As spring blossoms and we slough away the residue of winter, whipping up a lovely homemade face mask always gives me a sense of rejuvenation and renewal. I enjoy making my own natural beauty recipes for a number of reasons – not only does it feel wonderfully empowering to start to say no to the factory-produced goop that populates the shop shelves; it also makes me more resourceful when it comes to fulfilling my everyday beauty needs from what is in the kitchen. There is a wealth of healing and nourishing potential everyday in the daily ingredients that line most people’s larders, and if we can bring ourselves to un-learn the belief that we need complex chemical concoctions to look and feel our best, we can tap into nature’s most powerful beauty aids and save valuable time and money while we are at it.
Here, rolled oats contain anti-inflammatory avenanthramides and provide soothing relief for sensitive post-winter areas, while antibacterial raw honey gently helps keep skin soft and breakouts at bay. A little yoghurt binds the two together and you can choose between dairy or coconut, both of which have their own benefits. Natural yoghurt adds topical probiotics which have been shown to potentially contribute to a reduction on redness, inflammation, acne and rosacea; meanwhile, vegan coyo (coconut yoghurt) harnesses the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial potential of the plant and its nourishing medium-chain fatty acids. You can use it as a mask or add a little scrubbing action at the end for gentle exfoliation.
This is incredibly quick to put together and makes enough for one face mask, and is quite literally good enough to eat. You want to use raw, firm, unprocessed honey for best results, and organic is always best whatever the ingredient – what we put on ourselves is just as important as what we put in. Don’t forget to lick the bowl.
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp yoghurt (natural or coconut)
With a pestle and mortar, grind your oats until they form a fine powder. Then add the yoghurt and honey and mix thoroughly until a smooth mask forms. You may need to add a little more yoghurt if it is on the thick side, or a little more oats if it feels too liquid. Feel your way to the best texture and apply to a clean, dry face. Leave on for five to ten minutes then rise away with warm water and a soft cloth. Moisturise with a little coconut oil or your regular face cream.
Xochi Balfour is a holistic wellness author and trainee naturopathic nutritionist. She is the founder of The Naturalista. This recipe is exclusive to SPA.Kitchen, but you can find more of her beauteous creations in her gorgeous book, The Naturalista. Read our review and find it here