Besides being a breakfast food staple, oatmeal has long been an essential ingredient in beauty and skincare products. That's because it tackles a number of skin issues, from sensitive and itchy to oily and acne-prone, and is even mild enough for baby's tender skin. Oats are packed with protein, folic acid, vitamin E, thiamin, and an abundance of other nutrients, which means they're good for you, inside and out. Here are ten DIY recipes to help you maximize the beauty benefits of this tiny grain.
1. Make an acne-fighting face mask by grinding one tablespoon of oatmeal in a food processor or blender, then adding one tablespoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of honey.
2. If you've got sensitive skin, mix one tablespoon ground oats with a tablespoon of milk and two tablespoons of honey; apply to your face leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Relax in an oatmeal bath to restore moisture and relieve itchy skin. Simply grind one cup of oats into a fine powder and add to your bath water.
4. Mix a cup of finely ground oats with ½ cup each of coconut and grapeseed oil, along with the contents of two chamomile tea bags for an exfoliating and hydrating body scrub.
5. Make a pre-shampoo oatmeal hair mask for soft, shiny tresses. Pulse ½ cup oats in a food processor until fine, then mix with two tablespoons of almond or sesame oil and ¼ cup milk; apply to hair and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.
6. Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with three tablespoons of warm water for a gentle yet effective face scrub.
7. Combine ½ cup cooked and cooled oatmeal with one tablespoon of olive oil, an egg white, and a few drops of lemon juice for a brightening face mask.
8. Whip up a yummy face scrub with one tablespoon each of finely ground oatmeal, brown sugar, honey, and jojoba or grapeseed oil.
9. Soothe sunburned skin with an oatmeal and aloe bath. Heat two tablespoons of honey in the microwave, then mix in a cup of ground oats, three tablespoons of aloe vera (fresh is best, but gel works great too), and four tablespoons of milk powder. Add the mixture to a lukewarm bath and soak.
10. Use oat milk as natural toner after you've cleansed your face. To make it yourself, put one cup of rolled oats and three cups of water in a blender and blend on high until smooth, use a cheese cloth to strain into a glass bottle, and refrigerate.