Kathy’s Easy Summer Self-Care Oatmeal Mask

What you put on your face and skin is just as important as what you eat. And just as taking a few minutes to enjoy a healthy oatmeal breakfast can be an act of self-care, taking care of your skin can start with simple organic ingredients and a recipe you can make in your own kitchen. Kathy’s Easy Summer Self-Care Oatmeal Mask is a humble celebration of the small things you can do to take care of your body, inside and out.

Because self-care does not need to be complicated or time-consuming. And natural skincare does not always come from the cosmetics counter.

This oatmeal mask recipe may seem simple, but the use of oats in skincare has a long history that is also supported by scientific study.

Colloidal oatmeal might sound like a heavily processed ingredient if you read it on a bottle of lotion, but in its simplest form it’s just a fancy name for finely ground whole grain oats. And whether you use a standardized concentrate or you grind the oats yourself, the basic properties that make oats so good for your skin are the same.

The natural starches and beta-glucan fiber in whole grain oats that are so beneficial for your gut are also moisturizing on your skin1. And the antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols that contribute to the impressive nutritional profile of whole grain oats also have an anti-inflammatory effect when applied to your skin1.

A little too much sun. A few too many mosquitos. An outdoor encounter with prickly plants or leaves that sting. Known for centuries for its soothing properties and anti-itching powers, oatmeal is an ideal ingredient for summer’s skin challenges. And it is as safe to put on your family’s skin as it is to serve for breakfast!

Whether you add it to a cool bath to soothe irritated skin, or just take a moment to keep your face soft and moisturized with Kathy’s Easy Summer Self-Care Oatmeal Mask, the wonders of oatmeal are waiting in your pantry.



In a small bowl, mix ingredients well.

Apply the mixture to your face using clean fingers or a soft brush, avoiding the eye area.

Leave the oatmeal mask on your face for about 10 minutes before rinsing off and continuing with your regular skincare routine.



  1. Kurtz, E. S., & Wallo, W., Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties. Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD, 6(2), 167–170, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2023, available from https://nebula.wsimg.com/97eb5904fd1c312d4c580a740da0bf16?AccessKeyId=424EC4B3280015FB20E8&disposition=0