Oatmeal, Oh My!
Oatmeal is one of the best natural and affordable DIY remedies for dry, itchy, irritated skin.
We’ve all heard of taking oatmeal baths, which leave your skin silky smooth and soft.
But did you know you could put it on your face?
Scrub it all over your body?
Okay, I’m joking about that last one. I wish, though.
Benefits of Oatmeal (for skincare)
Oats are easily accessible, most of us have it in our pantries. They are high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why they are often suggested for use on irritated skin.
Prep For Usage
I’m super lazy, so I always opt to get the “easy” or “minute” oat varieties, for both eating and DIY skincare. If you have the more hardy steel cut variety, it’ll help immensely to ground them in a blender or a food processor, until you get a fine powder. This will ensure that the oats will soften and will produce the appropriate consistency to use on your skin.
Easy Soothing Face Mask
Super easy and quick. I like to use these masks in the winter months, when my skin is on the dry side.
1 tbsp uncooked oatmeal
1 tbsp warm water
If you’re super dry…
1 tbsp uncooked oatmeal
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp yogurt
Mix ingredients together. If needed, add more liquid in small amounts until you get a thick, pasty consistency.
Apply the solution allover your face, avoiding your mouth, nostrils and eyes. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.
Yummy Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Body Scrub
You will want to eat this right up, it smells so yummy!
1 cup uncooked, ground oatmeal
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ – ½ cup oil of choice (coconut, olive oil, grapeseed, jojoba, the choice is yours!)
Optional: Vanilla extract for fragrance
Mix all of the ingredients together until no clumps remain.
In the shower, apply the mixture to your skin and scrub using a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water.
Oatmeal Sunburn Treatment
A great way to soothe skin after you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun. It’s also great to use this when the skin is starting to peel, as I find the gritty texture helps exfoliate the flakiness.
½ cup ground uncooked oats
¼ cup milk (adjust this amount as needed)
1 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Apply the paste to affected areas and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
If your skin can handle it, to get rid of the flakiness, use a circular motion when rinsing off the paste.
And there you have it! 3 simple recipes to use at home using good ol’ oatmeal!
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