Hello again lovelies!
I am sitting at home on a chilly Autumn night in my flannel pyjamas with a bowl of pasta and a glass of red wine. I am feeling homely and cosy, which in turn provoked thoughts about lazy Sundays and hot cups of Milo and patchwork quilts and … home-baked beauty. I love a pampering face mask and have many store-bought versions, but there is nothing quite like making one yourself, even if you very rarely do it. So welcome to my beauty book – its pages will eventually become filled with home-baked beauty recipes.
I will start with a face mask recipe I found a while ago in British Vogue. I have tweaked the recipe slightly (as all good cooks do) and I love it – the combination of ingredients really makes my skin glow so I highly recommend it. As with all homemade recipes you need to use pure ingredients – nothing with additives, flavour enhancers etc.
Vogue’s face mask with oat, turmeric and green tea powder.
Half cup oats (pure oats, no preservatives or additional flavours)
Half teaspoon ground turmeric powder
1 tablespoon green tea powder (if you cannot find any you can also use a teabag of pure green tea)
1 teaspoon of Flax oil
Dash of full cream milk, to moisten mixture as needed. Milk powder or pure yoghurt can also be used.
Grind the oats in a coffee grinder or blender. Pour into a small bowl and add turmeric and green tea. Blend ingredients evenly. Add Flax oil and milk. Note: more or less oil and milk may be needed so drizzle them in bit by bit – you do not want a wet, runny mixture or it will not stay on the skin. Make sure all ingredients are evenly blended by gently folding them together with a spoon. The texture should be thick enough to adhere to the skin, but not too thick – if it is too thick it will also be difficult to adhere to the skin.
Apply to a freshly cleansed, slightly damp face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and dream of being beautiful. After 20 minutes, remove all traces of mask with warm water and a soft wash cloth. The turmeric will not stain the skin – but don’t leave it on overnight!
After the mask has been removed, gently moisturise face with a light moisturiser.
Voila – instant, home baked-beauty.
I would love to hear from you and your home-baked beauty recipes so please share them. If you fill out the form below, with your name and state/postcode I will post them here and credit the cook – you can even include a photo of you and your creation if you so desire. xx