Everybody has a story, and everyone can learn from one's story. I like to reveal such truths.
The Light Bulb Moment
The other day I went to take a bath. An idea crossed my mind when the bucket had been filled half with pouring water.
I quickly turned the tap off with the wet soles of my feet, I rushed into the kitchen and started rummaging the cereal-and-spice closet to find one special ingredient.
There they were. OATS!
Having an oatmeal bath was an idea that had crossed my mind earlier, and I was prepared to experience the DIY.
I let the oats soak for fifteen minutes - the water had turned milky by then, and the oats had settled at the bottom of the tub.
In excitement, I ripped my clothes off and started having my bath. The description below explains what happened next and how I felt.
The Effect of Oats on Skin and Hair
- My whole body was breathing gently all day. The oatmeal bath truly surprised me. My skin became smooth and silky just after one use. There was newness and there was something unusually different - I felt wonderful.
- I constantly felt ticklish when the clothes that I donned brushed against my skin - That's how silky the touch was.
- I felt fresh and clean even after perspiring.
- My skin became soft and was glowing the entire day.
Oats had a terrific effect on my hair too. There was shine in every strand. My hairdo looked neat and nicely styled. The liquid acted like a styling gel, and it amazed me to discover this new feature. My hair had a glossy look and it remained in place without messing up.
How to Prepare Your Bath
- First, grind the oatmeal.
- Second, dissolve it in a small container (jug).
- Third, fill another bucket of water.
- Fourth, don't pour the whole potion from the jug into the bucket - Stop pouring when you are about to reach the end. This will help you to separate the oats from the water. You can also filter the remaining ingredient with the help of a cloth or a strainer.
- Fifth, add the oat water to your bath without all of the oat silt.
Do's and Don'ts (Learn From My Mistakes)
- Ground oats are better than the rolled or steel-cut versions as the powder should easily dissolve in the water.
- If not in the ground form, the pieces can stick in your hair causing irritation.
- As oats settle at the bottom of the water, be careful that they don't stick to your body in the tub. Otherwise, you might end up littering the whole floor of the bathroom as you exit the tub. I've made that mistake. I had to spend a lot of time cleaning the mess.
- Gently rub the whole body with the liquid. Don't rub on your skin roughly.
- If you have used a cloth or a strainer for filtering, use the remaining residue to massage your body.
- Let your skin absorb the nutrients for at least five minutes. Don't wash off at once.
- The mixture must not be hot. Never use boiling or hot water on the skin for healing and repairing. Always use lukewarm water.
- Keep the use of soap to the minimum. Try not to use the soap at all. Just clean your body with fresh water.
- Another option is to make a thick paste and tenderly rub it all over your body.
- It's paramount to allow the body to absorb the mixture in any case.
- Don't exceed your bath for more than fifteen minutes.
- Be careful, the floor might get slippery.
Know Your Oats Well
- Oats eradicate excess oil from the skin. This quality could help deal with acne removal. My skin's surface is oily. No wonder the largest organ of the human body - the skin of the face and body - looked clean and nourished post usage.
- Oats have Vitamin E, Amino acids, Antioxidants, and Minerals that cure pigmentation and also fight awful and confidence-wrecking conditions like psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and other scarring illnesses.
- It also has Vitamin A that must help soften and lighten pigmentation and discoloration.
- Oats help to remove dead cells and exfoliate and moisturize the outer layers. That is what I meant by the newness that I could see on my skin.
Vitamin A and Oat Usage
I know a person who had a skin allergy that caused chronic flare-ups all over her body. In the first line of treatment, the dermatologist asked to consume vitamin A capsules along with other medicines - Oats are naturally rich in Vitamin A.
With its anti-inflammatory properties, it's a home remedy to control itching, burning, and reducing the growth and spread of skin infections.
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A Word of Caution Around Oats
Science says there is insufficient evidence to prove the efficacy of Oatmeal for point number 2, but still it's highly recommended to try the oats remedy. Even websites like Healthline, WebMD, Medicalnews mention the usage.
Truth be told, after the bath, I indulged in day to day activities and didn't specifically look for changes. I had assumed there wouldn't be a notifying difference, especially after a single-use.
Most of the day passed without noticing. In the evening, while in the supermarket, I happened to look into the mirror while ascending a flight of stairs.
I looked different in the mirror. I could see an unusual glow. Then I started pondering what I had done differently that day. It was in that moment I realized I had taken the oatmeal bath. So, I made two decisions. First, to regularly use oats for skincare. Second, to share it with others.
Make Your Own Oats Soap
It's easy. No rocket science. I certainly understand your time is valuable. You might not have all the time in the world to spend on a long bath that involves a lengthy process. Therefore, I have a quick alternative.
I will share my DIY to make your own oats soap. It's fairly simple and will surely save your time and energy.
All you need is a good soap base or a soap like Pears or Dove. Whatever soap you choose must not be loaded with chemicals and must have few ingredients.
- Just cut your soap in small pieces and melt it in the microwave so that it becomes liquid. You can melt the soap using a double boiler method too.
- Now add your oats to the liquid soap base. See to it that the oats are finely crushed. They will dissolve better in the ground form.
- You can enhance your soap by including Vitamin E oil and Aloevera gel.
- You can include any healthy option of your choice such as Almond Oil, Lavender Oil, Shea Butter, Honey etc.
- Mix all the ingredients well and leave the soap to dry. You can refrigerate the soap too.
That's it; your soap is ready. Use it whenever you feel like and enjoy the benefits.
- Stick to one utensil and avoid transferring the soap into several containers to prevent wastage and for hassle free work.
- When the soap turns solid you can cut it in half or small pieces.
- Better is to pour the final batter into a Soap Mould that can hold small sizes and shapes - that way you will be able to use a fresh piece each time you bathe.
- If you get a decent soap base, your oats soap becomes organic.
- Don't use the soap daily. Use it every alternate day or thrice a week.
- Gently massage the soap on your body, face, and hair, and reap all the benefits.
Yes! I'd Do It Again
You cannot entirely depend on oats for your skincare and skin glow, but you can use them to bring out the vibrance. Like how I have done! I have found the use of oatmeal safe, economical, and convenient. Therefore, I would do it again.
Everybody has this magical ingredient lying somewhere at home. All you need to do is, use it effectively in the right quantity. My advice is to start with a spoon or two and be consistent.
Using oats is not tough at all. It doesn't consume much time either. It easily gets crushed even without a mixer grinder. You can use a big spoon or a ladle or a rolling pin for crushing. To top it all, it quickly dissolves in water.
I will be exaggerating if I say a single use is enough for a big change. Natural remedies take their own sweet time to bring glorifying changes. Three months is how long it takes usually for excellent results. What I can confidently say is, your skin will feel healthier than before right from the first usage.
Secondly, this was my experience, and it was a pleasant one. You might feel differently. Try it and find out.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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