Category Archives: DIY Beauty

Oatmeal Almond Body Scrub

Oatmeal Almond Body Scrub

It’s the first day of spring, but here on the prairies, winter seems to linger. And while winter drags on, it wreaks havoc on my sensitive skin. A moisturizing body scrub is the perfect remedy for winter dryness, but this is just one beauty product that I have a hard time splurging on. A good scrub is expensive, and when I have skin that’s prone to reacting to chemicals, it’s a daunting task to find something that’s in my budget, and isn’t going to to leave me itchy. And so this is how I ended up making my own – it only takes a few minutes to make, I can make small enough batches that there isn’t a lot of waste if something doesn’t work out, and I almost always have the basic ingredients in my pantry already. How easy is that?

Oatmeal Almond Body Scrub

This scrub is one of my personal favourites. My five year old daughter likes to call it “cookie scrub”, because it does smell a little like a fresh batch of oatmeal cookies. The oatmeal, almonds and sugar do a lovely job of gently exfoliating, and the honey and oil softens and moisturizes. I scrub myself down in a warm shower and rinse off without using soap, and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and rehydrated. Winter skin, be gone!

Oatmeal Almond Body Scrub

Oatmeal Almond Body Scrub

2/3 cup almonds {whole, slivers, slices, whatever you have}
2/3 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla

In a food processor or small grinder {like a coffee grinder}, grind almonds and oatmeal. Mix with remaining ingredients in a bowl. Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid, and use to moisturize and exfoliate in a warm shower.

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Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask

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I am not a particularly beauty-focused gal, but I do like to treat myself once in a while. One thing I do love is a good face mask, but I have a hard time finding commercial products that are a) good for my super-dry skin, b) don’t make my poor sensitive skin break out in rashes, and c) are cheap. Cheap is the deciding factor for me more often than not, so I’ve been working on some DIY stuff that I can make with ingredients I almost always have in my kitchen.

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Some research got me started on an avocado-based mask. I have really, really dry skin, and living in the prairies doesn’t help, especially in the winter. Keeping my face soft and supple in the winter is always a daunting task. This combination of avocado, honey, yogurt and oats is moisturizing and gently exfoliating, exactly what I need to fight back against winter dryness. I added some lavender essential oil at the end, to make it smell pretty, and for the antiseptic and calming benefits that lavender has. This is purely optional, it’s nice without the essential oil, too. The end result is a mask that left my skin soft without being greasy, and feeling perfectly moisturized.

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A note about this mask – I use uncooked oats, because I find the cooked ones make it too slimy and not exfoliating enough for my liking. I used my coffee grinder to grind the oatmeal coarsely. I didn’t grind them particularly fine, just a few pulses. It did leave the mask a bit chunky, but not so much so that it was impossible to apply. I used a makeup brush and my fingers {and a little patience!} to get a nice, thick layer. And I may have ended up looking a little like a swamp monster.

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Avocado Oatmeal Face Mask

1/2 avocado
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp yogurt
1/4 cup uncooked oats, ground coarsely
3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Mash together avocado, honey, and yogurt. Mix in oats. Stir in lavender essential oil, if desired.

Apply mixture to a clean, make-up free face {Tip: this is messy! Make sure you are leaning over your sink!}, and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then massage gently in a circular motion to exfoliate gently. Gently remove the mask with a warm, damp cloth, and follow with your favourite moisturizer.

This recipe makes a lot, easily enough for two people. If you’d like, cut the recipe in half if you’re just making it for yourself, or make a full recipe and use the extra for a moisturizing hair treatment. Massage into your scalp, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse. Follow with shampoo and conditioner as usual.

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