Exfoliation is one of the most important steps toward achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. By gently sloughing away layers of dead, dry skin build-up, your skin will emerge with a radiant glow, soft smoothness, and supple, youthful appearance. Regardless of the season, exfoliating is a must in your skin routine!
All it takes is a gentle exfoliation a couple times a week (or once if you have very sensitive skin). Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, stimulates cellular turnover, brightens your complexion by removing surface hyperpigmentation, reduces breakouts, and allows new skin to shine.
Exfoliating improves the texture of your skin, helps prevent breakouts, slows signs of aging, evens out your skin tone, and allows products (such as moisturizer) to really sink into your skin. There are so many benefits – so what are you waiting for?
The good news: you don’t have to spend a lot of money or use products packed with chemicals to get a great exfoliation. If crafty DIYs aren’t your thing, this easy recipe for Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars is perfect for you! They are a great beginners’ project, and a simple introduction to basic soap making. This oatmeal bar is all natural, soothing, gently exfoliating, and ideal for all skin types. There is no better feeling than knowing exactly what ingredients are in the products you (and your family) are using. Even better – you can add essential oils of your choice to make this a custom bar that suits your preferences and health needs!
Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- 12 oz. melt and pour soap base (great options can be found on Amazon)
- Essential oil(s) of choice
- Rubbing alcohol
- In a double boiler, melt soap over low hear until smooth and completely melted. Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.
- Grind oatmeal into a fine grain using a food processor, blender, spice grinder, or pestle.
- If using, add a few drops of essential oils at a time until the desired scent/oil blend is achieved. You can add as little or as much as you like!
- In a silicone mold, such as those used for cupcakes, cover the bottom of each mold with a thin layer of ground oatmeal.
- Pour melted soap over ground oatmeal; if any air bubbles occur, spray them with rubbing alcohol to disperse.
- Allow to set in mold for 3-4 hours. Pop them out and use them as you would regular soap, for face, hands, and body!
Remember to always wear sunscreen after exfoliating (and all the time), as your skin will be more susceptible to the sun’s rays.