What’s the deal with oatmeal as a DIY beauty ingredient?
As a Kitchen Cosmetician, I am always exploring beauty myths, legends and folklore – so you know I am an avid label reader too. Lately I’ve noticed a plethora of products include that breakfast staple: oatmeal. I decided it was time to explore this not-so-favorite of mine.
As a child I felt like an oatmeal bath was more of a punishment than a spa treatment. (Not that I had idea what a spa treatment was.) But my opinion may have been clouded under flu, fever and other illness so I decided to test this DIY staple as a (spa-loving) adult.
Oatmeal is a simple and humble ingredient found in many pantries. It is not considered sexy, exotic or cutting edge. Nobody is bragging they ate it or did anything with it. Yet, If you read labels oatmeal is in more beauty items than you would think – especially those labeled calming, soothing and/or natural.
I started out at the bulk section on my local grocery store where I stocked up for my oatmeal adventure. Next I got out my Magic Bullet and ground it into a fine powder.
Fun Fact: Did you know finely ground oatmeal is called colloidal oatmeal? I shake my head when I think of various makeup counters and spas trying to talk me into something because it has colloidal oatmeal.
Right on cue, I happened to get an allergy flare-up and felt itchy all over. I figured this was a good as time as any to try out the oatmeal bath. I took one cup of “colloidal oatmeal” and added it to my hot bath water. I made sure I mixed this in the water because I did not want oatmeal clumps or worse a bathtub that needed cleaning when I was done.
I will say an advantage to having the oatmeal so finely ground is that it did mix well in the bath tub with little effort. Even better the oatmeal bath soothed my skin and reduced the irritated itchy feeling I had. I did feel better!
Tip: When you make the colloidal oatmeal considering putting one cup in individual ziplock bags. This saves time, mess and portioning.
Mom had the right idea when she “sentenced” me to an oatmeal bath as a child when I had poison ivy, a bad sunburn or chicken pox. And I continued to use this family tradition. Not two weeks after my oatmeal experiment, I came down with shingles, which is the same virus as the chicken pox. It was not pretty or glamorous just very itchy and painful. I took an oatmeal bath almost every single day for relief.
So pull the oatmeal out the next time you feel itchy: you know if it makes shingles feel better it will also great on dry chapped skin and eczema.
• Inexpensive natural solution
• No side effects
• A bit messy
Readers – Have you used oatmeal for any beauty related DIYs? Share your favorite uses in the comments!
Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
skin tone: NW 20
skin type: a true combo; normal, dry and oily
favorite beauty product: skincare