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  • Jan 9 2015

    Simple DIY Baby Oatmeal Face Mask for Moms

    I’m back in the Land of Smiles or as I’ve come to know my second home: Thailand, Land of Spas!

    After this work stint which included personal training, stretch therapy, Thai Yoga Massage and anti-gravity aerial yoga (I was giving, not receiving!), I am inspired with a NEW FACIAL combination that allows you to use baby oatmeal. The idea popped into my head as I fed baby Noah his usual baby oatmeal breakfast!

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    Below are the steps to make your own homemade honey and oatmeal face mask, while eliminating one step – having to grind the oatmeal! Because you can use baby oatmeal.

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    Here is the brand I use, however you can use any fine ‘floured oats’ baby oatmeal.

    I mean, why not make life easier while pampering yourself, Mum? The best part is that this mask is inexpensive. You’ll probably have all (three!) ingredients on hand and your skin will definitely give you that pregnancy ‘glow’.  Below this recipe, I have also included my two favorite Oatmeal Mask recipes!

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    May you glow in 2015 and beyond…

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup of baby oatmeal
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 2 teaspoons of honey

    Steps

    Make a Honey and Oatmeal Face Mask

    Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grounder or a blender. This eliminates the possibility of having big blotches of oatmeal on your face when you apply the mask.  Use baby oatmeal…already ground!

    Use a bowl for the baby oatmeal so that you’ll have 1/2 cup of oatmeal and water all together. Add the 1/4 cup of water.

    Add enough oatmeal until the mixture is very gooey. Stir in 2 teaspoons of honey. Honey is an excellent treatment for acne, as it removes bacteria that accumulates on your skin.


    Apply the mask to your face. Leave for 10-15 minutes.

    Rinse your face with warm water to remove the mask. Pat your skin dry with a towel.

    Besides it’s healing properties, oatmeal also cleanses the skin! Oatmeal contains ‘saponins’ that help remove dirt and oil from the pores. Oatmeal also acts as a moisturizer due to its natural fat content and because of the vitamins and polysaccharides contained in oatmeal, it helps to nourish the skin. As for honey: topically, it stimulates new tissue growth. The amino acids in honey make it an excellent humectant (moisture retainer). Honey also acts as an exfoliant since contains mild alpha hydroxy acids. This mask can be applied once or twice a week. For sensitive skin, apply every other week.

    BONUS 1:

    OATMEAL ACNE MASK

    This simple acne mask uses Oat Flour and Baking Soda, a blend that dries up blemishes and is great for complexion.

    1. Combine 1 tsp Oat Flour or Baby Oatmeal (to make flour from regular oats or oatmeal, simply grind up oatmeal in a food processor or blender until it’s a flour-like consistency).

    2. Add 1 tsp baking soda in a bowl with a pinch of coarse salt.

    (Note: if your skin is sensitive, alter the recipes as follows: 1 1/2 tsp Oatmeal + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and salt)

    3. Add a few drops of warm water (approx 1 1/2 tsp), a little at a time until the consistency is like a paste.

    4. Prior to applying the mask, wash your face thoroughly with a light cleanser and warm water. If you have time (i.e. if the kids are asleep!), steam your face with a hot wash cloth for a few minutes to open up your pores.

    5. Spread the paste over your face.  Chill-time!  Note, the mix will dry and harden similar to a clay mask.  Expect a little tingly sensation.

    6. After 15-20 minutes, use a warm wash cloth to remove.

    7. Et voila! Glowing skin! Pimples, be gone!

    Note: as an alternate, add chia seeds if you prefer an exfoliating mask.

     

    BONUS 2:

    OXYGEN FACIAL MASK

    • 1/8 cup oatmeal
    • 1 tbs almonds – ground
    • 1 tbs clay (I use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, but any white or green clay works!)
    • 3 tbs water
    • 3-4 drops of rose geranium essential oil
    • 1 ½ tbs hydrogen peroxide

    1. In a food processor or blender, combine oatmeal, ground almonds and clay so that they become a powder.

    2. In a small bowl, combine the mixed powder with the water and rose geranium oil. (This essential oil is not only intoxicatingly aromatic, it’s one of the best skin care oils for all skin types.)

    3. Add the hydrogen peroxide. As the oxygen bubbles activate and bubble up, apply the mask immediately to your face with a fan brush or fingertips. Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes.

    4. Rinse the mask off making small circles on your face with your fingertips to gently exfoliate dead skin cells. Finish by dabbing toner – I use Humphrey’s Gentle Witch Hazel for face however any brand will work for closing pores – or if you prefer, atomize with a cold/refrigerated facial spray.

    Et voilà! Your skin should be glowing, gorgeous and ready for compliments!


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