Once upon a time parathas were a must for Indian breakfast (with dollops of butter on top). Then came a wave of fitness-consciousness which started a healthy breakfast with “OATS” (also called Oatmeal). This was a big switch from desi foods. So you think oats or oatmeal is only meant for staying fit?
A cup of oats can do wonders to your skin, hair, beauty, and health apart from sorting out the hunger pangs.
Oatmeal is prepared by rolling, grinding and steel cutting the oat grains. Steel cut oats are the best for both skin and health (thank research, please) because they are closest to the natural form of oats.
Benefits and Uses of Oatmeal for Skin:
Did you know Wild Oats were used as early as 2000 BC by the Egyptians and Arabs to beautify their skins? Using it today makes terrific sense too.
1. Helps sensitive skin
Have an ultra-sensitive skin which can’t tolerate exfoliators? Rely on Oats as it can be a great alternative, owing to its texture.
2. Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it apt for sensitive skins which succumb easily to infections.
3. Cleansing agent
Thanks to the saponin content, Oats is a superb natural skin cleanser. Doesn’t strip the dry or sensitive skin of natural oils.
4. Moisturizes skin
The proteins and lipids present in Oatmeal has emollient properties which make it a great skin moisturizer.
Are you an Olay fan?
Keep applying it, at the same time also include Oats in your daily life. This will make your skin softer than a baby’s.
5. Treats Acne
Cooked oats or oatmeal is a lovely remedy to treat acne. It removes oil and bacteria from skin, exfoliates dead skin cells, all of which put together help in fighting acne.
6. Treats Skin Rashes
Oatmeal casts soothing effect on irritated skin thereby treating skin rashes effectively.
7. Treats Psoriasis and Eczema
Oats helps reduce skin inflammation and itching and can be used to calm down severe skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis.
8. Anti Aging
Suffering from ageing skin? A scoop of oats is enough to fight out this skin problem. The polysaccharides in Oats swell up (almost like gelatine in water), and hold tremendous benefit in fighting flaky dryness of skin.
9. Tackles both Oily skin and Dry Skin
Take an oatmeal bath to get rid of dry, itchy and oily skin.
10. Skin lightening Agent
I know, the connection between oatmeal and skin lightening might sound a mystery. But it is TRUE! Which is why it is used in a battery of skin care products – you know body scrubs, soaps, exfoliating creams and lotions to help improve the radiance of the skin.
11. Removes dead skin cells
Whether it is the face or body, or your skin normal, dry or oily, count on oatmeal. It is an effective scrub for removing dead skin cells. You may add other ingredients such as honey and yogurt too.
12. Skin Exfoliator
Facial scrub made with oatmeal helps to soothe and calm skin while gently helping to exfoliate it.
13. Treats Sunburn
Owing to the soothing, anti-oxidant, healing and moisturising properties, oatmeal can soothe the sun-burnt skin.
14. Soothes Itchy Skin
Skin diseases can be plenty. Colloidal oatmeal when used for cleansing and bathing reduces itching no matter the skin disease – whether it is fungal infection or dermatitis.
Just dip yourself in an oat bath and see the calm feeling you get from itch.
15. Treats fungal infections:
Looking to beat fungal infections? Foods like steel-cut oats will happily help you achieve that goal.
16. Cure Cracked Heals
All beauty-conscious ladies need to rejoice as oats – the morning breakfast meal – helps treat cracked heels. You just need to make a foot scrub by mixing oatmeal with jojoba oil.
17. Treats Poison ivy and Chicken Pox
Did you know for over 1000 years, oats have been used to treat poison ivy, eczema, insect bites and skin infections? This happens more due to the anti-itch properties and anti-inflammatory nature of oatmeal.
Skin part done, let us check out the oats benefits for hair.
Benefits and Uses of Oatmeal for Hair:
Ooh la la – who doesn’t like silky hair? Mission accomplished and how.
18. Promoting natural hair
Apply oats topically to your hair. You will find it becoming soft and strong.
19. Moisturizes hair
Oatmeal is excellent when it comes to moisturizing hair. That happens due to the hair-loving B-vitamins in it.
20. Fix damaged hair
Full of vitamin B, oatmeal strengthens and thickens hair, by penetrating the deepest layers of our hair. Thereby, making our hair less brittle.
21. For Silky, shiny and soft hair
You will be surprised to know that oats is a great way to make your hair shiny and smooth. It removes dirt and oil on your scalp and gives your hair good amount of volume.
