7 Natural Oatmeal Face Masks for Every Skin Type

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Oatmeal face masks are a great way to nourish your skin and can be adapted to suit many different skin types. Learn how to make a variety of oatmeal face masks here.

Oatmeal is not only a great breakfast option, it’s good for your skin as well. Oats are packed with antioxidants and can be used as a skin therapeutic agent as they are anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and anti-fungal. Oats can be used for any skin type, and have been shown to benefit dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. 

Oats are available at nearly any grocery store, though buying them at bulk stores can help reduce packaging waste and go plastic-free. Oats are also an environmentally friendly ingredient as they don’t require much energy or water to grow – but for the most sustainable option, look for organic and regionally sourced oats. Read more to find the oatmeal mask that’s right for you.

Depending on the mask, some are better applied warm, room temperature or cold. However, if you have leftovers, keep your mask fresh in a glass container in the fridge. As these masks are made with all natural ingredients, you should only store your oatmeal face mask for up to three days.

1. Almond Oil and Oatmeal Face Mask for Dry Skin Brightening

Almond oil is a natural moisturizer for skin.
Almond oil is a natural moisturizer for skin.
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Packed with vitamins and minerals, almond oil hydrates skin while helping to reduce scarring, minimize fine lines, and brighten skin overall. 

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water and ½ cup plain oats.
  2. Mix into oatmeal and let it sit for 15 minutes to thicken and cool down a bit.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of almond oil and mix thoroughly. 
  4. For best results, apply the mask to your skin when it is fresh and warm. This way, your pores will open up and benefit from the hydration of the oats and almond oil. 
  5. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with water and pat your face dry.

      2. Grapefruit and Oatmeal Face Mask for Acne and Brightening

      Grapefruit is great for acne-prone and aging skin.
      Grapefruit is great for acne-prone and aging skin.
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      Gently exfoliate and brighten your skin with grapefruit juice. Grapefruit has naturally occurring salicylic acid which works to unclog pores, fight breakouts and improve skin texture. Grapefruit also has Lycopene which can help protect your skin from US rays. Adding yogurt provides needed probiotics to nourish and moisturize your skin.

      1. In a medium size mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water and ⅔ cup plain oats.
      2. Mix into oatmeal and let it sit for 15 minutes to thicken and cool down a bit.
      3. Add ⅓ cup of plain organic yogurt.
      4. Mix in the juice of ½ of a grapefruit and mix thoroughly.
      5. For best results, apply this mask at room temperature. Leave on for 10 minutes, then gently rinse off with water and pat your face dry.

      3. Banana Oatmeal Face Mask for Dry Skin

      Bananas are a natural moisturizer.
      Bananas are a natural moisturizer.
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      Bananas are high in potassium and vitamin A, making them a notable natural moisturizer. If you have combination skin, don’t worry – bananas also work well for sensitive and oily skin. Combined with oats, this mask will nourish your skin without making it greasy. 

      1. In a medium size mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water and ½ cup plain oats.
      2. Mix into oatmeal and let it sit for 15 minutes to thicken and cool down a bit.
      3. Mash ½ a banana and mix it into the oatmeal. 
      4. For best results, apply the mask to your skin when it is fresh and warm. This way, your pores will open up and really soak in the moisture.
      5. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.

      4. Cinnamon Honey Oatmeal Face Mask for Acne and Acne Scarring

      Adding cinnamon and honey to an oatmeal face mask is great for acne-prone skin.
      Adding cinnamon and honey to an oatmeal face mask is great for acne-prone skin.
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      Cinnamon is great for fighting acne and annoying skin texture like milia, because it is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Honey is also antibacterial, and a natural moisturizer. Together, these ingredients cleanse skin and provide antioxidants to soothe skin and help heal and repair acne scars. 

      1. In a medium size mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water and 1½ cup plain oats.
      2. Mix into oatmeal and let it sit for 15 minutes to thicken and cool down a bit.
      3. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1½ tablespoons honey and mix thoroughly. 
      4. Apply to your skin and let it soak in for 10 minutes. 
      5. Rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.

      5. Milk and Oatmeal Mask for Inflammation

      Milk helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth.
      Milk helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates new cell growth.
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      Soak up all the moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits of oats even more by adding milk and aloe vera to really soothe your skin. This mask is great for irritated, inflamed and sunburned skin.

      1. Bring 1 cup of milk to a boil, then remove from heat. 
      2. Pour the milk into a medium size mixing bowl.
      3. Mix in ½ cup of oats and set the mixture aside for 15 minutes to cool.
      4. Mix in ¼ cup of pure, organic aloe vera. 
      5. Chill your mixture in the fridge for at least an hour.
      6. Apply to your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. 
      7. Rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.

      6. Turmeric Milk Oatmeal Mask for Acne and Brightening

      Turmeric brightens skin and fights breakouts.
      Turmeric brightens skin and fights breakouts.
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      Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and fights acne-causing bacteria. It also helps brighten skin. Plus, you can grow turmeric at home. Combined with milk and oats, this mixture can help fight acne while moisturizing and smoothing your complexion. 

      1. Bring 1 cup of milk to a boil, then remove from heat. 
      2. Pour the milk into a medium size mixing bowl.
      3. Mix in ½ cup of oats and set the mixture aside for 15 minutes to cool.
      4. Mix in 1 teaspoon of turmeric. 
      5. Apply to your skin and let sit for 10 minutes.
      6. Rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.

      7. Tomato Apple Oatmeal Mask for Oily Skin

      Fight oily skin with a tomato apple oatmeal face mask.
      Fight oily skin with a tomato apple oatmeal face mask.
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      Tomato and apple are both great natural oil absorbers. Apple also helps regenerate skin cells, slows the effects of aging, and brightens skin without making it greasy. 

      1. In a medium size mixing bowl, add 1 cup boiling water and ½ cup plain oats.
      2. Mix into oatmeal and let it sit for 15 minutes to thicken and cool down a bit.
      3. In the mean time, cut up ½ a tomato and ½ an apple. Purée in a blender. 
      4. Add puréed mixture to oatmeal and mix thoroughly. 
      5. Apply to your skin and let sit for 15 minutes. 
      6. Rinse off with water and pat your skin dry.

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