Self-care is always important, especially during these times of high stress and uncertainty — and what better way to do that than with an at-home DIY facial mask? We connected with skincare professional and owner of The FIX with MC, Maria Cristina Bruno, to find out her go-to DIY mask, using ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Get ready to relax, pamper yourself, and take some well-deserved self-care time.
DIY Oatmeal Glow Getter Mask
For a simple, at-home recipe that is safe for all ages and skin types, Bruno recommends the “Oatmeal Glow Getter” Mask. You can test this out on yourself, or your little ones, to recreate a spa day at home.
The best part about this recipe is that it can be created with three simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.
- ¼ cup cooked oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt – add in extra as needed (greek or regular yogurt can be used, but not flavored yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Mix all of the ingredients together. Wash your hands thoroughly and cleanse your face prior to application. Apply to a clean, dry face and let the mask work its magic. Leave the mixture on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
This mask offers various benefits to the skin. The oatmeal provides a soothing effect, while the lactic acid in yogurt gently exfoliates your skin. Additionally, the antioxidants, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties in honey will help fight acne by cleansing your pores free of oily dirt, while keeping your pores hydrated and tight for a clearer complexion.
Signs of stress can often show up on our skin, which can be alleviated with a consistent skincare routine. In addition to boosting your skin’s well-being, dedicating a certain time of the day to self-care rituals is important for promoting emotional and mental health.
“Right now self-care rituals are super important because they allow us to pause from all the noise that’s happening in our world and in our lives right now. When you’re experiencing all of this exterior stress and interior anxiety, pausing to do these self-care rituals can actually calm your nervous system,” says Bruno.
As a busy businesswoman and mom, Bruno tends to do her self-care rituals at night, after putting her daughter to bed, so she doesn’t have to worry about distractions, noise, or rushing to another task.
“In the morning our minds can be preoccupied with all of the things we have to do throughout the day, so I find right before bed is a relaxing way to end the day,” says Bruno.
We encourage you to take the time to practice your own self-care rituals, whatever they may be. Wishing you a great week ahead!