Oatmeal Scrubs for the Face & Body

Finely ground oatmeal, sweet almond oil & brown sugar make a great scrub

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Oatmeal is a great ingredient for a facial mask. Digital Vision / Getty Images

I love a good facial scrub and these oatmeal scrubs work for all skin types. Oatmeal is incredibly soothing to the skin, but it must be finely ground up to be used as a scrub.

To make 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal for scrubs, use a blender, small food processor or coffee grinder. Grind 3/4 to 1 cup of oatmeal until it's has the consistency of flour.

Here are 3 wonderful oatmeal scrubs for the face and body.

Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face

This scrub includes almost all the ingredients in your kitchen: egg, milk, brown sugar, oatmeal and more. 

If you don't use it all at once, this scrub needs to be refrigerated and it will last a few days in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal (not the instant kind) ground up in a food processor
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar (you can use white refined sugar if you don't have brown sugar on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil (my favorite, but you can substitute coconut or even olive oil), buy sweet almond oil from Amazon.com
  • 2 tablespoons regular milk (no fat-free here, please!)
  • The whites of one egg (you can use the whole egg if you please)

Recipe

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. If the consistency isn't spreadable, add a few more drops of oil.

To Use

Apply in a circular motion to face and neck. If you need more brown sugar, add it in.

Your goal is to exfoliate the dead skin on your face.

Rinse with a warm washcloth.

Apply moisturizer to cleansed, scrubbed skin.

Oatmeal & Milk Scrub for the Face

I love this facial scrub because it includes only 4 ingredients, all of which can be stored in the pantry. I like to mix the dry ingredients together and store them in a Ball jar until I'm ready for the scrub.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely ground oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk 
  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal
  • water

Recipe

Place all the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shake, shake, shake. Pour the ingredients into a bowl and add a

To Use

Take about a tablespoon of the dry ingredients into your palm and add a few drops of water to create a paste. Massage over the face and neck. Let it dry and rinse with warm water. Follow with moisturizer.

Oatmeal & Almond Scrub for the Body

This is a basic, wonderful scrub for the body.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond meal (buy from Amazon)
  • 1 cup sunflower seed flour (buy from Amazon), or you can use brown sugar instead
  • 1 tbsp ground rosemary leaves (I use a coffee grinder for this)
  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
  • Whole milk, at least half a cup.

Recipe

Place all the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag and shake, shake, shake. Pour the ingredients into a bowl and then add a few tablespoons of milk until you have formed a paste. I have actually never measured the amount of milk I use when I make this. I just add dashes of it until I get a perfect paste.

To Use

Apply in a circular motion to damp legs, butt, back and the backs of arms. Let it dry and then rinse.

Follow with moisturizer or a lovely oil.

The Benefits of Exfoliation

Use this scrub once or twice a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape. It's important year-round to exfoliate both your face and your body, but I find in winter it's even more important.

Get more tips on exfoliating in How to Exfoliate: Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face & Body.

More Great Scrub Recipes

Not only is oatmeal great for scrubs, it's a popular ingredient for facial masks. Check out my favorite sin my article, Oatmeal Face Mask Recipes.

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