I love pampering myself at beauty salons with different kinds of facials. It is so relaxing and therapeutic to me. But with salon prices sky rocketing, I don’t feel like shelling out big bucks these days for a simple routine that I could probably do it myself. If you notice, all they do in the beauty salons is cleanse, tone, moisturize and apply a face pack. And if you add an additional service like exfoliating they will charge you more! Thanks, but no thanks! My Boutique’s Papaya scrub gives me awesome results every time I use it. I also like a lot of commercial face packs like Boutiques fruit pack, Shahnaz Husain’s Gold pack (I should do a review on this soon!). But I also love mixing and experimenting with kitchen items to create my own face packs. I feel like a magician mixing my own concoctions ;-) But believe me this face pack is kind of a magic potion to me. Try it for yourself and let me know if it worked for you.
This is by far my favorite face pack that I have made at home. It gives me immediate results. My skin always feels baby soft and looks radiant the day I use this. Isn’t that enough reason for you guys to try this one out?
The main ingredients in this face pack are:
1) Oats (Avena Sativa) is seen in a lot of skin care products owing to their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. They also help heal dry, itchy skin by retaining moisture.
One of my all time favorite moisturizer is Aveeno’s and most of their products have oats as their main ingredient. Nothing has ever worked so well on my dry skin as good as Aveeno has worked.
2) Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E and they help soften and nourish the skin.
3) Honey as we all know is known for their anti-microbial properties, helps treat minor irritations and sunburns. It also helps retain the skin’s moisture. Honey can also be used as a spot treatment to treat blemishes and burn marks. This is tried and tested and has worked wonders on my many “heat burns due to cooking”.
4) Yogurt has natural bleaching properties and also softens skin.
With all these awesome ingredients, you are sure to notice how smooth and radiant your face feels after using this pack.
Ingredients for the face pack:
- Oats – 2 Tbsp (Quick cooking/Rolled, anything works)
- Almonds – 5
- Honey – 1 Tsp
- Milk or yogurt – As required to dilute the face pack.
Take the dry almonds and pulse it in a blender a couple of times. You should get an almond meal which looks like the consistency of wet sand. Add the oats to the almond meal and pulse it again. You should get a nice powder consistency. That’s it! Take the meal out and add yogurt, honey and apply to your face. Easy peasy, right? I usually exfoliate my face using a face scrub before applying the face pack for better results. Leave the pack for about 15 minutes or until the pack feels dry completely. Resist the urge to go and scare your hubby with your pack on .The pack also smells super yummy!!
After the pack is dry, I usually wet my face with water and slowly start rubbing in circular motions to remove the pack. This seems to exfoliate and massage my skin really well and makes the skin super soft.
If you feel adventurous throw in a mashed papaya or strawberry and you’ve got yourself a fruit pack (Don’t be tempted to eat this :P)
Usually I triple the almond and oatmeal meal batch and store in the refrigerator. So, you can have a homemade face pack in a jiffy. On days that I am going out or know that I’ll be photographed, I do this routine and I can see a noticeable difference. Whenever I feel tired and my skin feels lifeless, this pack serves as a nice pick-me-up!!
Disclaimer: I have combination skin leaning towards dry, so this pack is extremely moisturizing for me. Depending on your skin type you may have different results.
For people with Oily skin, I suggest you leave out yogurt and honey and instead add couple teaspoons of Fuller’s earth (Multani mitti) and couple drops lime juice to the oat and almond meal. Lime juice is acidic and hence gives you a subtle bleached effect and the fuller’s earth tightens pores and combats oiliness. Another awesome ingredient for oily skin is dried orange peel powder. My mom used to save orange peel in batches and sun dry them. She’ll then get it powdered when there is a sufficient quantity. In the summer months when your face is at the oiliest, you can mix this and multani mitti and couple of drops of rose water and apply it on your face and neck. This really removes excess oiliness and your face will feel clean and refreshed!!
I hope you try these face packs and have fun . :)Let me know if it worked!!
Jane, I make a similar pack with oats myself and it works wonderfully on my skin. :)- Rati