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6th Food for your skin - Oatmeal

July 24, 2014

   If you have eczema or have suffered through a nasty bout of poison ivy, you know how soothing a bath with milk, uncooked oatmeal and a little bit of honey can be.Oatmeal is nature's balm for dry, itchy, irritated skin -- just ask the ancient Egyptians and Romans [source: Aveeno].Colloidal oatmeal, which is made by pulverizing and boiling oats, is the ingredient you'll most often see in skin care products. It fights itch, helps keep moisture and contributes to the barrier your skin tries to maintain to protect you from outside elements.Oats happen to be full of all sorts of goodies [sources: Pascoe; Cheeke; RealAge; Kurtz and Wallo]:Fats that lubricate the skinPolysaccharides that cling to your skin and eliminate flakesSaponins, natural cleansers that have antifungal and antibacterial qualitiesPolyphenols that are anti-inflammatories and...

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