Oats have become a healthy breakfast option for a lot of us. But apart from nourishing your body on the inside, oats have some amazing benefits for your skin when used topically too.
You may have already seen several products on the market with oats as a key ingredient. Cleanser, scrubs, moisturizers, body lotions and even face masks, oats are everywhere!
And it not new but rather a centuries-old remedy. If you suffering from skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, acne, dullness, dryness, itching or anything else, you will love using oats in your skincare routine.
Why Are Oats Good For Your Skin?
1. Soothing Nature
Oats are really soothing on your skin due to their anti-inflammatory properties. They help reduce itching and calm down redness and inflamed skin.
So if you are suffering from eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne or other skin issues, oats will be extremely helpful in soothing your skin. Very few people seem to be sensitive or allergic to oats, so there are high chances it will work well for your troubled skin.
2. Gentle Exfoliator
Most physical scrubs are not suitable to be used on inflamed or irritated skin. But oats are pretty gentle on your skin even when used on a daily basis.
Unlike other physical scrubbing particles, powdered oats or oats flour have softer granules and hence are ideal for everyday use.
3. Can Cleanse Dirt
Oats contain saponins(also found in soapnuts/ reetha)which will help cleanse away all dirt and grime from your skin. And that too without stripping away any moisture from your skin.
If you have active acne or a damaged skin barrier, oatmeal is a wonderful cleanser to clean your skin without causing any further damage.
4. Moisturizes Skin
Yes, oats will not just clean away dirt but even hydrate your skin to make it supple and soft to touch. Cleansing with oatmeal imparts a natural glow to your face.
Ask this to anyone who has used a powder cleanser and they will confirm the fact. Oats even contain small amounts of antioxidants (avenanthramides) that will aid in reducing oxidative stress
Colloidal oats i.e fine powder made by grinding entire oat grain is best for your skin since it packs in most nutrients. But if you can’t get your hands on it, using oats flour or ground oats work well in most DIY recipes.
Oats are gentle enough for every day use.
Yes, it can. Add 1 cup colloidal oats to your bath water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Or else make a paste of oatmeal and water and apply on itchy areas to soothe them.
Oatmeal does help brighten your skin by keeping it hydrated. But it won’t help lighten pigmented skin, not on its own anyway.
How To Use Oats For Healthier Skin
You will find oats as an ingredient in a lot of skincare products, especially among scrubs and cleansers. I personally love using power cleansers since oats are a key ingredient in most of them.
Some good options for gently scrubbing your skin with oats are the Juicy Chemistry Ylang Ylang And Lavender Scrub or the Fiducia Botanicals Calendula and Goatmilk Exfoliator.
And if you want something customized, you can also make your own DIY oatmeal recipes to utilize the amazing skincare benefits of oats.
Here are some recipes to help you out.
DIY Oats Scrub For Glowing Skin
- 1 tsp oatmeal(grounded oats)
- 1 tsp orange peel powder
- 1/2 tsp hibiscus powder
- Pinch of turmeric
Mix all ingredients together and form a paste with your favourite hydrosol or curd. Massage this facial scrub on clean skin for about a minute and rinse with water. Repeat this twice in a week.
DIY Soothing Oats Facial Pack
- 2 tsp oatmeal
- 1 tsp rose petals powder
- 1/2 tsp aloe vera powder or gel
Mix all the ingredients together and activate this facial pack with a milk/honey/curd or water. Apply an even layer on cleansed skin and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with water and follow up with a toner and light moisturizer.
P.s. Let the face pack sit for a minute so that it turns mushy. This softens the oats and helps hydrate your skin better.
DIY Oatmeal Face Pack (For Acne-prone Skin)
- 1 tsp oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp neem powder
- 1/2 tsp tulsi powder
- 1 tsp kaolin clay/ multani mitti
Mix the ingredients together with rose water, green tea or tea tree hydrosol. Apply it on clean skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with water.
You can apply this face pack twice in a week to prevent and treat acne and calm down the redness.
Homemade Oats Facial Cleanser
- 2 tbsp oatmeal
- 1 tbsp licorice powder (or any other herb you like)
- 1 tbsp kaolin clay
- ½ tsp turmeric or activated charcoal
Mix all ingredients together and store in a clean, airtight jar. Scoop out a small spoonful of this oats facial cleanser and activate it with water or milk.
Massage this onto your face for a minute and rinse thoroughly with water. Follow up with your usual skincare routine.
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Now that you have some easy DIY recipe ideas, go on and give oats a permanent place in your skincare routine and I am sure you won’t regret it.
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