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The Best Colloidal Oatmeal Mask

Since 2000 BC oatmeal has been used as a soak or poultice to relieve irritated, dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Whether in the bath or applied topically, oatmeal has been shown to help heal everything from bug bites to sunburns. A colloidal oatmeal mask is a safe, easy and inexpensive way to have beautiful smooth skin.


Besides the healing properties, oatmeal also cleanses the skin. Oatmeal contains chemicals called saponins that help remove dirt and oil from the skin. Oatmeal also acts as a moisturizer due to its natural fat content and because of the vitamins and polysaccharides contained in oatmeal it helps to nourish the skin.

To maximize the chemical effects of oatmeal, colloidal (powdered) oatmeal should be used. The high concentration of polysaccharide (complex sugars) in colloidal oatmeal forms a protective film on the skin that physically holds the skins moisture. This film also helps to repair and maintain the skins natural protective barrier and is effective for lasting healing benefits. Colloidal oatmeal softens and nourishes the skin making it perfect as an oatmeal mask or bath additive.

Colloidal oatmeal may be purchased or made at home.

To make colloidal oatmeal at home:

To make sure that the oats have been ground to the correct fineness, add a teaspoon of the ground oats to a glass of water and mix. The oats should absorb the water quickly giving it a milky look. If the particles sink readily to bottom of the glass, grind them a bit longer and retest.

Yogurt and honey make excellent accompaniments to the colloidal oatmeal mask for the following reasons:

Yogurt benefits:

Honey benefits:

Simple Colloidal Oatmeal Mask Recipe – for all skin types

Ingredients:

Preparation:
1. Pour oatmeal into a small bowl and stir in the yogurt and honey creating a paste. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Cleanse face with warm water. While skin is still damp, apply mixture to your face using a gentle circular pattern. Avoid eyes and mouth. This is the exfoliating step.

3. Leave on for 10 minutes. This is the deep cleansing step that will remove impurities.

4. Remove paste with lukewarm water and a washcloth. Apply your favorite moisturizer. Be certain that your moisturizer contains no oils that clog pores. (A thin application of olive oil is a great option for most skin types.)

In order to reap maximum benefits from the colloidal oatmeal mask, apply mask once or twice a week. For sensitive skin, apply every other week.

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