Did you know besides being a super healthy for heart,oatmeal is also a brilliant skin nourishing food?.During the frigid cold season,when the thermostats are running full time and air outside is dry,the skin suffers the most due to lack of moisture in the air.The best affordable remedy for dry skin is the oatmeal mask,it gently exfoliates ,nourishes and tones the skin for a smooth and supple skin.You gotta try it to believe it.Before the beauty treatment lemme share the crunchy oatmeal bar recipe with the sweet potassium rich dates,which nourishes from within the body.Its a perfect morning breakfast or snack on the go.
2 cups whole Oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal(its the binder ,or use 1 organic egg ,make sure the honey mixture is completely cooled if using egg)
1/4 cup Pure Honey
2/3 cup dates,chopped
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Butter
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Orange zest
2 tablespoon Orange juice or apple juice or any fruit juice
Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toasting a preheated oven at 300F,for about 10 minutes.Let cool.
Place butter,oil,honey,oil,orange juice and orange zest in a small saucepan.Heat gently ,stirring until butter has melted.Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped dates,flax seed meal and toasted oats.
Spoon the mixture in to the baking pan(8X8 inches).Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top and press down so they are lightly embedded in the surface.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 350F heated oven , until deep golden around the edges.Remove from the oven;leave in the pan to cool slightly.Using a sharp knife score the top in to rectangular or square pieces. Leave to cool completely,then cut along the marked lines.Bar can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week.
Simple enough to bake these bars are my entry for Baking for Beginners
Also try Fruit Dark Chocolate and Almonds Granola Bar
For the Oatmeal Spa Treatment at Home.
Oatmeal Morning scrub
Take about 1 cup of whole oats or porridge oats,process in a grinder,only until coarse ,do not grind smooth to a flours consistency.Store in air tight container
Every morning,take about tablespoon of the coarse oatmeal,splash water on face ,neck and lightly scrub and massage in the circular motion for a minute or two,before rinsing it all clean.Feel the change in the skin instantly.Do this regularly everyday for smoother complexion.
Oatmeal beauty mask
1 heaping tablespoon of coarsely ground oats
1 tablespoon Olive oil or almond oil
1 teapoon honey
2 tablespoon or little more of luke warm water.
Nicely combine all of the ingredients and apply all over face and neck.Lay back and relax with some soothing music playing.After about 20 minutes wash clean with lukewarm water first then with cold water.Do this at least once a week for renewing a tired and winter damaged dry skin.You could even use this as a body scrub,leave it on for 10 minutes before washing.
All you beauties out there do you have any winter skin care tip to share?
6 beauties shared their Skin care secrets:
Varsha Vipins Says "Masks made with Banana+honey is also good for winter skin"
Aquadaze says "Ever heard of oatmeal bath..where you grind the oats into a powder and sprinkle it in the bathtub? thats great for dry skin too.."
Sharmila says "For me milk cream with a little maida(all-purpose flour) works very well."
Bharti Says "If you mix in a teaspoon of sugar with the oatmeal mask, it makes a great scrub for hands/body."
Navita Hakim says "applying 1 tbsp of honey with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice on the face and keeping for 10 mins.Wash face for a fairer, smoother and visibly supple
Rajani Says "I actually grind oats & almonds together - makes a superb scrub"