Oatmeal is my number one when it comes to skin.
“There are four reasons why your skin adores oatmeal,” explains New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD:
1. Dryness fighting: Oats contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and leave a fine protective film on the skin, preventing dull, flaky dryness.
2. Moisturising: Oats are full of healthy, lubricating fats.
3. Defence 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.
The Skin Doc’s Smoothing, Soothing Oatmeal Mask
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey
1. Put the oats into a clean herb or coffee grinder on the finest setting, and process into powder.
2. Pour into a small bowl and stir in hot water and honey. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Wash face with warm water. While skin is still damp, massage paste onto face, circling around eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes.
4. Remove with warm water and a wash cloth. Apply moisturiser to seal the deal and set the glow.
Another Oatmeal Mask (great for dehydrated skin)
- Combine 1/2 a cup of hot water (make sure it’s not boiling) and 1/3 cup oatmeal. Leave them for 3 minutes.
- Mix in 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Apply it to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water.
Turmeric mask with honey, yoghurt and a sprinkle of lemon (your skin’s best friends!)
These ingredients are anti-acne, dissolve dead skin cells, moisturising, and super soothing.
- Mix together a spoonful of yoghurt, a teaspoon of both turmeric and honey and 4 drops of lemon juice.
- Leave for 30 minutes or until the mask is dry and tight.
- Wash off with warm water and if your skin looks a little yellow, just scrub it off with a wash cloth.
Baking Soda Blackhead Scrub
- Mix together 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water.
- Massage the mixture onto damp skin, and rinse with warm water.
Salt, Lemon, and Sugar Scrub for Exfoliation and Brightness
- Mix together a quarter of a lemon with half a teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt.
- Gently massage it on the skin for 2-3 minutes to get the blood flow going and your skin glowing. Rinse it with water.