When we think of oatmeal, what usually comes to mind is a hot bowl of the delicious cereal. The cereal is deliciously healthy and goes a long way in protecting your heart from diseases. However, oatmeal also has lots of properties that are great for your skin. The benefit of oatmeal on your skin was discovered a long time ago and dates back to ancient Egypt. Dermatologists recommend it for some skin conditions, such as eczema and acne.
But what does this have to do with your skin? Quite a lot, actually. Oats are a treasure to your skin and have been utilized by beauty brands in their skincare products. One well known beauty brand that uses oats as a major ingredient in their products is aveeno. According to them, oats acts as a buffering agent and helps to provide a healthy skin barrier. Oats powder (colloidal oats) is gentle and so cleanses without loss of skin’s moisture content.
Here are 4 reasons why you should add oatmeal to your beauty regime
Great for moisturizing
Oats has starches and so serves as a natural moisturizer. If you have dry skin, you can use oats to moisturize your skin. It also produces a protective film on your skin, which keeps moisture from leaching out.
The nature of oats is such that it can drain out the oil from your skin without leaving it excessively dry. If you have sensitive skin and react to store bought cleansers, then a homemade oats cleanser is the way to go. For exfoliation, simply blend the oats into powder and mix with brown sugar and honey.
Oats soothes itch skin
Oats has anti-inflammatory properties and is often recommended for those with itchy skin. In ancient days, an oats bath was the standard go-to for cool relief to the skin.
Evens out your skin tone
This wonderful gift of nature has skin brightening properties so when used often it evens out the skin tone. You should use it if you have blotches and an uneven skin tone.
Oats has all the goodness your skin needs and it can serve as the main beauty regimen for your face. If you would like to try your hands on a DIY oats facial moisturizer, you will love this recipe from Kayla.
Can I Use Instant Oatmeal?
Yes, instant oats works. Of course if you can get your hands on the raw oatmeal that is much better. However if you’re like me and instant is all you can get at the moment, go ahead and use it.