You may have heard that oats are beneficial to heart health. Or perhaps you know oats as your children’s favorite breakfast food. Oats are beneficial to our health both inside and out. Science explains some of the best understood ways that oats may better our skin.
The skin acts as a barrier between our bodies and the outside world. Simply put, the skin prevents unwanted substances from entering in, like certain bacteria, and wanted substances, such as water and oils, from leaking out. This way, the skin maintains its healthy integrity to keep our bodies safe and flourishing.
Because oats are so good at decreasing inflammation to our skin, many researchers have wondered how oats may help some common skin conditions. Skin dryness, one of the most common skin complaints, was clinically shown to improve with oat-containing lotions. The improvements to skin dryness were more dramatic with the lotions containing oats than with lotions that did not contain oat extracts.
Eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis, has also proved to benefit from topical treatments with oat-containing skin products. Clinically, oat-containing skincare products, when used daily, helped improve a variety of symptoms associated with eczema, such as itching, dryness, severity of rashes, and the quality of life of the eczema patient. A research study showed that individuals suffering with eczema applying oat-containing creams twice a day showed significant improvements in their skin rashes and decreased number of skin flares.
Some researchers have also tested oat-containing skincare products for their likelihood to cause allergic reactions in the skin. Their overall conclusions are that oat-containing products generally do not lead to allergic reactions and are safe to use for skincare.
Curious to give oats a try? Use this easy at-home recipe to give your skin a boost.
Homemade Soothing Oat Skin Mask
1/3 cup oats
1/2 ripe banana
1 Teaspooon honey
2 Teaspoon warm water (not boiling)
Directions: Place dry oats in food processor and blend into fine powder. Add banana and honey. While mixing, add water to create paste. More or less water may be used to change thickness of mixture. Apply mixture to face and neck, or any desired skin area. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Et voila! Soothed and moisturized skin in minutes. Just try not to eat it before applying.
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