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Little did we know that microbeads in skincare products have been causing so much damage in the environment especially in bodies of water where they began to threaten marine life.

So, if you are looking for a more environmentally friendly product or ingredient with the same exfoliating effect, you might be surprised that what you are looking for might be one of the most basic food staples in your home. Grains.

Aside from its soothing ability, grains also contribute to reducing redness, itching, and irritation of the skin. It is also packed with nutrients and proteins that your skin needs. And due to their fiber content, grains also make the perfect natural exfoliant.

Some of the most popular grains used in skincare are barley, corn, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, and wheat. And what do these grains have in common? They all have the “anti” that you won’t find in some popular exfoliants: Anti-aging properties, antioxidant protection, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Grains not only get rid of dead skin cells, but they also provide protection while boosting the skin’s natural ability to repair itself.

How exactly do grains help nourish the skin?

Vital minerals. Skin needs minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium to function properly. And these essential minerals can be found in grains. Minerals are essential at the cellular level, as they help transfer nutrients and promote the synthesis of collagen.

Antioxidants. Grains are packed with antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin E. Antioxidant vitamins help protect the skin against damages often caused by too much sun exposure and other environmental toxins by fighting free radicals. 

Amino acids. Amino acids are essential components to maintain healthy skin. They serve as the building blocks for proteins such as collagen. To simply put it, amino acids keep the skin hydrated and supple.

Ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is a phytochemical found in plant cell walls which is generally considered beneficial to human health and skin. Grains like corn, wheat, and oats have high ferulic acid content. Potential benefits of ferulic acid include a reduction in acne, hyperpigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, and fine line.

When it comes to exfoliating, especially the face, finer grains are more advisable to use according to experts. Finer grains cause the least amount of irritation to the skin while efficiently exfoliatin

But, like any other skincare ingredient, grains might not be right for your face. It’s always best to do your research first and consult your dermatologist before using new products and ingredients on your face and body.