Hedges’ earliest recollection of making a DIY oatmeal face mask was actually courtesy of her mother, who vowed the blend to cleanse acne. “Oats are an essential skin care aid – for balancing PH levels, relieving irritation or soothing sensitive, itchy skin,” she says. “Oats also contain high levels of zinc, which helps get rid of blemishes and fights acne-causing bacteria.”
Esthetician and JustBe Skin Line founder Negin Niknejad is also a fan of oatmeal face mask recipes. Oats are actually such a gentle and versatile ingredient that they work on all skin types. “Oats are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and lipids,” she says. “[They’re] ideal “dish” for gentle skin care. Because oats are an emollient, they do not destroy our skin’s acid mantle – the natural film that acts as a barrier to protect our skin from bacteria and pollutants. ” She also loves its moisturizing properties and its ability to treat unpleasant conditions. such as rosacea and eczema naturally.
Odacité founder Valerie Granduri adds that oats are the focus of her company All Embracing Serum ($ 98) in part because they contain a mega dose of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is responsible for oats’ soothing redness and their ability to protect skin from environmental stressors ( read: almost everything is in the air these days, especially if you, like me, live in dirty Los Angeles).
Below, I’ve asked all three skincare professionals to share their favorite oatmeal face masks that soothe, cleanse, and improve the appearance of your skin.
The best recipes for oatmeal face masks
Most people combine oatmeal with honey and milk-based yogurt to make their own oat masks, Hedges said. “In my favorite face smoothie, I prefer replacing honey with date nut syrup and milk-based yogurt with coconut yogurt,” she says. “If you’re happy with ethical organic dairy products, try a tablespoon of ghee instead of yogurt.”
Her recipe is a gentle peeling, exfoliating mask that soothes the skin at the same time. “You need oats lightly boiled in hot water (or better yet, in coconut milk!), Dried and chilled,” she says. Hedges advises you to conserve water or coconut milk to throw in the water and take an oatmeal bath.
And if you’re too lazy to do it yourself, she sells a version called the Pank Pitaya Mask ($ 38), which contains colloidal oatmeal and dragon fruit.
Oatmeal Matcha Face Mask, Founder of LOLI Beauty, Tina Hedges
1 cup organic colloidal oats, pre-cooked in water or organic coconut milk, dried and chilled
2 tsp organic matcha, pomegranate or dragon fruit (pitaya)
1/2 teaspoon organic date syrup (if you can’t find it, use maple syrup or molasses)
1 tablespoon organic coconut yogurt
Grated Organic Turmeric Root (optional)
1. Add oats to a blender with matcha, pomegranate or dragon fruit powder (we use all of these superfoods in our masks at LOLI).
2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the date syrup and coconut yogurt.
3. If your skin is on the warpath, add some fresh grated turmeric.
4. Wait a few minutes for it to form a paste.
5. Apply the mask to clean, damp skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm or cold water and apply a moisturizer.
Nourishing and soothing oatmeal face mask by the founder of JustBe Skin Line Negin Niknejada
2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal (ground oats)
3 tablespoons hot water or hot milk
1 teaspoon rose water
1 teaspoon raw honey
1. Mix oatmeal powder and hot milk with water, and when it cools down, add rose water and honey. If it is too thick, add more hot water – the consistency should not be liquid and not too pasty.
2. Make sure the mask is cool enough and apply to face and neck. Wait until it is almost dry and then wash off with cool water using a soft cloth.
3. Apply moisturizer and smile!
Turmeric and oat face mask, Odacité founder Valerie Granduri
“I love combining the anti-inflammatory properties of oats and turmeric in this DIY mask,” says Granduri. “Turmeric is also rich in antioxidants and is a real boon if you suffer from breakouts.“
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. In a food processor, combine oatmeal and turmeric until you have a course powder.
2. Add oil in a bowl and mix well.
3. I add warm water to get a smooth consistency. The longer the water stays, the thicker it will be.
4. Using your finger or the back of a spoon, apply to the face (avoiding the eye area).
5. Wait five to ten minutes, then rinse.