Even now, as an adult and suffering with dry skin, I am always looking for something to retain moisture in my skin and keep my sensitive skin at bay and I still swear by oat milk baths.
Being a child that suffered badly with eczema, I can recall a few times that I found myself wound up in an oatmeal bath (shout out to my parents).
Aside from hugely nourishing dry and eczema-prone skin due to oat milk’s anti-inflammatory qualities, which enables the skin to be gently exfoliated, there are so many benefits of oat milk on a plethora of skin types.
Oats and oat milk have actually been used in skincare for decades (maybe without us even noticing). “Oats have been used for thousands of years as a way to soothe and treat the skin topically, say the experts at Lush, who pack many of their skin-boosting products with the stuff. “The use of oats and the extracts made from them first became popular as a cosmetic ingredient during the 1930s when their power to relieve itching and protect the skin became widely known.”
The oat’s zinc properties target acne-prone skin to kill acne-causing bacteria, with consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, Catherine Borysiewicz, explaining: “Oats and colloidal oatmeal have many skin benefits and potential uses in skincare, and colloidal oatmeal has always been a popular ‘natural’ ingredient with a good safety record.”
Here are three quick and easy ways to successfully incorporate oats into your skincare routine and reap all the benefits of their natural goodness…
- A good ol’ bath soak: when oats and warm water are combined, that is when oat milk is formed. What better way to treat your skin than cleansing your skin as well as locking in moisture that can be sucked away during harsh weather and central heating… take it from my childhood self!
- Ph treatments: According to experts, itchy and irritated skin is usually down to the skin’s Ph level being imbalanced. Oats have a natural Ph and can calm and soothe any itching directly from the source. Simply soak oat milk directly onto the inflamed skin as and when an inflammation flares.
- Face cleanse: Oats can provide amazing bacteria-battling properties, so combining oats into a weekly facial or your daily face wash will allow the oats to tackle the bacteria directly at the source. To create the ultimate at-home oat mask, mix warm water, oats and honey into a paste and apply directly onto the face for the perfect at-home skin remedy.
Anyone else dashing to the supermarket to stock up?