Honey & Oat Face Mask/Scrub

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Recently I’ve started a little “girlie” weekly ritual with my eldest daughter. She’s nearing her teenage years and has started getting interested in taking care of her skin and hair which makes this not only a great mom and daughter one-on-one moment but also a time to pass on a little skin care education! I’m glad that I started to take the time to do this with her as it also allows me the opportunity to be able to take care of myself.

This face mask/scrub recipe is so easy to make and with only a couple of ingredients which are usually always in my pantry – making this my weekly go-to recipe.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons  raw oats

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon rose petals (optional)

5 drops Geranium Essential Oil

Instructions:

(Option 1.)First you need to grind your oats and rose petals down to a fine powder. I usually always have a jar of ground oats for baking that I’ve blitzed in my food processor ahead of time ready to use when needed. To save time for your next facial you can also grind both of them together like I do in your food processor or even your coffee grinder and keep them in a sealed jar for future use.(Option 2.) Put the oats, petals, and honey into your pestle and mortar and grind away each time making a fresh batch.

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Next mix in your honey and essential oil. You should end up with a thickish paste. If it’s too think add more honey or a drop or 2 of warm water.

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Apply your mixture evenly to your face and leave for about 15 minutes. You can either wash it off with a warm wet cloth or gently rub your face with your hands before rinsing for a delicate face exfoliation. Dry your face and apply a moisturizer.

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There are times when I like to get all fancy with my concoctions either in the kitchen or with my handmade skin care recipe’s. Somehow having to hunt around for exotic sounding ingredients makes my project just that little bit more fun and amusing. I have to be in the mood for a hunt or with a latest obsession for trying out a very specific ingredient or else I’ll never get around to my project altogether.

To make sure that I do get around to doing my project most of the time I like to keep it real simple and easy and to use ingredients that I have right in my kitchen. Sometimes we over fancify things, thinking we’re making a superior product or dish to a recipe that maybe only has only 3 ingredients. The truth is that often the body can only absorb a few things internally and externally at a time so we’re basically wasting ingredients, time and effort.

For This Face Mask I Chose To Use:

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Properties of Honey:

Raw honey has anti-microbial properties that protect the skin and promote healing. Its antioxidant properties are known to help slow down the aging process.  It is antibacterial, anti fungal, and works to protect and moisturize. Honey is a humectant — a substance that draws moisture in.

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Properties of Oats:

Oats (avena sativa) have been used in skin care for centuries to treat eczema, insect bites, and skin infections. This is due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-itch, and anti-oxidant properties.  Oats contain beta-glucan – a natural compound that helps to reduce redness and skin sensitive reactions. Beta-glucan also helps treat acne, heal minor cuts and burns.

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Properties of Rose Petals:

I chose to use dry rose petals in my face mask as I love the gorgeous subtle smell, but it also works well to exfoliate, tone, and smooth the skin. Rose petals can be hard to find so I marked it as optional. You can also replace it for lavender petals as that is a lot easier to find.

Properties of Geranium Essential Oil:

Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens) Suits all skin types. Balances not only mind and body, but also hormones, sebum (oil) production. Improves circulation, helps keep skin supple, enlivens pale skin. An astringent and anti-inflammatory.

 I hope you enjoy this quick and easy face mask/scrub. My skin always feels smooth and radiant each time! Gotta go, it’s facial time!

xxx Lara

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