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Oatmeal is a wonderful way to start your day. But while there are many benefits of eating oatmeal, it is also a wonderful food for your skin....
Pampering Yourself Naturally: Oatmeal by Stephanie Fries

Treating Your Skin Naturally

Oatmeal is a wonderful way to start your day. But while there are many benefits of eating oatmeal, it is also a wonderful food…for your skin.

“Oatmeal can soothe rashes, sunburn, eczema, chicken pox and can even help with acne,” says Donna Larson, author of “Mother Nature’s Beauty Cupboard.” “Oatmeal baths have been used for centuries, and when you treat yourself to one you can relax and rest assured that you are using a natural ingredient.” Instant or regular oatmeal can be used. Just make sure it’s not flavored.

The easiest way to prepare an oatmeal bath is to grind oatmeal in food processer or coffee grinder until it is a fine powder. Add a cup or two to your cool or lukewarm bath, stir the water and enjoy. Be careful when you get out of the tub...it will be a little more slippery than normal. Make sure to gently pat skin dry. You can take oatmeal baths as often as you feel your skin needs it.

If you want to help clear up acne, you will need to cook oatmeal and cool, then put it directly on blemishes and rinse off after a few minutes. If you want to, you can also cover your face with oatmeal and leave it on for up to 15 minutes, then rinse. You can also make a facial scrub using ground oatmeal and water or honey, almond oil or lemon juice (for oily skin). Simply apply to skin and rub your neck and face in an upward, clockwise motion. Then rinse and apply moisturizer.


Stephanie Fries is a radio announcer and producer, serving as a program host and doing voiceover projects and commercials for radio stations in Tucson, AZ for over 25 years.