When it comes to products that "just work", there are hundreds of winning combinations. But the tried and true benefits of oatmeal and honey seem to have stood the test of time. Individually, both of these ingredients have become extremely sought-after in the skincare and beauty world. When you combine them together, the long list of benefits that come from these two all-natural ingredients makes them a staple part of any versatile skincare routine.
The Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal, an ancient grain, is high in protein and carbohydrates and is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and lipids. A true "feast for the body", these nutrients are not only healthy for your insides but also very beneficial for your skin.
On the skin, oatmeal is often recognized as being an emollient. According to Medical News Today, emollients, or moisturizers, "...Help keep the skin moist and supple by reducing water loss from the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. For patients with conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, emollients are an essential part of daily skin care." We love the deep moisturizing and soothing properties that oatmeal has.
"For patients with conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, emollients (found in oatmeal) are an essential part of daily skin care."
Oatmeal contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it an ideal ingredient to use on sensitive skin. Oddly enough, oatmeal can also help to reduce the size of your pores on your body and face. These properties are helpful in combating wrinkles and other signs of aging. This is exactly why so many people with eczema and psoriasis enjoy soaking in our Oatmeal & Honey Milk Baths ($2.55 - $7.00, available here).
Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant
If you're looking for a quick and easy remedy for dry, itchy skin, consider looking for a soap that contains oatmeal. The ancient grain has the ability to soften and moisturize your skin, helping it lock in moisture and normal your skin's natural pH levels. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "Itchy, dry skin often has a high pH level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin's pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin."
The exfoliating factor is simple in that the oats help to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the body. Exfoliating is one of the most important aspects of any well-rounded beauty routine as it removes old, dead skin cells and allows nutrients to penetrate and reach the skin. As mentioned above, oatmeal is also an antioxidant, so during the exfoliation process oatmeal also works at removing any toxic chemicals that are on the skin.
A Natural Cleanser
Oatmeal contains saponins which are natural cleaning agents, often working in your body to control blood sugar, cholesterol, and cancer. Outside of the body, the saponins in oatmeal allow it to easy absorb dirt, oil, and odor. Because of these wonderful properties, oatmeal can be used to help relieve acne, skin irritations, rashes, eczema, the symptoms of aging, and more. Believe it or not, many of our own customers use bars of our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap as a gentle, all-natural face wash ($4.95 per bar, available here). So, whether you're looking for an all-natural beauty product or just something that works, consider adding oatmeal to your skincare regimen — your skin will thank you!
The Benefits of Honey
A sweet treat with multiple uses for both inside and outside your body? What's not to love! If you're looking for a natural way to get glowing, hydrated skin, you'll want to make sure you're looking for products that include this key ingredient.
Acts as an Emollient
Recognized as being an emollient, honey has been used for centuries as a way to smooth and soften skin while reducing any patches of rough, flaky skin. Because of its hydrating properties, honey is extremely moisturizing and helps keep moisture locked in the skin. This moisture helps give your skin a boost of elasticity, giving your skin a natural glow and overall healthy look.
Full of AntioxidantsA spoonful of honey helps your antioxidant levels go up! Okay, but what exactly does this mean? Simply put, antioxidants mean slower aging, less wrinkles, and less damage from free radicles. Antioxidant properties are also an important part of protecting the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun which can be harmful to the skin. According to the Skincare Resource Center, there are studies being conducted to find out how to use more honey in sunscreen lotions. While we're not sure when the results of that study will be released to the public, check out our own DIY recipe for natural sunscreen and after sun lotion in the meantime.
Honey has a longstanding role in the history of medicine. The natural antibacterial properties in honey make it an ideal ingredient for fighting off infection will keeping moisture locked inside. According to WebMD, studies suggest that honey actually has the ability to clear up stuffy noses and even ease allergies triggered by pollen. Because of its antibacterial properties, honey is an ideal candidate for helping to treat acne and keep other bacterial irritations on the skin at bay.
The Benefits of Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap
Our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk products have been one of our best-selling items for as long as we've been creating them. If you haven't tried them out for yourself, here are a few benefits of our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk products that are worth reading about.
The wonderful alpha-hydroxy acids (found naturally in goats milk) attach to your body's dead skin cells and helps them slough off with ease, revealing fresh, new skin. When this happens, the individual nutrients from the goat milk are easily delivered to your skin.
We never use harsh detergents, alcohols, or dyes when making our Goat Milk Soap products. So, when you use our products, you'll rest easy knowing that there's zero junk being put into your body and skin.
Full of fatty acids, proteins, super nutrients, and a natural by-product (glycerin), our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap gives your skin a mini spa treatment every time you use it on your skin. Full of hydrating agents, moisture gets locked into the skin, preventing the aged look that skin often shows when it's dry.
Relieves Skin Conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis
The combination of all the attributes listed above make Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap a wonderfully healing and nourishing option for your skin. In fact, our Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath helped relieve our own son's skin from eczema (learn more about our own story here). Rashes and other irritations seem to be soothed. For more information about eczema, click here and for psoriasis, click here.
The Skin's Treat
The combination of these benefits are available to you from Bend Soap Company in two of our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk products. Enjoy all the benefits of oatmeal, honey, and goat milk soap in our nourishing Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap bar that was made just for your skin ($4.95 per bar, available here). Join hundreds of other people around the world who have switched from normal soap to our all-natural goat milk soap. Remember: this bar of soap can also be used on your face!
You can also try out Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath, available in a variety of sizes ($2.55 - $7.00, available here). Add a few handfuls of the pre-shredded goat milk soap to your bath water and watch the water turn a milky white. Sit back and relax in the tub while your skin soaks in all of the oatmeal and honey goodness. The result? Silky soft skin that's moisturized all day long. It's a luxury we can all afford!