Whenever you jumpstart your day with a warm bowl of oats on a winter morning, bear in mind that oatmeal is a healthy alternative not only for a healthy heart but for beautiful, younger looking skin as well.
Oatmeal has inflammatory properties. It helps relieve itching and soothes and softens the skin. Since oats are a little rough, they make a great exfoliator and make skin super soft. The amino acid present in them has the best balance of all cereals and is a great water-binding agent. This might sound surprising, but oats are also used to soothe burns, itchiness, mosquito bites and even chicken pox . Oats have been clinically proven to help dry, itchy skin.
You will find a variety of brands and these days, oats are available in various flavours and some quick to cook ones as well. But don’t buy those.
If you want oats to give you beautiful skin, try these tips:
Mix a handful of oats with a little warm water and mix it until it looks a little soapy. Massage this mixture on your face and leave it on for 2 to 5 minutes and then wash it off. Do this every morning or at night.
Moisturiser and mask to reduce wrinkles:
Mix equal amounts of oats, honey, olive oil and yoghurt and apply this mixture on a clean face. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash it off with cool water.
Place ½ a cup of rolled oats, ¼ cup of powdered milk and 2 tsp of honey in a tiny bag. Hang the bag under the tap as you fill your bath tub or if you’re having a bucket bath hang it on the inside of the bucket, so running water disperses the goodness throughout your bath. This is the best way to rejuvenate skin.
Banana bread mask:
Whip together, ½ a really ripe mashed banana, 2 tsp ground oats, milk or cream, a pinch of nutmeg and 2 tsp of whole wheat flour to get a smooth, paste-like mixture. Spread this on a clean face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
General skin problems:
Oats can also be used to treat general skin problems like acne, dryness etc. Blend 2 tbsp oats, 1 tsp baking powder and just enough water to make a thick paste. Apply on a regular basis to avoid skin troubles.
We recommend you do a skin test before using certain ingredients on your skin, like baking soda, as it can have chemical reactions. Rest of the ingredients are safe to use as these are natural. Simple kitchen ingredients are just another step to beautiful, glowing skin.