Updated: Sep 2, 2019
As early as 2000 BC, Arabians and Egyptians used oats to beautify the skin. The ancient Greeks and Romans also documented the use of oat baths to heal skin ailments. It is still popular today and for good reason. Let's take a closer look at 5 reasons to use oats as part of your regular skin care regiment.
Oats gently cleanses
Oats acts as a gentle cleanser because of its saponin content. It is an excellent alternative to harsh surfactants. It is perfect for most skin types even the most sensitive skin.
Oats has lipids and proteins that have humectant and emollient properties. It can help skin maintain its natural moisture balance. Oats can be a natural and effective moisturizer for healthy skin care. Using oatmeal can be an effective and natural way of preventing dry skin in those cold and dry winter months.
As a humectant, it attracts moisture. I often describe humectants as "moisture magnets." In your steamy bathroom, there is a lot of moisture in the air. Oats helps attract and absorb that moisture to your skin.
Oats calms and soothes
Add oats to your toolbox as one of the first items to apply directly to your skin to sooth minor skin irritations such as insect bites, poison ivy rash or after shaving.
Oats gently scrubs
Oats acts as a mild skin exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and leave it soft and smooth and healthy. Proper cleansing of the skin and dead skin cell exfoliation are important factors in healthy skin care and oatmeal provides an option for performing these task naturally.
Oats avoids common allergens
Being free of dairy, oat milk already protects those who cannot properly digest lactose. However, it is also ideal for those who suffer from a nut or soy allergy. Since oats are also typically gluten-free, it’s a great alternative for people with strict dietary restrictions.
Making Oat Baths More Convenient
While we love the benefits of oats for your skin, oatmeal can be messy. Convenient oats alternatives for your skin are bath soaps made with either oatmeal or oatmilk. Use them in the shower for cleansing and moisturizing experience. In the bathtub, you can "float your soap" to increase the oats properties in the water and fully sooth your skin.
Ready to make your own oat milk? Here is information for you to make oat milk at home