9 Reasons Oatmeal Is The Ultimate Beauty Staple & Why Your Routine Needs It

You might have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but a bowl of oatmeal can do a lot more for your body than just give you a boost of a.m. energy. I've pulled together all the reasons oatmeal is the ultimate beauty staple, and they might convince you to keep a box of oats in both your kitchen and your bathroom. From exfoliators, to face masks, to hydrating hair treatments, oatmeal basically does it all.

Before I list off all the glory that comes from adding oats your beauty routine, you should know some of the epic benefits you can get simply from adding more oats to your diet. As shared in MedicalDaily, oatmeal features an array of skin-loving vitamins like copper, zinc, selenium, thiamin, and niacin. Additionally, OneGreenPlanted noted that oats contain specific compounds that reduce inflammation and can even fight acne! Heck a yeah. If that doesn't convince you to eat a stupid delicious bowl of hot oatmeal, I don't know what will.

Once your tummy is full of a delicious bowl of oats, here are all the reasons you should incorporate oats into your beauty routine.

1. Oats Can Fight Acne

Believe or not, a face mask purely of oatmeal cooked with purified water will combat acne by absorbing excess oil and bacteria. Leave it on your face for about fifteen minutes before rinsing.

2. Oats Can Moisturize Skin

Thanks to its beta-glucan, a DIY moisturizing face mask of cooked oatmeal in combination with avocado will leave your skin glowy and hydrated.

3. Oats Can Relieve Itching

For everything from poison ivy to eczema, Prevention shared slipping into a bath with about a half cup of ground oats will "normalize skin's PH levels, relieving itchy, dry skin."

4. Oats Can Exfoliate

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The slightly rough (but not sharp!) texture makes it an ideal exfoliator. Mix 1/4 uncooked oats with about two tablespoons of warm water to create a gentle face exfoliator.

5. Oats Can Cleanse Your Skin

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As explained in StyleCraze, "Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins that can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation." To get all the benefits, simply soak oats in water to "prepare oat milk which is a natural toner and cleanser." Dab the oat milk on your face before bed for a cleansing and hydrating experience.

6. Oats Can Absorb Hair Oil

Hey all my blonde peeps! You can ground up oats finely to make a DIY dry shampoo powder. Sprinkle a little in to absorb oils and make that blow out last even longer.

7. Oats Can Moisturize Hair

For an easy DIY conditioner, pulverize oatmeal into a fine flour, add a few tablespoons of water until you get a slippery but not runny consistency, and use as you would any conditioner. It will leave your hair shiny, hydrated, and sleek!

8. Oats Can Deep Condition Your Hair

If your hair is extra dry, oatmeal is a key ingredient in this easy DIY deep conditioning mask. Just mix together 1/2 cup oats with a 1/2 cup of warm milk, let thicken, and coat dry hair. Leave on your locks for twenty minutes before rinsing.

9. Oats Can Quell Dandruff

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Got an itchy, flaky scalp? Pulse oatmeal into a fine flour and mix into your dandruff shampoo for an ultra-moisturizing experience. Or just use shampoo with colloidal oatmeal right in the ingredient list!

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