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Oatmeal Acne Mask

I am happy you enjoyed the post on S.M.A.R.T. goal setting.  I know that many people look at the start of the new year as a time to make some fresh changes, look towards what they want to accomplish, etc. There are many things I want to accomplish this year. One of those being a major organization and clean out of my house preparing for baby R.

I plan to use the SMART method when making a plan for any of my goals. It’s good to have something in place, and I am always happy to help give the blueprints to anyone that’s willing to listen.

Since we are all recovering from the holidays…I thought I would take my topic today in different direction than the norm.

These are my Confessions….

Usually, around the holidays, I indulge a bit, but nothing too significant. I am usually too busy baking, cleaning, or catching up with family to stop and eat. In fact, I remember last Christmas-time barely eating anything at all during our family gatherings…not because I was trying to not eat, but mainly because I was too busy. I went all of Christmas eve without having a bite…I had to force myself to sit and eat something. Holiday gorging was never an issue for me. Not this year.

This year, that point in my pregnancy where your appetite increases significantlythat I thought wouldn’t happen to me...happened in the past few weeks. I have been SO HUNGRY lately! It was also the very first time in my pregnancy that I “excused myself” for have an extra cookie (or 5), because “I was pregnant.” This is something I swore up and down I wouldn’t do, and up until this point I have been supermom with the health food…juicing several times a week, making very careful choices as to what I put in my body, and even passing up dessert on SEVERAL occasions (when Michael wanted it, and I didn’t even take one bite!), which is not like me…but I was thinking about the baby, and giving her the best nutrition possible. During the holidays, I must admit…I was”naughty.”

My juicer went away in the closet to make counter space for all the baking I was doing…I “tested out” all the treats that I was making, and my green veggie intake was extremely lax, almost non-existent.

 

 

I am not worried about it, and am totally not beating myself up at all over it. However, I am RARELY ever “THIS NAUGHTY,” –holidays or not. I can be “bad,” in a normal sense…but I totally treated myself almost daily this week, sometimes 2-3x a day, that is extreme and it’s not like me. I can blame the hormones, or all the stress I was under with everything that happened this past week, but I won’t. I was just being “human?”, a little “too human.” It’s okay though, it’s not a permanent issue. I really looked forward to starting a new week, and getting back into my routine. I didn’t see clients for the past 2 weeks either since 80% of them go away.  I had to cancel the few I did have between the snow, the funeral and Munchkins incident, so my routine was all out of whack. I even skipped more workouts than I would of liked to miss (I got in a few good ones…but again, snow, funeral, Munchkin, Holiday running around, and the excuse of “being pregnant” made it easy to “skip” my normal exercise routine).

I knew getting back on track this week would be easy for me. I am one of those people that starts to feel so disgusting that I can not WAIT to get a great workout, or make a fresh spinach and carrot juice. I need a detox from the holidays…and I need my routine.

One thing that suffered from my “over indulgence” was my skin. 100%. I can, again, blame the hormones…but I KNOW that if I was juicing and eating “mostly” clean like I normally do, I wouldn’t of had such a hard time clearing up the blemishes that popped up all over my face this week. Hormonal acne shows up around the mouth, the neck and the chin (according to my esthetician), and that is where I have been getting them. I know that if my diet is clean and nutritious (with OCCASIONAL treats), I can keep them under control. This week, my sugar binge (and more dairy than I like to consume, even though I omitted it in all my recipes) showed…all around my face.

Being pregnant, there is not much I can do as far as the heavy-duty acne fighting methods. I can not use any type of acid, or acne creams (which are not great for you anyway). I have been using Burts Bees skin care line and a Witch Hazel astringent. The other night, I was desperate. My chin and mouth were killing me and looking so gross…I was sick of popping pimples that kept “re-hatching” on my face (sorry if that’s T.M.I.). Nothing was drying them out, and my skin was looking super bleh. I was so over it.

I decided, it was time for a home spa night!

After much research, I decided to make a simple acne mask out of Oat Flour and Baking Soda…yup, you heard it right. Apparently that combo is great for drying up blemishes, and also great for the complexion….I was willing to try anything!

First, I combined 1 tsp Oat Flour (to make flour just grind up some oatmeal in a food processor until it’s a flour-like consistency), and 1 tsp baking soda in a bowl with a few dashes of coarse salt:

***Post Blog Note: This mask gets pretty tingly. If you have sensitive skin use the formula: 1 1/2 tsp Oatmeal + 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and salt**

Then add a little tiny bit of warm water (a teaspoon and a half about), a little at a time until you have a paste:

You want to wash your face really well with whatever cleanser you use, then steam your face with a hot wash cloth for a few minutes to open up your pores.

Spread the paste over your face and just hang out, relax, read a book, watch tv, catch up on blogs, etc.

(I’ll use my hand as an example since I looked pretty scary with the stuff on)

The mix will dry and harden like a clay mask. It felt a little tingly on me at first…but it was good all in all.

