Pretty much every bridal checklist I’ve come across has indicated to me that I should be getting bi-weekly facials for (at least) the 6 months leading up to the wedding, as well as massages every second day and regular pedicures. OK, I might be exaggerating slightly, but only slightly. But seriously, who has the money for that? Let alone the time??
Anyway, being that spring always wreaks havoc on my skin, and that we got a surprise public holiday in Victoria yesterday (who knows for what – some football thing or other, ha ha), I decided to treat myself to a D.I.Y. facial.
I have troublesome skin. I have always had eczema, and my skin gets incredibly dry around my eyes and mouth, to the point that I have to use topical steroids most days. Around my nose, forehead and hairline, however, it gets quite oily, and I am prone to breakouts. But I can’t really use cleansers on my face, because it aggravates the eczema. #firstworldproblems right here.
SO anyway. I demand a lot from my facials, and particularly my face masks, because I want them to sooth, moisturise and cleanse, all at the same time. And as of yesterday, I think I have hit on the perfect recipe, using all things that I already had in my pantry!
This face mask is made from colloidal oatmeal (which is proven to sooth eczema and moisturise skin, and acts as an exfoliant), honey (which is great for breakouts because it is antibacterial, attracts moisture to the skin, and can actually help heal minor blemishes and scars), coconut oil (an excellent natural moisturiser and cleanser) and lavender oil (also excellent for drying up breakouts). I followed the mask up with an apple cider vinegar toner, which made my skin glow. ACV has heeaaaps of benefits, but the main reason it is used as a toner is to help reset the pH of the skin after cleansing.
D.I.Y. natural facial for dry/oily skin
- 1/4 cup of colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal ground into a fine powder)
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (make sure it is safe for skin)
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbs lukewarm water
- Combine the oatmeal, honey, coconut oil and lavender oil, and mix well. Heat for 10 seconds in the microwave if necessary.
- Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eyes.
- Sit around for 30 minutes or so, feeling like your skin is melting off your face, and also like you would like to eat your face mask, because it smells like breakfast.
- Using gentle, circular motions, rub the mask off your face (this is where the oatmeal has a chance to really exfoliate).
- Wipe your face with a moist towel to remove any remaining bits of the mask.
- Combine apple cider vinegar with water, and apply to face using a cotton pad.
- Allow apple cider vinegar toner to dry, and commence feeling fabulous!
Hey ladies, how do you like my breakfast face?? ;)
My skin felt incredible after this facial, and it still feels wonderfully soft and moist today. There was one kind of funny side effect though – although you can’t smell the AVC after it dries on your face, I went to the gym this morning, and I could definitely smell it as I started to sweat! Was it better or worse than the smell of sweat? I’m not sure on that one!
Ahhh, and now I am glowing :):):)