There are many reasons doctors recommend a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. For starters, it is an excellent source of soluble fiber that can help with heart health. It is also rich in calcium and potassium, both of which may improve blood pressure. Oatmeal contains antioxidants that help fight off many diseases. It also reduces the levels of harmful cholesterol and helps boost the immune system.

Oatmeal is more than breakfast

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The perks of oatmeal extend beyond breakfast, though. Here are just a few additional benefits of the oat-grain derivative.

  • Treats acne – Cooked oatmeal can help with pimples. Brew up a bowl, let it cool, and apply it on infected patches of skin. The oatmeal will soak up oil and act as a natural remedy. Leave the oatmeal on the affected area for several minutes before rinsing.
  • Soothes irritated and dry skin – Oatmeal can provide relief to skin irritations caused by sunburn, poison ivy, and insect bites. It can also help close up open pores and moisturize dry skin. Many commercial beauty products and moisturizers contain oatmeal.
  • Provides relaxation – A lukewarm bath with oatmeal is the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long and stressful day. Add one cup of milk and two cups of uncooked oatmeal to a lukewarm bath. Soaking in an oatmeal bath will not only relax your tired body, it will also moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.
  • Exfoliates and cleanses – There is no need to buy an expensive facemask. Save money and make one yourself. Grind up two tablespoons of oatmeal in your blender. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and a trace of water until the mixture turns into a paste. Clean and dry your face, then apply the mixture for a treatment that will leave your skin clean and smooth. Allow it to sit on your face for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Leftover oatmeal? Don’t dump it. America’s beloved breakfast cereal is as good for your outside as it is for your inside.