First post of 2021 🙂
What a great way to start the new year! I woke up with inflamed skin and a bit of redness. This usually happens to me when I’ve over indulged in sweet & savory treats and dryness in our home, since it’s a wee bit cold outside, we turn up the furnace to warm up the house.
So how do we combat redness and irritated, inflamed skin? With natural ingredients of course 🙂
You can use a natural concoction such as an oatmeal paste made of 1 Tbsp oatmeal + tsp milk and leave it on my skin for 20 min. Oatmeal has amazing skin benefits and has been proven to be a natural skin cleanser, exfoliator and hydrating agent. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, which are long chain of sugar molecules , a.k.a complex carbs, so when ingested equipe your body with energy . However,when used topically they help with the natural hydration process of the skin. One particular study that proves the benefits of polysaccharides on the skin is this one here published in Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
If your skin is itchy and irritated a cooling agent such as Aloe Vera is fantastic! I use Aloe Vera masks one a week even if my skin isn’t feeling itchy because it has cooling and healing properties that we can all benefit from. It just feel good on the skin OK 🙂 You can also buy an Aloe Vera succulent plant and harvest the gel directly. Here’s a fantastic step by step on how to harvest Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant.
Have you ever bathed in milk? Milk baths have become extremely popular as a way to calm and soothe itchy, dry skin. Milk baths can feel so luxurious, especially if you add a few drops of your favourite essential oil in the mix. Soaking in milk actually has many skin benefits. Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can help loosen the bonds that hold old, dead cells to the surface of the skin. Also contains fats and proteins so actually works to help boost your skin moisture. I take milk baths more in the winter and my absolute favourite product to use is the HERBIVORE Coconut Milk bath Soak. No one said it had to be animal milk. Plant based milk such as coconut, soy and almond milk have calming properties as well. If you choose to use animal milk, Crabtree & Evelyn make a fantastic product made with powdered goats milk. If you choose to make your own milk bath at home, any full fat powdered milk such as cow or coconut will dissolve well under hot water.
Another way you can benefit from milks great healing properties is to use products such as Pixi Beauty Hydrating Milky collection. It was created to re-balance and replenish hydration back into your skin.It contains coconut, oat extracts, jojoba milk and green tea extract. I have been using these products for awhile now, and they work so well to calm my skin and reduce redness.The Hydrating Milky Mist, not shown in the photo below, is my absolute favorite for when I need quick relief from itchy skin. It sinks right into my skin and gives me that cooling effect.
Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these natural remedies or if you’re a fan of Pixi Beauty’s Milky line.