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Oats

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Oats are cleansing, exfoliating, softening and soothing on the skin. A thin paste of oat flakes can be applied to scratches and stings – leave the paste on the affected area for a few minutes, then rinse off.

 

Oats mixed with honey and plain yoghurt into a paste makes a cleansing, softening facial mask –  apply to dampened skin and leave on for fifteen minutes before rinsing off.

 

Milk soaps can be enhanced by the addition of oats to create exfoliating, softening , creamy bars. Soak some oats in spring water for twenty minutes, then strain off the resultant milky liquid. This liquid, known as oat milk, makes a calming addition to soaps for blemished and sensitive skins.

 

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