The Benefits of Oatmeal
You need to understand that our bodies are bombarded with chemicals everyday from every which way. By the foods we eat to the items we use to wash our clothes and even our bodies, these chemicals over time damage us. Oatmeal, and its natural oil coat, moisturize, protect and gently cleanse, while correcting the pH of itchy or inflamed skin. Its scientific qualities are due to many natural chemicals:
Saponins - a form of natural detergent - comprise its cleaning ability.
High levels of starch and beta-glucan, a polysaccharide with inhibiting abilities, is primarily responsible for its moisture-retentive properties.
Additionally, colloidal oatmeal contains phenols, an antiseptic, which encompass its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and ultraviolet absorbing properties. And is a gentle exfoliating agent.
On the skin, oatmeal is often recognized as being an emollient. According to Medical News Today, emollients, or moisturizers, "...Help keep the skin moist and supple by reducing water loss from the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. For patients with conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, emollients are an essential part of daily skin care."
Also the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, make it an ideal ingredient to use on sensitive skin. Oddly enough, oatmeal can also help to reduce the size of your pores on your body and face. These properties are helpful in combating wrinkles and other signs of aging. This is exactly why so many people with eczema and psoriasis can benefit by soaking in an oatmeal bath and using our Oatmeal Honey soaps in a cool to warm shower.
A few other points about oatmeal: