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The Best Skin Care Tip You Ever Got.

Let your face have its oatmeal for breakfast. Yup, you read it right. The face. Oatmeal. For breakfast.

Haven’t you noticed how many skin care brands are boasting boldly that their products contain oatmeal? Why is that? Simple. Oatmeal is a wonder grain. It does wonders for your skin and its properties have been known for ages. It’s a fantastic natural cleanser, scrubber, exfoliant, toner, soother, nourisher… you name it.

So, how exactly do we treat our skin with this divine delicacy?

First, buy some nice organic plain rolled oats. Of course I say organic cause this is an organic skin care site. But if by some strange chance you are still not into organics (oh, come on now!) but ended up on this site, just use regular oats. But please, no instants! And no flavored anything! Ok, now that we’ve sorted that out – buy organic plain rolled oats. Either whole or crashed. If you bought the biggish looking ones, grind them a bit in the coffee grinder or equivalent (I use Magic Bullet). Not so small that they turn into flour. You want little particles for the scrubbing. So just a few spins should do the trick.

Transfer the mix into a sealable container. Take the container into the bathroom where you do your morning face routine. Put it there. Wait till morning.

In the morning, as you are about to wash your lovely face, open the magic container. Splash some water on your face to give it a wet start. Take a fistful of oats (pour into your hand – don’t get all the other oats wet! Or dry your hands first…) and run a bit of water into it, so that it soaks and turns into a mush. (You can also soak it up in some other container. But I use my fist, cause I always forget to bring containers upstairs, and I’m too lazy to go looking for them in the morning.) Then gently massage the mixture into your skin, using small circular motions. Be tender. Don’t squeeze or rub. Avoid the eye area. Work a little more diligently on trouble areas (around the nose, forehead). You can leave it on for a little while (five minutes or so) or wash it right away. (I wash it off with lukewarm water, and then rinse my face with cool water.) After that apply your moisturizer.

This will gently exfoliate, clean, soothe and nourish your skin all at once. It will also brighten dark spots, lighten out freckles and marks, and tone down inflammations.

I have been diligently using this method for a few days now, trying to combat the dandruffy/pimply/look-at-me-I-am-so-red-I-want-a-job-as-a-stop-sign forehead atrocity. And guess what? This morning my husband commented that my skin looks so even, what am I up to? (He has noticed the oatmeal jar in the bathroom, but must’ve thought that it was there for my secret midnight snack…) In fact, at this rate of improvement, my face will soon be competing with my imaginary porcelain doll collection.

This method is good for all skin types. And all budgets. And all skill sets. And all ages.

So treat your skin to a healthy oatmeal breakfast. It will thank you.

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1 Lisa { 05.08.08 at 9:47 am }

Thanks, I’m gonna try this. My forehead gets red certain times of month ;-) Hope this will take care of it.

2 julena { 05.08.08 at 2:35 pm }

I know exactly what you mean :-)

3 The Vegan Snorkeler { 05.08.08 at 6:23 pm }

Sometimes the best skin care product is the simplest…I’m totally going to try this. I recently started using vitamin E oil around my eyes at night and I think it works just as well (if not better) than expensive creams!

4 julena { 05.08.08 at 11:13 pm }

Best solutions are often right in front of us…

5 Bee { 06.05.09 at 2:54 pm }

Stumbled upon your site and I was wondering, do the oat meals clog your sink?

6 julena { 06.06.09 at 9:34 am }

Bee — they can. I put a little container and catch the major chunks. I also wipe it off carefully with a napkin. If you’re not carefull, you can end up with a whole bathroom covered in oatmeal :)

7 Bee { 06.17.09 at 2:51 pm }

Hey! Thanks for the reply! I was also wondering, how long have you been using the oatmeal and do you still use it? How long does it take to see results? How many times a day do you wash your face with it?

8 julena { 06.17.09 at 9:30 pm }

Bee: my skin goes through stages. In some weather (and during some times of the month ;) ) it’s more flaky than normal. So generally I use oatmeal whenever I see some flakes. For that I see results right away. When my skin is normal I do it about once a week.

You can do it every day. It’s quite gentle. Once in the morning is enough.

9 Jasmine { 06.12.11 at 9:25 pm }

Great tip! One question though, I have really oily skin so do I wash my face with cleanser before the scrub or the other way round?

10 Cheryl { 04.26.12 at 10:17 am }

Great tip, thank you! Tried it twice, already noticed a difference. Keep up the good work!

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