Is the Winter air playing havoc with anyone else's skin? Feeling crafty? Want a DIY face mask recipe?
Well you, my dear, have come to the right place. With a newborn and a two year old who sleep at different times*, and a two hourly feeding schedule I feel like I'm on house arrest. But thanks to the wonder of technology and the wonderful, wonderful interweb I scratched around and found out that a lot of stuff in my kitchen actually is fab-tastic for the skin.
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of oil (I used almond, you can use anything)
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of oats - chopped up nice and fine
*Optional* a little bit of water if it is too gunky and won't spread on your face.
I am prone to rosy cheeks and uneven skin colour and whilst the former can be absolutely darling on a child, I would prefer not to look like I'm teething. This mask really relaxed my skin and it felt smoother and looked more even afterwards. Maybe it's because honey has anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties, or maybe it's because cocoa is full of antioxidants that repair damaged skin. Or maybe it's just because anything that tastes as good as this face mask just makes skin happy. The longer you leave it on the better** just be gentle washing it off as it is quite gritty and you don't really want to irritate your skin after it has been relaxed it so nicely. I had to moisturise after washing it off but I am breastfeeding and my skin was really dry to start with so you probably won't.
*Yes I'm aware that having a two year old who sleeps at all is amazing.
** Hiding in the pantry wearing a face mask because you don't want to scare the baby or give the toddler any ideas about where to put her breakfast is pretty boring so maybe bring a magazine.