Oatmeal isn’t just a breakfast food to help start your day, it’s so much more than that. Did you know that the grainy little flakes perform deliciously mini miracles when applied to your skin? Oatmeal removes away dead cells, irritation, dryness and redness, leaving a soft, smooth, silky glow behind. Oatmeal has long been a staple among the beauty & skin pros — even the ancient ones. It’s skin-soothing powers were known as early as 2000 BC, and to this day, the FDA cites it as effective for eczema and inflammation, including insect stings, rashes, and eczema. My family will be happy to hear and know this. That’s why finely powdered (“colloidal”) oatmeal is sifted into soothing body soaks, scrubs, bath bombs, moisturizers, and soaps. (Pulverizing the oats into powder makes it easier to disperse their healing goodness — and in soaks and bombs it keeps them from collecting in the bottom of the tub. AWESOME!
|Oatmeal Milk & Honey Bath Bomb|
1. Fight Dryness: Oats contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and leave a fine protective film on the skin, preventing dull and dryness.
2. Moisturizing: Oats are full of healthy, lubricating fats.
3. Defense Building: The proteins in oatmeal help maintain the skin’s natural barrier function, which ensures that the world outside the skin stays out, and what’s inside the skin stays in.
4. Pore Cleansing: Oats are filled with natural cleansers (called saponins) that gently remove dirt and oil from the pores.
To reap all of these AMAZINGLY great benefits, start treating your skin to a colloidal oatmeal mask every week or two. (Heck, why not spoil yourself rotten) Here’s a super simple recipe — bet you already have these ingredients in your kitchen.
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey