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Oatmeal Scrubs for the Face & Body
written by JULYNE DERRICK UPDATED APR 11, 2019
We love a good face and body scrub and these oatmeal scrubs work for all skin types. Oatmeal is incredibly soothing to the skin, but it must be finely ground up to be used as a scrub.
To make 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal for scrubs, use a blender, small food processor or coffee grinder. Grind 3/4 to 1 cup of oatmeal until it has the consistency of flour.
Here are three wonderful oatmeal scrubs for the face and body:
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Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face
This scrub includes ingredients you may already have on hand in your kitchen: egg, milk, brown sugar, oatmeal and more.
If you don’t use it all at once, this scrub needs to be refrigerated and it will last a few days in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup oatmeal (not the instant kind) ground up in a food processor
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (you can use white refined sugar if you don’t have brown sugar on hand)
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil (you can substitute coconut or even olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons regular milk (no fat-free here, please!)
- The whites of one egg (you can use the whole egg if you please)
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. If the consistency isn’t spreadable, add a few more drops of oil.
Apply in a circular motion to face and neck. If you need more sugar, add it in. Your goal is to exfoliate the dead skin on your face.
Rinse with a warm washcloth.
Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.
Oatmeal & Milk Scrub for the Face
We love this facial scrub because it includes only 4 ingredients, all of which can be stored in the pantry. You can mix the dry ingredients together and store them in a Ball jar until you’re ready for the scrub.
- 1/2 cup finely ground oatmeal
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon cornmeal
Place all the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shake, shake, shake. Pour the ingredients into a bowl.
Take about a tablespoon of the dry ingredients into your palm and add a few drops of water to create a paste. Massage over the face and neck. Let it dry and rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer.
Oatmeal & Almond Scrub for the Body
This is a basic, wonderful scrub for the body.
- 2 cups finely ground oatmeal
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup sunflower seed meal, or you can use brown sugar instead
- 1 tbsp ground rosemary leaves (I use a coffee grinder for this)
- 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
- Whole milk, at least half a cup.
Place all the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shake, shake, shake. Pour the ingredients into a bowl and then add a few tablespoons of milk until you have formed a paste. You do not need to measure perfectly, just make sure it has the consistency of a paste.
Apply in a circular motion to damp legs, butt, back and the backs of arms. Let it dry and then rinse. Follow with moisturizer or a body oil.
The Benefits of Exfoliation
Use these scrubs once or twice a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Use year-round to exfoliate both your face and your body, especially in the winter when skin is particularly dry and flaky.
Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub
This Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub has been a go-to for me for many years. It’s both gentle and smoothing on my skin, and it’s perfect for traveling.
I’ve been using this simple Oatmeal Cleansing Scrub for years, and I love the results! In it’s simplest form, it’s just 1 ingredient. But you can also add different extras for more benefits which you’ll find below.
It’s a very gentle scrub that leaves your skin smooth and soft. It’s also very easy to make, and you can store it for months. This makes a great natural treatment to take traveling because it’s dry, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated like other fresh treatments. I always take this oatmeal scrub for everyday use, and a container of baking soda for my weekly Baking Soda Exfoliation.
This recipe was first published this scrub in 2013, and I’ve been using it ever since. I figured that because it’s more than stood the test of time I needed to give this one an update with all new photos! Everything else is completely the same.
Oatmeal Scrub Variations:
- Add a drizzle of honey to the oat/water paste described below.
- Or you can add 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt to the ground oats.
I love either one of these variations and use both often. I find the honey very soothing to my sensitive skin, and the yogurts works wonders on smoothing and softening my skin!
How to make this Oatmeal Cleansing Facial:
You can use a blender or food processor to make this scrub, or you can buy oat flour for the most gentle cleansing scrub. Place 1 cup oatmeal in a mini food processor and pulse until fine with some small pieces of oats. This recipe makes enough for about 16 treatments.
How to use this facial treatment:
Take 1-2 Teaspoons for your face or 1 Tablespoon for your face and neck area. Mix the ground oatmeal with just enough water to form a paste. At this point, you can add an optional small drizzle (less than 1 Teaspoon) of honey for it’s extra moisturizing and antibacterial properties.
Using your fingers, gently massage the oatmeal mixture into your face and neck area using your ring finger lightly on the skin around the eye area. Rinse and moisturize for the day/night.
This oatmeal cleanser is a great everyday option instead of soap. My face has been soap free for 5 years now, (make that over 12 years now without soap!) and my skin just keeps getting healthier. If you’re going to be using this oatmeal cleanser more than twice a week, make sure the oats are ground really fine, or buy oat flour.
DIY Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Last Updated on January 8, 2019
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Sugar scrubs are one of the easiest ways to pamper yourself in the convenience of your own home. You may have tried some sugar scrub recipes already like this DIY Coconut Coffee Sugar Scrub or this Hydrating Body Scrub. These are awesome body scrub recipes, but today we are going to focus on your face.
Why Should You Use A Facial Scrub?
Face scrubs are great for removing dead skin cells and polishing the skin. They can help reduce red spots and blemishes while softening the skin. As it exfoliates, the face scrub helps to increase circulation and uncover the radiant skin beneath.
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Facial Scrub Ingredients
There are so many options for facial scrub ingredients. It can be exciting coming up with fun, nourishing combinations.
But there are a few things to consider before choosing your ingredients.
1. Choose a gentle, fine exfoliator.
You don’t want to use a harsh, abrasive exfoliator on your face. These are fine for body scrubs but we need a gentler option for your face. Some examples are finely ground sugars and salts, powdered herbs, and oatmeal. Nothing harsh for the delicate skin on your face.
2. Choose the right carrier oil or base for your facial scrub.
Facial scrubs are usually mixed with a carrier oil for easier application and nourishment for your skin. I chose jojoba oil for this facial scrub recipe because it is a great oil for acne prone skin but also extremely moisturizing. The last thing you want your face scrub to do is break you out.
Not sure which carrier oil to use? Check out this great article: How To Choose Carrier Oils
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Why I Chose These Ingredients:
Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a great all-natural exfoliator. It can help troubled skin and is naturally soothing.
Brown Sugar – Brown sugar is hydrating and exfoliating, making it a great addition to any scrub recipe.
Raw Honey – Honey is AMAZING for your skin! It is gentle enough to cleanse without stripping or drying out your skin. It is ideal for all skin types. If you do suffer from breakouts, Manuka Honey is a little more powerful option to cleanse and help prevent future breakouts.
Jojoba Oil – I love jojoba oil. It is a non-greasy oil that closely resembles your own skin’s sebum. It is an awesome option for moisturizing the skin without clogging the pores.
Essential Oils – Frankincense, Geranium and Lavender are all known for their healing properties. Frankincense is a great addition to many DIY anti-aging serums and creams because of it’s tightening properties.
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How Often to Use A Facial Scrub
For most skin types it is beneficial to use a facial scrub 2-3 times per week. Unless you have super sensitive skin, then try once a week and see how your skin reacts. This recipe will be enough for around 3 uses.
- 1 T finely ground organic oatmeal
- 1 T finely ground organic brown sugar (can substitute any fine sugar)
- 1 T raw honey
- 1 T organic jojoba oil (can substitute your favorite carrier oil)
Organic Essential Oils
- Grind oatmeal and brown sugar into a fine powder using a coffee grinder or blender of your choice.
- Add the raw honey, jojoba oil and essential oils and stir well.
- Wet face with a little warm water.
- Apply a small amount of facial scrub to your skin and gently massage using small, circular motions for several minutes.
- For best results, leave facial scrub on your face for 5-10 minutes if you have time.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.