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What Are Oats?

We all know oats are a superfood, but did you know that they’re super for your skin too? Whether in a best-selling formula or DIY mask, this unassuming ingredient has some seriously impressive skincare benefits.

What Can Oats Do? 

Oats tackle a trio of skin snags. First, they’re exceptionally moisturizing. Both an emollient (which traps moisture from leaving) and a humectant (which attracts water), it’s the double whammy of hydration.

Secondly, thanks to the saponins they contain, oats have cleansing properties by gently absorbing and removing dirt and excess sebum, without stripping your skin’s natural oils. In turn, they help keep acne at arm’s length. Lastly, they’re an A* anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant – so they’re super soothing, and can actually help skin heal. Plus, they neutralize the pH of itchy skin, so if you’ve got sunburn, sores or rashes, this oat-standing ingredient will come to the rescue. 

Who Should Use Oats 

Soothing superstars, oats are particularly beneficial for those with dry, sensitive and irritated skin. Luckily, they very rarely cause an allergic reaction. 

How to Use Oats in Your Routine

Now, before you go sticking your face into your breakfast bowl, there are plenty of other ways to get that oat fix. Luckily, this purse-friendly ingredient is in everything from shampoos and body scrubs to cleansers and lotions. But, personally, we love slathering on oat-based DIY facemasks. 


DIY Oatmeal Mask for Irritated Skin

For those of us who are a dab hand at DIY (the beauty kind, that is), we know oats and coconut oil are two of the most beneficial, natural ingredients out there. So, it’s no surprise that together, this dynamic duo soothes irritated, acne-prone skin into submission, calms inflammation and restores your skin’s natural pH balance, all in the blink of a perfectly-lined eye. 


  • 3 tablespoons oats
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 drops rose oil
  • 3 tablespoons warm water


  1. Mix the water and coconut oil and stir well.
  2. Slowly add the oats, mixing until a thick paste.
  3. Add the rose oil and honey and stir again.
  4. Apply the mask to a cleansed, dry face and leave for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off with warm water.

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