When I decided to make the switch to using natural beauty products, I struggled in finding the right cleanser for my skin. There are a lot of natural cleanser recipes out there using ingredients like glycerin, castile soap, honey, and lemon juice to name a few. Many of the recipes I tried were too greasy for my skin. Others contained ingredients which required it to be refrigerated, which is too complicated for me. I like for my skin care routine to be convenient. How about you? Well, today I’m going to share with you my secret, super easy, all natural facial cleanser that anyone can make. All it requires is one ingredient! Do you want to know the secret?
Oatmeal!!! I know what you’re thinking….when I first heard of washing your face with plain oatmeal, I was a little hesitant myself. I mean, who thinks about washing their face with oatmeal when they’re used to adding brown sugar to it and eating it for breakfast? It may seem odd, but I urge you to give it a try. Why, you ask?
Oatmeal is the prefect natural facial cleanser because it is hydrating to the skin. It contains saponins, which are foaming properties, to help cleanse the skin of impurities. It’s a great choice if you have any skin problems such as eczema, rosacea or acne because it’s loaded in antioxidants, too.
To get these amazing benefits, it’s best to use colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is basically oatmeal in a powdered form so it can easily absorb water and generate a lather. I make my own by purchasing oatmeal from the grocery store and grinding it into a powder with my food processor. Just be sure you purchase the old fashioned kind, not quick oats or oatmeal with any additives. Once you have your powdered, colloidal oatmeal, it’s really simple to use.
To use oatmeal as a facial cleanser, put a little bit of the oatmeal powder into your hand, add warm water, and rub together to form a paste. Massage it into your skin and then remove with a wet washcloth. Your skin will feel clean and hydrated afterwards. You can continue with your normal toner/moisturizer to finish you skin care routine. Sometimes if I need exfoliation, I’ll add a dab of coconut oil and sea salt to the oatmeal paste to create a gentle exfoliant for my face. You can also add colloidal oatmeal to your bath water to soothe itchy or sunburned skin.
So, are you feeling brave enough to give oatmeal a try as your newest facial cleanser? I hope you decide to give it a try today! I like to use this cleanser in the morning, and use my charcoal cleanser at night. Have you ever used oatmeal for skin benefits? If so, be sure to share your tips with me!