While most people know oatmeal as a powerful breakfast, what people don’t know that it also has a host of skin benefits. Read on here the 7 skin benefits of oatmeal & how to use oatmeal for skin care & easy, simple homemade skin care recipes.
It can soak up the extra oil from your skin and so can help treat acne problem. It has significant anti-inflammatory, skin healing & antioxidant properties, which can help to get rid of dead skin cells & treat skin in many ways.
Oats are also rich in compounds called saponins, which work as wonderful natural cleansers. While exfoliating, they remove excess oil & dirt from your skin, which can otherwise clog your skin pores.
7 Skin Benefits Of Oatmeal & Oatmeal Skin Care Recipes
Natural Mild Cleanser: The presence of saponin makes the oats work as an excellent mild cleanser- whether you have dry or sensitive skin.
Oatmeal Face Wash: Blend oatmeal into a fine powder. Combine two tablespoons of powdered oatmeal with enough milk to completely dampen the oatmeal. Gently rub the mixture on to your skin (including face) to exfoliate. Rinse with cool water.
Caution: Avoid using an oatmeal face wash over a sink, as it can clog the drain.
Natural Scrub: The gritty texture of oats makes it a great scrub even for extremely sensitive skin that cannot tolerate the regular exfoliators. Moreover, oatmeal’s saponins also have powerful exfoliating properties. Because of these properties, oats can help remove the old dead cells from the skin’s outermost surface, and provides newer, youthful skin.
How To: Simply mix oatmeal, sugar, coconut oil and lukewarm water to make a simple scrub. Gently scrub your face with this mixture, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. Gently wipe your face with soft wet tissues. You can use this scrub 2-3 times a week.
Natural Moisturizer: Being rich in lipids and proteins, oatmeal has humectant & emollient properties, which make it a gentle moisturizer. It’s good for dry Skin.
Because of mild pH level of oatmeal, it helps calm the inflamed dry skin.
How To: You can prepare and take a simple oatmeal bath. Throw in and mix some uncooked oatmeal & baking soda to your bath water. And just soak and relax in this antioxidants rich bath for 15-20 minutes. Pat yourself dry.
Alternatively, you can add colloidal oatmeal in to your bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal is an especially blended product, designed for baths.
Soothe Sunburns: Due to its skin-soothing properties, oats can be a useful treatment for sunburn and reducing inflammation.
How To: Throw in a cup of oats into bath water & soak for about 20 minutes to soothe a large burn. For lesser irritations, mix some oats in a bowl of water & soak the affected area for 20 minutes. Air dry your skin in order to leave behind a thin layer of oats on the skin – as this will help reducing itching further. For more effective relief, add in some baking soda also in the bathwater. Bicarbonate of soda can help soothe skin inflammation.
Relieves Itching: Itching usually occurs due to inflammation under your skin or when the pH level of skin is high. Oatmeal helps regulate skin’s pH level, which help to normalize your skin’s natural pH & soften the dry skin. Its anti-pruritic property also helps reducing itching that is inherent in host of skin diseases & fungal infections.
How To: Blend some oats to make powder and combine it with water to form a fine paste. Apply this concoction on the itchy skin area, leaving it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water. For better results, you can make a paste of oats and milk and follow the same procedure.
Anti Aging: Due to its rich antioxidant benefits, oats help reverse the damage caused to your skin by UV rays, pollution and chemicals.
How To: Prepare this simple anti-aging facemask at home. Mix 2 teaspoons of colloidal oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of organic honey, 1/2 teaspoon of organic teaspoon of coconut oil and 4 drops of frankincense oil. Using your fingertips rub this mixture gently on your clean face and neck. Rinse with water after 15 minutes, followed by washing with mild cleanser. Pat dry with a soft towel.
Calm Eczema: Oats can help calm and heal eczema prone skin by moisturizing & revamping the skin barrier, decreasing itching, and controlling inflammation. Those who have eczema prone skin can use homemade cleanser for dry skin as body wash instead of harsh surfactants. Alternatively, grounded oats can be added to lukewarm water in bathtub, to calm itchy & irritated skin.