Although oats do make for a delicious breakfast, they also have amazing benefits outside of the kitchen. Oats are packed full of fiber and protein, and have many uses for keeping our skin and hair beautiful. They’re essentially a cereal with edible seeds, and some believe that Egyptians and Arabs have been using oats for their beauty benefits since 2000 BC! Oat baths were also popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. Whenever a beauty ingredient has been around for that long, it’s totally worth examining and experimenting with.
From exfoliators to moisturizers to hair treatments, there are oat recipes for nearly everything related to beauty care. And, they can be used in a variety of different ways combined with a variety of different ingredients—many of which you can find in your local grocery or kitchen cupboard!
Oatmeal for Skin – 10 Head to Toe Beauty Recipes
1. Fight acne
Acne can certainly ruin our glow, and we all know that awful feeling when we’re getting a pimple. Well, it turns out that oats are great acne fighters. Next time you suffer a breakout, boil oatmeal until it softens, let it cool, and apply to the affected area for 15 minutes. The oats will absorb excess oil and bacteria, which contribute to acne.
Still suffering from dry skin even after winter? Oats have you covered—literally. Oats contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water and form a protective barrier over skin. Next time your skin feels dry, try one of the many oatmeal scrub recipes we’ve researched that will leave your skin feeling soothed and soft.
Oats are a natural skin moisturizer that remove dead skin cells. They can boost collagen and activate your immune system, which is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Try the Vegan Feast Kitchen’s recipe for an easy recipe for a colloidal oatmeal skin cream (colloidal refers to oats ground into powder). It includes many of our favorite skincare ingredients, such as olive oil and shea butter.
4. Soothe itches
Oats have great soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that make them a great choice for treating dry skin and conditions like eczema and psoriasis. For immediate relief, ground oats and mix with just enough water to form a paste, and apply to the affected area. You can also whip up an extra soothing bath, which combines oats, baking soda (balances your body’s pH), and apple cider vinegar.
5. Lighten skin
Lightening creams are expensive, but they don’t have to be. Makeup and Beauty’s blog recommends using oats, lime juice, and milk to create a natural skin lightener that will help to even skin tone, smooth out blotchy areas, and get rid dark spots.
There’s a reason why so many shower products contain oats. They’re soothing and work as great skin cleansers, thanks to saponins, which remove dirt and oil. If you’re looking for a gentle face cleanser, check out these simple 1-ingredient cleansing grains. It doesn’t remove makeup, so it’s important to remove your makeup prior to using this cleanser.
7. Treat an itchy scalp
Constantly scratching your scalp can temporarily relieve an itch, but it ultimately does more harm than good for both your scalp and hair. Rockin’ It Napptural has an amazing scalp treatment that combines rolled oats, green tea, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and rosemary oil. It’s easy to make and easy to use—right after shampooing. Beware of using too hot of water, as this can make itches worse.
8. Combat dandruff
Not only is dandruff a cry for help from your scalp, it can totally ruin your outfit! Just like the benefits for our skin, oats can exfoliate and moisturize the scalp. Next time you experience a dandruff breakout, try this brown sugar and oatmeal scrub for your scalp that we’ve researched.
9. Dry shampoo
Oats are especially great for blonde hair. All our blonde hair beauties need to do is use ground oats as a dry shampoo, and then brush out the oats with a boar bristle brush. It’s sure to keep blonde hair from going dull. But don’t worry brunettes, this still makes an excellent dry shampoo to soak up excess oil without jumping in the shower and using harsh shampoos.
10. Prevent hair loss
Zinc, iron, and magnesium are essential for promoting hair growth, and oats contain high levels of each! Hair loss can be attributed to many things, but malnutrition is one of the top reasons why people experience thinning or loss of hair. To keep a full, healthy head of hair, try incorporating more oats into your diet, along with foods like pumpkin, whole grains, dark leafy greens, nuts, and fish.1