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Recipe: Oat and Aloe Mask

It's mid-August here. The dry, hot, smoky air has settled into our little valley. It's the perfect recipe for dehydrated, environmentally-stressed skin. But this mask is the perfect anecdote

Oats gently cleanse, milk smooths and brightens, while aloe soothes and gives your skin an extra kick of hydration.

RECIPE: Oat and Aloe Mask
This recipe makes enough for one application. It's best made fresh each time you use it, but it's so simple it's not a chore.

I used store-bought aloe gel for this recipe, but if you have an aloe vera plant you could use fresh gel.  You may have to play around with the measurements, though, depending on how viscous or watery your fresh gel is.

Here's What You'll Need:
1 tablespoon finely ground oats (here's how to make your own)
1 teaspoon powdered milk
2 teaspoons aloe vera gel

Step 1: In a small bowl, mix the oats and powdered milk until well blended. Stir in the aloe gel and mix well.

Step 2: Let this mixture set for about 5 minutes to allow the aloe to hydrate the dry ingredients. This is to ensure you get a good consistency, and the most potent skin care benefits from the ingredients, so don't skip this step.

Step 3: Give your mask a good stir and it's ready to use. This mask does have a fairly thick, heavy consistency. But if it seems too too thick to apply easily, add a touch of water to loosen it up a bit.

To Use: Apply to your face and neck. Let set for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove with a warm cloth and rinse your face well. Mmm, nice!

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