Oatmeal may be a winter breakfast staple for many of us, but did you know it also boasts a host of beauty benefits? Particularly for those with dry skin, making it a must-have ingredient for the colder months. Colloidal oatmeal (a natural product that releases an all-important extract when boiled) is packed full of natural vitamins, minerals and lipids that replenish lost moisture. Oatmeal is also an anti-inflammatory helping to calm and soothe eczema, dry uncomfortable skin and other minor skin conditions. If you're ready to incorporate oatmeal into your beauty routine, try one of these simple ways to do so.
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- Aromatherapy Oil
If you're looking to relax and unwind after a long day, look no further than an oatmeal bath soak. Add a cupful of oatmeal to your bathtub before filling it with warm water. Add a couple of drops of aromatherapy oil to help soothe away your stresses. The aromatherapy oil will help to calm your senses while the oatmeal will help to soothe dry winter skin.
- 1 tbsp. of oatmeal
- Warm water
Oatmeal contains a chemical called saponins, a cleansing property usually added to shampoos and body washes. It has emulsifying properties meaning it creates a rich lather, making it ideal to use a face mask or facial cleanser. Since it's natural, it's gentle even on sensitive skin types. Combine a tablespoon of oatmeal with warm water to create a paste-like substance. Stir a drop of honey and apply to your face and leave to work for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly to reveal fresher feeling skin. The oatmeal will moisturise your skin while the honey contains antibacterial properties helping to relieve breakouts and inflammation.
- Coconut Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Warm Water
If store bought body scrubs leave your skin feeling tight or uncomfortable, then make a gentler DIY product instead. Blend together oatmeal, coconut oil and brown sugar then use with warm water to gently slough away dead skin cells in the shower. You'll get the same dead-skin banishing results minus the harshness that some scrubs can cause. The coconut oil will leave skin glowing and deeply hydrated too.
- Finely ground oatmeal
Oatmeal may work wonders when it comes to cleansing the skin, but it can be used to prolong the life your hair by removing excess oil. For hair emergencies when you're all out for dry shampoo, use oatmeal to create your own. If you have blonde hair, comb a light dusting of finely ground oatmeal though the roots and ends of the hair to soak up excess oil. The oatmeal will also help to soothe an itchy scalp.