Feb 22, 2013

Oatmeal Face-wash/Exfoliator

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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44 comments:

Hanzy ReginaPhalange said...

Going to try this, it looks really good & inexpensive too. Loool loved your pics and annotations ^_^ xx

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Hanzy! Thank you! Let me know how you like it!!

Katie Clarke said...

Your posts are always so interesting to read Selene, you really are one of my favourite blogs, even just for a little pick me up because the photo's of you and your daughter always make me smile! I use Nivea Sensitive Day Cream for a long time now, it's not too thick and smells pleasant and Nivea are one of the only brands that don't irritate my skin too. Hopefully thats helpful if you haven't tried it yet :) This oatmeal scrub sounds soooo good, I love all the info you gave about the benefits, I'm going to buy some oats next time I go food shopping and I'm going to start using this in my skin car routine :) thanks again for your lovely posts xx

Katie xx

Loretta E. said...

I just did this an hour ago! I love using oatmeal, but I don't use it every day. Maybe once or twice a week. My favorite way to moisturize is a very thin layer of coconut oil, usually at night. (Fantastic!)

I used to have incredibly dry skin in the winter all over my face, but I started washing my face with honey (splash/mist face with water and then rub about 1 teaspoon of honey all over and rinse off) and my dry skin is totally gone! Honey is a humectant, which means that it pulls water from the air and that extra moisture transfers to your skin. Anyways, that's what I do and it's amazing (and incredibly cheap and chemical-free).

Selene Galindo said...

Aww, thanks Katie! You just made me smile! I'm so glad you enjoy them! I also look forward to when you post on your blog! Super fun to read and see your pictures!
And thanks for your recommendation; I've never tried Nivea so will have to pick some up on my next shopping trip.
Thanks again for reading!

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Loretta! Isn't it just amazing?
Thanks for the coconut oil(will have to pick some up soon)and honey tip! Sounds like you really enjoy them!
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog:)

ReNu said...

I love homemade skin care, so I'm going to try this out soon. I've made my own sugar scrub which was a bit harsh, and this sounds far gentler on my skin. Thanks a bunch!
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Selene Galindo said...

Oh you will love it! It's definitely more gentle than sugar. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)

Theresa said...

Great idea & cost is so much better than buying. I love making homemade cosmetics. Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com Hope your having a great week!

Selene Galindo said...

I'm glad you liked the idea, thanks!

Madalyn McArthur said...

Thank you for sharing! I have the same type of skin and am looking forward to trying this! I use Cerave lotion, it is light, non-greasy feeling and has never made me break out.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

My pleasure, Madalyn! I have heard only awesome things about the Cerave lotion. Will put it on my shopping list so I won't forget it....again! Thank you!

Autumn (Mrs Gaeul 가을) said...

Great post! I've done this before after I saw it on bubz's video on YT. It's really great for sensitive skin!

You should check out the moisturizers from BeFine. I've had a lot of luck with them!

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Jennifer Gaitan said...

Hi:

I also have super sensitive skin, and I found that the best moisturizers out there are korean or japanese. Korean products can be quite expensive (sulwhasoo is for every skin type it just simply the best brand ever but has a lot of steps),but if you buy the trials on ebay they can be affordable. Other option is to try affordable japanese brands like juju, habalabo, curel(this are for dry, sensitive and acne prone). Essentially something that is free from alcohols, mineral oil and such.
Honestly, I have tried oil like coconut oil, olive oil and they break me out horribly, but coconut oil is excellent for the hair.However, I found an oil that is really good for the skin and hair, mustard oil it just leaves my face moisturized and smooth and my hair is very healthy.Just need to do small test in case your allergic and make sure is cooking oil not essential oil.
Well hope this help, by the way try also rice flour wash or mask is also excellent for the skin.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Jennifer, thanks so much for taking the time to give me all this info!! I so appreciate it!

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starchild said...

Great post! I have found that using apricot oil or coconut oil are perfect moisturizers. I have uber sensitive skin and oily skin....but the oil doesn't actually make it oily. It seems to calm the overactive oil production on my face and soften the early 30's wrinkles I have gotten. Sometimes I'll also pop a vitamin e capsule and use that as a gloss and under eye cream with some coconut oil. I thought it was crazy at first, but it really did help. And now, I'm going to add oatmeal to my "edible cosmetics routine." Good luck!

reshma said...

hey, thanks for the wonderful tip. Try clarified butter (called Ghee in India), it is an excellent way to moisturize sensitive and acne prone skin. But make sure it is pure either homemade / organic.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Reshma! It was my pleasure sharing!
The clarified butter sounds intriguing! I'll look into it, thanks!

Chelsea Sawyer said...

Since you have sensitive / oily skin like me, go with the Somaluxe Face Wash. The scent actually wakes me up and makes my skin feel so smooth when I'm done. It doesn't dry my skin out either it gives it a nice clean glow which I love. The best thing for me is the Somaluxe Face Wash helps with my acne and blackheads it doesn't completely git rid of it but it does keep my skin under control so I won't have more breakouts. I tend to use this in the morning

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Chelsea!!!

Giulietta said...

I was my face with oatmeal the same way you do, and I use Enkido Clear Moisture Liquid for my moisturizer. It's completely natural, has a rating of like 0 on EWG, and my skin has never looked or felt better. On their website they even have skin consultations for free so you can email them with your exact skin type and skin situation and they will tell you which of their products will work best for you. I love them!! :)

Najla Abu Jaber said...

Try Clinique extended thirst gel or the gel cream, both oil free. It's pink in color. Believe me, it's the best!!!!

Irfatnaz Shaikh said...

I added 4-5 drops of lavender oil to my ground oatmeal facewash and shook the bottle rigorously.... And.........voila!!!!!!!!
My face wash is naturally scented and has all d goodness of lavender oil!

Irfatnaz Shaikh said...

I added 4-5 drops of lavender oil to my ground oatmeal facewash and shook the bottle rigorously.... And.........voila!!!!!!!!
My face wash is naturally scented and has all d goodness of lavender oil!

Darien Shantelle said...

I have sensitive acne prone skin and I use milk as a moisturizer and I also leave it on overnight, after washing your face dab a cotton ball or pad in milk and rub it on your face, leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water!

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Juliet Eze said...

Hi,I hope I'm not late. I think you should add jojoba oil to your oatmeal scrub regimen,pretty good for fighting skin prone to acne.

Juliet Eze said...

Hi,I hope I'm not late. I think you should add jojoba oil to your oatmeal scrub regimen,pretty good for fighting skin prone to acne.

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