I first learned about this mask on the Dr. Oz show. On there they used flour with grapes. Apparently, it's a common skincare remedy in France. I swapped the wheat flour for oatmeal, which is moisturizing, calming, and great for skin that is easily irritated.
I've been using ground up oatmeal as face wash and I couldn't be happier with it. It's awesome for puffy eyes and those monthly breakouts. If I'm having a particularly harsh skin day, I'll make this mask with the mashed up grapes and just relax and let all the puffy grossness disappear when I wash it away.
One thing to note, is it's always good to use organic grapes, since you're mashing up the whole thing and putting it on your skin. Pesticides and chemicals could potentially make a bad skin condition worse.
If you don't have any oat flour on hand (I didn't) just pulse 1/2 cup of oatmeal in the blender. It doesn't have to perfect, but the finer pieces will stick better to skin. The larger pieces have a tendency to flake off.
The skin of the grapes contain powerful antioxidants, and they're also loaded with vitamin E. So, grapes are good for protecting and moisturizing skin.
Here's what you'll need:
- 4 or 5 grapes
- 2 tablespoons of oat flour
- Mash up grapes with a fork.
- Mix in oat flour.
- Apply the mixture to damp skin and let it dry.
- Once it's dry dampen hands and scrub to exfoliate.
- Clean off with warm water.