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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 9/9/2009 4:28:00 PM More reviews by ratgirldjh

Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Green

i love oatmeal! i eat it and make masks out of it.

my favorite mask at the moment is finely ground oatmeal (i grind it in my coffee grinder) mixed with a few drops of youthing strategies sesame oil face and body formula, and water.

i make a very thin paste of it and smooth it on.

when it is almost dry i roll it off into little balls. it takes dead skin away and leave my skin moisturized and smooth.

after this i just splash with water and make sure it is off and leave a bit of the 'oat juice' on my face and then add a few drops of oil.

this is the most gentle exfoliation that i have found. i can use this every day if i wish.

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rated 5 of 5 on 9/4/2009 12:04:00 PM More reviews by hyt

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Perfect: low price and great quality! After blending it with a coffee bean binder, I mix it with fresh lemon juice (I have oily skin) and a spoon of water, or with organic milk only. Will keep using it!

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 8/27/2009 1:15:00 PM More reviews by renyun

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

With a combination skin that is very sensitive, I am always looking for ways to calm down facial redness. I had heard about oatmeal a long time ago and have tried it on my skin however, I did not see any reduction in my facial redness so I gave up on it.

After watching a youtube guru, bubzbeauty's video on oatmeal as a facial cleanser, I decided to try this again. And my skin loved it! I guess I had been using oatmeal the wrong way before and now, I can see why so many people rave about this natural, cheap product.

For my oatmeal cleanser I put a handful of instant oats onto a bowl and put some lukewarm water into the bowl, you will get this milk-like water when you mix the oats with water which I put on my face. The milky water works wonders on reducing my red face. Love, love! This a great product for those with a lot of redness on your skin!

Not only is this cheap, if this doesn't work for you, you can always eat it for breakfast. Try it!! :)

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/24/2009 2:32:00 PM More reviews by cestlavie

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown

My mother has used oatmeal as a scrub since she was a teenager. I always thought that using home remedies for face care (and body and hair) was great and all, but didn't actually believe they would be as efficient as fancy and expensive products. Well, let's just say I'm a believer now.

Today I was lurking around MUA searching for a miracle product that would soothe and heal my skin. I'm acne prone, with quite oily T-zone and dry cheeks and on top of that I have horrible blackheads and always some flaky spots on my face. Lately I've been getting painful pimples on my cheeks, they're not big, but there's a lot of them. And I just couldn't keep my hands off of them, which of course made it worse.

I thought I'll give oatmeal a try, because nothing else seemed to help. I ground up some oatmeal in a grinder (some of it became powdery, some became granules). I mixed some of it with water and plastered the paste on to my damp faced. As the mask tried I brushed my teeth, then rubbed my face gently with dry hands so most of the mask dropped to the sink. As I rinsed the remains off I felt that my face was very smooth and silky. The blackheads had shrinked a bit and the redness around the acne wasn't that bad anymore.

I can't believe I hadn't tried it before! I can't stop touching my face, it hasn't been so soft in ages. I know it's a bit soon to jump for joy, as I just tried it and hour ago for the first time, but I definately plan to keep using the oatmeal mask again and keep you updated.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/23/2009 8:34:00 PM More reviews by makeupjunkie35

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel

For my combination/oily skin, I mix one egg, 1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal, and a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil until smooth. As with most masks, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse. Also, I love grinding up oatmeal and mixing with honey for a deliciously glorious mask. And to fade those sun spots, take oatmeal powder and add lemon juice. Works wonderfully! And it also tightens up pores! Oh, I put the following info on my review for honey, but wanted to add it here too: From what I have learned, honey cleans, tones and hydrates the skin. It is often recommended for dry skin, but no matter what the skin type, I would always put hydration first on the list! Fyi, bananas are a rich source of phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and vitamins. They make the skin soft and silky smooth. So how about mixing oatmeal, honey and bananas as a facial? Just do NOT use very ripe bananas for this! And make sure you will not have any allergic reactions by testing it on your wrist for a while, maybe a day. Overall, wonderful miracle worker that is priced cheap. Keepin it stocked for sure!

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/22/2009 4:08:00 AM More reviews by allessandra00

Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I have no words to express my gratitude for those who left reviews for the wonderful oatmeal masks and recipes. When I heard about the oatmeal, the first thing I did was to buy a good grinder, and then I found the oatmeal...after a couple of weeks :) I then used my grinder and made a lot of powder which I added in my homemade shower wash, in my handmade face mask(wheat germs, a lil baking soda, a lil clay, and lots of oatmeal ) I wash my face in the morning with oatmeal powder in which I mixed some coconut powder (I ground some coconut flakes-the ones you use for cookies) and the result was amazing.Its a nice thing to do in the morning while you re drinking your coffee-you let that oatmeal/coconut powder on your face for 10 minutes or so till you get ready for work, you wash it off and tada...voila the results...a healthy glowing baby skin Oh and did I mention the nice coconutty smell? =p.I ve never had such soft, glowing skin.Not even with the most expensive products from Clinique or Lancome. You should definitely try oatmeal -it`s a soft exfoliating scrub too- so good by blackheads :)Read my notepad for other ideas :)

