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When I say your skin can benefit from oats or oatmeal, in this case, I don’t mean by eating it (although that’s great too), but by actually applying it on your skin as a way to address different skin conditions.
In fact, using oatmeal to nourish your skin is one of the most popular methods when it comes to homemade treatments. So in this regard, let’s talk about the benefits of oatmeal for your skin and what are the problematic skin conditions that can be addressed with it.
Benefits of Oatmeal for Your Skin
When applied to your skin, oatmeal is able to prevent the acne-causing bacterial action and due to its high zinc content, it reduces the inflammation caused by the acne themselves. This means that when you regularly apply oatmeal mask the redness of the acne disappears and you are helping your skin to fight off the remaining acne-causing bacteria.
Additionally, if you have oily skin, then you know that it’s the excess oil that triggers the acne most of the time, so to naturally get rid of it, use oatmeal. It is known to soak up the excess oil from the skin, however, due to its saponin contents, it won’t strip your skin from its natural oils or the necessary moisture.
Mask Task: Boil half cup of oatmeal in the same amount of water and let it cool. Stir the mixture together until you get a fine paste. Apply this mask on your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. You can also add blended tomato paste to the mask, but make sure you are not allergic to tomatoes. The tomatoes dry out the acne-affected area quicker than anything else, while the oatmeal paste will reduce the inflammation.
To be honest, there’s no magic formula to get rid of blackheads once and for all, but oatmeal ranks pretty close, I must say. You see, blackheads are nothing but clogged pores that turn black over time because of their accumulated oil content that collects the dirt from the air.
In order to get rid of them, apply oatmeal 3 to 4 times a week on your face. As I mentioned before, oatmeal soaks up the excess oil from the skin without drying it out. No excess oil, reduced blackheads, as simple as that.
Mask Task: Take two tablespoons of oatmeal, three tablespoons of plain yogurt and a half lemon juice. Mix it well until you get a fine paste. Apply this on to your nose and the most affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this treatment at least 3-4 times a week until you see results. Then reduce to once or twice in order to maintain the effect.
Helps Dry Skin
If you’re suffering from dry skin then you know that nothing of the store-bought products helps in the long run. You have to keep reapplying in order to maintain the moisture of your skin and that’s tiring and also can get expensive so why not look elsewhere.
Oatmeal, as a natural dry skin remedy, is proven to address this problem due to its proteins and lipids contents. It has potent emollient properties making it a great natural moisturizer that locks in moisture without the need of using any artificial products.
Treatment task: When taking a bath, add some uncooked oatmeal and baking soda to your bath water. Soak your body in the antioxidants for about 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry. You can also use colloidal oatmeal in your bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal is a specially blended product, which is designed for baths.
Fights Overall Inflammation
Inflamed, itchy skin can be caused due to inflammation under the skin or when the skin’s pH level is high. Oatmeal’s mild pH can help cool down the inflamed skin that may have caused due to some rash or infection, causing dry itchy skin.
By normalizing your skin’s pH levels with oatmeal, you help your skin restore its natural pH and soften altogether. By doing so, you also protect your skin from external irritants as well.
Mask Task: Blend some oats into powder; mix it with water until you get a fine paste. Apply this paste on your skin and itchy area. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. You can also make a paste of oats and milk and follow the same regime.
Now that you know oatmeal isn’t only great as part of your breakfast bowl, it’s time to try out some of these. And don’t forget to share your experience with us since all tips & tricks are welcome, as always.
To Your Nourished Skin,