Lately I have been obsessed with researching and trying out recipes for homemade skin care products. You may have seen my post on Vanilla Olive Oil body scrub or Winter Moisturizing Avocado mask...yes I am obsessed. That being said, I'm not completely changing up my beauty regimen. You won't see me whipping up a homemade version of eye cream for example...that my friends is taking it too far and one must not mess with "the wrinkles". What I will try is this homemade Chamomile Oatmeal face mask. Simply take a small bowl of this mask into your next shower, apply liberally to the décolletage and steam away. Rinse off and enjoy the feeling of softer skin in no time!
Chamomile Oatmeal Mask
Recipe adapted from Cleansing Facial Gommage by Barbara Close
Strongly brewed chamomile tea (we will be using only 2 Tbs-¼ cup)
½ cup old fashioned oats (pulsed a few times in food processor)
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp white sugar (optional)
Brew a cup of chamomile tea. In a small bowl mix oats, baking soda and honey. Start out by adding only 2 Tbsp of tea to oat mixture and set aside 5 minutes. If mixture is too dry, add a small amount of tea at a time until desired consistency is reached...don't add too much! Add 2 Tbsp of white sugar (optional) and mix to combine. Mask will be chunky. Apply to washed, damp face and let sit 5 minutes. I suggest doing this in the shower as it can be quite messy. Rinse and apply moisturizer.
Chamomile- calming & anti-inflammatory
Oats- the "milk" from the oats contain salicylic acid, a gentle exfoliant
Baking soda- neutralizes skins acidity and softens skin
Honey- helps remove dead skin cells
Storage Notes: This mask should be used immediately after making and will not keep.