When microbeads first came on stage, they were so advanced technology – innovative and exciting.
But that was a big problem …
Too small to be recycled as other plastics, microplastics accumulate in large amounts in the environment.
Especially in skin care products, where microbubbles were intended to be rinsed, these plastics easily relieved our surface water like rivers and lakes where they started to threaten marine life and choke fresh vegetation.
And because of its small size, the microspheres were almost impossible to remove.
Thank you, by 2015, the United States passed Microbead-Free Waters Act and many states have banned plastic additives.
All products that now use them must be out of the market in July next year.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for the same power plant exfoliating effect without the harmful costs to the environment and an added bonus of real nutritional benefits to your skin, look no further than one of the most basic foodstuffs in the world …
If you have ever had an oatmeal bath as a child after a break with itchy bugs or a tingling rash, you already know a great contributing factor in your skin – their calming ability.
As it turns out, it's just the beginning.
If you want to enhance your natural skin care routine, read on to find out how the addition of this traditional, low-tech herbal ingredient can be a game changer!
What is cereal?
The first grain we think is wheat, but surely you know, there are lots of beautiful yellow waves of cereals (or quinoa balls of cereals) in the family.
Chances are you know what a grain is, and you first learned about it when you learned about the food pyramid.
But do you really know what it means to be a grain?
Here is a small update.
Essentially, grain is edible seeds from grassy plants called cereals (not confused with the nature of the breakfast).
They contain three parts: bran (outer layer), endosperm (middle, starch layer) and green (inner layer).
If a grain still contains all three parts in its original proportions after harvesting, it is considered a whole grain.
If a grain does not contain all three parts completely, it is considered a refined grain.
The three most commonly consumed grains are wheat, corn and rice – what is your favorite?
Some of the foods we feel like grains are actually seeds from plants that are not technical cereals but are still considered grains, such as quinoa and buckwheat.
Benefits of cereals
Besides that it is naturally soothing to the skin – which reduces redness, pruritus and irritation – grains like oats are loaded with nutrients and proteins that your skin needs.
They make the perfect natural exfoliant because of their fiber content, but with an increased health boost that makes them stand out over many other exfoliants.
What does grain have that some popular exfoliants do not?
- Anti-aging characteristics
- antioxidant Protection
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
As exfoliants, not only does grain take off – they add too.
While corn and corn and other grains remove your skin from dead cells and other debris, they also provide protection and increase the skin's barrier function at the surface while the skin increases its natural ability to repair underneath the surface.
Think of nutrition, like a good hot meal after a long cold day, but for your skin!
How are they doing it?
Vital Minerals – Minerals do not get much attention in skin care, but they are important at the mobile level.
Some minerals help transfer nutrients across the cell membrane while others promote the synthesis of critical elements like collagen.
Skin cells can not function properly without minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium contained in grain.
Amino acids – These small compounds are building blocks of proteins.
Amino acids are essential for the body, including your skin; They help maintain hydration and keep your skin smooth.
Ferulic Acid – Grains like corn, wheat and oats have the highest ferric acid content.
This component of grain helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors and also increases and stabilizes the effects of antioxidants applied to the skin, such as vitamins C and E.
Antioxidants – Grains are loaded with antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. Why is this important?
Because these vitamins protect against damage from sun exposure and other environmental exposures and toxins by combating free radicals.
An easy way to think about it: free radicals tear down the skin, while antioxidants build it up again.
Of course, like all other ingredients, it may not be right for everyone.
What about gluten sensitivities and allergies?
When introducing a new ingredient, if allergies are a problem for you, be sure to use 24-hour patch testing first.
Normally, if you have dietary gluten intolerance, you do not have to worry about applying grains that contain gluten to your skin. Phew!
According to doctor at the Mayo Clinic, patients who have gluten allergy or celiac disease, also the skin version of celiac disease, called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), just need to avoid lodged gluten or apply gluten-containing products to the lip and mouth area.
Apparently, the allergenic substances in gluten are not usually absorbed through the skin, and it is in the digestive system that the problems arise.
Having said that, please know that I am not a nutritionist and can only forward the information I have access to.
I know how scary allergies can be, especially, be safe!
Of course, for most people, grain constitutes zero risks.
The best grains for your skin and how to see them
If you want to spoil and approach your skin through the cold months while keeping your skin completely bright by removing waste that causes junk, here are some of my favorites along with the Latin / scientific name that you sometimes look at labels.
Another option would be to create your own grain-based DIY formula.
I will include recommendations for the below!
Warning: Do not expose particularly exfoliate on the winter. Too much removal, more than once or twice a week, will eventually interfere with the skin's natural oil production and may interfere with the sour cloak.
Wheat (triticum vulgare)
Wheat is often found in light products and serum for its ability to prevent discoloration and dark spots.
Due to its high vitamin and mineral content, wheat provides both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
This means that it will calm the skin but also protect against free radical damage, promote healthy cell function and encourage elasticity.