After it hardened, about 15 minutes later, I washed it off with a warm wash cloth and my skin was GLOWING! I am not kidding you! Also guess what…those pimples that wouldn’t go away…all dried up 🙂

Woot Woot!

Now, it’s back to juicing, lots of lemon water, and no more cookies (for now) 😉

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Do any of you feel your your routine became out of whack during the holidays?

Do you use any natural home remedy’s that you love?

Hope everyone is easily settling back into their week!

Have a great day 🙂

xxoo

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40 Comments

  • Reply Tina

    What an awesome recipe! I love a good homemade facemask! And yes, you are human, you cannot eat perfectly clean 100% of the time! Not only is that unrealistic, but it is also not fun! The great thing about being aware of what you put in your body, is that you will bounce back very quickly. Since your body is so use to clean ingredients, vegetable juices and healthy meals, your body will be able to get rid of excess sugars and toxins faster than someone who is consuming them more regularly. Like I always tell my clients, you are only one meal away from getting back into healthy habits! So don’t stress it! 🙂

    January 4, 2011 at 9:10 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Tina! Great tips you tell your clients!! I definitely don’t pretend to eat clean 100% of the time..you’re so right, not realistic, and anyone that says they do it either lying or completely rare (I assume the former). This week, though, I was popping cookies before breakfast, eating dessert almost every night,…and scooping the vegan dough in my fridge all day long as a snack. I am NEVER like that, but like you said…one meal away from being back on track and I totally am!

      January 4, 2011 at 9:24 am
  • Reply susan

    What a great idea for a face mask, love it! Really glad your readership has increased so much and I’m sure it will increase even more this year. Your blog is the best!

    I wouldn’t worry about eating lots of food when you’re pregnant. One of my sister put on about 50 pounds (a lot considering she is a tiny build) and the other sister put on 16 pounds. The one who put on 50 pounds lost the weight soo fast and so easily and the one who put on 16 pounds is still struggling to lose it. Eat what feels right for you and enjoy!

    I love use aromatherapy oils in the bath if I’m feeling tired or a bit under the weather. Love tea tree oil as an overall anti septic and anti viral booster.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:18 am
    • Reply laury

      Susan..you do love your tea tree oil 😉

      I have some in my medicine cabinet, I love dabbing it on before bed, it’s so calming!

      Thanks for the scoop on your sisters…my sister in law told me she lost 30 right away just from breast feeding. I am trying not to worry about it, but popping desserts all day long is totally not like me. My increased hunger came at a time I was on low stock of veggies, and high stock of cookies and treats! I feel like I am back on track now, but it wasn’t something I wanted to make a habit! I couldn’t believe myself, haha.

      T

      January 4, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Dani @ Body By Body

    Totally with you on the hormonal acne front! Not that I’m pregnant ha ha, but last year I went off the BC pill and my sweet, clear skin has never been the same.

    I’ve found an amazing treatment to be raw honey. Everynight for a week or so after washing your face apple a tbsp of pure, raw honey for 20 minutes and rinse off. The antibacterial, antiinflammatory properties in the raw help heal the skin and it’s 100% natural! Good luck!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    This sounds great! I’ve also experienced a few nasty breakouts lately and I have more than enough oatmeal in my house so I think an at-home spa night is in order for me too! Thanks for the recipe!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    I’m going to give that mask a try! Thanks!

    January 4, 2011 at 10:28 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Ug. I completely appreciate your honesty in this post! Sometimes I look at you as “superhuman” bc you just do everything SO perfectly. I’m glad to know that even you have your moments (even though you ARE preggo and I’m not)! I can completely relate to how you have been feeling! I am not pregnant and I do get like this every year. While I don’t go nuts (bc I try NOT to bake unless the stuff is leaving my kitchen asap), I do feel like ALL the holiday parties I go to get to me! I can say no to some things but not others and when I eat junk I usually try to compensate by eating less (including healthy foods). SO then I feel even MORE unhealthy!! I just feel like right now my body is out of whack!
    This week though I finally feel like I’m getting back to my usual routine: eating lots of produce, cooking for myself, and exercising regularly (not that I really gave that up but I was a little lack luster). I’ve also been cruel to myself and I’m trying to knock that habit quick!! Love myself and forgive myself! We ARE all human!! Take care Laury!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:27 am
    • Reply laury

      OMG–Erin, I am totally FAR FAR from perfect!! I think being imperfect, and accepting that has helped me be healthier…if that even makes sense 😉

      January 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    I know it seems weird to say, but I so know what you mean… I think I love routine (especially when it comes to diet and exercise) as much as I love the holidays (and maybe more!) Glad your stress week is over and that things seem to be back in order! I’m definitely looking forward to that too.

    I also love making home remedies (especially body care) that you know you could technically just eat off your face if you really wanted to, haha. I think I mentioned this one before, but my favourite is good ol’ aloe vera. It tightens and brightens your skin like nothing else!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:41 am
    • Reply laury

      I love aloe vera…I haven’t tried it on my face though, I will have to now!

      January 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply La.

