As you (may) know, a healthy complexion is a result of not only the topical products we apply to our face and body, but also a bunch of other things that, at times, are really out of our hands, like genetics or hormonal fluctuations. But on a much brighter side, there are other pieces of this puzzle we can combine with our skincare routine to reach the best version of ourselves.
One major piece is our diet! Have you been on holidays abroad and suddenly your skin is acting up a bit? Or have you had some pimples coming to say hello that time you were really under pressure at work and weren’t eating like you usually do? It all goes down to what we are putting into our body and mind (stress also aggravates the situation, but I haven’t figured out how to solve this one yet, if you do, share the wisdom and leave a comment bellow - really!).
I propose an exercise: try to pay attention to what your body is saying in response to foods or kinds of foods you eat. How your tummy reacts right after a meal, or how your skin reacts in the days after. If you identify something is upsetting your body, not necessarily will you need to remove it entirely from your diet (unless you’re allergic), but you will be making a conscious decision the next time you have it.
Why is a skincare company talking about food? If you read our Testing Cruelty-Free Products post, you know I take a holistic approach to beauty, in fact, every one of our products are made with ingredients that you might as well find in your kitchen cabinet. Recently, I shared on our Instagram account the recipe of my homemade three ingredients facial cleanser. Suitable for all skin types, including skin with acne and eczema, that I’ve been using for both morning and evening routines.
After that, I thought it would be a good idea to explore more the benefits of Oats to the skincare routine. Grains from the cereal plant, Avena Sativa, oats can help your skin recover from a number of skin concerns of the most varied: acne, eczema, itchiness, dryness and so on. But it all comes down to Oats’ three major properties:
No surprise, as oats are featured in many lotions and moisturisers in the market today. Oats will act as both humectant, drawing water into the skin and emollient, softening your skin. By restoring the skin’s natural protective barrier, adding oats to your skincare routine will also help you to retain water, promoting hydration and assisting in the recovery of very dry skin and eczema.
The homemade cleanser recipe I shared contains Oats because they are full of saponins, which will act a natural and gentle cleanser - just like soap. Due to the moisturising properties you can have the best of both worlds, Oats can absorb dirt and soak up the excess oil, while softening your skin, great for acne prone skins and black heads. Oats also contain zinc that will assist further with acne inflammations.
Oats have antioxidant properties due to the presence of different types of phenols (avenanthramides) including ferulic and caffeic acids, which may contribute to the topically soothing effect of the grain. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Depending on the texture you have your Oats (fine or steel cut), you can also get a gentle exfoliation that will help you remove the dead skin cells revealing a smoother and clearer complexion.
What did you have for breakfast today? Chances are you decided to start your day with a yummy bowl of oatmeal (which you may also call it porridge). Great choice! Oats are one of the most popular grains worldwide, great source of fiber (helps lower cholesterol), vitamins, minerals, protein, dietary lipids (keeps you full of energy) and antioxidants. Maybe next time you can also spare some for your skincare routine. Give it a try and let us know!
Learn more about your skincare ingredients, check our Ingredient Series. To talk about the natural ingredients we love and use.