With the weather getting colder my sensitive skin craves moisture, and with the holidays in full swing many we can always use a way to relax and unwind. A remedy for dry skin with a little TLC can be found in your own cupboard. Organic oats are an easy, accessible and low budget go-to for soothing dry, itchy or inflamed skin. I usually get it in bulk for a few dollars to stock up for soothing face masks and oatmeal baths. Colloidal oatmeal is what we will be making.
How to make colloidal oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal is basically oats ground up into an extremely fine powder. Get a coffee grinder, vita-mix or blender and turn this into a fine powder. This prevents the oatmeal from settling rapidly in water, and creates a smooth milky dispersion to coat your body. (If you just pour the whole oats into the bath it will simply fall to the bottom of the tub and you’ll miss out on the silky coating it can give the skin.
- You can take oatmeal and make a simple mask by adding just enough water to make a smooth paste. Let sit on skin till dry and wash off. It’s very soothing and hydrating. There are other home ingredients you can add to your masks, such as egg whites, honey, yogurt, and so on.
- For an oatmeal bath take about 2 cups of oats and grind them into a fine powder and add to lukewarm bath water. When you dry off don’t rub your skin, but pat dry.
- Dogs can even benefit! If your dogs skin is sensitive and he/she tends to scratch a lot in the winter months then make a oatmeal bath for your canine friend. For my pup Ralphie I used just one cup of colloidal oatmeal.Toy poodles tend to be prone to sensitive skin.
Ralphie got a special treatment today. Once the collar comes off he gets that look of dread, as he knows exactly whats coming.
Make sure the water is really warm and comfortable, but not too hot as that can also dry out the skin. Pour in the oatmeal and mix around with your hands. With an extra cup pour the water over the body to coat the fur and skin.
Shampoo and condition as usual. After the bath is done rinse with clean water to get out any oatmeal grit that may be left in the fur.
When I can I try not to blow dry my dogs hair to irritate the skin more. Sunbathing is Ralphie’s favorite part of this process.
Clean, soft, red collar for the Holidays. We are ready.
Try it for yourself! It’s a soothing way to unwind after a long day.
Colloidal oatmeal is also used for: