The rising popularity of oatmeal as an ingredient in various cosmetic products bears testimony to its amazing skin benefits. Oatmeal is packed with avenanthramides, antioxidants that fight the damage caused by free radicals to the skin cells. Its anti-inflammatory properties treat skin conditions like acne, rashes, rosacea and eczema. Saponins in oats act as cleansing agent and it acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells as well as toxins. Oats can reverse damage from surfactants, alpha hydroxy acids and bleaches on the skin and its ability to shrink pore size keep the skin looking young.
Here Are Some Exclusive Oatmeal Face Masks That You Must Try:
Oatmeal Honey Mask
Cook single serving of oatmeal and while it is still hot add to it two tablespoons of raw honey. Let it cool and apply it on your face. Let it remain for 15 minutes and then wash off with regular water. While oatmeal cleanses and exfoliates, honey retains the moisture in your skin making it smooth and supple. Hence, this is an excellent face mask for dry skin. Honey also has amazing antibacterial properties that prevent acne.
Instant Oatmeal Mask
Quick to prepare, this mask is great to fight acne. Cooked oatmeal is an excellent agent for reducing inflammation caused by acne. Just cook some plain oats without any flavor or additives and directly apply it to acne affected areas, after the mixture cools down. Leave the oats on for at least 15 minutes and wash off with regular water. This would exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce inflammation that causes acne and redness. Oatmeal also draws out excess oil produced by sebaceous glands.
Oatmeal-Apple-Lemon Juice Pack
This face pack is especially helpful for oily skin. Cook half a cup of oatmeal and let it cool. Break one egg into the oatmeal and add one tablespoon lemon juice and half of a mashed apple. Apply this pack on your face. Let it remain for 10 minutes and then rinse off. Egg whites draw out extra oil from the skin pores while the yolk deeply moisturizes. The egg whites also act as great skin toners.
Oatmeal-Baking Soda Mask
If you have an acne-prone skin, this mask is for you. Baking soda removes dead skin cells just like oatmeal and it opens up skin pores and deep cleanses them so that blackheads as well as whiteheads are gone. It also helps in absorbing excess oil from the skin. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal and one teaspoon of baking soda and make a smooth paste by adding enough water. You will have to grind the oatmeal first and then add baking soda. Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Oatmeal-Turmeric Face Pack
This face pack works wonders on almost every skin type and helps in fighting premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Cook half a cup of oatmeal, add one egg and one tablespoonful of almond oil to it. Apply the paste on your face and let it remain for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Turmeric helps in fighting acne by reducing excessive oil production and inhibiting bacterial growth. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties it inhibits aging signs from appearing.
Oatmeal-Yogurt Face Pack
This face pack is great for oily skin as well as combination skin. Take 1/4 cup oatmeal and cook it. Add about 3 tablespoons of yogurt to the cooked oatmeal. Finally, add one tablespoon of honey. Mix all the ingredients well so that it turns into a smooth paste. Apply it on your face and let it remain for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Yogurt contains zinc as well as lactic acid that promote healthy skin. It helps in removing dead skin cells, tightening skin pores, reducing excess oil and preventing acne, and add natural glow to the skin.
Being loaded with antioxidants, apple and oatmeal combination makes a great anti aging pack. Mix two tablespoons each of applesauce and oatmeal. To prepare the applesauce, take half of a medium-sized apple, peel off the skin and make puree from its flesh. Add to the mixture, one tablespoon of honey and rose water. Apply the mixture on your face, let it remain for 15 minutes and was off. This face mask is excellent for removing dead skin cells as well as toxins. Apple contains alpha-hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells and antioxidants in it prevent tissue damage. It also controls oil secretion. On the other hand, rose water contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothes irritation of skin.
Oatmeal-Almond Oil – Egg Face Mask
This face mask works excellent for dry skin. Cook half a cup of oatmeal and add one egg, one tablespoon each of honey and almond oil, and a mashed banana. Mix the ingredients well to turn into a smooth paste. Apply the paste on your face and let it remain for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water. Honey is a humectant and like almond oil helps in locking moisture on the skin. Bananas have anti-aging properties as well as antibacterial properties that ward off acne and blemishes. Almond oil also contains vitamin E that repairs damaged skin cells.
Oatmeal-Milk-Avocado Face Pack
This exclusive face pack balances the skin pH and helps in removing dead skin cells without drying out the skin. To prepare this face pack, you will need two tablespoons oatmeal, equal amount of kaolin clay, 4 tablespoons of full cream milk, lemon juice, a mashed avocado and up to 10 ground almonds. Mix the ingredients together till it becomes a smooth paste. Apply the mixture on your face and let it remain for 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Avocado has several skin benefits like reducing wrinkles, lightening skin tone, preventing acne, and protecting against sun tan. Milk, on the other hand, cleanses skin, lightens and brightens and shrinks pores.
Oatmeal-Lemon Juice Face Pack
Acne accounts for blemishes on the face that are hard to pass by. To prepare a homemade anti-blemish face pack, take three teaspoonfuls of colloidal oatmeal and add to it one teaspoonful each of honey, wine vinegar and lemon juice. Finally, add 1/4 cup water and make a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face, massage gently with fingers in a circular motion and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse with water. Vinegar contains both antiseptic and acidic properties that fight bacteria and restore pH balance of the skin. Wine vinegar is used here as it is milder than both apple cider vinegar and distilled vinegar. Also, lemon has excellent astringent properties that reduce blemishes and brightens and lightens skin tone.
Oatmeal-Tomato Face Pack
This works wonders for people with normal to oily skin. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal and puree of a small tomato. Add enough water so that the ingredients turn into smooth paste without any lumps. Apply the mask on your face and let it remain for at least 10 minutes. Tomatoes help in reducing sun tan and absorb excess oil from the skin thereby reducing acne. On the other hand, oatmeal contains fiber that absorbs excess oil in the right amount to avoid excessive dryness.