Let’s talk about utilizing the same whole foods that you eat to nourish and care for your skin. Let me show you three ingredients from my kitchen, that you probably have in yours too, that are star beauty product ingredient MUST HAVES.
WHAT’S IN THE KITCHEN?!
Oats are moisturizing. They contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water andleave a fine protective film on the skin, combating dryness. They’re also full of healthy, lubricating fats which give moisture to the skin.
Oats soothe inflammation and irritation. They’re one of the only foods in the world that contain avenanthramides which have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties.
Oats are protective. They’re full of antioxidants and vitamin E which protects skin cells from breaking down
Oats combat oiliness. Not only are they a skin softener, they also absorb the oils on your skin.
The US National Library of Medicine actually published a journal article about the benefits of collodial, or ground, oatmeal for the skin, which you can read here!
Bonus: Oatmeal Brown Sugar Facial Mask or Scrub
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 generous tablespoon of yogurt
Grind the oats, and mix in the brown sugar and yogurt. Use as either a face mask or scrub. This is perfect for all skin types!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar freshens your skin. It contains alpha hydroxy acids which remove dead skin cells, helping your skin to look healthier. These acids also help to dissolve oil and sebum, cleansing your skin.
Apple cider vinegar rebalances and restores your skin and hair. Harsh chemicals often disrupt the natural acidity of the body. Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, which helps to restore the natural PH balance of your skin and hair.
Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It is fermented with a beneficial yeast that acts as a prebiotic, which counter fungus and bacteria, great for acne prone skin.
Apple cider vinegar removes product buildup. The acetic acid strips away any excess buildup left from shampoos or conditioners, acting as a toner for your hair.
Bonus: ACV Cleansing & Clarifying Hair Rinse
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (be sure to use a brand where “the Mother” is seen on the label)
Pour the vinegar into the water super slowly. This hair rinse cleanses the scalp to prevent dandruff and removes product for your hair.
Use it once a week, after your shampoo. If you need, you can also use it as conditioner at the ends of your strands.
Tea bags are an incredible enhancer to any skincare recipe. You can add in your hair rinse to get the benefits you want for your scalp, add in your oats to get extra benefits for your mask.