I’m starting a new series called “Food on Your Face” where I showcase ingredients commonly found in your kitchen that are amazing when applied to the skin! Believe it or not-beautiful, healthy skin does not always come from a $100 bottle of serum. One commonly found and affordable food that serves your skin well is oatmeal. Oatmeal can do wonders for your skin when it comes to calming rashes, itching, dry skin and even acne!
Oats actually contain many properties that can greatly improve the skin. Oats contain saponins which are natural cleansers. When you combine that with the texture of oatmeal and add a liquid, you have a very powerful exfoliator! Oats are also full of fats which can help hydrate and replenish the skin.
Because oatmeal is so affective at reducing inflammation, hydrating skin and relieving itching, it is an ideal treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea!
Benefits of Applying Oatmeal Topically:
- Anti Inflammatory
- High in Zinc which can help with blemishes
- Anti Itch
- Cleanses the skin
- Gentle exfoliator
- Relieves Rashes
- Soothes Sunburns
- High in protein protects and heals the skin’s barrier
How to Use Oatmeal:
Oatmeal is a wonderful exfoliant, whether you grind your oats into a fine powder or leave them whole. I love to add raw honey and lemon juice to oats and gently massage into my skin. If I’ve ground them, using any type of liquid will create a paste which is a gentle scrub that can actually be left on the skin after you’ve used it as an exfoliator. Yogurt, apple cider vinegar, bananas, avocados, turmeric and aloe vera are great additions to oats.
Recipes from Around the Web:
- Oatmeal Honey Scrub
- Detox Cleansing Grains & Mask for Oily Skin
- Brightening Turmeric and Lemon Face Mask
- Oatmeal Mask for Oily Skin
- 3 Ingredient Dry Shampoo
And of course, stay tuned because I have a few oatmeal recipes up my sleeve!!