I discovered the healing properties of oatmeal when I got the chicken pox.
In my early 20s.
When I was pregnant.
I was miserable, but soaking in an Aveeno Oatmeal bath brought me relief.
As I was looking for ways to use up my 3 pounds of oatmeal, of course, I made a face mask.
In addition to chicken pox, we’ve also used oatmeal to treat sunburns and poison oak. While I relaxed covered in my oats, I decided to see if there was any research to back up oatmeal’s reputation.
According to the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Journal, colloidal oatmeal, or finely ground oatmeal, which is used in a wide range of skin care products, was documented to relieve itchiness and moisturize skin. In fact, researchers found that the skin moisturizing lasted up to two weeks after use of the oatmeal product was discontinued. Additionally, oatmeal has been found to be especially useful for people with skin sensitivities and allergies.
I love how good my skin feels after an oatmeal mask. Here are two masks for you to try.
- 1 Ripe Avocado
- 2 Tbsp. Raw Organic Honey
- 1/4 Cup Uncooked Oatmeal
Mix together all three ingredients. Apply a medium layer to your face. Let sit on your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
This is another great mask I found at Live Simply
Honey Oatmeal Mask
- 2 TB ground oats
- ½ TB fresh lemon juice
- 2 TB raw honey
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
Grind the oats. In a small bowl mix together ground oats, lemon juice, honey, and tea tree oil. Apply to face. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well. This recipe makes enough for two to three treatments. Store extra in the fridge in an airtight container.