Did you know Oats can be used as a natural remedy to sooth some of the skin and hair problems many people experience during the dry cold of winter? People have been using oats for centuries — the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used oats for skin conditions like rashes, eczema and more. Since they are all-natural and very gentle on skin, oats may also be a good choice for people who are sensitive to store-bought skin and haircare products.

Skin Care

According to a study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, an oatmeal lotion was effective at treating moderate to severe dry and irritated skin for the study’s participants. The study noted the anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal as a contributor to its efficiency in rejuvenating dry, itchy skin.

Oatmeal can be used on all parts of your body, including your face! Many beauty bloggers recommend oatmeal face masks and say the masks leave a protective layer on the skin. This protective layer helps your skin stay hydrated, even on dry winter days. Some even use oatmeal face masks to treat acne, since the oats help maintain your skin’s natural moisture levels by absorbing excess oil.

Hair Care

Tackle dandruff and soothe a dry scalp with an easy oatmeal mixture. Using an oat mixture on your scalp can help ease your dandruff woes this winter. Mix raw oats with warm water and massage onto your scalp. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.