An apple a day supposedly keep the doctor away, but did you know that OATMEAL is one of the healthiest food products around? Since today, October 29th, is National Oatmeal Day, The Advice Sisters urge you to celebrate not just with an Oatmeal cookie (delicious, but perhaps a bit caloric) or a bowl of oatmeal (also tasty but who has time to make the real thing), but with beauty benefits. Thanks to Aveeno, you can get some immediately, with one of my favorite Aveeno products: Aveeno Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I keep a pump bottle of this by my bedside, and whenever I feel “the itchies” I slather some on. That would be just about every day. This lightweight lotion is a heavyweight when it comes to moisturizing, and it does it for up to 24 hours. You can’t beat that. And even better, like all of the Aveeno active naturals line, it has Colloidal Oatmeal, a popular skin protectant active ingredient. Colloidal oatmeal helps to restore skin’s normal pH and aid in the maintenance of skin’s moisture
In 1945, the founders of the ACTIVE NATURALS® Brand developed a special milling process to create colloidal oatmeal. This finely ground oat locks in moisture and retains the soothing effects of the whole oat grain, relieving dry or irritated skin.tract), help soothe your itchy scalp and nourish your hair. The special properties of oat give it an enhanced ability to absorb moisture and relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin–and it’s really good for sensitive skin, too.
You can get this Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion in any mass market retailer or drug store. It’s fragrance-free and dermatologist recommended. It also has Dimethicone (1/2%) to help protect skin. I don’t think I could make it through Fall and Winter, without this one!
If your skin is really, really itchy, you could also try the 100% natural Aveeno Active Naturals Sooth Bath Treatment. This one not only has the Colloidal Oatmeal, you can use it to soothe all sorts of bug bites, prickly heat, poison ivy/oak/rashes/exzema, even sunburn, hives and chicken pox. If you’ve got serious skin issues, soaking in this is one way to make it through the day and or night without going totally bonkers! You get 8 single use packettes for $7.00/ e Soaking for 15 to 20 minutes in this powder, made of 100% pure colloidal oatmeal, forms a milky bath when mixed in water. The Aveeno bath gently cleans … no soap is necessary. The result will be softer skin and a relief from that painful itch. A bargain and a lifesaver too.
These are just two products that make me proud to be an Aveeno brand ambassador. But since it is National Oatmeal Day, let’s talk about some of the other ways you can use oatmeal today to get beauty benefits:
Wash Your Face with Oats: Simply mix whole oatmeal with warm water, make a paste, add a teaspoon of honey. Rub onto your skin with a gentle, circular motion. Wash off. Honey is anitbacterial, and the oats will also give you a mild exfoliating effect. You can also exfoliate with a blend of Colloidal oatmeal/brownsugar/coconut oil and water.
Deal With Acne (make a facial mask): Mix 3 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal ; 1-teaspoon honey ; cup warm water ; 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar ; 1-teaspoon fresh lemon juice . Combine ingredients into a paste. Apply to clean face, massaging gently in circular motions. Leave on no more than five minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Moisturize: Follow with your favorite moisturizer (Aveeno has great ones), or DIY with oatmeal: add a cup of milk, two cups of oats and a tablespoon of honey (use on face and body).
Dry Shampoo: You can use oatmeal as a DIY dry shampoo (for blondes) rub some finely ground oats over your scalp and brush out excess oats with a stiff (boar bristle) brush
And just because everyone loves them and it is National Oatmeal Day, here is an easy, classic Oatmeal cookie recipe from Quaker Oats
- 1/2 Cup(s) (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
- 1-1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
- 3 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 Cup(s) raisins
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Serving Tips: Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS. VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. Substitute 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit. HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.
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