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The Secret to Pro-Quality Oatmeal Masks, Soap, & More: How To Make Oatmeal Powder

I used oatmeal in nearly every DIY facial mask, bath soak, soap and skin care recipe I create. LOVE oatmeal! It truly is the perfect skin care ingredient.

Oatmeal is:
  • gentle and soothing
  • deeply cleansing
  • oil-absorbing (but not drying)
  • a good humectant
  • anti-inflammatory and anti-itch 
All of this and inexpensive too! You probably have oatmeal in your kitchen cabinets right now.

But if you've ever tried to make it into a DIY facial mask or stir it into your soap base, you'll find it doesn't feel all that great. It's thick and lumpy, and doesn't mix into a product well.

Your mask clumps up, doesn't glide on well, and you end up with chunks of oat sliding off your face. Your oatmeal soap leaves whole oats stuck to your body and all over your shower floor.

Not. Very. Appealing.

There is a super duper easy thing you can do, though, that immediately takes your oatmeal skin care products from humdrum to pro. Blend it up!

You see, blending the oatmeal into a fine powder first makes it easier to use in skin care products.  You won't have these big pieces of oats sticking to your skin. It also gives your finished products a creamier consistency.

Ninety-nine percent of the oatmeal recipes I create call for "finely ground oats" or "oatmeal powder."

How To Make Oatmeal Powder:
Step 1: Put 1 cup old-fashioned oats, dry and uncooked, into a blender.
Step 2: Blend for at least 30 seconds. The longer you blend the oatmeal, the finer and softer a powder you'll end up with.

For facial masks, you'll want very fine powder.  For more "scrubbiness" to your products, leave the oatmeal a bit more coarse.

Step 3: Pour the powder into a jar. That's all there is to it! Whenever you need a bit, it'll be ready and waiting.

Shelf life: This powder will stay fresh for about a year.

I like to use this oatmeal powder as-is in my morning cleanser.  I just work up a good lather with my goat's milk soap, add a generous pinch of oatmeal powder, and I have a gentle daily scrub.  It leaves the skin feeling so smooth.

And, of course, I have the oatmeal powder all ready for quick facial masks and bath product recipes.  It's so incredibly versatile.

What will you make with your oatmeal powder?

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