Sometimes we need to pamper our skin a little without spending a lot. I have very dry and sore skin on my face, especially around my nose and forehead. This causes a lot of confidence issues and pain and every week I like to treat my skin to a face mask. My favourite and most nourishing is this little homemade recipe that I’ve fiddled and tweaked to fit my particular skin. You can use the mask as a little treat now and then or a regular part of your skin routine. It’s also fun to make with friends, homemade masks are always good for a giggle and great for the skin. Also they smell amazing!
The recipe is as follows –
- 1/3 cup of oats (this can either be whole ground oats or smooth oats)
- 1 Banana
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- Almond oil or Coconut oil
First step is to soak the oats in either water or milk. Milk adds some lactic acid to the mask, which helps tighten and nourish the skin. Oats are great for dry sensitive skin, they are moisturising , anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant which all help to relieve itching.
Once the oats are soaked, drain any excess liquid (so you don’t end up dripping oats all over yourself! This is a step I always forget to do and I end up dripping all over the place. Good for the dogs to lick up but not so great to clean up yourself)
Mash the banana to a fine paste and mix in with the oats. Banana is full of potassium, Vitamins A, B, C , E, Lectin and Zinc. All of these hydrate, help fade dark spots and scars, fights off germs that cause acne and adds in a little UV protection to boot!
Add the honey and oil of choice. Honey is a natural antibacterial, so it’s fantastic for acne treatment and prevention. It’s also moisturising and jam packed full of antioxidants. Almond oil is great for clearing up clogged pores, full of Vitamin E and UV protection. Coconut oil is moisturising, anti fungal and antibacterial. Both oils are great for sensitive skin that needs a little TLC.
Mix well and apply! I apply with a large foundation brush to avoid generating any unnecessary mess.
Keep the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Hopefully you will love this mask just as much as I do and keep an eye out for my Homemade Coffee mask, soon to come!