    It totally stinks when you can NEVER feel full. It isn’t fair that you can’t have MORE calories! But what are you going to do? I really struggled with hunger while breastfeeding which is why I had the weight gain. But I really like your attitude! We are all human and we all make mistakes. I might have to try out your mask because I have the blemishes to prove it!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:43 am
  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    def feel like my routine is all out of whack during the holidays and i must say i’m happy to be back at work. our house just went back up for sale yesterday and we have a client coming by at 430 today?! glad i don’t have to leave my house because i’m at work until 5 🙂 it would be a pain to be on holiday or have off and get booted out of your house randomly because people want to view it! hope it sells soon so i can move!

    January 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover

    Thank sooo much for this tip, Laury!
    I often have troubles with my skin…
    I’m sure this will help!
    I just hate having to use acids… I mean, they can’t be good for you!
    I just hope not to scare my family while I’m with this mask… Haha.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    I had a hard time eating well during the first part of the holidays because I was staying at my father’s and they didn’t have a lot I could eat (didn’t plan anything for me). It doesn’t bother me that they didn’t cook for me but I wouldn’t have bothered cooking for myself :P. Unfortunately, they don’t have much healthy foods (no fruits – at all!!) But it was only 4 days so it is not the end of the world :P.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    My routine got completely off track…now I’m back on but I want the rest of Nick’s birthday cake out of my house! Then I caved again last night and ate a GF brownie….and couldn’t fall asleep. So, it’s time to clean house and get all the crap out… we all go through this.

    January 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    What a great post!! Your honesty about the holidays is so refreshing:) Thank you for sharing!!
    As for the facemask..I love making my own “spa” products at home. So much healthier and cheaper:)
    Thanks for the suggestion! When I was younger my mom would make masks out of oatmeal, eggwhite, and honey and holy did that work. Not only on the glow but tightening the face too.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    I’m glad you are not beating yourself up over anything!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Joslyn @ missfitbliss

    I love this recipe – it looks like a great one! I’ve never tried it before, but it seems to me that the simpler the recipe, the more effective. It’s so great to know I’ve inspired you in the natural skin care arena! It’s such an empowering feeling to indulge and take of yourself using everyday stuff you can find in your kitchen:)

    January 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      I love it!!! A year ago I would of never tried a home made mask, I let my esthetician do all the work for me. This is much cheaper, and all natural, and it’s great!

      January 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Lori

    Sounds like life happened. But good for you for taking time for… YOU! And I love the oatmeal mask! I have to try that one out. Sounds great. Especially if it makes your face glow… 😉

    January 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Awesome!! I’d love to give this a try!

    I’m the same way with over indulging, too..I can’t wait to get back on track! Eating healthy and exercising just makes me feel so, so much better.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I should totally try this face mask recipe out, sounds awesome!!

    And I remember getting that hungry when I was pregnant! I felt like nothing satisfied me at times!!

    January 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life

    My routine was completely out of whack and I am so happy the holidays are over for that reason. Even though this is my first week back at work since before Christmas, it feels so good to have some structure back! I love it!

    January 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    My routine definitely gets thrown all out of whack during the holidays! I usually try and really watch my sugar intake because it makes me feel so blah, but during the holidays there are treats around every corner! I am very glad to be back in my regular routine now!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    My routine always seems to get out of whack during the holidays. And lately I moved to a new city so routine is going to take awhile to come back 🙁 I love being in a routine so I am anxious to get things rolling again, haha

    I love finding good at home remedies. I love being able to create great things that I can do at home!

    January 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    Woot woot for the homemade stuff. And you know I love anything that doesn’t break the bank so thanks for sharing!! I can’t believe they dried up and how you glowed, thats so awesome. and whats up with pimples? I thought I was finished with this pimple crap when I was 22, ugh.

    My eating routine was offtrack but not by too much. I stepped on the scale yesterday showing the same weight as it was before I left to see my family for Xmas so at least I didn’t gain anything. Now to work on finding a gym to join…..trying not to join until the New Years rush has died down a little.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Alycia [Fit n Fresh]

    I am so on board with getting back to routine! I’ve been downing green smoothies and fruits every chance I get! Also I cannot WAIT to try this mask! Thanks for sharing this awesomeness 🙂

    January 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ life as kristina

    I can’t wait to make the mask!!!! So glad I found your blog!

    January 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm
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    I’ve only used the Lady Soma Antioxidant Berry Masque twice so far, but I’ve already seen results! I have very sensitive combination skin so the Lady Soma skincare products are perfect for me becuase they focus on leveling the Ph levels in your skin. I use the face masque at night before bed and the next morning most of my blemishes are already cleared up! Its definitely effective and smells good!

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  • Reply Shelley

    Condolences on your loss.I hope all goes well with your pet, recently lost our
    Labrador, LADY, and can well relate to your feelings. Your facial cleanser reminds me of something I read used by a character in a novel I read. Some 18 or 19 century story. Perhaps our ancestors really knew a lot more than
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      Thank you! Omg, how neat!

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