If you've read our blog on why oats deserve a super-hero accolade, here is the recipe for the soothing and moisturising facemask. If not and you'd like to read the rest about how oats are undervalued as a food, medicine and a beauty product, find the blog here.
Skin can dry out in the winter as a result of central heating and harsh cold winds. Oats (a top go-to skin healer by herbalists) contain gloopy, anti-inflammatory compounds that help to soothe, cool, moisturise and also act as a barrier to prevent further moisture loss. Try this gorgeous, simple, three-ingredient facemask using cupboard essentials to quench the thirst of your parched winter skin.
- 1 tablespoon Oatmeal (blast in a processor to make it fine if you can)
- 1tsp honey
- 1 heaped teaspoon of soothing dried herbs (try rose, chamomile, lavender or calendula)
- 250mls of boiling water
Make an infusion with your chosen herb by placing the herb in a cup and covering with 250mls boiling water. Cover the cup and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Afterwards, strain the herb away and retain the left over infusion.
Place 1tbsp of oatmeal (for best results, and ease of application, use regular oatmeal ground fine in a processor) in a bowl. Mix in 1 tbsp of the warm infusion. Mix and cover, allow to steep for a couple of minutes. Uncover the oats and stir in 1 teaspoon of honey (or leave out for a vegan facemask).
Once at a cool enough temperature, smooth the oat mixture over your face and neck area and leave for 5-10 minutes.
Take a cloth dampened in the rest of the cooled herbal infusion and re-moisten the mask all-over and then gently wipe away. Wash your face again with water if required. Pat your face dry and add a natural moisturiser to your skin.
You should now have re-hydrated, plump and glowing skin!