22. Cure scalp problems
Down with dry or itchy scalp? Oatmeal scalp treatment in the form of oatmeal-and-water mix helps with itchiness and the soreness associated with dry scalp conditions.
23. Removes Dandruff
Give chemical-prone dandruff-fighting shampoos a break when it comes to fighting dandruff. Use coarse particles of oatmeal to take out unwanted dandruff flakes.
24. Fight hair loss
There can be many reasons for hair fall – malnutrition, hormonal imbalance, harsh chemical treatments etc. Oats have high amounts of zinc, potassium, magnesium and iron which encourage hair growth.
25. Removes excess oil and dirt
The cleansing and exfoliating properties make oats a wonderful ingredient in removing the diet and oil from the face and body.
26. Great For Blond Hair
Oatmeal can be a fantastic dry shampoo for blond girls. You just need to rub some ground oats over your scalp. Follow it up by brushing out excess oats with a boar bristle brush.
Oats and health? Yes, there is plenty.
Benefits and Uses of Oatmeal for Health
27. Preventing cancer
Oats has a good amount of phytochemicals which prevent or reduce cancer or chances of cancer.
28. Lowers cholesterol level
Oatmeal has a unique fiber – the “beta-glucan” which has been linked to maintaining normal blood cholesterol (when accompanied with low-fat diet).
29. Cardiovascular benefits
According to a published study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease.
30. Stabilizes blood sugar
This happens when the fiber slows down faster sugar absorption (which helps to balance out insulin secretion). Oatmeal has high amount of magnesium which helps the body in utilization of glucose, thereby lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
31. Improves the immune system
The ‘Beta-glucan’ in oatmeal helps neutrophils travel to the infected skin quickly, thereby enhancing their ability to eliminate the bacteria.
32. Diabetes Control
A word of advice for Blood sugar patients – eat oats on a daily basis. This will help reduce and balance out your blood sugar levels.
33. Prevent Weight Gain
Wanna lose that extra flab on you? Oatmeal is the easiest way. Its soluble fibre slows the digestion thereby keeping your stomach full for a longer period of time.
34. Relieve Constipation
Oats is rich in fibre (both soluble and insoluble), which is a great way to promote or push the bowel movements. Which is why, Oats is a good way to prevent constipation.
35. Controls Blood Pressure
Want to control your high BP? Then take oats daily on a regular basis. This helps in reducing hypertension.
36. Helps in Digestion
Oatmeal has insoluble fibres which scrub through the intestines and promote easy digestion without putting much pressure on the stomach and pancreas.
Now for some Quick homemade formulas on how to use oats for your skin –
DIY Methods For Oat Application:
1. Oats Face Cleanser
What all you need: Handful of oatmeal, water
- Soak the oatmeal in water (so that it becomes soft and saturated)
- Massage the oatmeal on your face for a minute.
- While doing the massage, bend a little over the sink so that the excess of oats fall into the sink and don’t spoil your clothes
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry
How it works: Oatmeal when used as a face cleanser leaves your face looking glowing, smooth and radiant, without any unwanted “dry” feeling.
2. Oatmeal Face Wash
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oatmeal, Milk, Cool water and a bowl
- Put oatmeal in a food processor or blender.
- Process it till it gets finely ground
- Get a bowl, and put cool water over it
- Avoid using an oatmeal-wash over a sink (oats can clog the drain).
- Mix 2 tbsp of oatmeal with sufficient milk (so that the oatmeal gets fully dampened) in the bowl
- Apply the oats-milk mixture on your face and rub it gently over your skin to exfoliate.
- Then, rinse your face with cool water from the bowl.
- You can discard the used-oatmeal.
How it works: Oatmeal face wash is a gentle cleanser which knocks off the hidden debris from your face.
3. Oats Milk
What all you need: 1 tbsp powdered goat’s milk, 1 tbsp organic oatmeal, Distilled water and a few drops of honey
- Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder (finer the oatmeal, nicer is the texture of your final cleanser).
- Add powdered milk and then blend both the ingredients together
How it works: Meant for sensitive to normal skin, oats milk can be used by putting a tsp of the powder and a tsp of distilled water in your palm. Blend together to make a paste of it, and then apply it on your face.
Tip: Not only is Oats milk a face cleanser, it also DOUBLES UP as a face mask (on using a little less water).
