5 ways to use Aditi Rao Hydari's favourite kitchen ingredient in your DIY skincare and haircare recipes

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When it comes to skincare, Aditi Rao Hydari is happy to be experimental, as long as it's with ingredients she can get from her pantry. “I basically listen to my skin according to the weather and my schedule and put my kitchen on my face. So from fresh aloe to milk, oats to gram flour, tomatoes and papaya; if I'm home and I remember, you'll find it on my face!” she shared in an interview with Vogue India.  In another interview, Hydari offers quick relief for dry skin. “When your skin feels dry, mix 2 tsp ground oats with 1/2 tsp honey and enough milk to make into a paste.” 

The soft yet grainy texture of oats makes them an excellent exfoliating agent—regular exfoliation of the skin is essential for unclogging the pores and development of new skin. Oatmeal also contains saponins, which are exfoliating in nature and brighten the skin. Oatmeal can normalise skin’s pH levels by not only softening dry skin and exfoliating it but also taking care of issues such as redness and post-breakout inflammation or itching. 

Not just for dry skin, oatmeal is just as great for those with acne-prone or oily skin. It contains zinc that can reduce inflammation and kill the acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to soak up the excess oil from the skin that may trigger zits. 

Convinced? Here's how you can use oats as a in your DIY skincare and haircare recipes1) A mask for soothing itchy, sensitive skin

Oatmeal works great to provide some cooling TLC to dry and irritated skin as it contains avenanthramides, which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. Mix ground oatmeal with pure aloe vera gel and add rosewater to emulsify. Mix thoroughly and apply on cleansed face. Both aloe vera and rose water are great to heal even sun-damaged skin and oats hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin while maintaining the pH balance.

2) A scrub to nix blackheads

Oatmeal and baking soda have sebum-absorbing qualities which can help reduce excess oiliness. Mix boiled oatmeal, baking soda and raw honey to create a scrub. Gently massage the area around your chin and nose to clear pores and fight blackheads. Honey’s antibacterial properties will also help treat inflammation.

3) A body scrub

Tomato juice has astringent properties and is also rich in phytochemicals that help with UV damage. Plus, tomatoes are not as harsh on the skin as lemon, making them an excellent skin tone balancing ingredient. Mash a tomato and mix the pulp with ground and soaked oatmeal and yoghurt. Upwards and outwards motions of the mixture all around the body will help improve circulation too. 

4) A shine-boosting hair elixir

Dull hair is usually dehydrated strands that have been sapped off moisture and have scalp buildup. Soak ground oats in milk, and add honey to the mix too. Then apply to the scalps and lengths. The honey helps to add moisture and hydration to the strands, while the natural fats of the milk also plump the hair and help close the cuticles. The oats are able to soothe inflammatory scalp conditions at the same time.

5) A deep-moisturising mask

Mix oatmeal with mashed banana and almond oil, and apply onto the skin. Almond oil is an excellent hydrator for dry skin and has anti-ageing properties too, just like bananas which also help to heal blemishes. Oatmeal is rich proteins and lipids, giving it potent emollient properties too.

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