DIY Simple Oat Face Wash, and A Happy New Year!!

I have been a little overwhelmed by the holiday season, and as a result, my poor, innocent blog has been neglected! The Christmas season runs for a few weeks, since I have an excessively large family, but I SHOULD be finished with the rounds by next week!

…like I said, REALLY big family!

In the mean time, as happens every holiday, my stress level is through the roof, and my face looks like a hot mess. I hope no one else suffers the Holiday Breakouts… but probably I’m not the only one.

I really hesitate to go all out trying to eradicate the zits and rashes and dry patches, especially when my skin is normally so well behaved. This oatmeal scrub does the trick for me, and is gentle enough not to exacerbate any skin conditions!

WHAT YOU NEED:
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/4 cup powdered milk

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A coffee grinder or food processor
A jar (for storage)

STEP ONE: put the oatmeal and powdered milk into your spice grinder, and grind it until you have a fairly uniform powder.

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That’s it. You made the base for the face wash!!! Easy, right? Pour it into your clean, dry jar, pop on the lid and label it.

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As long as you keep the face wash base in a dry place (not the bathroom!!!!!), it will keep six or more months.

TO USE:
-Take 1-2 tablespoons of your face wash base and put it in a bowl.

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– add 1+ tablespoons of warm water and mix to form a paste
**if you think the paste is too runny, let it alone for a few minutes. The oats and milk powder will thicken up!

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– splash your face with water and then apply the paste to your face, using your finger tips to gently massage your skin for a minute or two.

– rinse your face with warm water, pat dry, and follow with your favorite toner and/or moisturizer!!

This face wash is fine for daily use, and leaves your skin clean, soft and smooth.

TIP!! : if your skin is suffering the breakouts (like mine is), leave the face wash on your face for 10-15 minutes, like a mask, before rinsing it off. The mixture will help to get some of the ick out of your pores (yes, I said “the ick”), and also help to slear up any pimples a little faster!

So, there you have it! A simple, gentle face wash, which probably took you less than three minutes to make!!!

Let me know what you think of it! 🙂

Sore Throat Sippies, Natural Remedy

Yeah, I’m still sick. On the bright side, I’m getting better every day, just in time for final exams! Yay!! (Not really “Yay!”, I hate finals…)

Anyway, part of having this wonderful flu-bug is the sore throat. No matter how much water and orange juice I drank, my throat still felt like the Sahara during a heat wave.

Enter my Sore Throat Sippy! The recipe is super simple, and it makes a really lovely non-caffeinated tea even if you don’t have a sore throat!

What You Will Need:

1 Tbs. whole cloves

1 slice of lemon

Boiling water

Honey to taste

Put the cloves and lemon slice into a mug, top with boiling water and stir in the honey. Allow the blend to steep for three minutes, and enjoy!

The honey and the cloves both soothe and help to heal your throat, and the lemon gives you a little bit of vitamin C, which certainly won’t hurt you. 🙂

I hope you like the recipe! And I promise, once I’m all healthy again, and through finals, I will focus more on skin and beauty care, instead of plague-care!