When it comes to your skin, you can’t really go wrong with oatmeal. Because it is a humectant, it moisturizes skin, reduces inflammation, and benefits the skin in a number of other ways. It’s also one of the healthiest foods you can eat for breakfast. Basically, it’s great for you both inside and out! We’ve laid out a few ways you can add this wonderful ingredient to your beauty routine so that you can reap all of its awesome benefits…
1. Try A Healing Face Wash
Another great thing about oatmeal is that, when it’s ground up, it creates beta glucan and antioxidants which can speed up the healing process of skin cells. Try Measured Micrograins by Bioelements which contains colloidal oatmeal and other ingredients that sooth, nourish, and refresh the skin.
2. Make A Calming Mask
As we’ve said, oats have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties that allow them to soothe irritated skin. With moisturizing lipids and essential fatty acids, the oats can also make skin softer. If you have acne-prone skin, you will love this mask! Just combine 1/3 cup of oats with ½ cup of hot water. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it all together. Smooth the mixture over your face and allow it to rest for twenty minutes, then wipe it away with a damp cloth.
3. Add It To Your Bath
Oatmeal is great for a bath because of its moisturizing properties, but it’s also helpful if you have eczema or another type of rash. This is because oats can relieve itchy and dry skin. It can also balance out your skin’s pH levels. Just grind up half a cup of uncooked rolled oats, then stir them into a hot bath. Simple!
4. Create A Brightening Scrub
Scrubs are key to bright, even skin. Because oats have a rough but gentle texture, they’re great for sloughing away dead skin cells. Just mix a couple of tablespoons of uncooked oats with warm water and massage it into your skin, then rinse.
5. Eat It
As great as oatmeal is when used externally, it’s also great for your skin when consumed. Oats have a lot of fiber which means they help your digestive system function properly – a necessity for glowing skin. Cook up some oats and mix them together with frozen berries for the added benefits of antioxidants. Yum!
6. Eliminate Zits
It’s true – oatmeal can make a great acne treatment. It’s cleansing and balancing properties work to eliminate bacteria and oil while simultaneously helping to repair the skin. Just ix some oatmeal with warm water and honey, then apply it to any problem-areas. Allow it to rest for twenty minutes and rinse. For a simpler solution, try Volcanic Mud Soap by Bioelements which contains oatmeal and other acne-resistant ingredients.
7. Fix Your Itchy Scalp
Just as oats can sooth irritated skin, so can they help relieve an itchy scalp. Check your shampoo’s ingredients for colloidal oatmeal, or try a mask. Grind up one cup of oatmeal until it becomes a powder, then mix it together with ½ cup of warm water and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Work the mixture into your scalp and allow it to set for about ten minutes, then rinse.
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