Thursday, June 6, 2013

Oats to the Rescue

I have been absolutely and completely obsessed with oatmeal lately but not in the way you might think. While I do enjoy a warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal for breakfast on occasion I'm not talking about mealtime today. Oatmeal works wonders on the skin and I cannot get enough!

My skin has been looking a little sad lately, thanks to my whacko hormones. I've had dry patches, oil slicks, blemishes, and even some flakes. My skin has also been really dehydrated, which makes no sense to me since I drink a gallon of water every single day, so I needed a little something extra to pamper my skin.

Oatmeal is really calming, soothing, moisturizing, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a powerful skin care ally. I've been using oatmeal in several forms for the past couple of weeks and I wanted to share my 3 favorite ways with you. All 3 oatmeal recipes require ground up oats. I use my coffee bean grinder to turn my uncooked oatmeal into a fine powder.



As a gentle, daily cleanser – This one is super simple. Mix your oatmeal powder with water until your mixture turns into a paste. Start with a little water and slowly add more until you get a consistency you like. I personally like mine a little thick. Massage your paste gently onto your face like you would a normal cleanser and rinse off. I use it daily and my skin really loves it!

As a scrub – If you need a deeper clean try adding a little baking soda into your cleansing paste.

As a mask – Mix dry oatmeal powder with raw, organic honey until you have a thick paste like consistency. This needs to be a pretty thick consistency so it sticks to your skin and doesn't make a huge mess. I use more oat powder than honey in my mixture. I wash my face first and then massage the oat and honey mask into my face and neck. I like to leave this on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Be careful with this since it's messy and can still drip a little regardless of how thick you make it. This mask makes my skin look fantastic, healthy, and luminous. It also helps get rid of blemishes!



Do you know of any other ways to use oatmeal powder?

8 comments:

  1. Stefanie Elysse HurtadoJune 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    The skin issues you dealt with seem to mirror mine--so frustrating! I've actually never tried to use Oatmeal as a beauty treatment but these recipes sound simple and I like the sound of them. I think I will try the scrub!

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  2. I have never tried using oatmeal powder, but I must say, it may be the safest and least gross ingredient out there! Some of the stuff you see in masks today... just bizarre...
    I love the scrub idea though!

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  3. i so want to try this scrub as i have a lot of dry skin and have difficulty in keeping it moisturized

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  4. I am always looking for a natural basic ways of taking care of my skin,thank you for sharing!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I would never have thought to use my coffee grinder! That is a great idea. I really like that this is also an inexpensive alternative to the pricey ones in the store. I love the scrub! Thanks for sharing. (I wish I looked that good without makeup!)

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  6. I have never thought of trying anything like this. Thank you for the dyi recipe I will be trying this.

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  7. Thanks for all these great ideas. I can't wait to try the mask.

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  8. These are some great ideas! My skin is SO dry especially during the colder seasons! It's a challenge to find anything that really helps! Thanks for the ideas!

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