Are you on the hunt for an awesome gentle cleanser that won't irritate your sensitive skin? Look no further my friend, oatmeal is your answer. Yes, I said oatmeal. And yes, I mean that stuff you eat for breakfast (or at least make your kids eat!)
Apparently, oatmeal isn't just good for your body but good for you skin as well! It absorbs oils and removes impurities while gently exfoliating your skin without being too harsh. It relieves irritated, red and dry skin and is also overflowing with anti-oxidants so it helps fight free-radicals which helps promote a healthier, glowing complexion. And who doesn't want more of that?? I do!!!
I started to incorporate oatmeal into my skin regimen when I read this post about 6-8 months ago and saw amazing results: glowing skin and less breakouts! For some reason I stopped using it in the last couple months and my skin went back to breaking out! So I started it back up last week (not sure why I ever stopped?? Maybe I ran out of oatmeal??) and I'm already seeing my skin go back to its best. Hallelujah!
How exactly can you use oatmeal to better your complexion?
You can use it as a mask, face wash and exfoliator. There are many of recipes online that you could try but here I will show you my simple way of using it:
All you need are your oats; It doesn't matter if they are quick 1-minute oats or the old fashioned ones like I have here. The coffee grinder is optional. You can use the oats straight out of the container, but let me warn you...it's messy and not very good for your drains. It's so much easier to grind them (I put it on the finest setting) and then store for use.
Here is how they look all ground up:
And a closer look:
I put mine in a Ziploc baggy but plan on buying an air tight container to store it in soon.
Look at that yummyness ready to be used up!
Here is how to wash your face with it:
1. Use enough to cover about 1/2 of the palm of your hand (I just reach in with my clean hand and grab some)
2. With a semi-tight fist allow warm water to run through the gaps of your fingers to soak in the oats- do this for around 10 seconds.
|Funny how you can see me taking this picture on my just cleaned sparkly faucet!|
I forgot to take a picture of what the oatmeal looks all soaked up with water, but I'm sure you can get a picture of that in your imagination.
3. Next, squeeze out excess water into the palm of your other hand (my hubby helped me for this picture! Thanks honey!) You see that milkiness? Distribute it evenly on your face; this contains all the good stuff we talked about earlier so don't let it go to waste!
4. Then apply your oatmeal mixture evenly to your pretty little face and watch yourself look not so pretty at this stage:
|Go ahead, have some fun! Go startle all your family members! (Like I just startled you!)|
See, even smiling doesn't help! I still look freaky!
Lily's face when she sees me in this condition (She seems genuinely concerned):
|"Yup, that's my Mother with her oatmeal goob slapped all over her face!"|
5. Once the oatmeal sits happily on your face you can either a.) use it as a face wash/gentle exfoliator and begin to rub it in with gentle circular motions and then rinse, just like you would a normal face wash, or b.) use it as a mask and let it sit on your face for 10 minutes or until it dries and begins to itch, then do the above.
*Tip: always pat your face dry. Avoid rubbing it with your towel; this aggravates and causes trauma to the skin. Your facial skin is very delicate!
Either way, you will end up with soft silky skin you can't help but touch! And your face won't feel tight and dry like it does after washing it with regular cleansers.
|All those blemishes are already healing!|
|And my daughter once again came near me!|
If you use this regularly and stick to it (talking to myself, too!) you will see your skin relax, breathe and begin to glow! Sometimes we can overwhelm our skin with all those chemicals found in face washes or by having a too complicated skin regimen! Simpler is definitely better! I will still use my regular face wash on the nights that I need to remove makeup, but other than that, I'm sticking to my oatmeal!
Now I need your help! Can you recommend any moisturizers and night creams that would be work for my type of skin (sensitive, acne prone, combination)? Any recommendations would be deeply appreciated! Thank you!
Happy oatmeal slathering!-->
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