Oats are gentle and effective additions to homemade facial cleansers. Long used to soothe dry, itchy and irritated skin, oatmeal facial cleansers naturally treat acne as well as a wide range of skin ailments. When used regularly, oatmeal facial cleansers can reduce skin inflammation and lessen the appearance of pores. Oatmeal also contains saponins -- mild cleansing agents -- that gently clear pores of oil and dirt, making it an excellent toning face wash.
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While oatmeal scrubs work well at removing layers of dead skin cells, you can also prepare an oatmeal milk for all the benefits of oatmeal without the coarseness of a scrub. Take two cups of oatmeal and one liter of water or milk and gently simmer for 30 - 40 minutes. Strain liquid and store remainder in the refrigerator for two to three days. To use the oat milk facial cleanser, dampen face and neck. Take a clean cotton ball and apply oat milk in light, upward circular motions. Rinse face with warm water and follow with a moisturizer of choice. Use daily for best results.