4. Oatmeal Scrub for Skin
What all you need: 1/4 cup uncooked oats, 1/8 cup honey, 1/8 cup olive oil
- In a food processor, grind the oats (not to powdered form, but a bit coarse)
- Now empty the oats from the processor to a bowl
- Add honey and olive oil and mix it with a spoon.
- Wash your skin thoroughly
- Add a thick layer of the facial scrub on the skin for 5- 10 minutes, and on the face for 60 seconds.
- Rinse with cold water. And then pat the skin dry.
How it works: Oily, combination, or dry skin…the oatmeal scrub is one of the best skin saviours.
5. Hair Scrub
What all you need: 1 to 2 tbsp oatmeal, water
- Add water to oatmeal
- Make it into a thick paste
- Apply it on the scalp, and scrub it a bit for better exfoliation
- Rinse your hair locks thoroughly
- Shmapoo and condition them as always
How it works: Oatmeal scalp mask treats several scalp problems – be it dandruff, scalp inflammation or scalp irritation.
6. Oats Shampoo
What all you need: 1 cup oatmeal, Blender, Food Processor, Sieve, 2 cups boiling water, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV), 10 to 20 drops essential or fragrance oil, Empty shampoo bottle
- Grind the oatmeal into a fine powder (colloidal oatmeal)
- Now make the colloidal oatmeal tea
- For this, mix ground oatmeal and boiling water in a small bowl.
- Stir the water until the oatmeal gets completely dissolved
- Let the mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Sieve it and pour the liquid into a bowl. Discard the leftover mush.
- At this point of time, add lemon juice and ACV to the colloidal oatmeal tea.
- Stir it will
- Time to add your favourite essential oil or fragrance oil to the bowl.
- After stirring it, pour the prepared shampoo into an empty shampoo bottle
How it works: The beauty of Colloidal oatmeal is that it is used to soothe dry, and itchy skin and scalp.
Tip: Have colored hair? Then please skip the lemon juice in the oats shampoo preparation.
7. Oatmeal bath
What all you need: 1 cup oatmeal, Equipment (Blender/ Food Processor), Warm water
- Process the oats in your food processor/ blender/ or coffee grinder till you get a fine powder.
- Test out the consistency by stirring 1 tbsp ground oats into a glass of warm water. If the liquid turns into a milk solution with a silky feel, then it is fine.
- Now pour this oatmeal in a tub of running water
- Keep stirring the water using your hand several times so that it evenly gets distributed
- In case you find any clumps at the bottom of the bathtub, then break them
- Soak yourself in the bathtub for 15-20 minutes (you can even rub some of the oatmeal on your skin)
- Pat your skin dry with a soft towel
How it works: SKIN-SOOTHING! This is what an oatmeal bath happily delivers. That is why, finely powdered (“colloidal”) oatmeal is listed among the ingredients in body soaks, moisturizers and soaps. Works both for kids and adults.
An oatmeal bath treats common skin conditions: dry skin, sunburn, diaper rash, insect bites, eczema, baby acne etc.
8. Hair Mask
What all you need: 3 tbsp plain oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey
- In a bowl, put oats and milk in the mentioned qty.
- Blend them well (using a hand blender) so that it turns into a fine paste.
- Now add honey and mix it nicely
- In the last, add coconut oil to the mixture and mix it smoothly with a blender.
- Yippee! Your hair mask is ready to apply.
- Apply this hair mask on your entire hair strands
- Leave it for 30min.
- Now, shampoo your hair normally and let it dry.
How it works: Down with oily scalp, dandruff, irritated or inflamed scalp? Go for an oats hair mask.
Know this –
Oats is a rare hair care ingredient – it helps control hair loss, makes hair stronger, protects hair from breakage. And, it provides deep nourishment to dry rough hair making them soft, smooth and silky.
9. Oatmeal Face Masks
What all you need: 1 tbsp ground oatmeal, 1/2 banana (ripe), 1 tsp milk
- Take a small mixing bowl
- Put banana fruit in it and mash it with a fork (so that you get a good pulp)
- Now pour and mix in the milk and ground oatmeal
- Combine all the ingredients thoroughly to make a mask
- Wash your face and pat it dry with a towel
- Rub the oatmeal face mask on your face in a circular motion
- Let the mask stay for 10 to 15 minutes
- Wash off with warm water (avoid using soap)
- Then splash cold water on your face in order to close the pores and pat it dry
How it works: With Banana and milk teamed up with oatmeal, expect NOURISHMENT of the highest order with the oatmeal face mask.
Here are some tested and effective combinations for oatmeal masks. Try them out and your skin and hair will love it.
1. Oats, Honey and Milk
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oatmeal, 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp raw milk
- In a bowl, add honey to the oatmeal
- Mix it thoroughly
- Add milk to it and whip up a paste of desired consistency
- Apply this pack on your face and let it dry naturally
- Wash off your face to get softer -n- moisturised skin.
How it works and for which skin type: Use this oatmeal face pack regularly. It will combat the skin dryness making it supple and moisturized.
2. Oats and Yogurt
What all you need: 1 tbsp Oats (finely ground), 1 tbsp organic yogurt, Honey (few drops)
- In a small bowl, add oatmeal and yogurt
- Mix it together. At the same time, warm some honey
- Now mix and blend the honey into the yoghurt and oatmeal mixture.
- Face Mask application time now.
- When you do it, wait for 10-15 minutes
- Then rinse off your face with warm water
- Pat your face dry and apply a moisturizer
How it works and for which skin type: Apply this face mask once a week to maximum mileage. Suitable for all skin types.
3. Oats, Lemon and Egg White
What all you need: 1 tsp Oats, 1tsp honey, Egg white (of 1 egg)
- In a bowl, separate the egg yolk from the egg white
- Put the egg yolk aside in another bowl
- Mix the egg white till it becomes foamy
- Now add 1 tsp honey into the foamy egg white
- Add the oatmeal
- Whisk the contents in the bowl
- Your oatmeal face mask is RTA (ready to apply).
- Go ahead and apply the mixture all over your face and neck.
- After an interval of 20minutes, rinse it with a cloth soaked in warm water.
- Pat your face dry and apply a moisturizer.
How it works and for Which Skin type: This exfoliation mask is suitable for all types of skin. It hydrates dry or sensitive skin and gently exfoliates it too.
Tip: Hey, don’t throw away the egg yolk. You can also use it as a hair mask. This recipe makes double sense, right?
4. Oats and Rosewater
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, 2 tbsp Applesauce, 1 tbsp Honey, and yes Rose water
- Mix all the ingredients together – oats, applesauce and honey
- Add a few drops of rose water into this mix
- Apply this face pack
- After 20 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water
How it works and for which skin type: Want a face mask for ANTI-AGEING? This is the one for you – THE ONE! Rose water helps remove fine line and wrinkles which give you an older appearance. Plus this mask tightens up the skin pores.
5. Oats and Water/Milk
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, Water or milk (you have a choice here, just as you have choices in face packs with oats)
- Have oily skin? Cook the oats in water. If you have normal to dry skin, then milk is a good alternative.
- Take half a cup of oats and 1 cup of water or milk.
- Transfer the mix into a pan
- Cook for about 10 minutes (till the time the oats become soft and gooey)
- Apply the lukewarm cooked oats on the acne-affected portions on your face
- After a gap of 10-15 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water
- Pat it dry and moisturize
How it works and for which skin type: Acne-prone skin will soon start clearing up after application of this face pack.
6. Oats and Lemon
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, Juice of half a lemon, Some olive oil
- To oatmeal in a bowl; add lemon juice. And olive oil
- Turn it into a fine paste
- Put this oatmeal face pack on your face (leave out the eyes and lips)
- After 10 minutes are over, wash it off with cold water
How it works and for Which Skin type: Oily-faced beauties can benefit from this oatmeal face pack.
7. Oats, Almond and Lemon
What all you need: 1 tbsp Oats, a couple of almonds and lemon juice
- Assemble all the ingredients
- Blend them into a fine paste by mixing water
- Now put this pack on your face and neck and let it dry
- Dab a cotton bud in cold milk and wipe off the face pack with it
- Wash your face with cold water and pat it dry
How it works and for which skin type: Want fairness glowing on your face? This oatmeal face pack will help you achieve your beauty goal.
8. Oats and Multani Mitti
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, 2 tbsp multani mitti (or kaolin clay), 4 tbsp raw and full cream milk OR rose water, Lemon juice
- Make a mixture of oatmeal, milk, multani mitti and lemon juice till you get a smooth paste
- Apply it on your face
- Let it stay for 20 minutes or when you see the drying of paste happen.
- Wet a cotton ball and wipe off the paste from your face
- Now wash your face with cold water and pat it dry. Then use a moisturizer.
How it works and for Which Skin type: This oatmeal face pack is bound to make any skin type much clearer and smoother.
9. Oats and Wheat germ powder
What all you need: 1 tbsp Oats, Wheat germ powder, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp milk cream
- Mix and make all the ingredients into a fine paste
- Apply it on your face
- After 20 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water
How it works and for which skin type: Wheat germ powder is a wonder remedy in fighting out wrinkles and fine lines. While Oats helps reduce impurities, olive oil and milk give moisture to the skin. Milk has lactic acid which helps sheds the dead cells and promotes production of collagen and elastin. This mask is meant for DRY SKIN.
10. Oats and almonds
What all you need: 2-3 Almonds, 1 tbsp oatmeal, and 1 tbsp milk
- Crush the almonds first
- Add them to the milk and then add oatmeal to this mix
- Apply it as a face pack
- Let the pack stay on your face for 10-15 minutes
- Now do the rinsing with water
How it works and for which skin type: Excellent this pack is for de-tanning the skin as well as skin brightening.
11. Oats and Papaya
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, 1 small piece of papaya, 1 tsp almond oil and water
- Cut the papaya to get a small piece
- Mash it, and then mix it with oats and almond oil.
- Add water in such a qty. so that you are able to get a decent paste out of it
- Apply an even layer of this paste on your face and neck
- Let it stay for 15 minutes
- Now rinse it with water.
How it works and for which skin type: Rejuvenated and glowing skin can be yours thanks to this oatmeal pack. Meant for all skin types.
12. Oats and Kiwi
What all you need: 2-3 tbsp Oats (powdered form), 1 ripe kiwi, 1-2 tbsp. Yogurt (unflavored), 2 tbsp honey
- Crush the kiwi fruit.
- Add the crushed pieces of kiwi fruit to yogurt in bowl
- Now add oatmeal and honey to it
- Mix the ingredients thoroughly
- Apply the combined paste on your face and neck. Make sure to cover all the areas.
- Once it dries, wash it with water.
How it works and for which skin type: Kiwi fruit gives your skin plenty of Vit. C which helps in collagen production. Plus kiwi has antioxidants which fight against free radicals and neutralize them. This face mask is meant for dry skin. Fights off acne and reduces skin inflammation too.
13. Oats and Banana
What all you need: 1 tbsp ground Oatmeal, Half a banana, 1 tbsp milk
- In a bowl, mash a ripe banana
- Add oatmeal and milk
- Once you have mixed all the ingredients well, apply it on your face
- After 10 to 15 minutes, wash it off with water to get refreshing -n-glowing skin
How it works and for which skin type: Bananas are not just for munching, but good for skin too, when combined with oatmeal.
Bananas have enough of vitamin C to counteract free radicals. This helps it slowing down the ageing signs. And giving you fresh and glowing skin.
14. Oats and Green Tea
What all you need: 1 tsp Oats (finely ground), 2 tsp green tea
- In a small bowl, stir the hot green tea with finely ground oatmeal
- Apply this mixture to your face (while it is warm).
- Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes
- Now rinse off the mixture by using warm water.
- Exfoliate problem areas on your face using a washcloth
- Splash your face with water
- Pat it dry
How it works and for which skin type: Get baby soft skin and pores clear with this homemade recipe.
15. Oats and Gram Flour
What all you need: 1 tbsp Oats, 1 tbsp gram flour (besan), 1 tsp honey and rose water
- In a bowl, mix all the solid ingredients
- Add rose water to it
- Apply the pack on the face
- Let it dry for about 15 minutes
- Rinse your face with water
- Pat it dry and then moisturize it
How it works and for which skin type: This pack gets you smoother and cleaner skin and is suitable for all skin types.
16. Oats and Tomato
What all you need: 2 tbsp Oats, 1 ripe tomato (with seeds and skin)
- Put the tomato in a blender and puree it till you get a smooth paste
- Add the freshly made tomato puree to a bowl containing oatmeal
- Mix well so that there are no lumps whatsoever
- Cleanse your face and neck first.
- Then, apply this paste on the face.
- After 10 minutes, wipe it off
- Put some warm water and moisturizing lotion
How it works and for which skin type: This oatmeal face pack is suitable for tan-removal and to get oil-free skin. Best suits normal to oily skin.
17. Oats and Turmeric
What all you need: 1 tbsp Oats, 1/2 spoon turmeric powder, 1 spoon honey, 1 tbsp yogurt
- Mix the oats and yogurt well in a bowl
- Add 1 spoon honey to it
- Now add 1/2 spoon of turmeric powder in the bowl
- Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl into a smooth paste
- You face mask is ready to apply
- Keep it on for 20 to 25 minutes
- Rinse it with lukewarm water
How it works and for which skin type: This mask keeps face moisturized throughout the day and gives a natural glow. Suits all skin types.
