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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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