DIY: Tomato and Oatmeal Leftovers Toning Mask for Oily Skin

I hate having to deal with leftover food. To be very specific, it’s throwing away leftovers that breaks my heart. So I’ve always made it a personal quest to make sure that whenever I overcooked, I must have a list of things to do with leftover ingredients. So this morning, when I realized I was going to have some leftover oatmeal from breakfast, I knew it was time to whip up another easy homemade beauty recipe! Since my face is still unstable and oily, I scoured through my fridge looking for any ingredient good for oily skin and I found a lone, slightly wrinkled tomato.

Why Tomatoes and Oatmeal?
Most oatmeal recipes don’t require the oatmeal to be cooked and instead just soaked. However, since this is a homemade beauty recipe from leftovers, I scraped the leftover oatmeal from the casserole to use it for my mask. It was already mixed and cooked with a bit of honey which is good for moisturizing the skin. Honey will also help the oatmeal achieve a stickier texture and cling easily to the skin. Oats are very good in normalizing sensitive skin which will serve as a “balancer” in this recipe since tomatoes can be irritating to some people when applied directly on the skin. Oats are also very mild exfoliators and are one of those convenient scrub ingredients found in your kitchen. Tomatoes, on the other hand, are rich in anti-aging and antioxidant nutrients. They are high in Vit C an A which help brighten up the skin and have cooling and astringent properties that help tone the skin, tighten pores and control oil production.

Tomato and Oatmeal Toning Mask Recipe
I don’t know if you like taking or cooking your tomatoes with the seeds and juices inside. But I do know that some people prefer to remove tomato seeds to prevent the formation of gallstones and some just don’t like their tomatoes being too juicy. So in this recipe, I will make use of that mushy, seedy part that’s usually thrown away and keep the sturdy tomato flesh intact for other purposes (Note: I grilled the rest of the tomato as part of my lunch ^^).
2 dinner spoonfuls of leftover oatmeal cooked with honey
1 Tomato

Cut your tomato in half and using a small spoon, take out the soft flesh, juice and seeds. Mix them with the oatmeal you’ve set aside. Right now, unless you’re using ground oats, it will be very hard to apply this chunky mask on your skin. Trust me. I tried it and I ended up dripping a gunky ball of oats on my sofa–even after trying to apply the mask while lying down. But you can give it a try ’cause your oatmeal might have a different consistency compared to mine. Otherwise, just run the mixture through a blender for a while to make it less chunky and easier to apply. Transfer the mixture into a small bowl. Using the back of a spoon, apply it on your face in upward strokes. Be sure to hold the bowl close to and right below the spoon to catch any drips. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes ONLY.

If you want a more relaxing and cooling experience, you can chill the mixture in your fridge for 30 minutes before applying it. Keep the leftover mask in a small jar with lid and store it for a max of 3 days in your fridge.

One of my previous DIY recipes was an avocado dessert and face pack in one which was quite fun because I was enjoying a dessert both on a plate and on my face. Although this tomato-oatmeal recipe wasn’t anything as special, it saved me from the moral torture of throwing away and wasting food. After the Mask
There was a bit of sting when I applied the mask which just proved how plain tomato juice without the oatmeal could have irritated my skin. After around 15 minutes, I rinsed my face with warm water and gently scrubbed my face with the chunks of soft oats from the mask. My face felt soft and much calmer (I was doing a bit of blackhead extractions prior to applying this mask which irritated my skin a bit). I didn’t really get brighter-looking skin but I guess it’s because I terribly lack sleep… so I’ll be catching some nap now!^^

If ever you’re keen to try this recipe, please share with us later how it’ll work out for you! 

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  • Amanda

    My oatmeal diy mask is similar to yours, except that I don’t cook my oatmeal and don’t add tomato in it. And yes, ground oatmeal is much better, but it takes practice and experience for me to know the right balance of oatmeal and water. But once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy to make a paste that doesn’t fall from your face :)

    • Vivi

      Yes, it takes quite a bit of practice. The first time I prepared it, I made a lot of mess on my bed while trying to keep the mask on my face. I had to cook my version because it’s from leftovers. ^^