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5 Skin Care Uses of Oatmeal

Yes, we all know oatmeal or oats as a food. It comes in various forms such as ground oats, milled oats, oats flour etc. But do you know that this oats has benefitting health properties. It enhances both your dietary health and skin health. Today, we will take a look at the benefits of oats on the skin.

Oats contain antioxidants (these are the vitamin C & E, Selenium, Beta- carotene etc). These antioxidants prevent skin damage. They neutralize the effect of free radicals in your body (because free radicals cause harm to your body cells.) These free radicals make your skin lose elasticity and look saggy.

Oats help prevent acne and improve skin complexion. They also act as a natural skin cleanser.

Apart from oats being your favorite porridge (or oats) to eat as a breakfast or lunch, oats also has amazing beauty benefits for your skin:

1. In acne treatment

Oatmeal when applied to your skin, it will soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne.

Application:

In a pot, boil oatmeal (half a cup) in water (79 mls). Then allow it to cool. Apply the thick paste onto the affected areas on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This is simply an oatmeal face wash that you can prepare right in your home.

An oatmeal scrub is also effective in treating acne. The scrub removes dead skin cells off the surface of your skin. It reduces the spots and softens your skin. Giving your skin a silky and polished glow.

Application:

For the scrub, one tablespoon each of ground brown sugar, ground oatmeal, organic jojoba oil, and raw honey. (And if you want, you can also add a couple drops each of lavender essential oil.) Stir all these ingredients together.

Wet your face, and apply a small amount of this scrub onto your wet face. Massage in small, circular motions. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Oatmeal contains zinc which reduces inflammation and kills bacteria. However, consult your doctor first before using oats for treating acne.

2. For dry itchy skin

Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can aid treat the itching associated with dry irritated skin.

Application:

To treat dry itchy skin you can have an oatmeal bath. First, sprinkle your bath water with uncooked oatmeal and baking soda. (You can also use colloidal oatmeal, this is finely ground oatmeal made specifically for the bathtub.) Then soak yourself in the bath water for 15 minutes. Pat yourself dry. Rub on your moisturizer while your skin is damp.

3. As a skin moisturizer

Oats can work as a natural skin moisturizer. Oats contain beta-glucan which forms a fine film on your skin. It locks in moisture to the skin barrier. Beta- gycan can improve eczema, radiation burns, and bedsores. It provide the skin with maximum skin hydration. So the skin is always moisturized.

Application:

Blend 2 cups of oats, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 cup of milk. Apply onto your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water.

4. As a skin lightener

Over the years, oats have been used in cosmetic products such as - body scrubs, exfoliating creams, soaps etc. This shows to tell us how beneficial oats are.

Oats contain amino acids which help to lighten marks, dark spots, and skin discoloration. Oats also contain Vitamin B1 which enhances the effect of skin whitening.

For skin lightening, you can use an oats facial. That is a mixture of oat powder and milk, every morning.

5. As a natural cleanser & toner

Oats are good natural cleansers. Oats contain compounds called saponins which remove the dirt, sebum, and oil from the skin pores.

Application:

You can prepare creamy oat milk by soaking oats in hot water. First, wash your face. Take a cotton pad and apply the milk to your face. This acts as an effective natural cleanser and skin toner.

Also, the proteins in oatmeal maintain your skin’s natural barrier. They protect your skin from chemicals and harsh pollutants. The healthy fats in oats aid in UV protection from the sunlight.

So, I hope you will consider incorporating oatmeal into your skin beauty cosmetics.

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