5 Things to Know About Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal as a cleansing treatment.
Oatmeal as a cleansing treatment.
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No question – oatmeal is a breakfast food. It’s warm, filling, and, depending on who you ask, it can be quite tasty. The fiber-rich meal has also been shown to reduce cholesterol, which means it’s a heart-healthy way to start your day. But its health benefits are not just internal -- oatmeal is good for your skin, too.

If you’re unfamiliar with oatmeal baths you might envision someone lying in a tub of clumpy, sticky food. Rest assured, the oatmeal used for bathing is in powdered form; otherwise it would simply sink in bathwater. The fine consistency ensures it will mix with the water and evenly spread across the bather’s skin where it can work its magic. So, what does it really do?

Oatmeal is a natural cleanser, skin protectant, and antioxidant. It may even have antifungal properties thanks to the presence of avenacins – antimicrobial compounds. All of that means it can treat skin maladies and keep your skin healthy.

Click ahead to learn more about how these unusual baths can help you.