Make a simple oatmeal mask for sensitive skin, and then use it to give yourself a much deserved, rejuvenating facial treatment today. You likely have the ingredients right in your kitchen already. No need to run to the store.
The following DIY recipe is perfect for those days when your skin has seen more sunshine than it should have, felt more wind than you would have liked, or been exposed to a bit too much dirt and grime.
It’s also a great beauty weapon to have in your arsenal for those evenings when you want to treat yourself to a little ‘at home spa’ time. And we all want that every now and again, right?!?!
I, personally, try to schedule a snippet of time to just love on myself at least once a week. It helps me to stay mindful of the fact that I am as worthy of my time and attention as all of the other things in my life that are pulling for it every day.
I hope that you are treating yourself just as nicely. This oatmeal mask is a great way to enhance the me time you already have, and if you aren’t taking that time … then use this simple recipe to kickstart a brand new weekly ritual.
Because … you deserve it, my friend!
Ingredients To Make This Facial Mask
When making handmade personal care products, it’s always a plus to be able to use ingredients that you already keep on hand in your kitchen.
This recipe is just like that for me. It calls for just 4 simple ingredients that I always have around, making it a no-brainer for me to walk into the kitchen at any time, and mix this delightfully restorative oatmeal mask together.
Here’s a bit of info on each of those ingredients and what they do for your skin …
- OAT FLOUR – Oat flour has been proven to soothe and improve dry, irritated skin, and it relieves the itchiness that is associated with inflammatory skin conditions. It has both humectant and hydrating properties that help to alleviate scaling and roughness. And it contains antioxidant polyphenols that aid in preventing free radical damage. Oat flour can be a terrific ally in removing dirt, impurities, dead skin cells, and oil from the skin.
- MILK – In order to receive maximum benefits of this ingredient you should use whole milk, as the healthy fats that it contains are very soothing. They help to soften the skin and deep cleanse pores. Milk contains lactic acid, which is known to break down dead skin cells. This increases the effectiveness of the skin’s natural exfoliating process, allowing skin to regenerate more rapidly. Furthermore, it is believed that milk can boost collagen levels. Which promotes elasticity, and encourages the fading of dark spots.
- BANANA – Bananas contain moisture, potassium, and vitamins E and C. These properties make them a great aid in the quest for soft, supple, glowing skin. They provide nutrients that help to fight off wrinkles, fade age spots, and reduce acne scars. Banana is also a great exfoliater. In the natural beauty world it is often referred to as nature’s botox.
- HONEY – Honey is a powerful humectant, making it a key ingredient for assisting the skin in retaining moisture. It contains antibacterial properties, and is often used to speed the natural healing process of the skins cells. This ingredient exfoliates the skin and reduces inflammation.
Why Should I Make My Own Face Mask?
It may seem easier to simply pick up a pre-made face mask in the store than to go to the trouble of making your own. But let’s get serious here … making your own is really no trouble at all.
It takes just minutes. And after you’ve made your own mask a few times you’ll probably quit measuring the ingredients, making this a small bowl and fork kind of affair. In other words, there will be even less effort required and less to clean up as well.
The trade off that you get for putting in such minimal effort is sort of a big deal. You will know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. And, if you’re trying to live as chemically-free as possible, that’s great for your peace of mind.
Commercially produced counterparts are not the best option …
There is a lot of controversy out there over whether or not big companies are intentionally poisoning the personal care products they sell to us. And this post is not the place that I’m going to go into that very weighty conversation.
It’s a topic that brings an array of different opinions to the table. And I’ll bet you don’t really want to get involved in all that either. After all, you’re just here trying to pick up a diy oatmeal mask recipe for your stress-free downtime.
BUT I will make just one point about companies who commercially produce personal care products (or really just about any product), and that is that they operate for profit. So, with or without the intent to harm, they will always do what is best for their bottom line.
Many of the ingredients they use are not necessary for the efficacy of their products. Instead, they are needed to stabilize, preserve, and/or improve the user experience of the product in some other way. And while there can be argument over whether or not these ingredients are harmful to consumers, there is often no denying that, at the very least, they do not provide any benefit to them.
Your skin is the largest organ of the human body. Love it. At all times. Be mindful of what you are exposing it to. Avoid unnecessary ingredients. It’s simply the sensible thing to do.
Is This Recipe Only For Sensitive Skin?
This recipe is ideal for sensitive skin, as the ingredients are hand chosen with that condition in mind. It is a very soothing formula.
However, the truth is, the ingredients in this recipe are suitable for all skin types. So it is a great all-purpose recipe to have on hand for everyone.
Side note: This makes it perfect for a girls night in. So, invite a few friends over and indulge in a relaxing night of handmade beauty treatments. This oatmeal mask just may be the star of the evening!
How To Use An Oatmeal Mask
Using an oatmeal mask is pretty elementary stuff. And that’s perfect for someone like myself. I am a do it and be done kind of girl when it comes to personal care.
Once you’ve prepared the mask itself, all you have to do is slather it on your face, allow it to sit for a bit, and then rinse well and pat dry.
Avoid getting the mask too close to your eyes, your nostrils, and your mouth. And do your best to avoid your hairline as well.
Don’t hesitate to extend your oatmeal mask application underneath your chin and down the front of your neck though. Your skin will be grateful for the extra care. Promise.
When To Use An Oatmeal Mask
If you have the time, you should try to make a simple facial routine like this oatmeal mask a weekly ritual. I confess that I rarely meet that mark.
I definitely get it done once or twice a month. But once a week is something that I only pull off when I’m really on my game.
Everyone is different though. My eldest sister would have worked this into her weekly schedule without a hitch. She always took the time she needed to take care of her appearance. It was a non-negotiable for her.
So, if you’re able to get it done. Then once a week is great, twice a week is ideal.
It is also nice to have this oatmeal mask recipe at the ready for those times when your skin has been exposed to harsh conditions.
If you’ve seen a bit too much sun, spent a little too much time in the wind, or even managed to get dirtier than usual in the garden … treat yourself to a nice relaxing night of self-care and be sure to include an oatmeal mask.
Can I Make My Oatmeal Mask Ahead Of Time?
I’ve honestly never tried to make this mask ahead of time. It is so simple to put together that I haven’t seen the need.
I wouldn’t think it could be made ahead without adding a natural preservative, because of how quickly bananas begin to oxidize when they are exposed to air. And that just seems like a bother to me.
I have been interrupted from using this mask immediately after making it, causing me to leave it sitting on the counter for a few hours before I could get back to it. This wasn’t really a big deal, I just got back to it as soon as I could.
I wouldn’t try making it further ahead on purpose. It really is a make and use kind of product.
I hope you love this oatmeal mask as much as I do. And if you want to take your ‘at home spa’ treatments to another level … make yourself a batch of diy bath bombs, using this recipe from my blog, and treat the rest of your skin to a little self-lovin’ as well.
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Make a simple oatmeal mask for sensitive skin, using ingredients from your own kitchen, and treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial today.
- 1 tbls oat flour
- 1 tbls banana, mashed
- 1 tbls whole milk
- 1 tsp honey
- small bowl
- water (to rinse face)
- Mix all ingredients together well with a fork in a small bowl.
- Gently apply to facial area.
- Avoid eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hairline.
- Extend application down over chin, neck, and uppermost chest area with excess material.
- Allow to sit for about 15 minutes to dry.
- Rinse thoroughly from face.
- Pat dry with a towel.