Heal Your Skin with Oatmeal

Oatmeal and Honey calming face mask

For today’s DIY Friday I have a special recipe, how I healed my stressed out skin with oatmeal and honey. I wish I had a before picture but those kinds of things don’t always occur to me before I start a new project. 

April and May were very stressful months for me for a lot of reasons. I was traveling, I started working more hours, I didn’t have time to exercise, there was a few weeks of really bad eating, I started trying a lot of new things, working on secret projects (they are still a secret, hopefully I can tell you soon!) etc. My skin just freaked out. It was bumpy, red,  very dry, and more sensitive than usual. 

After some research and trying different recipes, I came up with this easy oatmeal and honey recipe. 

 Ingredients: 

  1. One tablespoon oatmeal/rolled oats
  2. One tablespoon raw honey (Mine is from Vine.com, get 20% off with my affiliate code Kindness)
  3. A few droplets of water

Just combine all ingredients and leave on your face for at least 20 minutes. I often leave it on for 40 minutes. For the first 10 minutes or so you need to be laying down because the mask can drip off your face and make a mess. Take off the mask with warm water since it can be pretty sticky.

I kept the left over and used it on my face for three mornings. I wouldn’t recommend keeping it for more then three days because the texture changes. I’d also recommend refrigerating it.

Oatmeal is great for calming down the skin. It helps people with Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, and Rosacea. It is very anti-inflammatory. Honey is very moisturizing and has a good amount of skin helping vitamins. Together they are a super food! 

What is in your skincare arsenal? 

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Link Love: Blackhead Fighting Face Masks and More

DIY blackhead face mask

Happy weekend!

Every Saturday I share my favorite videos and blog posts from that week. It is incredibly important to always share the things that inspire me. If you want a chance to be featured you can email me at mail@rebeccakelsey.com with “Link Love” in the subject line.

What are your favorite links from the week? I’ll share my favorites as part of next week’s round up! 






Night Routine: Travel Edition

Getting Ready Travel Night Routine by Rebecca

While I was on my San Francisco business trip with girl-karma I did my routines a little differently. For one, I tried to minimize what I generally use for skincare and double up on multitaskers. In the video below you are going to see how I got ready for bed every night after work. 

Products used:
1. Hotel conditioner and my DIY conditioner
2. Here is an explanation on how I don’t use shampoo
3. Conair comb
4. CVS Head wrap
5. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Cleanser
6. EVOO on my face, neck, and lashes (Body as well. Here is how I moisturize my body with EVOO.)
7. Blow volumizer blow dry spray (used without blow drying)
8. Gel and smoothing cream combined

That’s all! I tried to keep things simple. I let my hair air dry to a more textured look. 

How do you do your hair while you are traveling?






My Current Skincare Routine

Finally an updated skincare routine! My last routine was in May before I had phased out all of my non cruelty-free skincare products. When I’m thinking about skincare, I consider my skins sensitivity needs. I’ve had trouble with Eczema in the past and although my skin is not as picky it is still just as sensitive. I also have occasional blemishes, which are harder to treat since I am so sensitive. This routine is both for night and day. Watch the video below for more details and click the links underneath it to check out the products. 

Products shown:

  1. Traveling Valet from EcoTools 
  2. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser 
  3. X Out Wash-In Treatment (c/o, review
  4. Clarisonic Mia (Really I use this once every two weeks, not once a week like I mentioned in the video. Click here for my old review.) 
  5. Witch Hazel (As a toner on occasion) 
  6. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Wipes (When I’m lazy) 
  7. tarte Maracuja Oil (On my face, neck, and chest) 
  8. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream 
  9. tarte Bright Eyed and Beautified eye tool 

That is my routine! I know it is a lot of products but I’ve just come to realize that I am high maintenance when it comes to skincare (even though I am extremely low maintenance in makeup). I still use this technique to take care of the skin on the rest of my body, just in case you are interested. 

What do you use for your skincare routine?






New Skincare Finds from Burt’s Bees

When I finished my Willa cleanser (see my July Empties) I decided to try a brand I haven’t used since High School, Burt’s Bees. I was browsing Target for a graduation dress (ceremony is August 14th!) and came across the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Cleanser. My skin has been acting very strange lately  (Sadly I think my Jergen’s Natural Glow moisturizers are at fault) as I’ve been getting some really weird bumps on my face, so I thought I should use something gentle. 

When I first used this cleanser a few days ago, I was floored. It comes out as a creamy thick white cleanser  and it feels very calming on my face. It took away my makeup (including mascara) and gave me no irritation. I had no problem using it around my eye area. I use this cleanser twice. First to get all my makeup off and then a second time to make sure my skin is clear. I’ve only been using it a few days and my skin is already starting to calm down.

My second new beauty find is the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream. I haven’t used eye cream in over a year. Honestly, I wasn’t really convinced that normal moisturizer wasn’t good enough. Well, when I started noticing my puffy eyes and crows feet in pictures (like this one) I figured it couldn’t hurt. I really like this eye cream so far. It’s very smooth and feels nice on my skin.

Have you found any new skin or beauty finds that you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments. 

Interested in any of the products mentioned? Click on the images for more information.

 

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