I’m absolutely loving oatmeal as of late. It’s just so comforting and classic, and especially good for sensitive skin. While I wouldn’t exactly call my skin sensitive, sometimes I don’t want a face mask that’s quite as tight and drying as my mostly clay ones tend to be. So why not oatmeal, honey, and milk?
Oatmeal is, oddly enough, moisturizing. It contains lots of healthy fats that your skin just loves. Honey is hygroscopic, which means that while it isn’t technically moisturizing like oils are, it attracts water to it out of the air, helping your skin stay hydrated (and keeping the mask from getting quite so tight). And milk, thanks to all the vitamins and fats it contains, is also great for dry, damaged skin. Brilliant, eh?
So, this mask is about two thirds clay, and one third honey/milk/oatmeal, all blitzed together in a coffee grinder. I added essential oils of chamomile, helichrysum, and lavender to up the soothing factor.
The final mask smells mostly of oatmeal with a hint of milk, and is probably the best approximation of baby poo I’ve ever created. It’s not nearly as smooth as clay masks are thanks to the insoluble fibre in the oatmeal, so it’s got a grainy texture that makes for a nice bit of exfoliation when you scrub it off.
Gentle Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Face Mask
1½ tbsp zeolite clay
1 tbsp fuller’s earth clay (or 2½ tbsp of any clay you happen to have hanging around)
1 tsp dried honey, or 2 tsp liquid honey
1½ tbsp rolled oats
1 tsp dried milk powder
1/16th tsp vitamin C powder (optional)
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop helichrysum essential oil
3 drops South African chamomile essential oil
Blend everything together in a coffee grinder.
To use, mix with warm water—add it slowly to ensure you don’t overdo it, as it’s easy to go from too stiff to too runny in an instant. Once you’ve got a texture that’s like cake frosting, spread it on your face. Let it dry for 15–25 minutes before rinsing off.