It seems like everybody is looking for stuff that is all natural these days. You can’t walk into a grocery store or restaurant without seeing “all natural”, “organic”, “non-GMO” stuff. Just like with what you put into your body, the same philosophy also applies to what you put on your body with skin care products. While over the counter or prescription products will give you the best results, as they are formulated for the specific purpose of skin care, there are a number of natural ways to cure some skin ailments with items you have around the house.
One such treatment is an oatmeal face mask which can be used for hydrating, cleansing, and repairing imperfections in your skin. This mask is made from the same type of oatmeal you would buy for your breakfast. You can also add honey for a soothing effect. This kind of natural treatment has many benefits without the harmful side effects (such as skin irritation or redness) that you may get from over the counter products that are not right for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, an oatmeal mask is especially recommended as it is gentle on the skin. It can also be useful for those with acne. Best of all, it’s easy to make and apply!
Why Use an Oatmeal Face Mask?
Unlike other face masks that contain acidic ingredients, an oatmeal mask that you make at home is less harsh on the skin. There are over a dozen amino acids in oatmeal which help in the creation of healthy skin cells and in repairing damaged skin tissue. Your skin absorbs these amino acids to clear up blemishes and restore an even skin tone.
There are also hydrating effects in an oatmeal mask due to the humectant properties. This helps your skin stay hydrated long after the treatment. It is also hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin to avoid suffering from any side effects.
Choosing an Oatmeal Face Mask
There are a few considerations when deciding what type of oatmeal face mask you want. You can either go with one made from pure oatmeal, or you can make one with other ingredients. Sometimes honey is added, as mentioned before, as well as avocado. These are two ingredients that are popular in many over the counter face masks at your pharmacy. When choosing between raw or cooked oatmeal, it is better to go with raw as the abrasiveness will help in the removal of dead skin.
Also keep an eye out for colloidal oatmeal when looking at the labels of the oatmeal at the grocery or health store. This kind of oatmeal will help in moisture retention because of the sugars in it, which helps heal and protect the skin’s outer layers.
How to Apply an Oatmeal Face Mask
Be sure to wash your face with warm water and follow it up with a cleanser to give your skin a clean surface to work. Apply the oatmeal evenly all over your face, coating the skin but being careful to avoid getting it in your eyes. After applying, let it sit on your face for around ten to fifteen minutes and wash it away with warm water and a cleanser again
Regular use of this type of treatment will help restore a younger look to your skin, repairing damage that has accrued over time and from the environment. Like I discuss on another page, this is just one of many natural skin care remedies you can do at home.