I first made this face mask in an effort to switch from fighting my acne with commercial chemicals that didn't seem to help me very much and just ended up drying out my face to using natural things that help maintain my complexion with gentle exfoliation as well as getting rid of pimples. Though the ingredients are ones common to some other face masks, I feel like I combined them in a very convenient way that brings together a lot of benefits from these different products to create a refreshing aid in the fight against acne or just a pleasant exfoliant.
A couple of notes on the ingredients:
-Oats are known to be a good exfoliator, mild cleansing agent and anti-inflammatory (which means it helps reduce the redness and effects of acne) and are used in many commercial products for these properties
-Aloe Vera Gel is my absolute favorite cosmetic product of all. Most people only know the gel as being beneficial to sunburns but aloe vera has SO MANY vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can benefit your skin year round, whether you have a burn or not. FAIRLY IMPORTANT however is the fact that most aloe vera gels are sold with other chemical ingredients- including alcohol- which, even though alcohol has a cooling effect on a burn, it ultimately dries your skin out. So, it is important to try and find an aloe product that doesn't contain alcohols and other chemicals including those used for artificial coloring (pure aloe is clear, not green or blue). Most products however will contain some kind of preservative but this can only be avoided if you get the gel from your own aloe vera plant (good for you!) I use Fruit of The Earth, which should be pretty common. Products that are more geared towards sun burns often contain those extra chemicals.
-Tea Tree Oil is my other favorite cosmetic product. Tea Tree Oil is used by indigenous tribes in Australia as a medicinal treatment for all sorts of ailments due to the antimicrobial properties of the oil. This is why Tea Tree Oil is effective in the treatment of acne (even using a q-tip to apply a little to a pimple is very helpful).
-Green Tea is known for it's antioxidant and vitamin content, and is an all around good thing for your health - skin or body.
Using the Mortar and Pestle, grind a desired amount of Green Tea and Oats (one part of each) into a fairly fine powder. The amount you make isn't specific to how much you will use for a single mask - you can store the ground Oats and Green Tea in a jar or other container for repeated use.
The consistency of the powder is up to you, but it really shouldn't be left in huge pieces - they won't stick to your face so well. Try grinding smaller amounts at a time if your Mortar and Pestle is smaller.
Store the ground oats and green tea in a jar and you can complete the rest of the mask whenever you want.
In a small dish put the amount of ground tea and oats you think you'll need for one mask (probably around 1 tablespoon) measurements aren't important in this at all so you'll quickly get used to getting the amounts right after you've mixed it a few times.
Add around 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel to the mix, again measurements aren't specific.
Add a few (2-4) drops of Tea Tree Oil. You might want to be careful with these, the more Tea Tree Oil you add, the stronger the mask will be and some people find it a little overwhelming at first.
CAREFULLY add water and mix together (you can just use your fingers or a fork or whatever you have) - not too much or the whole thing will be too thin. If you do add too much you can balance it out with some more of the ground mixture. Just mess around with the mixture and gett it to the right consistency which should be that of a liquid, not a gel.
Smear it on your face!
Just use your hands and scoop some of the mask up and pat it onto your face until the whole of it is covered. Let this dry for probably about 10 minutes, or whatever is convenient for you and then rinse it off. it can kind of stick to your face but just use a towel to wipe this off.