As you may know, I have total garbage skin. It’s probably from a combination of stress, all the sunshine, and poor diet.
But whatever the issue, I have been told that this Chamomile-Oatmeal face mask will be the solution to my problems.
My current routine for the past few months has been a tea tree base for all the things. Soap, mask, scrub, and straight up.
I’ve seen improvements, but I’m still not where I want to be. So I am willing to give this a try.
Why not? It’s cheap, easy to make, and has loads of benefits.
Oatmeal and Chamomile are both known to soothe and calm the skin.
Ingredients (all extra affordable):
1/2 cup oatmeal powder (colloidal oatmeal) or some reg old oats after a few rounds in the food processor*
1/4 cup strongly brewed chamomile
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp honey
Of course, I thought, no problem I totally have all these ingredients.
But alas, I for some reason I didn’t have oatmeal or baking soda. I don’t know what is going on at my house sometimes, but fortunately, all this has now been rectified.
I do not to use the optional ingredients.
I vote no to honey because bees are my friends and they don’t like it when we use them for honey.
And I vote no white sugar because they are not generally rounded granules and anything teeny but not round can very much irritate your pores.
You can add them in if you want, they do have skin-tacular benefits. The sugar exfoliates and the honey will help remove dead skin.
Mix all (or at least 3) of these ingredients up until they are like a paste and then smush it all over your clean, pre-washed face.
But be ready, ’cause it’s messy. So maybe apply in the shower and not when you are wearing your favorite ballgown.
Leave it on for at least 5 mins, but ideally 15.
The mask should tighten as it dries and turns more yellow-y.
Wash it off.
Gently pat your skin dry with a soft hand towel and apply an oil-free moisturizer to your face and neck.
Now, doesn’t your skin feel super smooth? Yeah, it does! Even after just one use.
This mask is very mild, so you can use it as often as you like, and feel free to use it on other areas that need smoothing, beyond just the face.
Which is a great idea since the mask doesn’t keep, so if you have extra,slather it on!
The oatmeal should help to fix all your old garbage skin.
Rolled oats contain healthy fats that add moisture and hydration to the skin. Oats are a beautiful gentle exfoliator for the skin, removing cellular build-up allowing new, rejuvenated skin to surface. They contain saponins that gently remove dirt, oil, and bacteria from your pores without clogging your pores and will leave your skin glowing.
Colloidal oatmeal specifically works to cleanse skin, lessen acne, reduces itchy skin, treat inflammation, softens skin, reduce irritation (making it great for sensitive skin), soothes Eczema/Psoriasis and rashes, moisturizes skin, and
Chamomile has been used for centuries to heal people with skin issues. Chamomile works wonders on your skin due to its anti-microbial properties and its ability to soothe inflammation and irritation on the skin from sunburns, acne breakouts, and dry skin. It will minimize most skin irritations and reduce pain as well.
It is calming and works as an anti-inflammatory. It also provides for a great calming effect to more than just your skin. The strong scent will very much relax you. This really adds to the ritual and makes it pleasant instead of annoying to have another thing to do.
The baking soda neutralizes skins acidity and softens skin.
*Please keep in mind when making your own colloidal oatmeal, it is a good idea to put a lid on the food processor. That way you won’t end up with an oat explosion all over the place and yourself
**Added benefit is that you can eat your face mask if you are hungry and/or bored waiting for it to set. It’s just all food. Why not indulge in a tasty gluten-free snack?