I love DIY skincare possibilities because they are (A) all natural and (B) inexpensive. It’s fun to look at different cosmetics online or in drugstores, but I often happen to run out of essentials. This is when I start looking for new DIY skincare recipes.
A facial cleanser that delivers excellent pore purification results is actually very easy to make at home. Oatmeal is perfect for simple and gentle exfoliation, it will cleanse, soothe irritation and dryness. Also, it delivers several other great skincare benefits.
How do Oats Affect the Skin?
Oats are very rich in saponins. Saponins are natural cleansing agents that provide the same results as a mild soap, minus the irritation. Oats are also an excellent source of beneficial antioxidants. These protect the cells, thus reducing redness and irritation.
A gentle, natural cleanser, like the one based on oats, can be excellent for individuals suffering from a vast range of skin conditions. These include acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Even individuals having very sensitive or irritable skin can benefit from the gentle, yet efficient oat cleansing.
Because they are also a high concentration of starch and beta-gluten, they hold water easily and create a milky substance which makes them perfect as a creamy cleansing milk once mixed with water.
Making an Oatmeal Face Cleanser
Opt for either oat flour or colloidal oatmeal. If you have some oats in your pantry, you can grind those in a coffee grinder, blender or a food processor.
Cleansing with oats alone will NOT remove heavy eye makeup and some mascaras, to boost the cleansing effect of the oats, you should add a natural oil to the mix.
Jojoba, coconut or olive oil will all be great additions. When you add oil to the facial cleanser, you’ll get better results when removing makeup and dirt buildup.
I’m so glad to know of yet another simple skin care cleanser that will work for all skin conditions and skin types.
How to Use in 3 Ways:
① Simple Oatmeal Scrub
There are other recipes that you can try to clean your skin. To make an oatmeal scrub.
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
- a bit of water to make a thick paste
- Mix the two until you get a thick paste. Massage gently in your face and let it act for a couple of minutes.
- Wash the oatmeal scrub off with lukewarm water. There are other home ingredients you can add to your masks, such as egg whites, honey, yogurt, and so on.
② Oatmeal and Warm Milk
A facial scrub can also be made of oatmeal and milk. Milk is an excellent source of lactic acid, which acts as a mild exfoliant.
- 1 tbsp oatmeal
- a drizzle of warm milk
- Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with a drizzle of warm milk.
- Wait for the oatmeal to absorb the milk (like a thick paste) and use the facial scrub to clean your skin.
- Gently scrub on your skin and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Spalsh with cold water to close your pores.
③ For an oatmeal Bath
Anyone who suffers from eczema or skin irritation can have a relaxing and soothing oatmeal bath.
- Take two cups of oats and grind them in a coffee grinder. You need to get the finest powder possible.
- Add it to your bath water and soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Don’t wash the oat water off your body. You’ll only need to pat your skin dry gently.