Oatmeal Benefits for the Skin

Skin benefits of Oatmeal

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:

  • Soothing
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Hydrating
  • 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

oatmeal benefits for the skin

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:

And of course, stay tuned because I have a few oatmeal recipes up my sleeve!!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. November 12, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Awesome post…kind of forgot about oatmeal. But totally agree with you that there are so many great (and inexpensive) things right in our kitchens. Coconut oil and honey are two of my faves. I do enjoy the fancy serums, but I went almost three years doing nothing but coconut oil and my skin looked great.

  2. Liz
    November 13, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Brilliant! I am having a “Duh” moment. I used to DIY some body products for the fun of it years ago. My husband even made a beeswax, olive oil and honey moisturizer for my very sensitive Grandmother, which she loved. Thrilled to have found your blog, as I am an autoimmune sufferer with food intolerance and a whole host of skin issues. My diet is pretty tight, but I had been wondering (have been out of remission for 2 years) why I can’t get back to where I was (off meds. in remission) and the meds. have just wrecked my skin. I am going to be all over your blog! Thanks!

    • Jenni
      December 1, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Liz-Thank you so much!!! Good luck and keep me posted!

  3. November 13, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Nice! I haven’t tried oatmeal.. will definitely keep this in mind! I’ve done DIY skincare tutorials on Youtube (LeTramBeauty) with rice flour, avocado, raw honey, etc and they are great, will try oatmeal next 🙂

  4. Tina
    August 3, 2018 / 4:37 am

    Hi Jenni. I made a body scrub recently using ground oats, sugar, coconut oil, vit e oil and citrus essential oils. After mixing it – it seemed to froth on the surface. Do u know why this happens? I hope it doesn’t mean my scrub is bad…

    • Jenni
      August 3, 2018 / 4:12 pm

      Tina-I believe it’s from the oatmeal. Foaming wouldn’t be a sign it’s bad though!

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