A popular breakfast choice regardless of whether you wake up feeling like P. Diddy or otherwise, a hot bowl of oatmeal is always a tasty and healthy option to start your day with.
If you are an avid fitness fan or in the company of one, you must be aware of the abundant nutritional benefits these cereal grains offer. This grainy superfood is loaded with dietary fibre and minerals that do an esteemed job of lowering your cholesterol and removing it from the body, averting potentially grievous conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and even cancer.
But there’s more — the benefits of oats go beyond health care to performing mini-miracles in skincare.
Natural Skin Cleanser
Oats make a potent ingredient in many cleansers, face scrubs and shampoos, due to their cleansing and exfoliating properties. Oats contain saponins, which are excellent at clearing excess dirt and oil from your face and body, without causing irritation.
In fact, you can prepare oat milk on your own that serves as a natural cleanser and toner. Simply soak the oats in water and apply the milk to your face using a cotton pad after washing it.
Additionally, you can also utilise oat bran to cleanse your skin. Scoop half a cup of rolled oats on to a cloth and tie it up into a small bag. Submerge this bag in a pail or tub of water and squeeze until all the milk is removed. Thereafter, use this bag for a mild scrubbing effect on your face and body. This scrub is fantastic for sensitive skin as it exfoliates gently.
Oats are capable of absorbing excess oil on your skin and treating acne. The zinc it contains is effective in reducing inflammation and eliminating the bacteria that trigger acne. Increasing your zinc intake with the proper supplements may also help reduce acne lesions.
Try an all-natural oatmeal face wash that you can prepare in the comfort of your own home. Boil half a cup of oatmeal with one-third of water and let it cool. Smear the paste on the affected areas of your skin and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water thereafter. You also choose to prep this facial wash with tomatoes, onions or egg whites.
If an oatmeal face wash does not cut it for you, try out an oatmeal scrub. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells and diminishes spots, while at the same time, polishes and softens your skin.
To prepare for the scrub, mix one tablespoon each of finely ground oatmeal, organic jojoba oil or a couple of drops of lavender essential oil, raw honey and finely ground brown sugar. Stir the mixture well and apply a moderate amount of this scrub to damp skin. Massage in small, circular motions and leave on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and pat dry.
Should you require additional ammunition in your battle against acne, you can throw in an oatmeal soap for extra firepower. The soap functions as a natural exfoliant and soaks up the excess oil, without overdrying the skin. Pre-made oatmeal soap is easily available for purchase across beauty stores. But, if for some reason you are feeling up to producing your own version of an oatmeal soap, simply melt a bar of soap, mix it with oatmeal and allow it to cool.
Either way, you need to make your way down to the store and get a bar of soap.
Relieves Itchy and Dry Skin
According to a study, oats are found to exhibit direct antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a valuable alternative for treating itchiness associated with dry and irritated skin. Mixing oatmeal with water can soothe itchiness, redness and sunburn, due to its mild pH, and is also a natural remedy for skin conditions like eczema and chicken pox.
If you are suffering from those, try giving an oatmeal bath a go. Fill your bath water with dashes of baking soda and uncooked oatmeal. Immerse yourself in the bath water for 15 minutes. Pat yourself dry thereafter and apply moisturiser, while your skin is still damp.
Additionally, oatmeal powder and oat flour can do wonders on your sensitive skin, as well. Just blend oats into powder and add it in hot water to produce a paste. Slather the paste on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off with normal water.
Oats: Skin-loving Superfood
While this could be news to some of you, oats have long been a skin powerhouse — its skin-soothing powers were already discovered as early as 2000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Given these unique benefits of the mighty oats, it is no wonder this grainy cereal has earned the reputation as a core staple ingredient over the countertop and in the beauty palette.