Oatmeal is a unique skincare product that has been used for many years to protect and soothe the skin. Because of their anti-inflammatory properties they can help to relieve itching and control allergic reaction on the skin. Colloidal oats is one of the most popular oats that is used for oatmeal bath and is different from the one you normally eat for breakfast. They can be used as an ingredient in many commercial and medicinal skin care products that are used to treat some skin condition. colloidal oatmeal are simply oats that have been ground into fine power and combined with water which forms a milky mixture. To reap the benefit s of oatmeal it is important to use colloidal oatmeal but if you don’t have it, you can use ordinary white oat.
What is oats bath good for?
- Dry skin
- Insect bite
- Chicken pox
When to have an oatmeal bath
Bathing with oatmeal is not necessary on a daily basis. However, oatmeal bath can support your skin health when is part of your regular beauty routine. For instance, if you have an itch, dry skin or irritated skin an oatmeal bath could help relieve or calm your irritated skin.
Benefits of an oatmeal bath
- Soothe your skin: oatmeal contains avenanthramide and phenol, these two chemicals may be behind the skin-calming feeling of oatmeal. Oatmeal bath can feel ultra-soothing, submerging you’re your body into a warm bath always feels relaxing, but when you add oatmeal to your warm water, it could help to relieve itching.
- Moisturizes the skin: Bathing with oatmeal helps to form a protective barrier on your skin, which helps to hold in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. It also has cleansing, moisturizing and buffering properties due to saponin; which have antibacterial and protective effects. Colloidal oatmeal can also help to repair cracking, dry and damaged skin.
- Cleanse the Skin: facial wash with colloidal oatmeal can help sensitive skin as oatmeal is a mild cleanser. This is because oat contains saponin a compound found in certain plant food that get their name from the soap-like foam that forms when they are added to water.
- Helps with inflammation: oatmeal contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to reduce swelling , itching and irritation. Oatmeal bath is also effective for hives, sunburn, chicken pox and even diaper rash. That is, it is safer and effective to relieve diaper rashes in babies.
- Protect the skin: colloidal oatmeal helps to provide a pH buffer to the skin and boost recovery of barrier damage. This means that it is able to protect the skin from dirt, bacteria and environmental factor that can cause irritation or skin damage.
How to make a DIY colloidal oatmeal
In case you don’t have colloidal oats you can use any available one you have like white oats then follow the same process of making your own colloidal oat. The following process can guide you on how to make your own colloidal oat at home
- Use a blender or food processor to ground rolled oats, make sure you grind it into fine powder
- Combine the grounded oat with baking soda and mix well.
- This optional, you can add dried chamomile or calendula. Both have healing and soothing properties.
How to use your DIY colloidal oatmeal
- fill your bath tub with warm water or use a bucket filled with warm water if you don’t have a tub.
- Add 2/3 cup to 1 cup of the colloidal oatmeal or grinded white oat to your bathing water
- Slowly and carefully get into the tub to avoid slipping or start bathing with the water from your bucket
- Sit, relax and enjoy a healing soak in your DIY colloidal oatmeal bath. If you are bathing from the but let the water stay for few minutes before you use a towel to pat your skin to clean
- Do not exceed more than 15 minutes or so when having an oatmeal bath to avoid any ski reaction.
Oatmeal bath have been popular for centuries because of their ability to sooth damage or dry itchy skin. You can use white oat if you don’t have colloidal oatmeal, for your oatmeal bath.