Did you know that one of the best ever sensitive-skin soothers is hiding in your pantry right now?
Many people don’t. But the truth is that oatmeal is a wholesome way to feed your skin, with a wide variety of amazing skin-nourishing benefits.
Oats have been part of regular skincare regimens for centuries, being documented as far back in history as 2000 BC – and, oatmeal is one of the very few natural ingredients to get the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To get a little more specific, oatmeal – which is a natural product that has been ground or milled from oat grains, is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, and lipids. It also brims with the natural goodness of antioxidant properties – so it’s the ideal healer for sensitive skin.
So while you may enjoy a decadent serving of warm oatmeal for breakfast in the mornings, you can also enjoy the potent benefits it offers your skin when applied topically. If you’re a sensitive-skinned sugar, oatmeal will help calm, clean and nurture your skin in a pure but powerful way.
Oatmeal is blessed with an impressive 18 different amino acids – vital to healthy, glowing skin. These magical little building blocks help to heal the skin and body – rebuilding tissue and renewing skin. Your skin is very good at absorbing amino acids from oatmeal, making it the perfect ingredient in moisturizers and cleansers.
Just like a warm bowl of oats makes you feel better when you’re down, it does the same for your skin when it’s feeling less than chipper. For sensitive skin that needs some tender love and relief, oatmeal has wonderful soothing properties that calm and relax the complexion.
Oatmeal is super-effective at cleaning your skin while remaining gentle. Due to its saponin content, oatmeal is a natural skin cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils or dry it out.
When combines with other hydrating ingredients, oatmeal is a natural and gentle moisturiser. Oatmeal is a humectant, which basically means that it assists your complexion in keeping moisture locked in. It’s one of Mother Nature’s best skin-loving ingredients for dewy, glowing, happy skin.
Oatmeal has a lovely texture – grainy and thick, which makes it a naturally effective exfoliant. It helps your skin shed dry and dead skin cells to make room for fresh, healthy, new ones. It helps renew and rejuvenate your complexion without being overly harsh or aggressive – perfect for treating sensitive skin with care.
There’s nothing we love more than finding new uses for seemingly standard pantry items. And honey is one of the very best multi-purpose foods we can think of.
Before sugar as we know it today was introduced into society, honey was commonly used as the (natural) sweetener of choice. And, did you know that historically, this sweeter-than-sweet substance has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for an array of things – it has bucket loads of great health benefits.
Packed with therapeutic properties, the benefits of honey vary from skincare to lowering blood-sugar levels.
Honey has, quite literally, hundreds of benefits – many of them very well documented. But here are 6 great ones you may not necessarily know about yet.
It’s an effective cough medicine.
Who knew curing a pesky cough was as easy as a spoonful of honey? Considered a natural cough medicine, it helps to relieve itchiness and discomfort in your throat by developing a protective layer. In fact, clinical research has shown that raw honey can be just as effective as dextromethorphan – an active ingredient in most traditional forms of cough medicines.
It can reduce allergies.
Allergies getting in the way of your day-to-day? Honey to the rescue! Containing pollen spores that were picked up by bees from different flowers, honey will slowly add allergens to your body – working kind of like a natural anti-allergy vaccine. To make it work, try having a teaspoon of raw honey every morning a month before pollen season hits.
It fights infections.
Honey is powerful. Some might even say it has super powers. It fights the good fight, and infections are one of its main enemies in combat. Before penicillin was popular, honey was used to fight skin infections and heal wounds – all thanks to its antibacterial, anti fungal, and antioxidant properties.
It can cure eye diseases.
Back in the day (like way, way back), Egyptians discovered that honey can play a part in curing eye disease. Applying honey on your eyes can improve sight, prevent loss of eye-sight, cure redness, eye infections and conjunctivitis.
It can cure acne.
Blemish sufferers rejoice, the cure you’ve been searching for may just be sitting pretty in your pantry. Honey can help you rid yourself of acne by absorbing impurities from the pores – it’s a soothing antiseptic.
It’s wonderful for healthy hair.
To round off our list of the magical benefits of honey, we have hair health. Yes – honey can help to restore strength and shine to dull, dry hair. And, it can help you get rid of dandruff by restoring moisture and reviving hair follicles. Perfect.
Just a mere decade ago, coconuts weren’t getting all that much in the way of attention. They were a distant and exotic fruit (or nut – depending on what side of the is-coconut-a-fruit-or-nut argument you’re on). They were the holder of cocktails on our island vacations and a sometimes-visitor in our supermarkets. Their real benefits were known only by people in coconut-growing areas – who have been using coconut for generations for its incredible health prowess.
But it’s safe to day, that now – coconuts are having a major moment. Their nutritional benefits seem to have caught the attention of wellness gurus and naturopaths alike, and thank heavens – because coconut is a magic little miracle in a shell everyone deserves to reap the benefits of.
Without further ado, here are the top 6 skin-health benefits of the tropical treasure that is coconut oil:
It moisturizes like no other.
If you have any signs of dry skin, you need not look too far – coconut oil is among the best moisturizing ingredients out there. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and seeps right into your pores – deeply and throughly hydrating it.
It’s rich in Vitamin E.
Coconut oil helps to keep wrinkles at bay because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin E – known for its skill in protecting skin cells from damage and tear. The Vitamin E in coconut oil also works to soothe irritating skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and psoriasis.
It has amazing antiviral and anti-fungal benefits.
The antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are directly attributed to the fatty acids in the oil, which include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This helps heal the skin and even treat bug bites.
It cleanses… really deeply.
With all the day-to-day congestion your skin is exposed to, it needs a thorough (yet gentle) form of cleansing that’ll get all the grime out without drying it out too much. Enter coconut oil. Coconut oil is a gentle yet deep cleanser. Its light texture allows it to seep deep into pores and dissolve hardened sebum and dirt – bringing it all to surface before you rinse it away.
It’s really good at removing your makeup.
Coconut oil is wonderful at cutting through grease and oil. In fact, it’s an even more effective grease-cutter than commercial anti-grease products. Pretty mind-blowing, right? Yet, it’s completely gentle and safe enough to use on skin as sensitive as a baby’s. Win-win.
It packs a lot of protein.
Just like actual coconuts, coconut oil is abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy, refreshed and rejuvenated – inside and out. They help repair damaged skin cells and assist in healing scars or red marks on the skin.
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