As a sensitive skin gal, oats have been my skincare saving grace ever since I discovered how well they work as a skincare product.
So as I eat my Pumkin Maple Oatmeal this morning, I thought that I would share why I love oats and how I use them in my skincare routine.
I LOVE exfoliating. My skin has always responded really well to it and I find that I have way less breakouts when I exfoliate every one to two days. I generally use physical exfoliants. For the last year the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub has been my go to.
I love this exfoliant but it can be a little abrasive so it’s not my favorite to use when I’m experiencing redness or when my skin is feeling dry or extra sensitive.
Oats have the ability to exfoliate in a super gentle manner since they are very soft in texture, and when mixed with water they are even softer. I keep a small container of oats in my bathroom and mix a small palm full of oats and hot water in my hand.
I usually cup my other hand over top of the hand with the oats and water in it so that the hot water can steam a bit. This won’t soften the oats quite as much as they would be in your average bowl of oatmeal but it does make them a little bit less dense so that they feel very smooth on the skin.
When the oats are mixed with water the water also turns into a very silky feeling liquid. Once I start exfoliating with the oats the “silky water” (lol what?) adheres to the skin. If left on the skin to dry, it acts as a moisturizing mask!
I think that oats feel very soothing and relaxing on the skin and I love how smooth and hydrated my face feels after exfoliating with them. I also find that oats really help my skin combat redness.
I especially love to use this mask/scrub the morning after doing my Bentonite Clay Detox Mask!
Sometimes I will even cook up about half a serving of oatmeal and use the extra soft cooked oats as a scrub or a mask. I haven’t quite perfected this method yet but best believe there will be a blog post up the day I get it down.
What are your favorite DIY natural skincare ingredients?
Thanks for reading! 🙂