Ennik Somi better known as Jeon Somi is a K-pop singer who also happens to be an advocate of self-care and at-home beauty remedies. Jeon Somi flaunts smooth skin, whether it’s in photoshoots, on stage or in her music videos. One of her go-to recipes is an oatmeal face mask, to treat skincare woes like dullness, dryness and peeling. Oats are an uncomplicated and unrefined ingredient which can be used on the face, scalp and body for a multitude of purposes.
Over the past few years, K-beauty trends have received worldwide appreciation and following, from glass skin, and snail mucin to the recently viral makeup spatula. It is no surprise that K-pop stars have a strict beauty regimen, given that East and South East Asian cultures lay a large emphasis on health, wellness and beauty.
Here are 3 ways to incorporate oats to enhance your natural beauty:
Nourishing face mask:
The Birthday singer mixes oatmeal and almond powder with the mashed banana until it forms a well-combined paste. She then applies the mixture onto her face with a spatula and leaves it on for 10 mins. After which she gently rinses the pack off and pats her face dry with a micro-fibre face towel. Oatmeal and oats are renowned for their oil absorption properties, this face pack works like a dream for people who have oily skin or excess oil production in specific areas of the face. According to the singer, this pack gives much-needed nutrition and nourishment to the face as opposed to the only hydrating properties of commercial face masks.
While winter is on its way out, scalp buildup and dandruff still persist. Sometimes, it takes more than a suitable shampoo and conditioner to remove all the gunk stuck on one’s head and half of what an individual does to get healthier hair starts from the scalp. A combination of oats, powdered sugar and aloe vera gel is ideal to exfoliate the scalp. Apply this only on your scalp and gently massage your way through, make sure to thoroughly wash your hair while removing it. Aloe vera’s humectant properties will prevent your scalp from flaking while the combination of sugar and oats will gently remove all the buildup from your scalp.
Rashes and inflamed skin:
With outdoor activities on the rise and the temperature getting warmer, an unusual but highly effective method of using oats and oatmeal is to reduce rashes and inflammation, especially for sunburns. This non-fuss duo of oats and milk are perfect for the job, as raw milk is the lightest moisturiser to ever exist and at the same time it possesses cooling benefits that soothe the skin. Mix approximately ½ a cup of milk with 6-7 tablespoons of oats and let the oats dampen, then apply this to the inflamed areas and let it sit for 12-15 mins. Use a gentle cleanser to remove this paste and for optimal cooling benefits lather some moisturiser on this area.
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