There is one natural skin care ingredient that stands out. We’ve seen it, eaten it and may even have some of it in our cupboards. We just never thought about putting it on our faces.
The ingredient is barley and it has been used in skin care for thousands of years. Somehow this amazing nourishing plant was relegated to the kitchen. It was and still is sought after not only for its pleasant taste, but also for its truly health giving properties.
Herbalists and naturopathic doctors understand barley’s role in lowering blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. It is also used for digestive and lung complaints and for increasing strength and endurance. We love it best for its ability to reduce the risk of cancer as well as reduce hot flashes and other menopausal discomforts.
And for all the good barley does on the inside, it’s just as beneficial on the outside. All skin types can benefit from barley.
Barley has a host of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, all of which feed and nourish aging skin. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage while selenium helps maintain skin elasticity. Skin appears younger with better tone.
Rosacea and Redness
Barley is a natural source of azelaic acid known for soothing and calming red and irritated skin. Barley also has cooling properties which further helps to reduce inflammation.
Used as a facial cleanser, barley can help reduce oil production. It provides moisture to the skin while also being noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging). This makes it an excellent choice for those with both blemishes and aging skin.
So incorporate more barley into your life. Eat it, smear it all over your face and look for natural skin care recipes containing barley.
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