What happens when you put in many good things together? More good. That was my basic theory when I created my exfoliating mask. Apart from the wonderful effect it has on my skin, there are a few other things I absolutely love about it. First, the ingredients are very easily available; no fancy stuff here. Second, you can prepare it in minutes. Three, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Four, it works for any skin type.

So what goes in to the making of my magic mask?

Just four things that you can get almost anywhere— oatmeal, lemon, cucumber, and aloe vera.

Let’s get started.

Peel off the cucumber skin and puree the cucumber. Blend until you get a smooth paste. Put rolled oats in the coffee grinder and grind it into a powder. Mix the two ingredients in a bowl, add one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, and squeeze in one teaspoon of lemon juice. The mixture will have a coarse feeling, but don’t worry, that’s how it is supposed to be. Remember, this is an exfoliating mask and that grainy texture will help in removing the dead cells.

Apply the mask on a clean face and neck and leave on for the next half an hour. Enjoy your ‘me-time’ and let the mask work its magic.  Wash it off with warm water and gently pat your skin dry. I repeat it four to six times a month.

Why did I choose these ingredients?

I selected each one based on its immensely beauty-and-skin-health boosting properties.

Cucumber: The water content in cucumber makes it an excellent hydrating agent. It soothes the skin and adds a healthy glow to it. It tightens skin pores and even treats sunburn.

Oatmeal: It is not only a wonderful exfoliating agent but is also suitable for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin benefits from oatmeal because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps you get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads.

Aloe vera: It helps fight aging, treats sunburn, soothes the skin, and moisturizes it. There is little wonder that you can find aloe vera in so many beauty treatments.

Lemon: It contains a natural astringent known as L-ascorbic acid that treats acne. Lemon is known to lighten dark spots and even out the skin tone.

Is a face mask necessary?

Absolutely! An exfoliating mask like this one comes with many benefits. Here is a list of a few of them:

  1. Removes dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new cells
  2. Improves skin tone and texture.
  3. Reduces the chances of getting acne and breakouts.
  4. Prepares the skin for better absorption.
  5. Adds an instant glow to dull-looking skin.
  6. Fights the signs of aging.

Will you try this mask at home? Do let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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