Oatmeal isn’t just one of the healthiest breakfasts out there, it’s also seriously good for your skin. Oatmeal is a humectant.
This means it helps to moisturize the skin, and it contains inflammation-quelling compounds, meaning a: softer, smoother skin in a flash.
This food is one of the inexpensive ones that work miracle on the skin without any side effects or the fear of any. It is loaded with immense benefits, as it cleanses, nourishes and perfects the skin.
Oatmeal works well on the skin to give it a visibly clearer and smoother feel. Learn how to use it in these easy steps:
- Smooth on a soothing mask
Oatmeal boasts anti-inflammatory polyphenols that can quell facial irritation, plus, moisturizing lipids and essential fatty acids soften the skin. It is advised to take advantage of the calming, moisturizing double-whammy with an oatmeal-based face mask like this one.
Try it: Put ⅓ cup oatmeal in a bowl and pour ½ cup hot water on top. Mix, then add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply to entire face, avoiding eyes, and leave on for 20 minutes before removing with damp cloth.
- Scrub your way to radiance
Oat is rough, but not hard, texture makes them superb natural exfoliates. Getting rid of dead skin cells leaves your complexion more youthfully radiant.
Try it: Mix a small amount of uncooked, rolled oats with warm water in a bowl, massage onto face, and rinse. Use once daily after cleansing.
- Fill up on an antioxidant-fueled breakfast
You’ll want to save some oats for your stomach. Taking Oatmeal’s fiber as breakfast helps to regulate your digestive system, making it essential for glowing skin.
Try it: For a delicious twist on oatmeal for breakfast, mix a handful of oats with frozen blueberries and almond milk and give it a whirl in the blender.
- Gently wash your face clean
The foamy properties of oat makes them a great mild facial cleanser. The good mixture you get when oats mixes with warm water, called mucilage, contains ingredients that help soothe skin—so your face won’t dry out as you cleanse.
Try it: Instead of purchasing an expensive facial cleanser, try Cate’s at-home alternative: mix uncooked oats with warm water, slather away, and rinse.
- Stops itchy scalpThe same properties that make colloidal oatmeal stop itchy skin from pestering, can work on the scalp. Look for colloidal oatmeal in your main scalp care product, aka shampoo.
6. Treats blemishes
Oatmeal’s cleansing and balancing properties help remove oil, bacteria, and sebum from the skin. And because of the tissue restoring properties in oats, applying them topically will assist cell repair.
Try it: Simply mix oatmeal with warm water and honey and apply to affected areas, leave on for up to 20 minutes and rinse.
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Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa