Oats (Avena Sativa) are one of the most easily accessible ingredients for dietary health and skin care and have some of the most profound benefits found in natural foods.
Oats are most commonly used as a breakfast cereal and in baking. I love using oat flour on skin issues as oats are;
Incredibly soothing, softening and moisturizing – perfect for dry, rough, chapped and mature skin issues.
Itch reducing – excellent in poison oak remedies.
Anti-inflammatory, – for issues such as eczema, dermatitis and rashes.
Referred to as colloidal oatmeal in skin care preparations and available in products such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, and shave cream.
Oats are Full of Iron, Zinc, Copper, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, manganese, thiamin(B1), calcium, potassium, pyridoxine (B6) , niacin(B3) pantothenic acid (B5), as well as being a well balanced source of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Oats contain the polyphenolic antioxidant Avenanthramides, which has been shown to be be anti inflammatory and sooth itching as seen with conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema (1)
Oats have been used to lower LDL cholesterol (4), Full of fiber to help balance blood sugar (3) maintain the feeling of fullness, to aid with weight loss (2) and ease constipation.
Click HERE to check out a great recipe to get oats into your daily skincare routine.