Your Guide to Glowing Skin Using Oatmeal
Women have always gone to great lengths to enhance their beauty. One woman in particular is very well-known for her beauty secrets: Cleopatra! Cleopatra seemed to have known all the beauty tricks of the trade thousands of years ago. And, many of these secrets and beauty DIYs are still common to this day. So we thought, ‘Why not make a series completely devoted to Cleopatra’s beauty tricks?’
We referenced Cleopatra in our All About Rosewater: Cleopatra’s Magical Beauty Potion post, but that was just a scratch on the surface. To kick off this series, we’re going to share a simple DIY using one main ingredient: Oats!
Cleopatra used oatmeal to clean, exfoliate, nourish, and moisturize her skin. This method is still around today, and it’s called Oatmeal Cleansing. Not only is oatmeal a healthy [common] breakfast food, but it’s also packed with nutrients that do wonders for your skin.
- Oatmeal benefits skin because it:
- contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- soothes irritation and treats inflammation.
- yields clean, clear skin.
- contains saponins, which are cleansing agents (the saponins found in oats help to remove dirt from your pores).
- treats dry skin.
- removes dead skin cells.
- treats acne, eczema, and scars.
- absorbs/balances oily skin.
- promotes a brighter complexion.
We’re going to modernize this technique and turn this DIY into a dual cleanser/scrub. Baking soda by itself is a great exfoliant, but when you combine it with nutrient-packed oatmeal, this is when the magic really happens.
DIY Oatmeal Face Cleanser & Scrub
- In a bowl, mix the oatmeal and baking soda in equal proportions.
- Add a little bit of warm water and leave the substance for about 5 minutes - until it turns into a soft paste.
- Gently massage your face with the oatmeal paste, avoiding the eye area.
- Rinse your face with warm water; Then, follow-up with a quick rinse with cold water to close and minimize pores.
- Enjoy soft, cleansed, and moisturized skin!
*If you don’t have baking soda or would prefer not to use it, no worries! Simply add oatmeal to your bath water, or combine it with hot water and massage it over your entire face and body (might as well make the most of it, right?!).
**You don’t NEED Bare Oils Fractionated Coconut Oil for this DIY, but adding a few drops of this stuff will add even more softness to your skin. Plus, it will help lock in moisture so your skin stays moisturized, soft, and supple.
If you liked this quick DIY and want to learn more about Cleopatra’s modern day beauty secrets, we invite you to delve deep into history with us by following along with this series. As always, if you give this DIY a try, comment below and let us know how it went!