Doesn’t having oatmeal put a smile on your face? Well this fiber rich super-food which rids the body of cholesterol is great for your skin too. Oatmeal gets rid of dead cells, irritation, and redness, leaving a soft, moist glow behind.
Its skin-soothing powers were known as early as 2000 BC and the FDA cites it as effective for relieving dryness and inflammation, including insect stings, rashes, and eczema
Originating in Scotland oatmeal was not only used for human consumption but to feed livestock as well.
SKIN CARE BENEFITS
Oatmeal can be used cooked or plain to make masks that relieve acne symptoms. Its soothing and exfoliating properties remove dead skin cells, soak up excess oil and bacteria and relieve the discomfort associated with acne. Oatmeal can be used on its own without any other ingredients to treat acne. Cook 1/2 cup oatmeal in 1/3 cup water and allow it to cool, creating a thick paste that can be applied to any area of skin affected by acne. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
If you suffer from dry or itchy skin oats contains polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water thus forming a fine protective film when applied on skin. It does an excellent job of addressing dry skin symptoms like itchiness, rashes, scales, peeling etc. This is good news since persons with eczema, dermatitis and skin rashes tend to suffer from dryness which can cause miserable itching and redness. Choose natural oatmeal without sweeteners or additives and add it to your bath by placing it in a cloth bag. To get rid of dryness you can make a facial mask by mixing a smashed banana with a cup of ground oatmeal and adding some lukewarm milk. Stir it properly to make it smooth and apply it all over your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. This will help in replenishing the skin moisture, thus keeping it soft and hydrated.
It acts as a natural moisturizer by removing the dead skin cells. It contains beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin as well as penetrates deep into the skin to provide much needed deep moisturizing to your skin. Besides, it enhances wound healing and shallow abrasions and improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin. You can add a cup of milk, two cups of oats and a tablespoon of honey to moisturize your skin as well as relax your body.
Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types. They are clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin. Oats ground into powder are known as colloidal oatmeal. This powder can be mixed with warm water to form a thick paste and applied over itchy skin to get immediate relief from intense itching. An oatmeal bath is also effective in healing a number of skin conditions including dry itchy skin. Thus, oatmeal can be used in curing neurodermatitis, a skin disease characterized by itchy or inflamed skin.
To reap all of these benefits, Wechsler suggests treating your skin to a colloidal oatmeal mask every week or two.
Soothing Oatmeal Mask
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey
1. Put the oats into a clean herb or coffee grinder on the finest setting, and process into powder.
2. Pour into a small bowl and stir in hot water and honey. Let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Wash face with warm water. While skin is still damp, massage paste onto face, circling around eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes.
4. Remove with tepid water and a washcloth. Apply your favorite moisturizer to seal the deal and set the glow.
Oatmeal exfoliates the skin and lightens dark spots, overtime, improving the skin tone and texture. This simple grain is now being used in the cosmetic industry in various products such as body scrubs, soaps and exfoliates. A paste of oatmeal, honey, brown sugar and milk applied to the skin and gently massaged in a circular motion does an excellent job of gently exfoliating the skin showing off flawless skin overtime. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Oatmeal contains natural cleansers called saponins that gently can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation, thus leaving behind soft and silky skin as well as reducing pore size. Instead of facial scrubs, oatmeal can form part of your skincare regimen as it is effective in getting rid of dead skin cells that build up in the pores. Oats can be soaked in water to prepare oat milk which is a natural toner and cleanser. You can store this milk in a bottle in your fridge and apply it on your face with a cotton pad after face wash to smoothen and soften your skin. Oat bran bath is also effective in cleansing your skin and pores. Place ½ cup of oat groans or rolled oats in some cloth and tie it to make a small bag. Place it in your bath tub and press the bag until the oatmeal milk comes out. This can be used on your body or face instead of soap for mild scrubbing. Adding a scoop of powdered milk or a few drops of olive oil to the oatmeal in the cloth will provide added moisture to your skin as you cleanse. If you have sensitive skin, soaps and body washes may be too harsh. Unsweetened, unflavored instant oatmeal provides a fragrance-free and soap-free skin cleansing option.
The proteins in oatmeal help in maintaining the skin’s natural barrier function and protect your skin from harsh chemicals as well as skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and rashes. The lubricating fats in oats are a great moisturizer that makes a protective layer over the skin to fight UV rays. In this way oatmeal helps in relieving symptoms of ageing skin.
Dead Skin Exfoliation
The gritty texture of oatmeal makes it an excellent exfoliating agent, which removes dead skin cells when rubbed over the skin. According to Bowie State University, instant oatmeal, prepared and cooled, helps to slough off dead skin cells. When it comes to your face, the best way to apply the cooled oatmeal is as a facial pack or mask, left on for approximately 10 minutes and then rinsed away. You can also use cooled instant oatmeal to exfoliate in the shower, rubbing the cooled oatmeal over your wet skin with your hand.
HAIR CARE BENEFITS
Oats are good for hair as well. When applied topically, they can make your hair soft and strong.
Some of the ways in which oats can be beneficial for your hair are as follows.
1. Treatment of Dry and Itchy Scalp:
As stated earlier, oats are beneficial for dry skin and the same goes for hair care as well. Being a natural moisturizer, it can be applied on hair to get rid of dryness and itchiness and make your hair soft and shiny. It is often used as an ingredient in shampoos.
2. Treatment of Dandruff:
Oatmeal can be combined with other ingredients and applied on your hair before shampooing to get rid of dandruff.
3. Removes Excess Oil and Dirt:
Being a natural cleanser, it clears the scalp by removing excess sebum, oil and dirt accumulated in the scalp.
4. Combats Hair Loss:
Hair loss can occur due to a number of reasons such as alopecia, harsh chemical treatments, hormonal imbalance or unhealthy lifestyle. Malnutrition, that is deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals, is the most common cause of hair loss. Oats contain high amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium that promote hair growth. A meal comprising of oats, berries and pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A as well as other nutrients. Vitamin C prevents scurvy, a disease that can also cause hair loss. Vitamin A, on the other hand, promotes hair development and maintenance.