Many of us enjoy oats as a staple breakfast, but not many of us know the powerful benefits that oats have on the skin. The oldest kind were found in Egypt, 2000 BC and since ancient Roman times oats have been recognised for their cleansing and skin treating abilities.
Colloidal oats are widely known for their skin-soothing properties. Also known as colloidal oatmeal, this ingredient is simply ground oat kernels. But don’t be deceived. Although humble in appearance, this ingredient is so effective that it’s classed as a skincare active. This means that colloidal oats tackle and remedy specific skin concerns (as backed up by science).
The Skin Benefits of Colloidal Oats
1. Colloidal oatmeal is anti-inflammatory and calms the skin
The natural active contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help to repair and nourish the skin barrier, in addition to anti-inflammatory compounds. This makes oats particularly good for your skin if you suffer with dryness, itchiness, rashes, inflammation or eczema.
2. Colloidal oatmeal is a multi-functional skincare ingredient
Due to its chemical diversity, oats host a variety of functions that will rescue your skin, ranging from; cleansing, soothing, moisturising and more.
3. Colloidal oatmeal helps protect the skin barrier
The reason why colloidal oatmeal is so good for dry skin is because it forms a protective, occlusive barrier on the skin, locking in hydration and blocking out irritants. Colloidal oats can also help your skin to maintain its normal pH for optimal skin health.
4. Colloidal oatmeal is a skin-protecting ingredient
Colloidal oats are filled with antioxidants such as vitamin E, ferulic and caffeic acid, which work as protectors of the skin, combating environmental stressors while absorbing UV rays.
If you have dry, irritated or even eczema prone skin, this ingredient is for you! We've included this natural ingredient in our Serene Green Clay Mask as it aids is maintaining moisture, soothing and protecting the skin, calming inflammation.