DIY Oatmeal Skincare

Mar, 24, 2014

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.


Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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