When people first think of oatmeal, they usually think of breakfast, but not anymore. Oats have so many amazing beauty benefits many people are starting to incorporate them into their everyday beauty routines. There are many different beauty products out there with oats in them that I’m going to talk about as well as what oatmeal can do for your skin.
Why does it Work Wonders?
Oats or (Avena sativa) have been used throughout history by the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians in the beauty routines of women initially through oatmeal baths. Oats contain vitamins, minerals and lipids that moisturize and strengthen our skin. Oats are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that are used to treat skin disorders and problems such as eczema, acne, sunburns and generally dry skin.
Oatmeal Face Wash
A simple and extremely cheap way to incorporate oats into your skin care routine is to simply use oats! That’s right, the actual bag of oats from the grocery store. It sounds crazy but using generic, natural and untreated oats as your face wash is the most effective way to get all of the antioxidants, vitamins and lipids they have to offer. Washing your face with oatmeal is easy and is done with 7 easy steps:
1. Wet your face with warm water
2. Grab a palm full of the oats
3. Run your hand full of oats under the warm water to get them wet
4. Squeeze your hand to separate the oats from the liquid
5. Apply this liquid onto your face (It softens and brightens your skin)
6. Apply the oats onto face and scrub your skin lightly (the oats exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and also absorb the oils from your face)
7. Wash off the oatmeal and apply your moisturizer
There are so many benefits to using this face wash; it is cheap and the bag of oatmeal lasts much longer than a bottle of face wash, the oats are gentle on sensitive skin, and it is all natural. The only downside to this face wash is that it is a little bit messy; if you can get over the messy aspect the benefits definitely outweigh the messiness.
Products with Oatmeal
If applying oats to your face is a bit too strange for you, there are alternatives. Many brands make face scrubs and masks with oatmeal in them that you can try. There are two products I have tried and tested and recommend to you:
St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Scrub
This is a gentle face scrub you can use up to four times a week and it is safe for sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive, acne prone skin and this scrub did not break me out and made my skin feel soft and moisturized.
Lush Oatifix Mask
This is a more natural oatmeal face mask that moisturizes deeply and should be used once or twice a week as an intensive treatment for dry, irritated skin. I have also used this mask and got great results, although Lush products can be a bit pricey it was worth the money.
As you can see, there are many beauty benefits of oatmeal that you can use on your skin. There are oatmeal products available for various skin types and conditions that can fit anyones budget.