Steel-cut oats, which are also known as pinhead oats and more commonly called as coarse oatmeal; these are also referred to as whole oat groats that have been sliced into minimum of two to three pieces. Of the many varieties of oats, these oat cereals are the least processed type.
Steel cut oats, when used alone or combined with other ingredients can treat a number of skin ailments like:
Steel cut oats are helpful in combating flaky dryness and dull skin because they contain an ingredient called polysaccharides. It forms a protective film when it’s applied as a face mask on your skin and effectively addresses dryness that causes itching, peeling, rashes etc.
For several years, powdered steel oats have been used for symptomatic treatment of eczema and chicken pox because of their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A tepid bath with a thick paste of powdered oats can bring down the itch and inflammation.
The following are the studied benefits of steel oats on our skin. Regular application and consumption can prove to be highly beneficial:
Powdered steel cut oats when used as scrubs and masks can visibly lighten skin tone and improve the texture by getting rid of blotchy uneven areas.
They have been used for a long time as natural moisturizers because of beta-gluten in them that provides much needed moisture to your skin.
Shallow abrasions and wounds can be swiftly healed by using powdered oatmeal. Steel cut oats have also been known to improve deposition of collagen and activate immune cells within the skin.
Historically, they were used by the Arabs and Egyptians to beautify their skin. Besides eating and applying; oats were also used for bathing purposes by the Romans and Greeks for healing skin ailments.