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Ah, winter. It’s a time for sweaters, hot cocoa and for many of us, dry skin. Dry itchy skin doesn’t just affect fabulous pet parents – our furry sidekicks can also suffer in the wintertime. Signs of dry skin in dogs include excessive scratching, rolling around and red patches under their coat.
Luckily, oatmeal is a tried-and-true dry skin remedy, for both humans and dogs. If your itchy dog can’t stop scratching, try giving him an oatmeal bath to soothe his dry skin. While you’re at it, whip up a simple DIY face mask for yourself! So put on your your fluffiest robe, light some candles and get ready to go shopping – in your kitchen, that is.
Oatmeal DIY Face Mask (for Fabulous Humans)
- Using a blender or food processor, blend 3 tablespoons of plain oats (no sugar or added ingredients) into a coarse flour-like powder. (Pro tip: Save time by adding 1 additional cup of oats to a blender for your dog’s bath and set aside for later)
- Add 1 teaspoon of hot water to 3 tablespoons oatmeal powder, and mix into a paste.
- When the oatmeal has cooled slightly, add 1 teaspoon of honey and combine all the ingredients.
- Apply the mask to your clean face and relax for 10-15 minutes. Both the oatmeal and honey repel dryness, inflammation and haters.
- Rinse your face with cool water to close your pores. Tone and moisturize as usual.
Easy Oatmeal Bath (for Dogs)
- Blend 1 cup of plain oatmeal (again, no sugar or additives) until the oats are ground into a fine powder. If you already blended the oats when you made your face mask, yell, “I am a genius!” as loud as you can without your neighbors complaining.
- Pour 1 cup of oatmeal powder into your dog’s warm bathwater (not too hot – 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal). Mix powder into the bath water with a wooden spoon or your hands.
- Let your pooch soak in the oatmeal bath for 5-10 minutes, or gently rub the mixture on his skin if he prefers the royal treatment (and we’re pretty sure he does).
- Rinse your dog with warm water, towel dry and brush as usual. Brushing can be especially helpful to remove any remaining itchy irritants (like excess hair and flakes).
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