Now that summer is in full force and most indoor things are still shutdown, more & more people are heading outside to have some fun. Unfortunately, sunblock is often forgotten, and sunburns are inevitable.
Cue the oats! This DIY facemask is incredibly hydrating and soothing, perfect for after a long day spent outside. What’s even better, is you can make this mask with stuff you most likely already have in your kitchen: oats, yogurt, and honey.
Oatmeal is a mild, gentle exfoliator, and also soothes a variety of itchy skin conditions like eczema and insect bites by relieving dryness.
Honey aids in binding moisture to the skin and is full of antioxidants, making it perfect for sun damage repair. It’s also an effective ingredient for acne-prone skin because it helps to absorb impurities while still maintaining hydration, so your skin isn’t being stripped of the moisture it needs like harsh chemicals can do.
Yogurt contains enzymes and lactic acid to hydrate and soothe. It can also be used to even out skin tone. It also helps provide a good consistency for the mask, making it easier to spread onto your skin.
Fun tip: If you’re not suffering from any unintentional sun damage and just want a little moment of pampering, you can add strawberries to the mix! Strawberries contain AHA (alpha hydroxy acids), which can aggravate a sunburn, but otherwise can help treat acne and have many anti-aging benefits, including a high dose of vitamin C.
Alright, lets get to it and make this mask!
1/4 cup oats (rolled or old-fashioned, whatever you have works!) 3 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 tablespoons organic honey 3 strawberries (optional- don’t use if you have a sunburn!)
1. Blend the dry oats until they’re a powder consistency & pour into a bowl
2. Mix in the organic yogurt and honey. (Honey may need to be submerged in hot water to make a slightly runnier consistency- it’s easier to mix that way!)
3. If you choose to use strawberries: Put the strawberries into a blender and mince. Add into the mix (juice & all) and stir well. If the consistency becomes too runny, add a little more oat.
4. Let the mixture stand for 10-15 minutes so that the oats can fully absorb the other ingredients.
5. Apply to cleansed skin. Full disclaimer- it is thick, and it is a little messy.
6. Keep on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Some spots dried quicker than others, so I found gently wiping off with a damp cloth helped get the initial chungs off, then I rinsed with warm water to remove the rest.
Voila! Your skin should feel nicely soothed and hydrated.
If you don’t want to mix all the ingredients together or are missing something, you can use the oats and yogurt on their own. You can use unblended oats and water as a light exfoliating facewash. The yogurt can be slathered on a clean face for a natural healing and soothing facemask after a day in the sun.
What’s also great about these ingredients is that they’re all edible, so feel free to sneak a spoonful here & there if you wish! 😊