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OATMEAL & HONEY FACE MASK

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Oatmeal and honey face masks seem to be the most traditional of skincare DIY’s. This is likely due to the ingredients being easily accessed in your kitchen pantry, and the sheer simplicity of mixing up a 3 ingredient concoction. I first had an oatmeal and honey face mask when I was about 10 years old. It was at a slumber party – where almost all beauty discoveries begin. While I didn’t need it for my skin then, I’m glad I learned how to make them for the future of my face.

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Oatmeal is so great for your skin. Not only is it a great exfoliant, but helps with acne and assists your skin in retaining moisture.

Honey is perhaps one of my very favorite natural beauty products. For anyone with irritated skin, this will work as an anti-inflammatory. It also aids in preventing skin aging, and is rich in anti-oxidants. Seriously, it’s up there with the coconut oil craze.

Lastly, milk! Now, I’m pretty convinced that raw milk is the way to go in skincare, but if it’s not available in your area I’m sure organic is just as good! Milk has been used as a facial cleanser for centuries. It has the ability to draw out unwanted oils, and still soothe the skin. Not to mention, it serves as the perfect binding agent for the mask.

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INGREDIENTS:

2-3 tbs of oats

1 large spoonful of honey

1-2 tsp of raw milk

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Grind the oats up in a blender until they become a coarse powder, then transfer to a separate bowl.

2. Mix the honey into the oats, and slowly add milk as needed. You’ll want the mixture to still be sticky enough to stay on the skin, but thin enough to easily spread across.

3. Test on the back of your hand until you find the right consistency.

4. This will make about two masks, so invite a girlfriend over to participate in the fun, or force your significant other to try it out.

 

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HOW TO USE:

1. Remove all makeup from your face and steam with a warm towel for about a minute. This will allow your pores to open up to soak up all the goodness from the mask.

2. Lightly pat dry, then spread the mask on with your fingers into as even of a layer as you can.

3. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes, gently exfoliating your face over the skink to catch the oatmeal as it rubs off.

4. Rinse with warm water and moisturize as normal.

IMG_5366.JPGI recommend using this mask about once or twice a week to start seeing results in skin irritation, moisture, and overall healthy skin!


breann bowman

DIY CHOCOLATE FACE MASK

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It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day has come and gone already! I remember as a kid it was one of my favorite holidays. It was such a blast having the last bit of the day reserved for giving treats and cards to classmates. As an adult, it’s really special to spend it with my husband, taking an evening to be a little more romantic than usual. One thing has never changed in my feelings for the holiday though, and that is my adoration of CHOCOLATE. Even now that it’s over, I could still veg out on the sofa with a box of See’s Chocolates and call it one of the best nights ever. While I can definitely afford to stop eating so many sweets, I got to thinking, “chocolate can’t be bad for my skin, right?

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I did a little research to make sure I wasn’t completely insane, and there are actually a lot of studies that show dark chocolate is great for your skin! It’s packed with anti-oxidants, and when combined with the anti-inflammatory agents in honey, and the soothing components of plain yogurt, we can whip up a yummy face mask with awesome benefits!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 tbs. dark cocoa powder (at least 70% cacao or more)
  • 1 tsp. raw or organic honey
  • 1. tbs. plain yogurt

MAKE THE MASK

Mix all ingredients together until it forms a thick paste. You can add more yogurt and honey if you feel like it’s still a bit too thick. Apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth that can be stained. Follow with your daily moisturizer.

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Your skin should feel nice and smooth, with a more even skin tone afterward. Plan on tying out this mask? Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram / Twitter with @laurenkelp and #LKbeauty so we can see your creations!


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