Published: 09/22/2015 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
There’s no doubt about it that a good cup of oats in the morning is an excellent breakfast, and oatmeal cookies make a perfect snack. A lot of people don’t think about how beneficial they can be for skin, however, either by eating it or applying it directly.
There’s an endless list of ways to enjoy the skin benefits of this common grain. If using oats, you can treat acne by making a homemade skin exfoliant. Even better, you don’t need to invest in expensive shampoos when you could make them yourself with oat flour and sodium bicarbonate.
Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and therefore are a great idea for sensitive skin and for treating a variety of skin disorders, including burns, eczema, itching, etc.
Oats to treat acne
If you don’t feel like eating oats today, you could use them to help fight acne. Prepare them as you commonly would, using honey as a sweetener. Let your cooked oats cool, and apply a small amount to problematic areas. Allow to set for 15 minutes, or until it dries. Then rinse. Oats help absorb excess skin oil, and help reduce acne outbreaks.
Use oats against skin irritation
A refreshing oatmeal bash can be a great help for irritated skin. Take a bit of oat flour (you could also simply grind oats), place in a clean cloth, and wrap it up into a sack with the flour inside. Place the sack under the bathtub faucet so that water passes through it, and fill the bathtub with warm water. Use the bath to relax and to calm irritated skin.
Oats can help keep skin moisturized. Mix one cup of milk with two cups of oats and one tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture shortly before getting out of the bath, rinse with moderately warm water, then dry your skin.
Oatmeal mixture for radiant skin
Oats are a common ingredient in homemade masks, and for good reason. They help create radiant skin.
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Make a mask by mixing two tablespoons of ground oats or oatmeal flour, along with 4 tablespoons of milk. Mix well, then add 3 tablespoon of sour cream. Wait for a short while until the oats soak it up and thicken, then add a few drops of lemon juice and apply to the skin.
Allow to work for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Dry shampoo with oatmeal
Oats help eliminate filth and residue that get stuck to the skin and scalp. That’s why you can make a dry oatmeal shampoo that also helps reduce itching on the scalp.
Grind a bit of oats and mix equal parts of sodium bicarbonate. Gently rub the mixture on your scalp to absorb excess oil, then brush out.
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Exfoliating body treatment
If scrubber brushes leave your skin irritated, try an oatmeal flour exfoliant with coconut oil, brown sugar and a bit of warm water. You will get the same benefits, without being aggressive to your skin.
You could also use a mixture that has two tablespoons of oats and one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate. Add just enough water to form a paste, then gently rub your skin. Lastly, rinse. Avoid using this on your face.
For cleaning your face
Daily facial cleansing is a must-include step in your daily routine. Oats are great for this. Oatmeal contains compounds known as saponins that are characterized by their cleansing properties. Saponins are commonly added to shampoos and detergents to act as thickeners or foaming agents. These compounds make oats a natural ingredient for facial cleansing, and is also useful for very sensitive skin.
One simple recipe for cleaning your face includes mixing oatmeal flour with one tablespoon of honey and warm water, to create a paste. Then very gently rub your face with it before rinsing. The properties in the oatmeal along with honey’s antibacterial actions also help reduce skin inflammation and alleviate dryness.
Last but not least, oatmeal’s properties can also be used to prevent the appearance of early wrinkles.
For this, you’ll need to use one teaspoon of avocado, one egg yolk, and one tablespoon of beer, with 2 tablespoons of oats. Mix well until all ingredients are blended, then apply to your face. Allow to act for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat this process two or three times a week to keep your skin looking young.
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