Oats and banana face mask

From time to time I make family favourites buckwheat and oats cutlets for lunch. Today I had some leftovers oatmeal which made a base for a face mask.

Oats are great in soothing sensitive skin, especially with breakouts or inflammation. Rich in vitamins and minerals oats moisturise skin and make it feeling soft and smooth. It a cheap little wonder, same like bananas, the next ingredient we need. Packed with nutrients bananas hydrate and nourish skin.

We will also need some carrier oil and in this case I’m using hemp seed oil with its beautiful greenish colour and nutty scent. Its balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will bring relief to dry and stressed skin, especially in winter months. Greenish colour will work well for complexion prone to redness and hot flushes. Hemp seed oil has low comedogenic rate which means it won’t clog your pores.

Soak 3-4 tablespoons of oats with hot water. Wait until it cools down a bit. Add 4-5 slices of ripe banana and mash it all up. Gently pour 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil. Last, but not least add 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional). Be careful as oats can get a bit runny. When ready, apply to your cleansed face, neck and decolette. Leave it for about 10 min and rinse it off with lukewarm water. To finish off, massage your still wet skin with few drops of hemp seed oil. Voila! Thursday beauty DIY done.

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Oat face cleanser

This simple cleanser is based on oats, which have great soothing and nurturing properties. I used to soak oats in water and them simply use them as a mask on my face. Works really well for all inflammations, irritations even for acne.

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For this cleanser, soak oats for about an hour. You need an egg, almond oil and lavender essential oil. First, whisk an egg yolk, then add a drop of almond oil at a time – use about 3 spoons of almond oil. Add few drops of the lavender essential oil. Now, strain the oats and squeeze all the oat milk slowly into the egg mixture. Blend it all gently so it has a lotion consistency.

It is a great soothing wash for your skin, oats combined with almond oil enrich and moisturize the skin, the egg yolk nourishes it and lavender oil gives a lovely, subtle fragrance as well as it has calming properties.