The skin is a protective covering for the general body which makes it the largest organ. You almost spent a lifetime cleaning and nurturing the skin, just for it to remain radiant and youthful. But, do you know that an old-fashioned oatmeal bath can be a comforting part of your daily beauty routine? Just like many of the essential organs, much of the skin is exposed to elements, especially the sun. Invariably, how you care for your complexion now will be evident when you are older.
Do we remember that sunbathing was a popular thing in the earlier decades? Hollywood insisted that a sun-kissed complexion was the ideal beauty. In most cases, people of all ages donned sunglasses and rubbed themselves down with coconut oil for the perfect bronze body. Their sun worship usually ends up to sunburn and permanent skin damage.
In the past, it is a simple thing to recognize those who were sunbathers and many of these people have prematurely aged with tell-tale wrinkles and dark, leathery skin. Sadly, sun damage usually causes skin cancer and other dermatological maladies. Since medical experts are now warning people about the dangers of overexposure to the sun, a lot of people have responded accordingly. Most people now practice skin safety in the sun such as sunscreen, wearing hats and light clothing, avoiding the sun during peak hours and many more.
Another skin complication that several people experience is eczema which is also known as atopic dermatitis. The dermatologists have recognized at least six different skin conditions and note that patients can have one or more types simultaneously. Although, environment and other variables might be responsible for this complication, the cause of atopic dermatitis remains a mystery. If you have ever been diagnosed with this common skin ailment, you are all too familiar with its symptoms. However, the symptoms of atopic dermatitis can disappear and not even return for weeks which make some dermatologists to suspect that atopic dermatitis and its variants could be an autoimmune disorder.
Knowing your skin type
Dermatologists often regard our complexions in four categories namely normal, oily, dry, or combination. While genetics play a sensitive role in the skin type, the lifestyle and environment also are key contributors. Each skin type may be sensitive, which makes another set of issues. Meanwhile, seasonal changes, weather, and hormonal fluctuations are mostly a problem for the skin regardless of the type.
Not only can a warm, healing oatmeal bath benefit dry, flaky skin but it can help any type. Oatmeal can dry excess skin oil and acts as a gentle exfoliant to prevent pimples. While we were growing up, we probably enjoyed warm oatmeal for breakfast and it has been a major cereal crop that provided nutritious food for people and animals. It is a great grain around the world most especially in Ireland and Scotland.
Oatmeal is packed with vital vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Several medical studies confirm that using oats topically can also nourish the skin. Oats ground into oatmeal is easier to dissolve in water for a beneficial skin soak, and it is appropriately best to use the whole steel-cut variety.
Different bath and beauty products advertise natural ingredients like oatmeal. You can see it in soaps, shampoos, and several skin products.
How to create an oatmeal bath
Do you often experience skin that feels irritated, dry, or itchy from overexposure to the sun or from skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis? Then you need to look no further than your pantry. Natural ingredients are being used by our ancestors for numerous health and beauty remedies. Oats are a top ingredient when it comes to skin conditions.
Here is a basic recipe that works very okay for dry and sun-kissed skin. What you need include:
· A blender
· Half cup ground oatmeal
· One cup of whole milk or goat’s milk
· Half cup of honey
· ¼ cup of almond oil
· Ten drops of your preferred essential oil, such as lavender
Now, put the oatmeal in your blender and pulse it at high speed till it forms coarse flour. You can now add the milk, honey, almond oil and essential oil and blend for about three seconds or till it fully blends. Then pour the mixture into a seasonable container and use it within three days.
You should be free to experiment with other recipes for you to get the ones that you will prefer most. Since these mixtures don’t have preservatives, you can’t store them for a long period and when you notice that your bathing mixture is making your skin condition deteriorate, just stop using it.
There is no necessity to fill your tub with chemicals that can enhance your water when nature offers everything you need. If you want to love the type of skin you have, then using oatmeal is a great way to soothe it and make it look amazing. The oatmeal exfoliates and promotes healing and rejuvenation.