Not just breakfast: The amazing beauty uses of oatmeal
- Don't feel like eating oatmeal today? Mix some up (plain!) and let it cool -- then apply it to problem areas where you're seeing acne flare-ups. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes and then rinse. The oatmeal absorbes and removes oil and bacteria, exfoliating dead skin cells in the process.
- Grind oats or oat flour into a powder, then put into a cheesecloth or a clean pair of pantyhose. Tie a knot to keep the oats inside, and attach it to the tub's faucet -- so that the water runs through the pouch. Draw a lukewarm bath, squeezing the pouch to saturate the water. Now relax!
- Adding 1 cup of milk, 2 cups of oats and 1 tablespoon of honey to a bath will moisturize your skin and relax the body.
- Combine 2 tablespoons oats (grinded) with 4 spoonfuls of milk or 3 spoonfuls of sour cream. Wait a bit for the oats to expand, then add a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to your skin for 20 minutes, then reveal glowing, refreshed skin underneath.
- Dry shampoo is great, right? Well you can make your own. Grind oats down into a powder and mix with equal parts baking soda. Rub the mixture into your hair, absorbing oil and odor, and then brush it out. Voila!
- Grind 2 tablespoons of oatmeal down into a grainy consistency. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and a small amount of water -- just enough to make it into a paste. Scrub it on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse away.
- Combine 2 tablespoons of oats with 1 teaspoon avocado, 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of beer. Yes, beer! Mix it up and apply to your face for 10 minutes. Now say goodbye to wrinkles.
- With all of these great benefits oatmeal can have for you topically, just think of all the great things it can do for your body from within! Mix in some brown sugar if you need it sweetened, or better yet fresh fruit. It's the perfect breakfast to keep you full and focused until that lunch hour rolls around.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast to keep you full and happy (and snack-less throughout the day) -- but did you know it's also great for your skin? From within as well as applied directly to the body, this is the definition of a superfood.
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There are countless ways to reap the benefits of the common grain, from treating acne to making a great at-home body scrub (or soothing a sunburn!). Even better -- stop spending money on pricey dry shampoos, because you can make one yourself with a little oatmeal and baking soda.
Click through to see some of the amazing things oatmeal can do for your skin, hair, and entire body this summer season.