I know I keep complaining about how dry my skin is, but y’all. I struggle and I finally made a DIY Oatmeal mask with honey that changed my life.
I’m still adjusting to the lack of high humidity up here in Michigan, which means my skin care and makeup game is slightly off…
…and my skin is acting up.
While I’m not dealing with full-on acne, I am finding that the small sub dermal bumps aren’t going away.
Thank goodness for that Instagram Filter, y’all. Because my skin needs some serious help.
I’ve been using all kinds of homemade masks, but this one is by far my favorite.
It has helped to get my breakouts under control without stripping the moisture out of my skin. Its weird-y face is breaking out because it’s dryer here than I’m used to, which means that I’ve been experimenting to see which skincare works best.
Too dry and I end up with peeling skin (YUCK), too dry, and I end up a greasy mess.
I’ve found that using oatmeal and honey gives my skin the right balance of moisture while helping to cleanse the skin of impurties.
Interestingly, oats contain something called saponin, which acts as a mild cleanser to help clear breakouts and remove dirt from the skin.
Oats are also commonly incorporated into skincare because of their ability to help your skin retain moisture.
Weird but true!
The oats can also act as a mild exfoliant if you have any dried pieces in your mask.
The honey adds additional moisture to your skin and has antioxidants which help to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
AND, Honey is naturally antibacterial, making it a good choice for skin that isn’t exactly happy.
Buttermilk contains lactic acid which helps to tone and brighten the skin, making it a great addition to your mask.
Because a mask goes on your face, and your nose is on your face, you’ll probably want to mask the smell of the buttermilk (at least I do), with some essential oils.
My favorites to use are lavender and lemongrass, but you can use any oils that make your sense of smell happy.
Or, if the smell of buttermilk doesn’t bother you, you can skip them altogether.
DIY Oatmeal Mask
- 1 ½ tablespoons hot water
- 2 tablespoons local honey
- ⅓ – ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- 3 drops lavender essential Oil
- 1 drop lemongrass essential Oil
Pour the hot water into a small bowl.
Add your essential oils to the water.
Add the honey to the bowl, and mix everything well with a whisk.
Pour in your old fashioned oats, start with 1/3 of a cup.
Add the buttermilk to the mixture, and stir everything well.
It should start to form a loose paste.
If the mixture is too watery (it’s not starting to stick together) add more oats a 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the mixture takes on an oatmeal-type consistency.
Allow your mask to sit for 2-3 minutes to cool down, then gently apply it to your face in a thin layer using either a mask brush or your fingers.
Allow the mask to sit and work for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry.
You can use this mask up to 3 times a week (more if your skin loves it). Also, learn these food hacks for healthy skin!
Have you ever made a DIY oatmeal mask before?