You’ve probably noticed skin care products containing oatmeal on the shelves and, odd as it may seem, oatmeal is one of the best dry skin and eczema treatments around. However, the commercial products available usually contain other ingredients that make them less than desirable.
The good news is that there are a number of oatmeal-based skin care products you can make at home. When followed with the application of a good shielding lotion for all-day dry skin and , these oatmeal recipes will give eczema sufferers the relief they need.
How do you use oatmeal for skin care? It can be put into the bath, used as a cleanser, or as a masque.
For a soothing bath, process the oatmeal in a blender until it is a very fine powder. To find out if it is fine enough, mix a tablespoon into a glass of water. If it is absorbed into the water with no clumps, you’ve got it right. Sprinkle the oatmeal under running water as the bath fills, mixing it in with your hands. Soak for 15 – 30 minutes.
Adding honey to oatmeal is perfect for cleansing the face and hands or anywhere on the body where you have an eczema flare. As honey is also anti-bacterial, it is doubly beneficial. Simply mix equal parts honey and oatmeal and apply. You can rinse off immediately, or lie back and relax for half an hour and let it work its magic.
Oatmeal mixed with egg whites is an excellent exfoliating masque. Mix them together, smooth onto the face and rinse off only after the egg whites have thoroughly dried. The oatmeal provides the soothing eczema treatment and the egg whites leave the skin soft and smooth.
Obviously, you can’t leave these on all day - which is why you need a shielding lotion. As most eczema is caused by exposure to harsh chemicals, it is vital to keep the skin protected at all times. A good sheilding lotion is the latest natural dry skin and eczema treatment and is now recommended by thousands of doctors. The oatmeal will provide relief and the shielding lotion will protect you from further irritation.
Author, Gloria MacTaggart, is a freelance writer who contributes articles on skin care for Gloves In A Bottle, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.glovesinabottle.com