Your mom was onto something with her post-poison ivy Rx. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, oatmeal soaks can help normalize skin’s pH levels, relieving itchy, dry skin. “Oatmeal baths are great for persistent eczema, contact dermatitis, and other rashes,” says Jessica Hayman, ND, a naturopathic doctor in Sedona, Arizona. But you don’t need a rash to benefit—oatmeal soaks moisturize and soften skin, minus harsh additives and drying chemicals in many bath products.
Try it: Grind about a half cup of uncooked rolled oats (gluten free, if you’re sensitive) into a powder with a food processor, then either place ground oats directly into hot water and swirl, or wrap in cheesecloth and drop into your bath to avoid a messy cleanup post-soak.