The Use of Oatmeal for Skincare
Did you know the use of oats for skincare dates back to 2000BC?
Skin Benefits Of Oats:
Apart from consumption, wild oats have an important role to play in skincare. They were used as early as 2000 BC by the Egyptians and Arabs to beautify their skins. Oat baths were largely used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for healing skin ailments. Some of the benefits of oats for skin are as follows.
1. Treatment of Acne:
Cooked oatmeal is a great natural remedy for treating acne.
Boil some oatmeal till it softens and let it cool for 15 minutes. Apply it on the affected area and rinse off after 10 minutes.
This will absorb and remove excess oil and bacteria from your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, thus helping to combat acne.
2. Removes Dryness:
Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on skin.
The cereal is effective in addressing dry skin symptoms like itching, rashes, scales, peeling etc.
To get rid of dryness you can make a facial mask by mixing a mashed 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, keeping it soft and hydrated.
3. Skin Moisturizer:
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.
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.
4. Relieves Itchiness:
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. Oatmeal can be used in curing neurodermatitis, a skin disease characterized by itchy or inflamed skin.
5. Skin Lightening:
Oats are known for their skin lightening effects as well as improving the skin tone and texture and smoothing out blotchy areas.
It is increasingly used in cosmetology in various skin care products such as body scrubs, soaps, exfoliating creams and general body lotions of reputed brands.
6. Treatment of Poison Ivy or Chicken Pox:
Oatmeal has been used for thousands of years for treating eczema, poison ivy, insect bites and skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-itch properties.
For relieving the itchiness caused by poison ivy or chicken pox or even sunburn, grind oats or oat flour into a fine powder and pour it into a cheesecloth.
Tie it around the bath tub faucet and squeeze out water periodically to have a tepid bath. You can also rub the pouch on the itchy skin.
7. Natural Cleanser:
Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins that can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation.It leaves behind soft and silky skin and reduces pore size.
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 bathtub and press the bag until the oatmeal milk comes out. This can be used on your body or face instead of soap.
8. Skin Protection:
The proteins in oatmeal help in maintaining the skin’s natural barrier and protect your skin from harsh chemicals.
It also protects against skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and rashes. The lubricating fats in oats are a great moisturizer that provides a protective layer over the skin to fight UV rays.
Hair Benefits Of Oats:
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.
9. Treatment of Dry and Itchy Scalp:
It is a natural moisturizer and can be applied on hair to get rid of dryness and itchiness .It makes hair soft and shiny. It is often used as an ingredient in shampoos.
10. Treatment of Dandruff:
Oatmeal can be combined with other ingredients and applied on your hair before shampooing to get rid of dandruff.
11. Removes Excess Oil and Dirt:
Clears the scalp by removing excess sebum, oil and dirt accumulated in the scalp.
12. 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 growth.
13. Great for Blond Hair:
Ground oats can be an excellent dry shampoo for blond haired beauties. All you need to do is rub some ground oats over your scalp and brush out excess oats with a boar bristle brush.