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DIY Edible Face Masks

in Blog 25 Jul 2020

I constantly make my own oat milk at home because it’s environmentally friendly, healthy for my digestive system, easy to make, cheap and yummy. But there is one more reason.

After making oat milk, you will be left with some oat pulp.

Usually this pulp is thrown away, but I don’t like wasting any food that is still nutritious and has many ways of use.

In order to reduce waste, I always use it in my cereal, homemade cookies or crackers, and smoothies.

*To see how to make oat milk, click here

So today I want to show you how I use this oat pulp and share some recipes with you!

But what recipes???

It’s not food recipes.
They’re recipes for skincare products that are actually face masks!

Many people might know that oats have a lot of health benefits, but do you know oats are really good for your skin, too?

Oats contain high levels of antioxidants including avenanthramides which has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects to reduce skin irritation, soothing itchy and dry skin.

Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers to exfoliate the skin and remove dirt and excess oil from your skin that clog the pores.
Zinc is also found in oats, which reduces inflammation and kills bacteria causing acne.

For all of these reasons, oats are perfect ingredients for face masks.

To make things better, my oat pulp contains dates which are rich in antioxidants to protect your skin from free radical and UV rays, and delay the sign of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.

All the other ingredients for the masks are also food which means leftover masks in the bowl can be eaten and never be wasted!
You’ll be very surprised how delicious they are if you try them!

These edible masks are a great natural way for your skin avoiding potentially harmful chemicals that are in commercial skincare products.
What is more, DIY skincare products are a great way of reducing plastic packaging and waste!!

Now I’ll show you how to make the masks.
I’ve got three recipes that I think suit for your skin type.
If you don’t make oat milk at home, you can use rolled oats instead of oat pulp.

 
Purifying mask for acne-prone skin

INGREDIENTS
・1 tbsp oat pulp (or rolled oats)
・1 tbsp water (2 tbsp water for rolled oats)
・1 tbsp plain yogurt
・1 tsp turmeric powder

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small pot, cook oats with water. Allow to cool.

2. Add yogurt and turmeric powder and mix well to make a smooth paste.

3. Apply onto clean, dry face or to the affected areas. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

4. Rinse it off thoroughly with warm water.

5. Rinse your face one more time with cool water to close pores.
Pat dry with clean soft cloth.

BENEFITS

*Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial effects for acne prone skin. Also helps reduce scarring.

*Yogurt – rich in zinc and lactic acid. Zinc is excellent for whitening skin, reducing sun spots and scars. Lactic acid helps exfoliate your skin and tighten the pores.

 
NOTES
– Turmeric may stain your clothing. Make sure you use extra care when you mix and apply mask.

 
Anti-aging mask for all skin type

INGREDIENTS

・1 tbsp oat pulp (or oat flour)
・1 tbsp water
・1 tbsp plain yogurt
・1 tbsp raw honey
・1/2 mashed small size ripe banana

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small pot, cook oats with water. Allow to cool.

2. Add honey, yogurt and banana and mix well to make a smooth paste.

3. Apply onto clean, dry face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

4. Rinse it off thoroughly with warm water.

5. Rinse your face one more time with cool water to close pores.
Pat dry with clean soft cloth.

BENEFITS
*Raw honey – great humectant to hydrate skin and speeds up skin cell’s healing process. Also acts as a natural exfoliator helping remove dead, dry and dull skin, revealing new skin cells underneath.

*Bananas – called natural botox that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, encouraging collagen production and slowing down the aging process.
Loaded with potassium, B vitamins, vitamin A, C, E and amino acid, that keep your skin moist, soft and supple.

*Yogurt – see purifying mask recipe

 
Hydrating mask for dry skin

INGREDIENTS

・1 tbsp oat pulp (or oat flour)
・1 tbsp water
・1 tbsp mashed avocado
・1 tbsp raw honey

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small pot, cook oats with water. Allow to cool.

2. Add honey and avocado and mix well to make a smooth paste.

3. Apply onto clean, dry face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

4. Rinse it off thoroughly with warm water.

5. Rinse your face one more time with cool water to close pores.
Pat dry with clean soft cloth.

BENEFITS

*Avocado – rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and D which are excellent for moisturizing, nourishing and soothing your skin. Also contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from free radicals and heal dry, irritated and flaky skin.

*Raw honey – see Anti-aging mask recipe

 
Hope you enjoy my mask recipes on your skin!

 
CAUTIONS:

・ Do a patch test before using mask on your face. To do a patch test, apply small amount to your inner part of your elbow and leave it for 20 minutes to make sure the ingredients will not cause any irritations or a reaction.
・ Do not use the mask if any redness, swelling or itchiness develops on your skin.
・ If you have any severe skin problems, consult a dermatologist before using any skin care products.

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