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Yogurt, Honey & Oat Face Mask

 An Easy Trick for a Bright and Even Skin Tone


 

I think we can all agree that diy at-home beauty tricks are the best. I love learning new ways to keep my skin soft and clear without having to spend a fortune on skincare products! I started using this mask routinely about 6 years ago to help combat dark/acne spots and excessive oil.  This mask is gentle and works well for sensitive skin. Always leaves my skin feeling soft, clear and refreshed! I recommend using this mask 1-2 times weekly.

What You Need…

  • plain yogurt (Greek yogurt works well too and gives you a thicker consistency)
  • Oats
  • Honey

{TIP} Use while in the shower. The steam will help to open up your pores. This mask can also get pretty messy!

 

Yogurt, Honey & Oat Face Mask

 

To get started…

  1. pour about a third cup of oats into a bowl
  2. using a spoon, crush the oats down until you have very small pieces
  3. add third cup of yogurt
  4. mix well
  5. add 1 tablespoon honey
  6. fold honey into mixture until it looks well blended
  7. apply generously to face and neck (I use my daily face wash before applying)
  8. leave 10-15 minutes
  9. wash with warm water
  10. pat dry
  11. apply moisturizer

*any leftovers can be refrigerated (or eaten), just be sure to use within a couple of days!
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Yogurt, Honey & Oat Face Mask

Rock Your Skin Care Routine

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Rock Your Skin Care Routine! I am a 30 something now and skincare is getting more and more important as the years go by. First rule! Start a great skin care routine early, especially sunscreen and moisturizers! It will pay off later ladies. I started doing masks, exfoliators, and more aggressive anti aging products in my mid 20’s. You will notice that I use a lot of Olay products and I have been since my 20’s.  Olay is gentle and great for sensitive skin and trust me my skin knows sensitivity. I was not born with natural beautiful skin. I have flaws and have to put some work into this beauty regime. People tell me I have beautiful skin all the time and I laugh to myself… they are probably just being nice.

Let us talk about some pointers and how to rock your skin care routine!

 

 

The daily routine is pretty basic and simple. Find a gentle cleanser that works for you. Even at my age, I get pesky little breakouts so I do use an acne treated cleanser in the morning. If acne isn’t an issue for you (I secretly hate you just a little) then go with something simple and gentle. Cetaphil is great. Cetaphil is what I frequently use before bed. So acne treated cleanser in the morning (Acne Free is what I use at the moment) and Cetaphil at night. If you don’t worry about breakouts, Cetaphil once in the morning and once at night.

In the morning, after the cleanser, use a toner (I use the Acne Free) followed by a good moisturizer with SPF. Moisturizer is everything! Find one that works for you! I have been using Olay with SPF in it for many, many years. Probably since high school and my skin responds really well to it.

At night, remove ALL your make up. Clinique has a great make up remover (Clinique Remove The Day) which is what I typically use but am out of at the moment so I have been using these wipes shown above. Need to get to the mall or order from Amazon. Love Amazon Prime. That isn’t even an affiliate link plug either. < getting off topic Amber!> Cleanse your face. Immediately after cleansing, apply a retinol eye cream and a night moisturizer. If I do not use my Olay Total Effects Night Pore Perfector, I wake up looking 10 years older. I wish I was kidding. I flip flop with the eye creams. I have used everything there is but always come back to Olay Ultimate Eye Cream because it is affordable, convenient and gets the job done.

 

 

Weekly skin care routine should include some face masks. I use a charcoal mask once a week. Right now I am using the Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask which is nice because it has the charcoal and the exfoliator rolled into one. Once or twice a week, I use St. Ives Even and Bright exfoliator.

Once a week, you should also be exfoliating your entire body! Head to toe. What I have found that works best is actually making it homemade. Follow link HERE to find out more on how to make a homemade scrub.  Also, try to use my pumice once week on my heels. My mani/pedi lady thanks me.

What the heck does charcoal do? Charcoal draws out impurities in the skin, cleansing those pores. Helpful for acne prone skin.

Why all the exfoliating?  For instant smooth skin by getting rid of the dead skin cells on the surface. As we age, the exfoliation process slows. Oh goodie! So exfoliation becomes more important as we get older so the dry, dead skin cells aren’t building up.