Update>I forgot to mention I`ve tried simple oatmeal powder(without coconut powder) as a face powder, on top of my foundation.I can`t describe the results, my face was better covered, looked softer, and felt velvety.It was simply amazing powder.I1ll keep using it and update here to let you know the results :)

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/21/2009 12:05:00 PM More reviews by JessieWW

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I have advanced rosacea and SD that react to EVERYTHING, and thanks to another MUA reviewer, I recently discovered the wonder of oatmeal face powder. It’s great, great, great! I grind up the oatmeal to a fine powder, sift it to eliminate larger clumps, and apply it to a dry face (first applying a little jojoba oil and waiting for it to dry). Then I wipe off any visible clumps with a cotton pad. No, it doesn’t cover much, but the anti-inflammatory action of oatmeal (ref: NIH site) keeps my rosacea from turning bright red. And if I leave it on overnight, it’s even better. I’ve also used it over sunscreen and discovered that my face is less inflamed from the sunscreen. To make sure it stays fresh, I keep the ground oatmeal in a glass jar in the refrigerator and replace it every few days. Thank you, “footballove” reviewer for the oatmeal powder idea—I’m very grateful! (See her review under Oatmeal Masks, dated 2/29/09.)

Note: to make the powder even more effective, I sometimes mix in a just a tiny bit of ground licorice root, which is also calming/anti-inflammatory (ref: NIH site). However, since licorice root can also raise blood pressure and some makeup ingredients include penetrators, I’d suggest checking with a doctor on whether this is safe for you to use.

Now for the not-so-great part: Like other loose powder, oatmeal powder goes everywhere and it can be a pain to clean up. Also, it does clump easily, so a damp face and oatmeal powder don’t tend to mix. (Even dry, it’s necessary to carefully check your face for visible clumps.)

Overall, highly recommended to calm faces down! (Oatmeal also helps absorbs UV rays.)

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/3/2009 6:12:00 PM More reviews by emilieelspeth

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

using my magic bullett blender :) i grinded up around a cup of some of the oatmeal until it was almost a powdery dust-like consistency and i added a tablespoon or so of water until it looked like baby puke.. haha. i left the mask on for around 10-15 minutes and washed it off with water. I did notice that my skin was glowing really nicely and looked fairly more even. i have acne-prone skin with a a small amount of blemishes. there was no difference to any of them except the areas of my skin that ARE clear were glowing, healthy and moisturized. i really like this inexpensive mask and would DDEFINITELY reccommend to people with dry- combo skin, or anyone who wants to add a nice healthy glow to their skin! (duh who doesn't want healthy glowing beautiful skin???) =)

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rated 5 of 5 on 8/2/2009 10:18:00 PM More reviews by Darcy49

Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I learned this from the women at GoW's website: To 1 cup of boiling water, add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Stir it up, then let it cool to room temperature. Then, wash your face with the liquid.

I generally wash with a little bit of the liquid and some of the mushy flakes, then soak a cloth in the remaining liquid and put the cloth over my face for a couple of minutes. I don't rinse off afterwards, just use the cloth to remove any visible oatmeal. (I do this before bed.)

This has been a lifesaver more than once when I've managed to get my skin red and irritated. The oatmeal water really, really calms irritated skin, especially if you leave a very fine film on overnight.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/22/2009 2:38:00 PM More reviews by JessieWW

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

A life saver. Typically, my advanced rosacea and seb derm are just a cosmetic problem, but recently, my face hit a major overload of triggers, and I was looking at not only a flaming red, p&p face, but one accompanied by burning and itching so bad I couldn’t sleep. Unfortunately, every “calming” agent I could think of contained more triggers (fragrances, emulsifiers or preservatives) that have torn my skin up in the past. Examples:

(1) Tocopheryl acetate (often used as a preservative; found in sooooo many products, including so-called “calming” products)
It’s an irritant and skin sensitizer
(ref: websearch will turn up article in Skin and Aging, Focus On: Vitamin E, Dec 15 2007 , By Greg Sakamoto, M.D., and Peter C. Schalock, M.D., describing the problem - noting that in one experiment 1/3 of the patients being treated with topical vitamin E for skin scars developed dermatitis; also see Skin Deep which references it as “Human skin toxicant - strong evidence”…Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments…Sensitizer - can instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.”
(2) Cetyl alcohol (which Aveeno tends to use in their oatmeal lotions, etc.)
It's an irritant (really tears my skin up)
{ref: see Skin Deep which describes it as a “Primary skin irritant (human)}”

With no commercial products that would work, I used the blender to grind some steel-cut oatmeal, mixed it with just enough warm distilled water to dissolve it, waited for it to return to room temperature and applied it. It was messy, and I’ve never been fond of the smell of oatmeal, but it really relieved the burning and itching, and reduced some of the worst of the redness! (Other reviewers have used various mixture combinations; I stayed with the most innocuous possible.)

The Pubmed/NIH website describes oatmeal as: “…used for centuries to relieve itch and irritation…It is: water-holding, …antioxidant, ….anti-inflammatory activity, also strong ultraviolet absorbers.”

I highly recommend it for sensitive skin!

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