Once thought to be a weed, and at some point horse food, oats has not only captivated people's mornings but people's faces too.
There are many theories to the origins of this glorious plant, whether Egypt, Asia Minor or Scotland but it was first regarded as a weed that grew amongst barley and wheat. In modern times, oats are popularly consumed as a nutritious breakfast cereal. High in Carbohydrates, proteins, water, fibres and other nutrients.
In the world of cosmetics, Oats are ground and used as an ingredient called oatmeal. Oatmeal's most impressive property is its ability to alleviate inflammation; it greatly minimises the irritation that comes with eczema, chickenpox and sunburns. Making it delicate on sensitive skin. It is an amazing exfoliant that contains saponins which act as a cleanser, taking out dead skin & unblocking the pores. With the saponins cleansing, their counterparts Beta-glucans (commonly found in cereal) stop the growth of microbes on the skin.
Oatmeal can be used as a paste in its raw form or incorporated in natural skin care products, the result of this is healthy, hydrated skin.
Oatmeal makes a great exfoliant or mask.Here is a natural skincare recipe you could try out with ingredients from your kitchen:
Natural Oatmeal & Honey Exfoliator/Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons of oats with 1 tablespoon of honey and a dash of water to make a paste.
You can use the paste just to exfoliate and wash off right away, or leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask.Rinse off and apply your moisturiser.
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