Last night I attempted a homemade honey and oats face mask. It was very messy and didn’t look particularly appealing, but it has many great properties that should help improve many skin types. I just mixed oats and honey in a bowl until it formed a paste and then applied it to my face (this was the most difficult part – it went everywhere!). I then left it on my skin for about 10 minutes – I probably should have left it on a little bit longer, so If I did this again I would.
Why did I use these ingredients?
Oats: I just used general porridge oats which are known to neutralise your skins pH. This therefore protects your skin from irritation, soreness and itchiness. It also helps lock in moisture to your skin, helping with issues with dry and flakey skin. I also found that the use of the oats added slight exfoliation as it is known to remove dead skin cells. But it is not too harsh – my skin personally is too sensitive for some of these vigorous exfoliating scrubs on the market. Oatmeal also contains saponins, these allow it to be a good facial cleanser. Saponins cause it to produce a foamy texture when added to water to give it a facial wash property. There are literally endless properties of why oats are good when applied to your skin (also good to eat!)
Honey: Honey has many similar properties to oats such as locking in moisture and preventing dryness. But the main reason I have used honey is for its anti-microbial properties as it can help in wound healing. Therefore it has known to be helpful in reducing acne scars.