These past few weeks have been a bit stressful. My schedule has been changing so much that my body is taking in a lot, making my face break out in blemishes and giving me an Eczema outbreak around my nose. To help heal myself, I’ve been following this oatmeal face washing routine.
Ever since I saw the below video from BubzBeauty in 2011, oatmeal has been my go-to cleanser when my skin needs to heal.
Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory, making it perfect to help my blemishes and Eczema dryness. It also helps fight free-radicals, which is great because of the heat engulfing Miami right now. WH Foods has a long list of the amazing benefits of oats, I recommend you take a look for more information on oatmeal and what it can do for your skin.
For the past week these are the instructions I’ve been following to clean my face naturally, effectively, and cheaply using just oatmeal and water.
Oatmeal face wash instructions:
- Take half a handful of oats (quick or old fashioned, whatever you have) into your palm.
- Turn on the faucet and let the water run through a clenched fist onto the oats, making the oats mushy in your hands.
- Gently rub onto your wet skin.
- Rinse off, pat dry, and follow with a moisturizing oil.
- Blending the oats will make it easier and gentler to spread around your skin.
- If you are wearing makeup, first take it off with olive oil or coconut oil before washing with oats as the oats themselves won’t take off makeup.
- Place a bowl in your sink to catch the falling oats, if not your drain may become clogged over repeated use.
If you have a sunburn or other full body skin agitation and want to take an oatmeal bath, follow these instructions.
Oatmeal bath how-to:
- Cut the feet off of a pair of clean tights.
- Add oats into the foot area of the tights, tying a knot at the top.
- Throw this tied “sock” into your bath.
This way you get all of the benefits of oats without it clogging your bathtub.
I’ve been doing this face wash every day for a week and am already noticing improvements. I’ve also stopped wearing as much makeup and have been using coconut oil to moisturize. I’m trying to keep chemicals away from my skin while my body (and my life) finds a more normal rhythm
What do you do when your skin breaks out? How do you heal?
I’d love some extra tips!