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Oatmeal Facial Spa Treatment
About colloidal oatmeal
Available from any drug store or pharmacy department, colloidal oatmeal is commonly used in baths to treat itching and irritation related to ailments like chicken pox and poison ivy.
You can also create your own by putting raw whole oats (not quick oats) through a food processor until they are a fine, flour-like powder. You probably won't be able to get it completely as well ground as the store bought packets, but that's okay. The texture of home ground colloidal oatmeal for this recipe improves the exfoliating power!
Oatmeal in face scrubs and face masks is very good for your skin and for all skin types. Oatmeal will pull oil and toxins from your skin, treat blemishes and acne, and contains antioxidant and anti inflammatory compounds which soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin, and may contribute to anti-aging.
(My face gets very itchy in the late spring from allergies and I get red, puffy, blotchy skin. This facial is really great for that too!)
Using milk in facial treatments is also very beneficial. Milk is anti-inflammatory and very soothing to irritation, while the lactic acid in milk also aids in exfoliating dead skin cells, which leaves you with soft, smooth skin. Lactic acid also stimulates collagen production, giving you a more youthful appearance. Milk will also shrink pores and has healing properties that will help with blemishes, acne, and particularly with acne scars.
Honey is another every day ingredient that is great for your skin. Honey also soothes irritation and has antibacterial properties that are great for blemishes and acne. Honey can even out skin tone and has humectant properties which help your skin stay moisturized all day.
So many of the expensive treatments in stores are derived from these ingredients, which in their natural form are gentle enough for all skin types.
You will look a little crazy while it's on, but it's worth it!
How would you describe your skin type?
A few optional customizations for your skin type
- For oily or acne prone skin: add 3-6 drops of tea tree oil and/or a dash of ground cinnamon (do not use either on sensitive skin)
- For sensitive skin: add 2 Tablespoons of mashed banana
- For dry skin: add 2 Tablespoons of mashed avocado. You may also replace milk with plain greek yogurt
Have you tried it? What did you think?
Mix it up and put it on
- 1/2 cup colloidal oatmeal
- 1 Tbsp honey
- and enough milk to moisten the mixture and create a smooth paste
- plus any of the optional customizations above
First, wet your face and use mixture as a face scrub, avoiding the eye area. Then rinse, pat dry, and smooth mixture evenly over face. Let dry, about 15 minutes- more or less depending on liquid content.
Rinse to reveal softer, smoother, clearer, more radiant skin
This Oatmeal Facial Spa Treatment:
- is great for all skin types
- treats blemishes and acne
- brightens and evens skin tone
- reduces the appearance of pores
- soothes dry, itchy or irritated skin
- stimulates collagen and contributes to anti-aging
- exfoliates to smooth and soften skin
- and helps your skin maintain proper moisture balance
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