I’ve tried a new homemade face mask that I came across a while back in a random comment on acne.org. It is actually one of the best masks I’ve ever used and has great ingredients, most of which are probably in your kitchen right now. It is very easy to whip up in a food processor or in my case the Magic Bullet (which I think is handier for this small task). My favorite part of making this mask is knowing that every ingredient is natural and offers specific benefits to my skin.
The ingredients for the full recipe are below (as well as how the natural ingredients work), but I usually cut it in half and still have plenty enough to cover my face and neck. I usually leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off well with my hands or a wash cloth.
- 1/4 uncooked oatmeal - gently provides a deep pore cleaning and helps replenish moisture to the skin
- 2 Tbsp aloe vera juice (fresh from plant if possible) – naturally helps to fight blemishes as it contains salicylic acid and works to remove dead skin cells
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice (also fresh if possible) – helps to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone. Lemon juice may also help with acne by getting rid of bacteria and extra oils from the skin
- 1 Tbsp honey (raw if possible) – contains many nutrients, is moisturizing, and also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- 1 Tbsp sea salt – offers a great amount of minerals and helps to pull toxins from the skin while promoting cell growth
To make the mask, I just combine everything and blend, adding just a little water if necessary to mix easily. While the mask itself should be pretty thick, the finer the oatmeal is ground up the less messy it will be to apply. If you’re interested in an even more detoxifying mask, there’s another type that I want to try soon which actually uses apples and activated charcoal. I’ll definitely have to report back on that one!
UPDATE: If you would like an oatmeal face mask, but don’t necessarily want to make it yourself, check out this Aubrey Organics oatmeal mask