For years, I've faced winter cold and summer heat with the dread of forthcoming peeling skin, cracks like the grand canyon, and scratchy hives. This winter has been particularly bad on my face; just taking a shower leaves my face stinging and burning. Heavy moisturizers like Eucerin Cream aren’t working, burn worse, or break me out in acne.
Then a friend shared how she treats her hyper-sensitive skin. She’s allergic to eggs, milk, grass, grains ~ you name it. She uses an oatmeal mask every night, and I decided to test out the recipe.
Result: it actually helped quite a bit! And, it is far cheaper than the creams I was using.
While I still put on face creams after my shower, as well as utilize a few other tricks I’ll share later, I have officially added this to my nightly routine.
The ingredients are simple:
- 1-3 spoonfuls of GROUND OATMEAL (of any kind, even the cheap no-name brand or quick-oats will work). Oatmeal flour works perhaps a bit better, but it is also more expensive.
- 1-3 spoonfuls of WATER.
- Take one to three spoonfuls of regular oatmeal.
- Put it in a small sandwich plastic bag. The bag need to lock closed.
- Grind up the oatmeal with a meat grinder in the bag until it looks like a thick flour.
- Add in the water and mix it up.
- Smear it on your face and leave until the whole mask dries.
- Wipe off with a warm towel, and check out the results!!
Step 3 is kind of necessary ~ the mask works best if the oatmeal is ground. I use a simple kitchen grinder that looks like this: