Did you know oats are great for your skin ?

The use of oats for skin care dates back to the ancient Egyptians, and it is still an effective treatment for sensitive skin today.

Colloidal oatmeal is made by finely grinding oats. It is ideal to start with steel cut or rolled oats, as these are closer to their natural form. At home a coffee grinder, food processor or mortar and pestle can help you achieve the fine powder of oatmeal that is great for skin care.

Colloidal oatmeal contains a whole host of properties that make it beneficial for sensitive skin. Phenols means it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. It also is high in starches and beta-glucan which make it moisture rich, and means it protects sensitive skin. Its cleansing ability is due to saponins. So while this is all very technical, it all sums up to mean that using colloidal oatmeal in your skin care can add a long list of benefits.

How to use it?

Grind up the oats to a fine powder. Take half a cup, and add 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Mix with a little warm water to make a creamy texture - this works as a gentle cleanser or mask.

For a gentle cleanse apply a small amount to your face, and rub gently in small circular motions. Avoid the sensitive eye area. For a mask just apply to face - avoiding the eye area - and leave on for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse with luke-warm water and pat dry - follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Adding 2 - 3 cups of colloidal oatmeal to a warm bath will give your skin an all over rejuvenation. Add it to the bathwater as you are filling the tub, breaking apart any clumps with your fingers.  Then soak for 10 - 15 minutes. Take care exiting the bath, as the oats can make it more slippery. Pat dry skin gently - scrubbing can take away the soothing layer you have just added!

So oats are a delicious breakfast, but now you know they are also a delicious treat for your skin!

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