…and it might already be in your kitchen!
I have sensitive skin.
All of my foundations start with zero, I get sunburned wearing SPF 50 and my skin always looks both oily and dry. Oh, and I’m also allergic to most products, which give me bright red spots.
It was one of those allergic reactions that lead to the discovery of this amazing DIY cleanser.
Sounds weird? Oatmeal and almonds are actually a very popular ingredient in natural skincare products. Ground almonds are the main ingredient in Lush’s Angels on Bare Skin cleanser and Herbalism. Oatmeal is the star of their Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.
I had read about using oatmeal as a cleanser before, but the thought of trading in my expensive french pharmacy products never crossed my mind.
Until the big rash of 2013 happened. I had used a new product at a friend’s house. As you can guess by now, my skin did not like it. And it made sure that I knew it.
I didn’t want to aggregavate my skin even more, so I scratched my daily skin care routine. But I still wanted to cleanse my face, obvi. I thought of the most gentle way I had heard of, plain oatmeal. I quickly ran to my kitchen (okay, I walked slowly but surely) and started grounding my breakfast oatmeal.
The next day, all of the rash was gone. It might have had something to do with the cortisone cream I used, but still, I was hooked. And I have been using it every day since.
My skin has never been this balanced. I can finally call it ‘normal’, hoorah! My skin feels softer than ever and the amount of spots on my face has diminished greatly. It’s now a fixed value in my daily skincare routine.
During the summer and spring I use solely ground oats. Once the winter has kickstarted I like to use half ground oatmeal, half ground almonds. The almonds give extra exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells, and at the same time it moisturizes like crazy.
How on earth do you use this?
1. Put a tablespoon of your ground magic in the palm of your hand. Use more or less to your desire
2. Drop a few droplets of water on there to make a paste. You can use milk if you have dry skin or witch hazel for oilly skin
3. Rub it all over your face!
4. Rinse it off with water
5. Now, bask in the beauty that is your skin
I’ve come across blogs that suggest to mix in oatmeal with your favourite cleanser. I’ve tried this, but I’ve found that it works best when you either cleanse ‘au naturel’ or just use a store bought product. Mixing them together just seems to diminish the effectiveness of both.
Still not convinced? Just try it. Try it ones. And then come back and tell me how much you love it.
Perfecting the art of cleansing grains – combination skin:
My skin just realized summer kicked in. Meaning my T-zone for some reason thinks it should emit a ‘healthy shine’. I prefer my T-zones matte, so I tried out a new recipe that I’ve now fallen in love with. And this is it:
– 2/3 cup finely ground oats
– 1/3 cup finely ground almonds
– 2 tbsp. finely ground dried chamomile herbs
– 6 drops of tea tree essential oil (or lavender essential oil)
Ground your three dry ingredients separately (otherwise they’ll stick together). Pour them in a pretty container and drop your essential oil in. Give the container a good shake after each drop (with a lid on it, of course). Although I really want to like lavender EO (the scent to name one reason), I’ve found that my skin just really likes smelly tea tree oil.