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DIY Oatmeal Skincare

By Fredrica Syren:

oatsI’m always on the search for natural skincare. I figure that, since skin is the largest organ, I should put on it only things that I can pronounce and eat. We already know that oatmeal is good to eat, but it’s also great for skin. It contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it soothing for itchy, dry, sensitive and irritated skin. Oatmeal is perfect for fighting acne and acne-prone skin because it is also absorbs oil from the skin’s surface. All of this makes oatmeal a perfect ingredient for facial masks, body scrubs and oatmeal baths.

The best part is that oatmeal is an inexpensive ingredient to use when whipping up your own natural skincare products. You can stop paying a fortune for products with oatmeal in them and stop worrying about using harsh ingredients on your skin.

Oatmeal Face Mask:

Avocado and olive oil provide moisture, while oats balance and calm the skin with this very soothing face mask.

  • · ½ ripe avocado
  • · 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • · 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • · ¼ cup oats

Blend everything in a food processor or with a handheld blender just to combine. There should be some pieces of oats left. Brush or spread on face and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse off and pat dry.

Facial Scrub:

Oatmeal scrub can remove dead skin while absorbing excess oil. This is gentle enough to use on acne-prone and sensitive skin.

  •   ¾ cups oatmeal
  •   2 tsp. sea salt
  •   ¼ olive oil
  •   2 Tbsp. water
  •   2 Tbsp. honey

Mix everything to a paste. Scrub your face with the oatmeal mixture by moving your fingers in small, gentle, circular motions across your skin for about one minute. Rinse off the scrub with warm water and pat your face dry.

 Oatmeal Bath for Dry Skin or Rash:

My son has very sensitive skin and has developed rashes at times. I have found that oatmeal baths work each time to soothe his skin.

You’ll need a blender, food processor or coffee grinder, and 1 cup of oats.

Blend or process the oats on the highest setting until you have a very fine, consistent powder. To test the colloidal property of the oatmeal, stir 1 tablespoon of the ground oats into a glass of warm water. If the oats readily absorb the water and give it a milky look and a silky feel, you’ve blended long enough.

Sprinkle oatmeal powder into the bath. Stir with hands until oatmeal is evenly distributed and water looks milky. Be careful, as the oatmeal makes the bath a bit more slippery. Soak in the oatmeal bath for 15 minutes.

 Goat’s Milk and Oatmeal Soap Bars:

Goat’s milk and oats sound like a hearty breakfast. But they also make wonderful soap that can be used on the face and body. Here is a great recipe for one:

http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com/2013/05/sweet-almond-honey-oatmeal-goats-milk.html

 

 

 

 

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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