This is a wonderfully quick home made face mask that would give any skin a little boost, and that can also be adapted for different skin issues. Making your own skin treatments ensures you know exactly what is going on your skin, can be cost effective and reduces preservatives and chemicals that can cause irritation. This is a classic oatmeal/yoghurt mask/scrub but with camomile and essential oils for an extra boost and mine usually keeps in the fridge happily for up to a week;
- 1 x small handful of oatmeal/porridge oats
- 3 x Tablespoons of of Natural Yoghurt (depends on how liquid your Yoghurt is and how runny you want the mask/scrub)
- 1 x Camomile Tea Bags (just the insides)
- 2 x drops of Cypress Oil*
- 1 x drop of Cedarwood Oil
- 2 x drops of Lavender Oil
- 1 x drop of Rosemary Oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil (if you don’t have this use Olive Oil)
- *If you do not have the Essential Oils this mask/scrub can be made without them.
This is so simple to make, just add the Yoghurt and Oats to a bowl and mix, add your Essential Oils drop by drop to the Sweet Almond Oil (I do this on the spoon) and then mix in. Some people would think it was ok to use some essential oils directly on the skin, but I would always advocate mixing them first with a carrier oil.
Finally split the camomile tea bag (if you have your own dried flower heads then do use these) and combine with the mixture. Give it a really good mix, if its too liquid, add some more oats, if its too claggy add some more Sweet Almond Oil.
Apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 20-30 minutes if you have the time. The yoghurt base will sink into your skin during this time. and the Essential Oils will penetrate into the deeper skin layers. When it is time to wash off, splash luke warm water on this face and really massage the mask in – it will then act as a scrub, with the oats and camomile lifting off all the dry skin and cleansing the pores.
What are all those ingredients doing?
Porridge Oats/Oatmeal – Removes dead skin, dirt and oil from the pores. Oatmeal contains Polysaccharides that leave a protective film on the skin, preventing dryness and also contains lubricating fats that plumb the appearance of the upper layer of skin.
Natural Yoghurt – Zinc and Lactic Acid help to smooth the skin, tighten pores and reduce fine lines. Natural Yoghurt also contains natural acne destroying bacteria. Used over time Yoghurt will have a mild bleaching effect on the skin, reducing age spots and evening skin tone.
Camomile Flowers – A natural anti-septic, Camomile will help to balance both dry and oily skins and is wonderful for combating acne and monthly breakouts.
Sweet Almond Oil – A natural emollient, sweet almond oil will soften and smooth the skin, rejuvenating skin tone and improving the complexion. Sweet Almond Oil is an excellent carrier oil when using Essential Oils, and is also great for massaging.
Cypress Oil – An astringent that will tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Cedarwood – Anti-Inflammatory and helps to regulate the production of sebum, so is excellent for acne or spots. Cedarwood will also tighten and tone the skin. Only ever use a very small amount when using direct on skin.
Lavender – Good for many skin conditions, but primarily will regulate the over excretion of sebum seen in oily and combination skins, and is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Rosemary – More often used for the hair, Rosemary has many benefits for the skin including the treatment of Eczema. Rosemary is anti-Microbial and anti-Inflammatory, and will reduce dryness as well as giving the skin a healthy glow.
The above will keep in the fridge,covered for around a week. I find it works best on day 2-3 when all the oils have really blended and it smells wonderful.