If you're anything like me, you've long considered oatmeal as the breakfast of champions and obviously, your face is as deserving of these nutrients as your belly.  Obviously, it only made sense to start delving into some DIY oatmeal recipes to directly put a well-balanced breakfast directly into my pores.Oatmeal has a rich amount of fiber and protein; many acne sufferers and experts claim that protein deficiency can promote breakouts. This is just one of the many reasons why oatmeal has been a staple in OTC skincare products for so many years and it's definitely not news: According to sources at Stylecraze, oat baths were used by ancient Greeks and Romans to heal the skin. 

Oatmeal continues to make history as being one of the first ingredients recognized by the FDA to reduce inflammation and dryness. While it's a well-known anti-inflammatory, oatmeal also has antibacterial properties that help alleviate acne. This gluten-free ingredient is strong enough to alleviate acne and according to sources at Dermatocare, oatmeal is gentle enough for those with sensitive and eczema prone skin to find relief without stripping the skin of its natural layer of protection.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use oatmeal as a beauty ingredient of champions!

1. Pumpkin Oatmeal Body Scrub


Nothing gets me running to the shower in the mornings. Literally nothing. But having a hearty oatmeal scrub waiting for me in the shower to wake up my skin and senses is a great reward for pulling myself out of bed. 

Start by adding the sugar, oils, and two tablespoons of oatmeal in a large mixing bowl. Use a blender to mix your ingredients together. Next, transfer from blender back to bowl and add the nutmeg and additional tablespoon of oatmeal and mix vigorously. At this time, you can add more raw sugar for a thicker consistency and any essential oils. I used 10 drops each of red mandarin and vanilla essential oil with just three drops of clove to give my scrub a delicious pumpkin spice flavor. 

Transfer the scrub to a tinted, sealable jar to keep in your shower for future use; this new scrub makes approximately 8 ounces and a little goes a long way, I recommend keeping your scrub at room temperature, be sure to check the expiration dates on your ingredients to determine when your scrub is officially over. Fortunately, this weekly scrub likely be long gone before that happens. Use warm water to open your pores in shower before gently massaging into hands, feet, and body. 

2. Meal Starter Oatmeal Mask


One of my favorite masks for when my skin is feeling ultra sensitive is as simple as it is effective. Blend the banana half (I strongly recommend eating the other half), the honey, and the oatmeal in a blender (the grains of raw oatmeal can be a little too harsh on the face and neck area) and then pour into a sealable container. This recipe is just enough for two uses and since it's highly perishable and quick to make, it's more than enough! Keep it refrigerated to use again the next day after and discard.

3. Oatmeal Hair Milk 


I've mentioned that oatmeal is highly moisturizing and all that fiber can go directly in your tresses to promote hair growth and strong follicles. To make your own hair milk, steep one cup of oatmeal into one cup of coconut milk. Allow for a low boil and then strain the oatmeal out with a mesh strainer, letting the milk pour directly into a bowl. I like to add mine to my favorite leave-in conditioner recipes, but you can definitely get those benefits by using the oatmeal milk by itself.