I have to thank mother nature for oats :) I eat a big bowl of oatmeal just about every morning for breakfast and I love it! AND it can also be a great addition to your skin care routine.
Let’s be realistic – oatmeal is not going to preform miracles on your skin. It will not clear your acne or take 20 years off your life, but it is a cheap, natural and very effective exfoliant and even a great addition to a homemade face mask.
The good news (and what I love most about oatmeal for skin care) is it’s great for people with sensitive skin like me. Oatmeal is a great exfoliant for sensitive skin because it’s rough enough to exfoliate but also gentle enough not to tear or hurt thin skin. Oatmeal is also an astringent, so it seems to draw oil and impurities out of the skin.
Here are some of my favorite oatmeal skin care recipes that you can make at home. For the recipes that contain honey, try to use manuka honey because it’s a lot more healing than ‘normal’ honey.
Mix equal parts of oatmeal, honey and yogurt. Apply mixture gently to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with cool water. Use exfoliant once a week to improve the texture of your skin.
Tip: Yogurt contains lactic acid, and this can help stimulate collagen production!
Oat & Honey Mask
½ cup plain oatmeal, cooked and cooled
¼ cup honey
Combine the oatmeal with the honey and blend to a sticky paste. Use immediately by spreading thickly onto the skin, avoiding the sensitive area around the eyes. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with plenty of warm water and pat dry.
Oatmeal Rosewater Face Pack
2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rose water
Blend the oatmeal with the honey and then stir in the rose water. Apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water.