If you’re somewhat off-center then Hallowe’en may be your favorite time of year. If you’re part of the normal pack and stick to traditional stuff, well, try stepping out of the line just a little this once to give yourself a rather unusual facial. Either way you will benefit from the effects of the ingredients in this treatment. Containing oatmeal, aloe vera and Greek yogurt, you’ll soothe and replenish your skin, cleanse your pores, and maybe (if you’re lucky) scare the fertilizer out of anyone who witnesses your transformation. It’s a nice natural Hallowe’en mask that won’t get your face all sweaty and yucky under it while you struggle to see through little holes. The appearance of rotting zombie flesh is enough to turn some stomachs—great when you want to eat alone at work or school. Just beware of facial parts possibly falling off into your food. It’s kind of the opposite of “you are what you eat” in this case.
Oatmeal is great for cleansing your skin. It need not be organic in this case although that would be a nice touch, since we do absorb things via the epidermis after all, and nobody wants to take in any unwanted added chemicals. It need not be left on overnight, and is inexpensive to buy and then throw out after use. Yogurt—preferably the ultra-nutritious Greek variety with its extra protein, low fat and probiotics—is good externally as well as ingested orally. It can be made at home or you can find it in any grocery store these days. Use the plain unsweetened kind; it need not be fat-free if it’s not going in your stomach. The third ingredient for this facial, aloe vera, is virtually considered the queen of healing for skin. Not only good for burns as many believe, this plant’s gooey, cool gel inside the leaves is a pleasure to work with for any skin or hair need. In addition, for this purpose, it renders the mixture easy to apply and even easier to remove.
You need to allow the oatmeal to cool thoroughly and become really mushy before using. Once it’s cool enough to handle, add the yogurt. Stirring it in while the oatmeal is still too warm will make it a real mess, separating from the whey and getting stringy and lumpy as well. Last, add the aloe vera gel. No need to use a mixer or blender; in fact, a masher or ricer will work fine. You don’t really want to make it too smooth or it may not stick on your face too easily. In addition, nobody wants to see a zombie with perfectly smooth skin, do they? Let’s go for believable, eh?
You can leave this mask on till you feel it start to dry out and crack. There’s not much you can predict as far as time goes since the dryness or oiliness of your own face makes a difference. There’s also the factors of the environment where you’ll be wearing it, such as in an air-conditioned room, damp crypt, wherever. Go with your feelings. Of course, if the police show up due to complaints from wimpy neighbors, and demand you remove it, that would be a good time. Once you gently wash this goop off (don’t try putting it down the drain, it’s too solid; it would go well in a composter if you can get it into a bag or small container) you’ll find fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
Another possible benefit: you won’t be asked to bring anything to a potluck, ever again.