2014, October 31: Happy Halloween!
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This week, I've got some information about the skin-building power of oatmeal. If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to send your thoughts in an email to: email@example.com.
Question(s): Is oatmeal really good for your skin?
Oatmeal is an awesome ingredient for skin care solutions such as baths, compresses and masks. One of my favorite resources specifically states, "Its many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent." (Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties.). It is also quite effective against atopic dermatitis, "Oatmeal, particularly avenanthramides, a newly discovered oat fraction, may be of particular value in restoring the cutaneous barrier and reducing symptoms of atopic dermatitis." explained in Natural advances in eczema care.
The next question quite often asked is, "How can I make colloidal oats?" Powder some oats in a blender until it is very fine. Mix it about half and half with distilled water. Heat it slowly until it reaches a gentle boil. Add more distilled water until the mixture is wet but thick like a nice thick gravy. Allow it to cool and strain off the water. The water is colliodal oat water - rich with nutrients to feed your skin. Store in the refrigerator.
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How to Make Soothing Oat Bath Powder
Powder oats in a blender or food processor until it is the consistencey of flour. Add 1 cup to the bath water as the tub is filling. Climb in and relax. If you want the bath to be especially soothing, add 2 cups or a cup of colloidal oat water. If you have chronically dry skin, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the bath water as well.
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