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
- 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|
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,
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 :)