Nutritional Facts About Oats
Here is the breakup:
- Dietary fiber: Oats are rich in beta-glucan (specific type of fiber). This fiber reduces the levels of bad cholesterol.
One cup (approx. 81g) of dry oats has 8.2 grams of fiber. The recommended intake of fiber (on a daily basis) is 25g for women and 38g for men. So, better watch out the quantity of oats that you are taking daily.
- Minerals: Oats have plenty of minerals – fiber, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, selenium. And yes, oats are rich in carotenoids, Vitamin E, and flavonoids.
- Calories: One cup of dry oats has approx. 307 calories.
How to Store Oats properly?
Few tips on Storage of Oats-
- Like any other food item, oats should be stored properly in an air-tight container. So that it retains its freshness and flavor till it is used.
- Store Oatmeal in a cool dark cupboard for up to 3 months or keep it refrigerated for up to 6 months. Since it has high oil content, it should preferably be refrigerated.
- Oats has a slightly longer shelf life (as compared to wheat flour) as oats have a natural antioxidant that discourages rancidity.
Oats Beauty Tonics Available Online
Check these out, thank us later:
Meet this ultra-hydrating facial cleanser with honey and oat extract in a base of 100% organic aloe vera leaf juice. The oat extract goes deeply into the pores thereby removing impurities. While honey makes the skin smooth, the aloe vera juice base refreshes your skin.
Oatmeal face washes are beneficial in curing skin disorders such as eczema, sunburns and poison ivy. That’s because they have anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties.
Treat your face to gentle face cleansing through oatmeal scrub and mask. It softens skin gently and bids goodbye to dryness.
Stimulate your senses through this natural, hand-crafted Oatmeal soap which also has honey and milk.
Put an end to your skin misery through this natural colloidal oatmeal which moisturises eczema-prone skin. All you need to do is use it regularly in order to keep dryness and irritation of the skin at bay.
This honey and oat shampoo with fragrance has sea kelp which cleanses and strengthens hair, adding to the gloss and lustre.
Oat Milk Lotion
Full of oat proteins, this thick and smooth lotion softens even the most-dry skin through its deep moisturizing.
Anti-Ageing Eye Cream
Heard of natural oat peptides? They are the ones that boost natural collagen through this oat-based eye cream. Instantly reduces fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of dark circles.
Saw how you can look stunning when you dab the marvelous breakfast Oats on your face and hair? There is nothing better than flaunting glowing skin and bouncy hair the OATS way.
How to Incorporate Oats Into Your Diet
So what if you are averse to eating porridge? There are loads of ways by which you can include oats in your dietary habits.
- Mix oats, yogurt (natural dahi) and a grated apple. Add a tinge of cinnamon and let it stay overnight in the fridge. Oats will soften making it a perfect meal to start your day with. Just drizzle some honey over it and you are good to go.
- Instead of an oily paratha, pick an oat-based cereal. And see to it that isn’t loaded with sugar or fat.
- Got a boring smoothie? Put a spoonful of oats in it and see how it thickens away to glory and adds to your taste value.
For Snacks and Nibblings
- A glucose biscuit is passé. Try out oats biscuit and oatcakes. They are a healthier option and a pleasant change to bread which can be had with a steaming bowl of soup in winter.
Sounds yum? Try making these in your kitchen today.
Side effects of Oatmeal on the skin
Oatmeal is SAFE when used on skin. There have been few reports showing skin-sensitivity to oats (particularly in those down with eczema).
So if you experience redness/ irritation of skin/ worsening of eczema after using oatmeal, then stop it immediately.
There have been reports of cross-sensitivity with WHEAT too. Therefore, gluten-sensitive individuals should skip the very idea of taking oatmeal.
Prevention and After Care Tips
- Never let the face pack get into your eyes. Keep your eyes closed while the pack is on your skin.
- Do not step out into the sun when you are wearing a face mask with turmeric as an add-on.
- Use organic oatmeal and preferably cooked as dry oatmeal can end up making the skin rough and dry
- Though oatmeal is beneficial for skin, regular application of it might make the skin sensitive.
Always do a patch test before applying any mask. It will help you find out if it is suitable for your skin.
Now that you know the goodness of oats on the beauty front, when are you using them? Write in and tell us if you have any more ideas or suggestions on oats for health and beauty.