Together with oats, wheat is probably one of the most common grains in skin care products.
The ASDM Beverly Hills moisturizing face tones formulated with wheat protein to rejuvenate, calm and condition the skin.
The naturally derived hydrolyzed wheat protein contains vetoligosaccharides (carbohydrates) and offers a combination of moisture balancing and film-forming properties that work synergistically to give the skin a softer, softer feeling.
Simple DIY recipe: Make a paste with wheat flour and water and use as a simple exfoliating and illuminated daily cleaning.
Grain (hordeum vulgare)
Building is known to be an all natural treatment for rosacea and acne due to its ability to remove dead skin cells and reduce inflammation and irritation.
Building also encourages elasticity and cell turnover, combats free radicals and protects against environmental damage by exfoliating carefully while delivering vital vitamins and minerals.
Building extracts have a high concentration of phenols that mainly provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage due to exposure.
It is both calming and strengthening for your skin.
You can find barley and cereal extracts usually in detergents and serum.
Best DIY recipe: Easily make a paste of lemon juice and corn flour for a refreshing and protective home mask.
Corn (zea mays)
Corn, like the other grains, is filled with antioxidants Vitamin B, C and E.
It is good for stingy skin because of its sedative anti-inflammatory properties, making corn milk a common home treatment for eczema.
Cornmeal can be painted very fine for an extra mild exfoliant.
Corn oil is often used in skin care products and is rich in vitamins and minerals while increasing hydration and health at the mobile level.
Best DIY recipe: Squeeze the juice of a large orange or a small grapefruit and combine with ¼ cup of corn flour to make a natural face scrub. This makes a big antibacterial cleansing and natural source of vitamin C.
Oats (avena sateva, beta glucan)
Nutritious oatmeal is excellent for different skin types and has dual capacity to absorb excess oil and close and moisturize dry skin.
Another mild exfoliant oats is usually used in natural acne treatments for their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to gently remove dirt and oil that taps the pores.
There are oat extracts ranging from masks to moisturizers and serum.
As the other grains promote the properties of oats healing, cellular regeneration and collagen production.
Oats contain saponins, which are natural cleansers.
The Epicures Extra Fine Citrus Facial Scrub calms the skin with oatmeal, mandarin shell oil and orange oil.
Natural softeners such as finely ground walnut shell granules and apricot kernels carefully remove dirt, debris and dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause stains.
The formula is vegan and cruel free!
Best DIY recipe: Make a mild superfood facial cleansing by combining ½ cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of oats.
It's not just a superfood, it's a superfood for the skin – quinoa is filled with minerals to promote healthy cell function.
It is native to Andesland like Peru and Bolivia where it has been used on the skin for centuries.
You will sometimes find quinoa in eye cream and tight lotions, as it helps to strengthen, lump and hydrate areas with dry or thin skin.
It is excellent protection against pollution and other environmental pressures and is usually used in skin care, detergents and toner.
Aqlla Spa, based in Peru, has a special treatment for quinoa.
Their Deep Hydration Facial Cleanser is a three-facial facial treatment using quinoa-based products that aim to work against premature aging, sensitive and / or dried skin.
Try this DIY recipe: Mix the quinoa with olive oil or argan oil to a gel concentration to make an entirely natural oil cream with exfoliant properties.
rye (secal cereale)
Rye has a high concentration of both ferric acid and vitamin E together with the common antioxidants, which lend to its protective and restorative properties.
This makes it perfect for leveling off fine lines and wrinkles, so you often find the ingredient in anti-aging serum and moisturizers.
Rye flour makes an excellent natural cleansing, and the minerals found in rye promote healthy functioning of the skin cells while strengthening the skin.
Like the other grains, rye makes the perfect exfoliator for stressed skin that is constantly suffering from exposure to contamination or harmful toxins.
Rye seed extract makes a popular and nutritious ingredient in night creams, eye therapies and other recycle creams.
It is generally thought to lead to a softer skin surface.
Basic DIY recipe: Mix rye flour with honey and warm water to form a pasta consistency and apply as a soothing nutritional face mask.
A good source of minerals like magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron, grain makes the perfect superfood for your skin, beauties!
They are filled with antioxidants that fight free radical damage.
They help the skin recover from exposure to the elements as well as contaminants, and they exfoliate both naturally and cautiously.
You will not find another natural ingredient that provides this much nutrition while removing oil and debris and preparing the skin to absorb herbal remedies like vitamins C and E.
As cold weather Procedures, this is the perfect time to add calming, comforting and protective grain to your skin care routine.
Microbeads were not a healthy solution, it turns out, and sometimes we return to the basics the best solution for all of us.
Sustainable grains have nourished our bodies for years, and now they are not only accustomed to approaching and protecting our skin, but they also help protect our seas and waterways.
Test one of my favorite DIY recipes above and let me know in the comments how you like it. Or suggest your own favorite!