Oatmeal and honey are both pretty common food staples and have been probably since God created the heavens and the earth. So it’s no wonder they come along with a bunch of dietary benefits, but did you know they also help our skin as well?
Oatmeal has been used for skincare for thousands of years. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, so it is good for sensitive skin and skin problems such as sunburn, eczema and poison ivy. If you want to try using straight oatmeal for any of these ailments, I suggest grinding it up in a coffee grinder or grain grinder first. The smaller the particle, the more surface area the oatmeal will cover. This just means you get more benefit out of a little oatmeal. How much do you use? I don’t know exactly. We use less than a teaspoon of oatmeal per bar of soap. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but that’s really all you need.
Oatmeal can also soothe itchy, dry skin, which I have a problem with in the winter time. Dryness can be caused by a pH imbalance in the skin, and oatmeal helps to correct that imbalance, relieving itchy irritated skin. Not to mention the anti-inflammatory properties also help cut down on the redness.Oatmeal can also soothe itchy, dry skin, which I have a problem with in the winter time. Dryness can be caused by a pH imbalance in the skin, and oatmeal helps to correct that imbalance, relieving itchy irritated skin. Not to mention the anti-inflammatory properties also help cut down on the redness.
Oatmeal also contains saponins, which is sort of nature’s own “soap”. Saponins help soap clean more effectively.
Interestingly, honey is used in many anti-aging products because it can absorb and retain moisture so well, and is therefore a wonderful moisturizer and prevents drying.
It’s anti-microbial and antioxidant properties help protect the skin against the sun’s harmful rays (like a low level sun screen) and aids in rejuvenating the skin.
It is also said that honey aids the fight against minor cases of acne which may be caused by hormonal changes.
When you put these two ingredients together in a soap, you come up with a bar that is both nourishing and revitalizing, preventative and restorative. It’s a soap that should be in every bathroom and is beneficial for everyone in one way or another.