Often the top anti-ageing skin care can be made from the most natural of products – fruit, vegetables and grains This week we are going to show you how your everyday ingredients can also help you with taking care of your skin, from redness, puffiness, to dry skin and eczema, your kitchen cupboards will seem like an apothecary’s dream!
Oatmeal is a real wonder grain! Not only is it good internally, great for your heart; it’s widely known that a daily bowl of oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol because of its soluble fibre content and it can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Externally, this wonder grain can also help to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing, as it contains something called beta-glucans. These babies are skin-soothers and also work to tighten the skin too, especially when you apply oatmeal as a mask. So how?
Simply mix 1 tablespoon of oatmeal – if you can used the natural kind, not the finely ground bagged, instant type – with 3 tbsp of plain yoghurt. This combination will help to exfoliate and moisturise your skin as it contains lactic acid. Add some honey too. Use this as a facemask and relax for about 5minutes or so, then rinse it off with warm water. Check your skin out – it will feel smoother, softer and look brighter.
Oatmeal for Eczema
Use Oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal which is the very finely ground oatmeal you can buy in healthfood shops, specially made for bathing in. Sprinkle the oats into the bath, or put in a clean pair of tights or sock, then hang it around the taps as they run. Oatmeal softens the skin and also helps to alleviate itching.
You could also put some oatmeal into a pouch (handkerchief, sock, the end of a pair of tights). Then soak the oat pouch in hot water for a while. When you squeeze the wet pouch, you will notice a white paste-like liquid. Rub this on the eczema to alleviate itchiness.
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