There are times when we just can’t make it to our favourite spa for a routine facial due to time constraints and the busy demands of everyday life. For an effective and quick alternative, try a homemade Yoghurt, Honey and Oats face mask, created by our team at The Spa at Bushmans Kloof. It only takes up 15 – 20 minutes of your time, is simple to prepare – and you will find all the ingredients you need in your own kitchen! This face mask is suitable for all skin types and should ideally be applied once a week for maximum benefits. Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
- 1 tbsp live, organic yoghurt (skip the flavoured stuff)
- A few drops of honey
- Add the yoghurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together.
- Warm a few drops of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, and then add a few drops of honey to the spoon.
- Stir the honey into the yoghurt and oatmeal mixture.
- Apply the mask to the face. Relax for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth.
- Apply moisturiser.
The benefits of these ingredients are as follows: Yoghurt has been used as a skin remedy since ancient times. In India, applying yoghurt to the skin is still valued as a great way to clear acne and pimples while in ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was famous for taking daily milk baths to keep her skin glowing and youthful. Yoghurt contains: • Lactic acid – gently exfoliates the skin. • Calcium – vital for good skin regeneration. • B-Vitamins – superb anti-oxidant for the skin. • Zinc – used to treat acne and problematic skin types. Benefits of yoghurt on the skin: • Lightens blemishes and moles • Tightens skin pores • Clears acne • Anti-ageing properties Some ingredients in honey may kill certain bacteria and fungi. It provides vital nutrients that speed up the healing process for damaged or wounded skin; in addition honey also serves as a barrier to moisture and keeps skin from sticking to dressings. Honey contains: • Calcium – good for skin regeneration. • Iron – aids the healing of scars. • Magnesium – helps to treat skin ulcers, blemishes and acne. Benefits of honey on the skin: • Hydrates, locking moisture into the skin • Anti bacterial and anti-ageing Oats make a great breakfast and are also an excellent product for a variety of skin conditions such as itchy, dry or flaky skin. Oats contain: • Omega 3 Fatty Acids – deeply nourish the skin and support the skin structure. • Iron – aids in healing scars. Benefits of oats on the skin: • Used as a remedy for acne • Calms dry and irritated skin • Fantastic for soothing sunburned skin