How to Create an Oatmeal Mask

By Kimbry Parker

Oatmeal may be good for your body on the inside, and it turns out it's not too shabby when it comes to external skincare too. Whether your skin is dry and flaky, sensitive, oily or just plain normal, a homemade oatmeal mask is an easy, inexpensive way to give your complexion a boost of beautiful.

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Wash your face as usual before applying the oatmeal face mask.

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Dry or Sensitive Skin

Uncooked oats are slightly abrasive, so they're perfect for sloughing away rough, dry skin from your face. They're also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, mix a couple of tablespoons of uncooked oats with a tablespoon of raw honey. Mash a ripe avocado and combine about half of the flesh with the oats and honey. The honey and avocado add moisture, while the oats exfoliate and calm sensitive and dry skin. Rub the mask onto your face in a circular motion. Wait 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse well with cool water.

Oily/Acne-Prone Skin

Oily or acne-prone skin sufferers should use cooked oats, which absorb oil and help soothe acne. Mix a few tablespoons of uncooked oats with enough hot water to soak them up. Let it steep for about 5 minutes; make sure the mixture is cool enough to not burn your skin. Add a small amount of honey to help the oatmeal adhere, and smooth the mask onto your face. Wash it off with cool water after 10 to 20 minutes.

Normal Skin

If you're one of the lucky ones that has normal skin, you can get creative with your oatmeal face mask. Use it to give your skin an overall clearer complexion with oatmeal as the base. You can use cooked or uncooked oats, depending on your preference. Add in some yogurt for its anti-aging properties, egg white to tighten the skin or lemon juice to tone. Massage the oatmeal mask onto your skin. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing.