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Oatmeal is a breakfast staple with health benefits too long to list! But consuming oatmeal isn’t the only thing you should add to your daily routine. Using oatmeal for skin care has its own set of benefits.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 reasons to add this superfood to your skincare routine so you can discover healthy, glowing skin!

10 Benefits Of Oatmeal For Skin 

1) Moisturizes Your Skin

Oatmeal is packed full of proteins, which makes it great for your body and skin! It also contains vitamin E, which is known for its skin-healthy benefits.

In fact, topical variations of vitamin E are popular in the skincare market to reduce inflammation on your face and help make your skin look younger.

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, which means it protects your skin while moisturizing it.

One Babo Botanicals product that’s great for moisturizing and contains organic ingredients, like colloidal oatmeal and organic calendula, is our Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream! This rich cream helps soothe and protect irritated, delicate skin.

2) Relieves Itchy Skin

If you dealt with chickenpox as a child, you probably soaked in an oatmeal bath at some point to help relieve your itchy, irritated skin. There’s a reason for that!

Oatmeal contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat itching due to dry, irritated skin.

But chickenpox isn’t the only skin condition that leaves your skin itchy and dry. If you or your baby suffer from eczema, then you’re familiar with the irritation that can come with flare-ups.

Our Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash – Fragrance Free is made with soothing organic plant-based ingredients — oat protein is one of them — to help reduce skin discomfort, like eczema-related itching.

You can check out our list of products specifically targeted for sensitive skin and eczema here.

3) Gently Exfoliates Your Skin

Dermatologists suggest exfoliating your skin — your face and body — at least two to three times a week.

Try oatmeal as an exfoliator to naturally remove dead skin cells and reveal the smooth skin that’s underneath all that hard-to-see build-up from excess oil and dirt!

4) Protects Your Skin

Fun fact about oatmeal: it contains flavonoids. If you don’t know what those are, let us explain.

In simple terms, flavonoids are a type of compound that helps your body function more efficiently and protects it from outside toxins and chemicals.

They’re also known to help absorb UVA rays, but don’t let that fool you. While the flavonoids in oatmeal help to protect your skin, they’re no substitute for sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply our Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen – SPF 40 – Fragrance Free!

5) Cleanses Naturally


Oatmeal is also a natural cleanser because it contains saponins, a group of carbohydrates found in plants. They’re known to soothe your skin and boast antioxidant properties.

The saponins help turn oatmeal into a gentle yet effective cleanser because they don’t strip your skin of its natural oils and won’t dehydrate it. This natural cleanser removes dirt and oil that can clog your pores!

6) Benefits Many Skin Concerns

If you have a pesky skin condition, you’re no stranger to trying out different products to tackle it. If you haven’t yet, try oatmeal!

From dry skin to sensitive skin, irritated skin, oily skin, and everything in-between, oatmeal is a friend to all skin types.

Looking for more solutions? Babo Botanicals has products specifically formulated to meet your skincare needs, including dry skin, irritated skin, eczema, and even hair care. All of which contain natural ingredients, like oatmeal!

7) Improves Your Skin Complexion

We all want a bright, clear complexion. One benefit of using oatmeal on your skin is that it can give you exactly that!

If you have age spots, acne scars, or skin discoloration, try oatmeal (or oat proteins), which are known to help improve skin imperfections.

8) Reduces Skin Inflammation

As you know by now, oatmeal is an all-natural solution that contains many skin-soothing components.

One benefit of this superfood is that it helps treat acne. And acne is commonly followed by inflammation, which oatmeal can also easily tackle!

For example, our Moisturizing Oat & Calendula Shampoo & Wash is a gentle soap to wash to meet your sensitive skin needs. Use this on your face and body to help protect and reduce skin inflammation associated with eczema or acne.

9) Stimulates Collagen Production

Collagen is a protein produced in the body that gives skin a plump, youthful look. It’s a popular ingredient in many expensive beauty products.

Great news! Oatmeal stimulates your skin to help boost collagen production — naturally!

10) Soaks Up Excess Oil

Excess oil on your face can be a pest to deal with every day and can lead to acne breakouts. Because oatmeal is known to be absorbent, you can use it to easily (and naturally!) get rid of any excess oil buildup.

How To Use Oatmeal For Skin Care

bag of dry oatmeal for skin

Now that you know all the benefits of using oatmeal for skin care, take a look at a few ways you can easily incorporate it into your routine at home.

Add Oatmeal To Your Bath

Add oatmeal to your warm bath water with a few scoops of baking soda. Sit in the tub for about 15 minutes and pat yourself dry when you get out.

Don’t forget to apply a moisturizer to your damp skin, like our Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream. It contains oatmilk and calendula, making it the perfect complement to your oatmeal bath!

Should you want to take a relaxing bubble bath to treat other skin conditions, check out our list of plant-based bubble baths, where you’ll find that many of them contain oats as one of their natural ingredients!

Make An Oatmeal Mask

You can make a skin-healthy oatmeal mask with just a few ingredients from your kitchen!

For instance, mix one cup of milk and one tablespoon of honey with two cups of oats. Leave the mixture on your skin for about 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

Create An Exfoliator

As we mentioned earlier, exfoliating your skin is super important!

To create an exfoliator out of oatmeal, mix your oatmeal with some honey and water. Gently scrub the combination over your face and then rinse it off with warm water.

The rough texture of the raw oats will naturally exfoliate your skin!

Mix Up A Cleanser For Oily Skin

Oily skin got you down? Boil one-third cup of water and mix in half a cup of oatmeal. Let it cool. It should form a thick paste.

Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse the paste off with warm water. Bye-bye, oily skin!

Babo Botanicals And Oatmeal

jar of prepped oatmeal for skin use

We’re proud to say our products are made with natural or pure plant-based ingredients, which is why our motto is “Family Comes First, Naturally.” Oatmeal is one of those ingredients! 

Take a look at some of the oatmeal ingredients and their benefits that make our products stand out:

  • Avena Sativa — Soothes, protects, and conditions skin; anti-irritant and anti-itching
  • Colloidal Oatmeal — Heals and moisturizes
  • Hydrolyzed Oat Protein — Conditions skin and preserves moisture

Care For Your Skin The Natural Way

Oatmeal has great health benefits for your body, but it can also be used for the overall health of your skin!

It moisturizes, protects, exfoliates, and cleanses your skin. Oatmeal also helps boost collagen production, improves your skin complexion, and reduces skin inflammation. You can use it in your bath, use it to make a paste for a face mask, or use it as a gentle cleanser.

Many of our products contain oat as an essential ingredient — like our Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream — and you can see why. We’ve found that all skin types and ages can benefit from oatmeal for their skin!