A power packed heart-healthy food, oatmeal is also a nourishing and soothing ingredient in beauty products. A perfect antidote for many causes of irritation and inflammation, including insect bites and rashes, oatmeal is a natural non-clogging moisturizer for the skin. Added to a tub it makes for a wonderful comforting and healing bath. It can also be included in exfoliants as a natural way to rid your skin of unwanted dead skin cells, unclogging pores as it works. January is National Oatmeal Month, so BITB brings you a bevy of options for benefiting from this natural grain. Whether you soak, scrub or slather it on in a lotion, oatmeal provides natural benefits to sooth and comfort.
THE PERFECT SOAP
Caswell-Massey Oatmeal Garden Soap is the perfect choice for an allover body scrub that is thorough, gentle and all-natural. The grainy feel lets you know that your skin is being cleaned and protected at the same time. It comforts dry skin and gets rid of pesky itching. This trio is one of their top-rated and top-selling products. Reduced from $20 to $13.40 at www.caswellmassey.com.
GOLDEN GRAIN GOODNESS
Arcona Golden Grain Gommage Exfoliant cleanses, tones and refines your skin, leaving it fresher-looking and more vibrant. Purify pores and eliminate damaging free radicals. Made with essential fatty acids, oatmeal and lemon extracts, this product receives five stars from users.$42 at Nordstrom.
Aubrey Organics Jojoba Meal & Oatmeal with Rosa Mosqueta Mask & Scrub gently clears away dead cells to leave the complexion incredibly soft and smooth. The oatmeal softens skin and conditions, the organic rosa mosqueta oil replenishes moisture and sea herbals soothe and tone. $9.43 at www.aubrey-organics.com.
Dermatologica Daily Microfoliant is made with a unique rice-based powder that releases its enzymes upon contact with water. A combination of bearberry and grapefruit help balance uneven skin pigmentation and colloidal oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving skin clear and refreshed. It’s gentle enough to use daily and fragrance free. $42.50 at www.dermstore.com.
COMFORT FOOD FOR YOUR HAIR
TiGi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo helps repair chemically treated or damaged hair with vitamins A, B and E. It revitalizes locks to keep hair healthy looking. The aroma is intoxicating. The Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner enhances moisture and shine and tames frizz. Together, they retail for about $30 at www.charmbeautysupply.net.
PORE REFINING SCRUB
June Jacobs Pore Refining Oatmeal Scrub detoxifies, protects and hydrates. It removes dead cells, polishes skin and helps purge clogged pores with a unique blend of exfoliators, honey and botanical extracts. Protects against environmental toxins and leaves skin ultra soft and radiant. $44 at www.beautybridge.com.
SILKY AND SMOOTH
Kiehl’s Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal is a silky and lightweight cream for hands and body that soaks in easily and leaves no telltale residue. It comes in a variety of scents and receives raves from women who use it. $20 at Nordstrom.
ST. IVES SOOTHES
Wrap your skin in soothing hydration with award-winning St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Lotion. Natural ingredients help deliver long-lasting relief from itchy, dry skin. This formula, with oatmeal and naturally rich shea butter, nourishes and intensely hydrates the skin for immediate relief while restoring skin back to health. Apply daily to achieve the soft, smooth and healthy look and feel that your skin deserves. About $6 nationwide.
A IS FOR AVON
Avon Moisture Therapy Soothing Oatmeal Creamy Body Wash noticeably improves the feel of dry, itchy skin with a soothing colloidal oatmeal formula. Helps cleanse skin, without the stripping effects of soap. Suitable for sensitive skin. Dermatologist-tested. Hypoallergenic. $8 at www.shop.avon.com.
NO MORE ITCHY SKIN
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing 24 Hour Ultra-Hydrating Whipped Souffle instantly envelops skin with a surge of moisture, leaving it velvety soft and smooth. The non-greasy, ultra-sheer formula with nourishing Active Naturals oatmeal plus shea and cocoa butters, provides the essential moisture you need for healthier-looking skin. About $8 nationwide.