Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Most of us prefer to have a warm bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruits and nuts on the top for breakfast. The consumption of oatmeal is great for health issues, such as high cholesterol, low energy, high blood sugar and coronary heart disease. But this staple ingredient also serves as an excellent skin care agent. Moreover, when it comes to your overall health, oatmeal is a good source of vitamins and minerals which is beneficial for your skin and hair. Oatmeal also contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant properties that can treat the skin issues for every skin type. Some essential nutrients present in oatmeal are protein, vitamin B, copper, zinc, selenium, thiamine, omega 3 and fatty acids that help to uplift the skin and hair health.

8 Wonderful Oatmeal Benefits For Your Skin & Hair

8 Wonderful Oatmeal Benefits For Your Skin & Hair:

  1. Oatmeal Helps Fight Acne

    Oatmeal is a wonderful facial treatment for those who suffer from acne. Oatmeal keeps away the excess oil which eventually leads to acne. In brief, Oatmeal acts as an exfoliating object by removing the dead skin cells and helps in to maintain the pH level of the skin.

    To make a Oatmeal mask, make a consistent paste of 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and honey, 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and a few drops of tea tree oil. Dab this oatmeal paste in a circular motion all around your face especially on the affected acne areas. Let it rest for a while and then wash it off with warm water. Use this oatmeal face mask once or twice within 7 days for better results.

  2. Oatmeal Heals Eczema

    Another wonderful benefit of oatmeal to keep your skin healthy is that it heals eczema. Oatmeal possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-irritating and soothing properties that relax the symptoms of eczema such as inflammation, redness, pain, itchiness and dry skin. In order to enjoy the eczema-free skin, make it a habit to use this natural oatmeal cleanser to clear the dead skin cells.

    In a bowl, add 1/2 cup of hot water to 1/3 cup of oatmeal and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then again add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of yoghurt. Apply this oatmeal mix on the affected eczema skin areas and wait for half-an-hour. Gently, remove the oatmeal mask with a damp cloth and rinse it off with warm water. Pat dry your face and then apply a suitable moisturizer. Use this oatmeal face mask few times a week and observe the difference in your eczema symptoms. Oatmeal can also be used to relieve the symptoms of Dermatitis.

  3. Oatmeal Pacifies Tanning

    Oatmeal could be used to safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays of the sun. Oatmeal rejuvenates the skin and removes the dead skin cells by its exfoliating properties and helps in getting rid of your tan.

    In a bowl, take adequate amount of oatmeal powder, buttermilk or milk and mix them until you get a perfect consistency. You may also add few drops of lemon juice (optional). Dab this oatmeal mixture on your tanned skin areas. Let it rest for about 15 minutes and then rinse it well with cold water. Repeat this procedure once or twice in 7 days to get rid of your skin tan.

  4. Oatmeal Softens Rough Hands

    Another wonderful benefit of oatmeal is that it helps to soften your rough and dry hands and moisturizes them well. Oatmeal contains protein that restricts water loss in order to maintain the hydration for a longer period.

    Blend well 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal, 1/2 tablespoon of honey, few drops of honey, olive oil and a bit of water. Apply thoroughly this oatmeal mix on your hands and let it rest for up to 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Use this homemade oatmeal hand scrub once in a week to observe the difference.

  5. Oatmeal Removes Dead Skin Cells

    Saponin is an excellent exfoliating agent for every skin type and luckily it is present in oatmeal. A wonderful benefit of oatmeal to keep your skin healthy is that it helps to keep away the dead skin cells, sebum and other accumulated skin impurities. Moreover, oatmeal is also effective in making many facial scrubs and cleansers.

    Take 1 teaspoon of ground oatmeal and lemon juice each and 2 teaspoons of plain yoghurt and mix them well. Gently rub this oatmeal scrub all around your face and neck and let it rest for a while. Gently take off the oatmeal mask and rinse your face with lukewarm water. Pat dry your face with a towel and then apply a bit of moisturizer. Use this oatmeal scrub once in 7 days for effective results.

  6. Oatmeal Moisturizes Dry Skin

    You can effectually enjoy a soothing and relaxing oatmeal bath and as a result get rid of skin dryness. Oatmeal can even make your skin look mushier and younger, as has essential moisturizing properties that help to fight away skin issues like Psoriasis.

    For a oatmeal bath, add a cup of plain oatmeal with warm water in your bath. Then add some drops of lavender essential oil and enjoy your bath for at least 15 to 20 minutes. At last, wash your body with lukewarm water and pat it dry with the help of a towel. After the oatmeal bath, don’t forget to apply liberal amount of moisturizer to your face and body. You can have this soothing oatmeal bath twice a week to keep your skin soft and healthy.

  7. Oatmeal Improves Cracked Heals

    Oatmeal has the potential to cure the cracked and dry heels due to its humectant property. Oatmeal also acts as a wonderful exfoliating agent that keeps away the dead skin cells (especially from your feet).

    In a bowl, take a tablespoon of oatmeal, honey and jojoba oil and make a consistent paste. Apply this oatmeal paste on the cracked heel areas. Let it rest for about 30 minutes and then wash well with cold water and pat it dry. Make it a habit to use this oatmeal paste daily until your heels are crack-free.

  8. Oatmeal Acts as a Dry Shampoo

    Normally most of us don't like to step out of our houses with a sticky and oily hair. Thus, the solution to this is using a dry shampoo when you are in a hurry and need clean hair. Now coming to the wonderful benefit of oatmeal to keep your hair healthy is that oatmeal can be used as a dry shampoo. Precisely chopped ground oats help to absorb extra oil from your hair keeping it dirt-free and fresh.

    Grind a cup of oatmeal into a fine powder. Then add about 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour this mix in a talcum powder bottle. Drizzle it into your oily hair and brush it well. Store the leftover oatmeal mixture in an air-tight container for future emergencies.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 11, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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