Oatmeal isn’t just one of the healthiest breakfasts out there – it’s also seriously good for your skin. Oatmeal is a humectant, meaning it helps moisturize skin, and it contains inflammation – quelling compounds. What that means for you: softer, smoother skin in a flash. Try one of these 5 ways to soak in the benefits from head-to-toe:
Slip it into a calming bath
According to the Philippine Dermatological Society, oatmeal soaks can help contact dermatitis, and other rashes. But you don’t need a rash to be benefit – oatmeal soaks moisturize and soften skin, minus harsh chemicals.
Try it: Grind about a half cup of uncooked rolled oats into a powder with a food processor, then either place ground oats directly into bath water and swirl, or wrap in cheesecloth before dropping into your bath to avoid a messy cleanup.
Smooth on a soothing mask
Oatmeal boasts anti-inflammatory polyphenois that can quell facial irritation plus, moisturizing lipids and essential fatty acids that help soften the skin.
Try it: Put 1/3 cup oatmeal in a bowl and pout 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
Oats’ rough, but not hard, texture makes them superb natural exfoliants. 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 skin, and rinse. Use once daily after cleansing.
Gently wash your face clean
Saponins, plant-derived molecules that foam, abound in oats, making them a great mild facial cleanser. The goo produced when oats mix 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 this at-home alternative: mix uncooked oats with warm water, slather away, and rinse oatmeal as a main ingredient.
Banish your zits and 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.