Be it summers, spring or winters, skin needs regular care and protection from the ever increasing levels of pollutants in the air. Most skincare companies’ promise of keeping the health of your outer coat intact but most often their products don’t come with the guarantee of “no side effects”.
In situations as dire as present’s, one needs to turn to more natural, raw yet effective ways of skincare. Oatmeal is one such ingredient all set to take care of your skin when used with the right mix associate.
Discussed below are the usage and benefits of oatmeal scrub.
Oat Meal – An Effective And Gentle Step Towards Skin Care
Oatmeal has been known to have skin soothing properties since long. When used with a number of ingredients according to the different recipes prescribed below, it can work wonders for your skin when used with the ingredient apt for your skin type.
The scrubs that we would be discussing below have effective exfoliating qualities, and the experience is no less than a relaxing home spa as satisfying as the salon’s one. The recipes come with affordable ingredients many of which can be found in your kitchen cupboards.
The scrub is gentle on your skin with oatmeal being the most used ingredient in natural skin care. Moreover, oatmeal face pack is as revered as the scrub in its skincare properties.
Oatmeal – Benefits And Effects
When you want to exfoliate your skin i.e. remove the dead cells, it has to be done using a substance grainy in texture so that the scrub is effective and the rub removes the unwanted coat to pave the way for the fresh and more radiant cells.
Oatmeal, with its innately grainy texture, works very well for a scrub or mask for all skin types. It can be used against a number of skin conditions too like acnes, blemishes, razor burns, itchy skin, zits, etc. Not just these, post chicken pox marks can be treated by oat meal too.
Gentle in nature, it’s too good for sensitive skin. The surface dirt and impurities are removed, pores are left deeply cleansed and skin exfoliated, thus are the revered oatmeal face scrub benefits; the scrub leaves the skin soft, clean, soothed, hydrated and nourished.
So, to know that effective oats face scrub recipe, read on!
Oat Meal With Warm Water – The Basic Scrub
The simplest oatmeal scrub one can make is with warm water.
Mix oatmeal and warm water in a bowl. The amount of water should be enough to make a paste. Rub the paste gently treading circles on your skin in a direction going from the center to the edges of the face.
Keep rubbing till exfoliation is almost complete, you will know that by the buzzing feeling on your skin. Generally, the scrub is rubbed for around 5-7 minutes. Once done with the rubbing part, leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Wash with a splash of cold water at the end and pat your skin dry with a towel. Apply some moisturizer at the end and you’re done.
And just to mention, the above proves to be a good oatmeal face scrub for oily skin types.
Oatmeal Face Scrub For Acne
As already mentioned before, oatmeal the natural fighter of many skin conditions helps a great deal in treating acnes too. Oatmeal works well for acne as it’s a good absorbent of excess oil and hence clogging of pores is avoided with its regular use. Thus any acnes or blemishes are dried up and shrink with an oatmeal application on them and eventually vanish.
Below is discussed the recipe and the procedure with the ingredients required being oatmeal, honey, and lemon juice – most probably already there on your kitchen’s shelf!
Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal with one teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix them well. Clean your face and massage on your face and neck in circular motions as described before.
Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry and the scrub can be repeated regularly until the acnes are cured.
Other Oatmeal Scrub Combinations
The various other ingredients that could be used with oatmeal include Baking Soda, Turmeric, Lentils, Avocado, Rice Flour, Egg white, Tomato, tea tree oil, onion mask, cucumber, yogurt, milk and what not!
To use with Baking Soda, mix oatmeal powder (2 tablespoons) with one tablespoon of baking soda and 3-5 tablespoons of water to make a paste. Apply with fingertips on the acne affected area and let it dry. Rinse with warm water and later with cold water to close the pores.
Similarly, different recipes can be searched for on the internet to be used with the ingredients that one already has, including the ones mentioned above.
Oatmeal Scrub For Blackheads
Oatmeal has proved to be effective in the prevention and removal of blackheads too. Some of the methods are discussed here.
Cook some oatmeal and let it cool. Apply over face and lay a cloth soaked and squeezed of warm water on your face. Wait for 15-20 minutes and rinse.
Take some uncooked oatmeal and mix with low-fat yogurt, some lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil to make a paste. Mask your face with the same and leave for 5-7 minutes. Rinse thereafter.
Blend equal amount of oatmeal and almonds together. Add water to make a paste. Massage gently on the skin and rinse.
The above methods are known to be working for the removal of blackheads and prevention and are the much practiced ones by most.
Oatmeal Scrub For Dry Skin
Oatmeal when used with warm milk to make the scrub paste works as a scrub moisturizer for dry skin types.
Mix a tablespoon of oatmeal with warm milk enough to make a paste. Wait for 5-10 minutes for the oats to be soft enough. Apply as described above and follow the same procedure.
Oatmeal – The Simple Yet Powerful Skin Solution
Both raw and cooked oatmeal are good for skin care. While in its raw form, it works wonders as an exfoliate while in the cooked form, it soothes the skin preventing inflammation and irritation.
It has anti microbial agents that kill the acne causing bacteria. Full of phosphorus, selenium, manganese, zinc and magnesium, it regulates oil production and helps in hormonal balance restoration.
Oatmeal contains a number of B vitamins responsible for skin regeneration, and the polysaccharides present help nourish the skin while at the same time keeping it firm and tight.
Thus, when looking for an easily accessible home-made skin remedy which is scientifically proven and apt of its benefits, oatmeal is the perfect abode for you.