When soaked in water, finely ground oats get milky and release their soothing properties. They also make a very gentle exfoliant when rubbed on the skin.
Oats are one of the most cultivated cereals in the world along with wheat and rice. They have also been used for thousands of years as a way to soothe and treat the skin topically. The use of oats and the extracts made from them first became popular as a cosmetic ingredient during the 1930s when their power to relieve itching and protect the skin became widely known.
Lush purchase oatmeal from a milling company based in Cheshire, UK, that has been milling oats for more than four hundred years.