Updated: Aug 25, 2019
The humble oat is a powerhouse for our bodies! It works wonders on both the inside and the outside. It can be used in soaps, scrubs and soaks as a gentle exfoliant and skin soother and has been used for skincare since Roman times to treat various skin issues including acne, dermatitis, insect bites, and eczema.
It works by binding with water and forming a protective barrier on your skin. The fats in the oats also enhance the emollient process and provide relief for itchy skin conditions. Oatmeal also has shown to exhibit anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and absorb ultraviolet light, making it the perfect ingredient for sun-damaged skin. As a bonus, it is thought to slow the effects of aging caused by environmental factors, like sun exposure.
DIY Oatmeal Bath
So, if you have overdone the sun exposure this summer, give your skin a break with an easy DIY Oatmeal bath.
Use a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder to turn regular supermarket oats into colloidal oats (oat flour). This will make it easier for the oats to mix with the water, and prevent clogged drains.
Sprinkle the ground oats directly into lukewarm bath water, the water should turn milky white. Soak for 15 minutes (too long can dry out skin).
Alternatively – put the oats into an old pantyhose and soak in the water, then squeeze onto skin.
Pat skin dry (don’t rub) and apply a gentle lotion to aid skin recovery.
I love using this small but mighty ingredient in my products, so if you are looking for some skin relief or simply a gentle skin boost, check out my own oatmeal soaps, scrubs, and soaks, you will find them sprinkled throughout my site.