Winter, pregnancy hormones, and just plain ole mommy-hood has definitely played a number on my skin. I remember in pre-kid days how careful I was to wash my face every night and to brush my teeth nearly three times a day. Sadly, I now forget to wash my face most nights and I usually have to hunt down my toothbrush because little hands mistook it for their own. And I am not one that has been blessed with a flawless complexion that can withstand this sort of abuse. I was informed when I was a teenager that my skin would change for the better once I reached my twenties. I've been waiting for such a transformation....seven years later...still waiting.
I've decided my skin could use a little much needed intervention. Some natural, no money out of the pocket, find it in my kitchen-- kind of intervention. And there's really no better remedy than the facial mask my mom used to make me. It's a moisturizer, toner, and anti-bacterial all-in-one.
What you'll need to make this facial mask:
1 T. honey
1 handful rolled oats
Mix ingredients together, smear it on your face and let it dry for almost ten minutes. It will start to feel tight and uncomfortable, but once you rinse it off with warm water, your face will feel noticeably softer and smoother. You can even add this concoction with a drop of lavender oil to your bath water for a moisturizing bath soak.
What does what (because I'm curious and always want to know these things):
Honey contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It also helps restore the natural moisture balance of your skin without leaving it oily.
Eggs are full of protein and rich in vitamins and minerals that exfoliate, cleanse and tone skin.
Oatmeal is a deep pore cleanser, excellent moisturizer and even heals skin irritations.
I really haven't pampered myself like this in a long time. And, yes, this is definitely what I consider "pampering"! I can't quite reach my toes, so giving myself a pedicure is out of the question, but I can relax, sip a cup of hot raspberry tea, and even take another capsule of black cohosh, evening primrose oil, and castor oil. Ok, so maybe I don't have that last one on hand, but you get the picture : )