Oatmeal and soy. The go together like….uh,.. They go together well enough for Aveeno to sell a ton skin care products that contain both. The humble soybean is a great source of protein, and when used in skin care products is reported to soften skin, reduce hyper-pigmentation, and lighten age spots. Soy is also thought to increase skin collagen production, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is said that workers in soybean field have soft, young looking hands despite their age.
And oatmeal, good for you inside and out. Oatmeal is know to sooth skin, and reduce itching. The beta glucans in oats are thought to perk up collagen production, as well, again working on those fine lines we women of a certain age battle. So, put them together and what have you got? Bippity Boppity Boo skin magic.
With all of that knowledge in hand, what could possibly be better for maturing skin than an oatmeal and soy anti-aging face mask? Making such a mask can be accomplished one of three ways. I will start with the most time consuming 😉
First, you will want to cook some soybeans. That will require you to first obtain some dried soybeans for your natural food store, or other such place. Now, cooking soybeans take a long time, so find a good recipe using cooked soybeans, so you will be killing two birds with one stone. Soak 2 cups of soybeans in 6 cups of water overnight. Drain, add six cups of fresh water and cook for 40 minutes, or until soft. Drain and rinse a bit.
Toss 1/4 cup of the cooked soybeans, and 1/4 cup of rolled oatmeal, I use organic, into a food processor, or blender. Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil-I would suggest carrot seed oil, or clary sage-then process until the mixture is very smooth. Lay down and apply this to your face, it may be messy, so place a towel under your head. Now relax for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse the mask off with warm water. Your skin should be radiant, soft and all of that good stuff. Keep the leftover soybeans in the fridge, or eat ’em.
Option two requires the same amount of oatmeal, 1/4 silken tofu, and the essential oils of your choice. Again, using a food processor, process until you have a smooth mixture. From this point, continue as above with smearing it onto your face, relaxing and rinsing.
For option three, dump 1/4 cup of oats into the food processor and process it until it is finely ground. Add enough soy milk until you have a mask that is the consistency that you desire. Spread on face, relax, rinse, go look at your pretty face.
Despite all of the work, I prefer method number one with the whole soybeans, as you are getting the soy in the least processed way. That said, I think that all three of the recipes will work a little magic for you. This is a very gentle mask, so you can use it as often as you like, based on your needs and the results you are getting. Soy long for now!