Luminous, glowing skin is enviable but elusive. Your skin has to put up with dry air, city pollution and sun damage, which can leave it dull and itchy. For your next bathtub soak, enlist the moisturizing, antioxidant power of oatmeal, along with honey, lavender and milk, for soft, radiant skin and less itchy irritation.
Whole oats contain phenols and antioxidants that work to soothe skin and reduce itchy irritation. They also encourage glowing skin. Choose whole, rolled oats, rather than instant or quick-cooking versions, for the most effective treatment.
Run a warm bath and add about 2 cups of whole oats to the water. Add 1 cup of whole, organic milk to the tub along with a couple tablespoons of honey. The milk contains moisturizing fats for softer skin, while the honey adds a punch of natural antibacterial and skin-enriching vitamins. Stir to combine the ingredients, and sit back to enjoy.
Swap out the milk with a few tablespoons of olive or coconut oil for a deep moisturizing treatment that will leave your skin silky smooth.
Soothing away dry, itchy skin can also be a fantastic way to incorporate aromatherapy into your skincare routine, which means less stress and more glow. This oatmeal lavender recipe inspired by Mother Earth Living can be made in batches and stored for use whenever your skin and nose need a pick-me-up.
Dried lavender has soothing properties for red or irritated skin along with a gentle, sleep-inducing aroma. Mix 1 cup of dried lavender with 2 cups of whole oats and 1/2 cup of baking soda, which soothes inflammation gently. Place the ingredients into a blender and pulse until you have a smooth powder.
Add about 1/2 cup of the powder to your warm bath and swirl a little bit to distribute the oat flour and lavender. Store the rest of the soak mixture in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
You can also add Epsom salts to this recipe to soothe aching muscles and relax your nervous system.