I think I have tried just about every skin product on the market, with less than satisfactory results. It doesn't help that I have the craziest skin on the planet! It's oily, and prone to breakouts, yet most products dry it out too much, especially at this time of year. I prefer to use all natural beauty products whenever possible, but those can be hard to find. After doing a little research, I whipped up this homemade facial mask. It contains white tea, honey, apple cider vinegar, oatmeal and tea tree oil. It is so refreshing, and it really tones down any redness in my skin. Let me first say that I am not a chemist, or an aesthetician! I just know what works for me. So, here is the breakdown, if you'd like to give it a try:
Mix 1 T. of brewed white tea (cooled to room temp!), 1 T. honey, 1 T. cider vinegar, and 1-2 drops of tea tree oil (available at most health food stores). Add oats and combine until thick and pasty. I add oatmeal because it is good for dry skin. Plain yogurt could be used in place of oatmeal, if desired. Spread on face and neck. Leave on for half an hour ~ read a book, take a bath, or drink a glass of wine. The mask will tighten as it dries. Rinse off with warm water. Any leftover product can be saved in a jar and stored in the fridge for a few days.
This mask is perfect for oily/acne prone skin! Apple cider vinegar is gentle on sensitive skin and contains AHA's, malic acid and amino acids, which help break up scar tissue. Honey stimulates cell renewal, and it contains antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil treats acne. The tea helps to reduce inflammation. Not to mention, this is the best tasting product I've ever put on my face!