Once a week, we also need to be changing our sheets. Wash all your bedding! This is very important. Sweat, dead skin cells, body oil and who knows what other gross things are making a home in your sheets. Obviously, laying in your sweat every night isn’t good for your skin. Plus, nothing helps you sleep better at night than laying in freshly cleaned sheets. I use the lavender scent detergent, recommended.

 

 

How can we rock our skin care routine just once a month? Clean your make up brushes. I use Elf brush cleaner. It’s affordable (like a couple bucks) and works well. You also want to get a professional facial that is designed for your skin. It is best to speak with your esthetician or skin care specialist to figure out what facial is best for you!

Once a month, get your eyebrows threaded. Notice I am using the words threaded, not waxed. Waxing can be rough on the skin and cause inflammation. Anyone else have bright red eye lids after getting waxed for like 5 hours? I can’t be the only with sensitive skin. Go with the threading to ensure you aren’t damaging your skin.

 

skincare routine

 

Daily habits may be the most important part of rocking your skin care routine. Drink a ton of water! The more water you can drink, the better. We are made up of mostly water and need it for digestion, absorption of nutrients,  circulation and so on. We could talk about it all day. The point is, drink water!

The most important Vitamin for your skin is probably Vitamin D. The best way to get Vitamin D is from sunlight! So wait. Wear a SPF and go in the sun? The answer is yes. I am not telling you to go lay by the pool for 10 hours today or plop yourself in a tanning bed. No, just 10 minutes a day outdoors is all it takes which would cover walking the dog around the block.

How else can you rock your skin care routine all the time? Lip balm ( Burt’s Bee is my fave), getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding hot showers that dry you out. Moisturize your entire body when getting out of the shower.  Kiehl’s lotions are amazing! A little on the spendy side but worth it.

Mama’s, I hear you complaining about that sleep part but do your best!

 

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What are your favorite products to help you rock your skin care routine? Any amazing mask recommendations?

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub, skin care

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub made at home. Skin care at home can both be inexpensive and effective. I love this oatmeal honey body scrub for its exfoliation power and simplicity. No dyes, no offensive scent, wont break the bank and takes 5 minutes to make. Winning!

My short article on How to Rock Your Skin Care Routine recommends exfoliating your entire body once a week. This helps remove dead skin cell build and leaves your skin silky smooth. This particular formula is perfect for winter time dry skin. Winter just kills me. My skin hates every minute of winter. It truly does.

Here are some reasons why you should be mixing up some oatmeal Honey Body Scrub today:

  • Honey in the formula aids in soothing, moisturizing and has antioxidants. Antioxidants help slow down the aging process. We can all use a little of that.
  • Oatmeal has numerous skin benefits including aiding in the healing of Psoriasis and Eczema. oatmeal moisturizes, scrubs and has saponin properties which cleanse.
  • Sugar helps exfoliate and scrub away those dead skin cells leaving you with glowing skin.
  • The most important ingredient is probably the olive oil. Olive oil is literally gold for all its potential uses from the kitchen to your hair, cuticles and skin. Olive oil helps calm skin irritation, moisturizes and is packed with antioxidants to help fight the aging process. Olive oil should be included in everyone’s beauty routine! It is ahhh-maz-ing!

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Let’s make a batch of Oatmeal Honey body Scrub now!

  1. Gather your ingredients (oats, honey, brown sugar, granulated sugar, olive oil), measuring cup, spatula, large bowl for mixing, food processor or blender, and a sealable container. If you have kids around, a plastic container may be best.
  2. Put 1/2 cup oats into food processor and blend for 1 minute. Add to your mixing bowl.
  3. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar into bowl.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons honey to bowl.
  5. Now add 1/4 cup olive oil and mix all ingredients together with the spatula.
  6. Look at your mixture, if too dry you will want to add more olive oil. Maybe 1/4 cup more or until it is at the consistency you like it. I prefer mine a little dry so it is easier to handle in the shower.
  7. Put scrub into sealable container. Use once a week for glowing, beautiful skin.

 

Oatmeal Honey Body Scrub

 

Do you ever make body scrubs at home? What are your favorite mixtures or ingredients?

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