Skincare from your kitchen
Growing up, I often heard “eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you”. Turns out oats, or seeds of avena sativa to be precise, are good not only for your stomach, but for your skin as well. It’s soothing and moisturizing properties were known and used in homemade skin care products for centuries. These days many brands, such as Aveeno, Dermalogica, Earth Science, AHAlife and some others, are using oats in their products. However, if you would like, you still can use these tried and true home remedies.
Take 2 table spoons of “Quick Oats”. Mix that with dime size amount of your favorite mild cleanser. Add water and gently massage the mixture into your face for 5-7 minutes. Rinse.
Use coarser “old fashioned” oats for body scrub.
Take a piece of this cloths (old sock will work as well). Fill it with 10 table spoons of “Quick Oats” and soak in a hot water for 5-10 minutes. Then place the “bathball” into your tub and turn on the water. When rinsing after the bath, you can use “ball” as a sponge.
Oatmeal bath will soften and sooth your skin. Also, there is some evidence that it may relieve psoriasis.
Oatmeal mask with honey and yogurt:
Mix 1 table spoon of “Quick Oats” and 1 table spoon of boiling water, and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. Then add 1 tea spoon of honey and 1 tea spoon of plain yogurt, mix thoroughly. Apply the mask to face (and, if desired, neck). After 15-20 minutes rinse with lukewarm water.
Oatmeal mask with green tea:
Mix 2 table spoons of “Quick Oats” with very hot green tea and allow the mixture to cool. Use the same way as previous one.
Both masks have softening, soothing and rejuvenating effect.