One of the many advantages of growing in New York City, the city that never sleeps, is that there was always something to do, day or night. Any band you ever wanted to see perform live was pretty much guaranteed to make a stop here. I used to go to concerts like it was my graveyard shift job. The Ramones, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Tool, Prince, Wu Tang Clan, The Deftones, Public Enemy… You name ’em, I’ve seen ’em.
One major setback to all that night life is that I feel like I’ve aged fast. You guys, for the first time in my life, I’ve noticed my first big fat wrinkle smack dab in the middle of my forehead. Needless to say , I’m freaking out a little bit. I now find myself paying close attention to those commercials on TV that advertise those “will visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” skin care products. Sigh. Those commercials that I used to think were only made for orange-y, retired women that spend their days sunbathing in Florida. I am so not ready for wrinkles!
Still, I really want to stick with my natural skin care routine. So before letting the panic set in, running off for injections and all, I decided to whip up a natural face mask. Maybe it’s the placebo effect, but I do see quite the youth glow after I apply this mask. It’s super simple and cost effective too! The best part is that you probably have the ingredients on hand right now.
Blueberry Granola Anti Aging Face Mask
- 1/4c fresh organic blueberries
- 1/4c raw almonds
- 2tbsp raw rolled oats
- 1tbsp honey
- 1tbsp whole organic millk
- combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth
- add more milk if necessary
- apply to moistened skin and allow it to dry (about 20 minutes)
- when you’re ready to remove the mask, use warm water to gently massage your face in circular motions
- rinse your skin thoroughly
- Use this mask 1-2 times per week
Blueberries are total antioxidant rock stars. Almonds are packed full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory which is perfect for sensitive skin. Milk gently exfoliates the skin, while honey helps to brighten and moisturize.
***pro tip: regular mouth mason jars fit on standard blenders. Instead of using that gigantic blender carafe, you can use an 8-12oz mason jar with the blender attachment. Magic.