Woohoo! It is my favorite day of the week…DIY Wednesday!\nI am LOVING the oatmeal theme, so I am going to stick with it. By the end of this month, you will have several oatmeal based DIY self-care recipes that will allow you to utilize your oats in several different ways!\nThis week I am providing you with a simple, exfoliating apple cider vinegar and oatmeal face mask! Apple cider vinegar provides gentle exfoliation for all skin types. This oatmeal and ACV combination helps draw out excess oil and removes any dead skin cells that may be sitting atop the surface of the skin.\nBut first, I have been reading a lot about exfoliation – so here are a few tips before we get started.\nThere are 2 types of exfoliation: chemical and physical.\n\n\nChemical exfoliants are generally AHA’s or BHA’s and are generally available in skin serums.\n\nPhysical exfoliants are scrubbing agents.\n\nMore importantly, when to exfoliate:\n\n\nAcne or congested skin: use chemical exfoliant daily until acne is controlled, then reduce to every other day. You can add in a physical exfoliant in 1-2 times a week, focusing on T-zone.\n\nDry skin: Use chemical exfoliant 1-2 times a week and physical exfoliant once a week (not on the same day)\n\nNormal skin: weekly chemical exfoliant and may add in a weekly physical exfoliant as well.\n\nAnd now - on to this week's at-home facial:\nIngredients:\n\n¼ cup oats\n¼ cup warm water (water being warm is especially important)\n1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar\n\nHow to Make It:\n\nFirst, add all your ingredients into a bowl and mix until it is a paste.\nThen, grind up your mixture as fine as you would like (using food processor, coffee grinder, blender or by hand\/Pestle and Mortar). Having large bits of oats will lead to a coarser texture and more exfoliation, while having a fine powder of oats is gentler.\n\nNote: you may choose to grind oats first and then mix in ingredients to create a paste\nHow to Use:\n\nApply on a freshly washed, clean face.\nLet sit for 5 minutes.\nScrub lightly and once finished, rinse off with lukewarm water and or a wet washcloth.\nFinish up by doing your regular skincare routine.\n\nI tried this mask and loved it! Check out my Instagram reel and let us know what you think if you give it a try (we love feedback and pictures)!