The Mixstress Workshop | Turmeric & Oat Face Mask

The Mixstress Workshop | Turmeric & Oat Face Mask

IMG_2108.JPGWith the exception of those super high-tech glycolic, hyaluronic or lactic acid laced face masks, there are other skincare items I’d personally rather splurge on simply because I believe that absolutely nothing beats a mask born from the ingredients sitting in our own fridges and kitchen cabinets. Skin a little lacklustre? Tomatoes are a powerhouse of natural antioxidants. Dry skin? Honey is rich in moisture-drawing humectant properties. But which ingredients do you turn to when your skin is confused as to what exactly is wrong with it? With the recent cold weather, and naturally the heater being on blast, my usually acne-prone skin has also become rather dry and irritated. Clay masks won’t do, nor will a mask promising to treat dry skin and that’s where three important ingredients come in – turmeric, oats and honey. Already impactful in their own right, used together they provide the skin with huge anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and moisturising benefits and act as somewhat of a bridge between the two struggles of dry skin and acne.

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Exact measurements have never been my thing and I always end up with more product than I need to, therefore it’s important to keep this mask in the fridge so it’s fresher for longer. Follow these instructions and you’ll have enough of this mask to last you a fortnight if you use it once a week, but living with others concerned about their skin or using the mask more frequently will of course cut its life short:

  • Mix two tablespoons of ground oats with one heaped tablespoon of turmeric – you can blend regular oats using a food processor or smoothie maker like the NutriBullet to get a texture similar to flour. The grounded oats not only make the mask easier to apply but creates a gritty texture, allowing it to double up as a gentle face scrub.
  • Gradually stir 1/4 of a cup of water into the container/bowl until there’s a fairly thick consistency.
  • Mix in roughly one tablespoon of honey – regular honey will do but if you can, use Manuka honey ideally with a UMF 12+ or higher. Anti-bacterial properties in the Manuka honey will be more effective at treating any acne or breakouts.
  • Before rushing off to use the mask make sure you’re not wearing any clothing you’d be upset about getting stained – turmeric is notorious for this! Wrap a towel around your shoulders and you’re good to go.