If your skin is on the sensitive side, I think you’ll love this simple soothing oat and honey face mask. Made with just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, it comes together in a flash and leaves your skin feeling tight, clean, and refreshed. You’ll also get to spend twenty or so minutes looking like you’ve done a face plant in a pot of mashed potatoes, which is always sort of fun 🙂

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For the clay, I’ve chosen gentle, common kaolin. If you have another smooth, light clay you prefer (any of the French or Australian clays, or Fuller’s Earth), you can feel free to use that instead. I would recommend staying away from the heavier clays like Bentonite or Rhassoul, though—they’re too heavy and rough for this mask.

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To the clay I’ve added a bit of colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is basically just oat flour with the fibrous bits sifted out, making it water soluble. Oatmeal is a long-time favourite for soothing sensitive, problem skin, and brings its soothing, moisturizing goodness to this mask.

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The liquid is spiked with some raw honey. I used manuka, but anything raw will do. For liquid you can use water, witch hazel, or aloe vera juice (or a blend of any of them). I used witch hazel for its astringent qualities.

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Now all that’s left to do is whisk, blend, goop up your face, and let it dry. Voila!

Soothing Oat & Honey Face Mask

¼ tsp raw honey (I used manuka)
1 tsp water, witch hazel, or aloe vera juice (not gel!)

2 tsp kaolin clay
½ tsp colloidal oatmeal

Measure the water and raw honey into a small bowl and whisk them together.

Add the clay and colloidal oatmeal a teaspoon or so at a time, whisking to combine until you have a nice, smooth paste.

Spread that goopy paste over your face and let it dry for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off. Follow up with some argan oil and enjoy your newly smooth, warm, happy face 🙂

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