Why Oatmeal is the Food Your Skin Needs
Oatmeal is not just a great protein-packed breakfast and base for your favorite fruits and nuts. It’s also a skincare therapy that’s been praised by dermatologists, celebrities, and even the government.
In this blog we take a look at the skin-soothing power of oatmeal, and why it just might be the missing ingredient your skincare routine desperately needs.
The oatmeal used in skincare products may look pretty similar to this morning’s breakfast, but it is different in one major way – the oatmeal you use on your skin is processed WITH bran. And this bran is what turns oatmeal into a skincare therapy. (1)
In addition to bran, oatmeal contains four main components that each help provide you with youthful, radiant skin:
- Beta Glucan – Beta glucan absorbs water, which increases collagen production and prevents excess sebum production, hydrating your skin naturally.
- Phenols – Antioxidants that fight free radicals, pollutants, and harmful bacteria your skin encounters every day.
- Saponins – Functions as a gentle cleanser, removing dirt and impurities from your skin’s surface without artificial roughness and coarseness.
- Oil – This is a healthy oil! Your body needs natural oil to maintain your skin’s pH balance.
All of these components work together to provide your skin natural moisture and soothing relief from skin irritation and itching! (2)
Benefits of Oatmeal:
The components within oatmeal alleviate the harmful symptoms of dry and itchy skin.
Not only that, but oatmeal also restores the skin’s natural barrier, giving you a solid foundation from which to draw and retain moisture. (3)
“(Oatmeal) helps replace the skin barrier in some conditions where the skin can’t maintain it,” Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, says. (4)
This barrier adds to your body's natural defense system, giving you more protection from the environment's pesky irritants.
FUN FACT: Oatmeal fights the wearing down of the skin and the buildup of oxidative stress, which is a common cause of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and dermatitis. (5)
The CDC has even chimed in, suggesting oatmeal baths for those suffering with shingles to help alleviate the itchiness the disease is known for.
New research is also shedding light on oatmeal's ability to alleviate the dryness and itchiness associated with psoriasis and eczema, causing many dermatologists to actually prescribe oatmeal along with other medicinal drugs and treatments for those diseases. (6)
Relieves Skin Irritation
The prebiotics in oatmeal are filled with incredible inflammation-fighting fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and other enzymes that are proven to reduce redness and blotchiness of skin. (7) (8) (9)
How Do They Do This?
Without getting too technical, oatmeal contains miracle skin-boosting components called avenanthramides, which reduce inflammation in your body. These components fight negative proteins that actually produce puffiness and cause skin irritation. (10)
The skin-boosting ingredients in oatmeal also block the body’s natural inflammatory response to common skin irritants, making it far more difficult to get inflamed and irritated when using oatmeal on your skin. (2)
Alleviates Cracked Skin
In addition to its all-natural beautifying power, the oils in the linoleic acid in oatmeal also repair wounds and cracked skin.
FUN FACT: The FDA approved oatmeal as a skin protectant in 2003! (11)
Oatmeal is also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, which regulate and restore your skin's natural barrier. (5)
The oat bran in oatmeal also smooths out redness and diminishes the appearance of blotchy skin and dry cuts and hot burns, making oatmeal a must-have during cold, dry winters and hot summer months.
Increases Skin’s Moisture
Oatmeal is proven to moisturize your skin by drawing moisture TO YOUR BODY. This can boost the collagen of your skin, and can also help with blood flow.
The moisture oatmeal provides also slows down the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other symptoms of aging. (2)
Oatmeal also increases the skin’s elasticity and fights the drying effects of the sun and UV rays with its rich blend of vitamin E and other phenols and starches. (5)
Gently Cleans Your Skin
Oatmeal also acts as a gentle, all-natural cleanser that works for all skin types.
It does this in two ways:
First, it draws impurities out of your skin. Then, it provides a film over your skin that makes it more difficult for dirt to cling to your skin and clog your pores. (12)
So not only is oatmeal smoothing your skin, but it’s also acting as a dirt deodorant, keeping your skin fresh and clean all day long.
Wondering where you can get your hands on this skincare fix?
Garner’s Garden has an assortment of handcrafted, organic, cold-processed oatmeal products that will leave you with radiant, supple, and smooth-looking skin:
And Don't Forget The Little Ones!
Garner's Garden 100% All-Natural Baby Be Gone Eczema Pre-Wash contains the protective power of Neem Oil and the hydrating strength of Colloidal Oatmeal to help alleviate the nasty symptoms of ezcema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and other skin conditions!