’s a powerful moisturizing agent which also has anti-aging properties. 

Turmeric: This ingredient has been a well kept beauty secret for many decades. Turmeric spice originates from India and apart from adding yummy flavor to their food, it was used as a beauty treatment for brides. This is because it is a natural antiseptic which is beneficial for skin cleansing. It is also known to possess anti-inflammatory properties which act to soothe troubled skin. Have a good look in the spice section in your grocery store, you are likely to find it there.

Making the Mask

I figured that showing pictures of the process wouldn’t suffice so I decided to film my very first video, yayy. Please forgive the terrible quality and angles, baby steps :) 





  • Pour the oats into a dry bowl. I used regular Quaker Oats but if you have Oat Bran this will make the texture of your mask finer
  • Pour the milk in and mix with a wooden spoon until a paste is formed
  • Add your turmeric powder and lemon juice and mix it in
  • Next mix in the olive oil
  • Lastly, add in the honey. Since you are using it on your face, natural honey is preferred to the processed stuff
  • Apply the face mask and leave it to dry for about 15mins
  • Wash your face off with warm water, gently scrubbing with the dried up oats. This lovely mask also acts as a scrub
  • Since you have opened up your pores with the mask and the warm water, use a toner to close them back up. I used some of the fresh lemon juice as a toner, it works a treat
  • Don’t forget to moisturise 

One batch of the mask can keep in the fridge for about a week plus. I have been using it about twice a week and I love what it is doing. My skin has been calm and healthy since I started incorporating it in my routine. I have also found that I get less oily in my t-zone.  

If you are willing to try it be careful to identify any ingredients you might be allergic to. If everything's all good, I hope you enjoy this yummy treat, I know my face does. 


Peace and Love,

Y. 

P.S: I’m always open to new knowledge so please if you would like to,  share any of your own natural product secrets with me :) 



23 comments:

  1. Yaaayyyy!!! I doing this tomorrow def! My face needs a bit of pampering and all these ingredients are so easy to get....

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  2. hmm..where will i start from? i am an avid natural product lover, 90 percent of my skin and hair care is natural. That being said, every week i do this deep cleansing routine that consists of oil cleansing with castor/jojoba oil mix, followed by a brown sugar and honey scrub then a bentonite clay mask (bentonite clay, organic apple cider vinegar/ lemon juice and aloevera gel). I use rosewater as toner and 2 drops of sunflower oil to seal in the moisture *exhales* :)...midweek, i oil cleanse. My skin is the best it has bin since i introduced natural products

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    1. Oh wow! I definitely need to introduce more natural stuff into my routine. Love your routine..Thanks for sharing..xx

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    2. Castor oil on the face??i use castor oil on my hair and it makes my already full hair grow twice the size, now i have that very little hair on the side of my face(not side burns, lol) that girls with long hair have..if i proceed to apply castor oil on it, wont it sprout into thick stubborn bear bear? because castor oil really does stimulate hair growth.

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    3. yup! castor oil on your face. Castor oil has antimicrobial and deep cleansing properties so its especially good for acne prone skin.It is really thick so I thin it out with jojoba oil and use it for my oil cleansing (the oil mix is gently massaged in for 2 mins and a hot towel is used to steam the face and wipe off oil).You can read more on oil cleansing at www.theoilcleansingmethod.com and you can watch it here www.youtube.com/naturallydury (its the 3rd video). Castor oil wont make you grow ahu-onu...lol

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  3. i just realized i wrote an epistle X_X

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    1. Lol..epistles are always welcome :D

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  4. Haaaa...why isn't the video playing? Will Try this out sans olive oil, I'm blessed with oily skin. Nice one :)

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    1. Thanks love, hope you like it :)

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  5. If I use this, will it clear my rough face instantly or it will take days? My smooth face is very rough now. Dunno wat to use any more.

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    1. Hello, I don't think there's anything that clears up the face instantly, it takes a bit of commitment and dedication but a few of the ingredients are known to work for acne :)

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  6. Looks interesting, thanks for sharing!
    Hey I'm your newest follower now, and I hope you will follow me back, it would be great to keep in touch!
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  7. So I tried this today and my face feels 'suppler' already. I just have a few questions:
    -how long can the mask keep for?
    -do I need to keep it refrigerated?
    -occasionally, I have dry patches on my face, can u recommend a face moisturiser?
    -any idea where I can get castor oil in Lagos?

    Thank you.
    I love your blog btw.

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    1. Aww..thank you, i'm glad you enjoy the blog and are happy with your results :)

      To answer your questions, the mask can keep for about a week, so you might want to make smaller batches so you don't end up having to throw it out. Please keep it refrigerated as the ingredients are fresh, so there are no chemicals to preserve it at room temperature..

      For your moisturiser, I will recommend Olay Complete care spf15, it's a great moisturiser that is not greasy at all.. You can read more about my skincare regimen here >> http://www.shelovesthefinerthings.com/2012/07/my-skincare-regimen.html

      For castor oil, you can try Casabella in the Palms/Ikeja Mall/Surulere Mall, they stock a wide range of beauty/haircare products..

      Hope this helps!
      *whew*

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    2. you can also get castor oil from http://naturalnigerian.com/ahia-natural-nigerian-marketplace/ and www.vanityoils.com. they stock a wide range of oils and other skin and hair care products plus they deliver right to your doorstep!

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  8. Nice one. But I use only milk & honey,hw abt dat?

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    1. Milk and Honey masks are also very effective :)

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  9. Hello, i followed your "when life gives you lemons,
    Celebrate and look beautiful. i liked it. about to try my lemons now, hope it goes well. amen. i wanna ask though, what is turmeric powder and incase i cant find it where i am, which is somewhere in ghana, can u please suggest a replacement for me? Like what can i use instead of turmeric powder?

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    1. Hi dear, turmeric powder is an indian cooking spice that is none to have numerous skincare benefits. Be sure to check in any grocery store that serves Indians around you. You are likely to find it. If not, I don't know of any suitable replacement..you can skip it though and enjoy the mask with the other ingredients :)

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  10. this looks fab, I'll definitely give it a try x

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  11. Just saw this recipe today, tried it and I LOVE it! I've tried other homemade mask recipes before but I really like how the ingredients of this one come together. I was worried that the turmeric would stain the face but it didn't :) Thanks for the great recipe, I will be using it again and again!

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