A power packed heart-healthy food, oatmeal is also a nourishing and soothing ingredient in beauty products. A perfect antidote for many causes of irritation and inflammation, including insect bites and rashes, oatmeal is a natural non-clogging moisturizer for the skin. Added to a tub it makes for a wonderful comforting and healing bath. It can also be included in exfoliants as a natural way to rid your skin of unwanted dead skin cells, unclogging pores as it works. January is National Oatmeal Month, so BITB brings you a bevy of options for benefiting from this natural grain. Whether you soak, scrub or slather it on in a lotion, oatmeal provides natural benefits to sooth and comfort.
Exfoliators are the unsung heroes of skincare. Ask any aesthetician for a professional tip for non-pros to do at home and she most likely will say “exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.” Exfoliators come in two major categories; mechanical (as in a loofah or a wash cloth) and chemical (as in a scrub or peeling pad). Composed of a lotion or gel base with an exfoliating granule or microparticle, topical exfoliators remove dead skin to let radiant new skin cells shine through. Using an exfoliator helps dry skin absorb moisturizers better, while oily skin types can benefit from a deeper cleansing that removes dirt and cleans pores. With a host of products to choose from – exfoliators range from