Monday, January 7, 2013
# January Joy 7: Overhaul your skin care (and an oatmeal-honey face mask)
I am the girl who always professed her hate for face cream. I find the stuff oily and greasy and just don't like the feel of it over the skin. However, when I was wedding planning (of all times), I read over and over again that moisturizing is important and for once this stubborn girl decided to listen. My skin is oily and tends to break out, even now, when I am 32, so it is not a teenage thing, though for sure it has to do with hormones, as I systematically get a blemish or two one week before my period comes. Anyhow, I got myself an oil-free matifying face lotion for mixed skin, wore it everyday for the 4 months prior to the wedding and my skin was smoother, luminous, and just cleaner. This is not me who is saying this, people actually noticed and asked me what I had done. I do not want to sound like a commercial here, but listen to your mom, your grandma, your girly friends (I was always more interested in books than makeup) and do take care of yourself. You will see the difference.
Also, I read somewhere that caffeine interferes with your body's detoxification processes and makes your skin prone to inflammation. I gave it a try, stopped with coffee and black tea (herbal infusions are ok) and it was magic. I did not get spots for those 3 months. Then, after I started drinking coffee and black tea again, the blemishes came back, so I can truly say this works. Nowadays I only very seldom drink coffee, I really like it, so it is a luxury or a treat that I really enjoy very sporadically. A good latte or a Chai tea with a book can not be beaten, it's one of the biggest pleasures in my life.
Another thing that works miracles is a face mask. You don't have to spend tons of money either, probably you have everything you need in your counter already. Yes, you guessed it: oatmeal, honey and yoghurt. Just take 1 tablespoon of each, mix them together an let the goodness sink in your skin for a few minutes (10-15) before indulging in a warm shower. If you want your mask to feel smooth and silky, just put your oatmeal in a food processor (or coffee grinder) for a few seconds, until you get a thin-ish powder.
Like this post states, "an oatmeal face mask is more beneficial than a healthy breakfast':
- Oatmeal facial mask is the best face cleanser. It opens up the skin pores and flushes out dirt. This mask is suitable for all skin types. If you have dry skin, try this face mask to obtain smooth skin.
- It can be used to treat mild skin irritations. It also treats itching and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
-Half dried oatmeal can be used as a scrub to exfoliate skin.
-If it is used regularly, it helps in providing the best facial skin care. The above mentioned recipe helps your skin in many ways by making it wrinkle-free, pimple- free and completely healthy."
-I should also add that honey is known for its anti-bacterial properties, bonus, bonus.