Last Updated on January 4, 2018 by Ellen Christian
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Do you know the benefits of oatmeal for skin? One of the kids’ favorite breakfasts on a cold morning is a hot bowl of oatmeal. There’s no better after-school snack that oatmeal raisin cookies and a glass of cold milk. Those are the first things I think of when I hear the word oats. Oats are very popular in our home as a grain because the gluten they contain is different than wheat gluten which my daughter cannot have.
Benefits of Oatmeal for Skin
Oats have many other uses, though. While you may store them in the kitchen, there are many benefits of oatmeal for skin and hair. I’ve used oats in my homemade bath teas and even in homemade facial treatments.
Improve your complexion
A paste of oatmeal can be applied to your skin and left on for 15 minutes to improve your complexion. It helps remove the excess oil and bacteria from your skin and also helps exfoliates dead skin cells.
Combat itchy skin
Oats can be added to warm bath water to help combat itchy skin from things like psoriasis or eczema. Just put a handful of oats in a muslin bag and toss in the water as the bath fills. The bag prevents the oats from making a mess in the tub.
Improve skin tone
Oats help improve skin tone and smooth dark spots on your skin. Many cosmetic products use oats for this reason including a number of body and face lotions and creams.
Remove dirt and oil
Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins. Saponins help remove dirt and oil from your skin much the way soap does. They do not irritate the skin the way some soaps do. Place oats in a muslin bag and soak the bag in water. Gently squeeze out the “milk” from the oats and apply to your skin.
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Repair damage from chemicals
Oats can help repair damage from chemicals like alpha hydroxy acids and skin bleaches. Oats contain anti-inflammatory properties and are beneficial for even the most sensitive skin.
Stimulate collagen deposition
Oats stimulate collagen deposition and promote the growth of immune cells in your skin. Products containing oats make wonderful choices for those with aging skin.
What’s your favorite way to use oats in your skincare routine?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.