Oats may be a breakfast favourite among the health-conscious folks, but they’re hardly the first ingredient that would come to mind in the context of effective skincare. And yet, there’s a reason why oats have come to dominate the DIY recipes for face packs and exfoliating masks. But what exactly makes it so good?
How are oats used in skincare?
Colloidal Oatmeal is what is most commonly used in skincare products, which is nothing but oats that are finely ground and then boiled.
What makes it so special?
Oats are predominantly known for moisturising, nourishing and protecting the skin’s barrier. It contains the following skin-friendly nutrients:
Starch and β-glucans: Most of oats’ hydrophilic characteristics come from starch and β-glucans, which can absorb and bind huge quantities of water. β-glucans also activates the process of healing and repairing the skin.
Proteins: We already know that protein promotes firmness and overall skin health. Paired with starch, it further intensifies the moisturising power of oats.
Lipids: The lipids present in colloidal oatmeal assists in the formation of a protective film on the skin’s surface, protecting it from damage, and loss of water and nutrients. Oats contain triglycerides and phospholipids which are important to maintain the stratum corneum i.e. the outermost layer of skin.
Saponins: Saponins can absorb and dissolve dirt within the pores, making oats an effective yet gentle cleanser.
Avenanthramides: These are polyphenolic antioxidants present in oat grains that are considered to be five times more potent than flavonoids. They reduce secondary irritation caused by scratching, prominent among extra-dry, hypersensitive and itchy skin. Avenanthramides also help maintain the skin barrier.
Who can use Oats in skincare?
Everyone! But it’s especially a blessing for those with dry to extra-dry skin that’s prone to itchiness, flaking and inflammation. The American FDA approves oats as an active ingredient among skincare products for rosacea, eczema and chicken pox. It can also provide relief from UV-rays induced skin erythema, so this is a great choice for those who spend a lot of time under the sun too. Oats are great at restoring the skin’s pH balance, thereby helping you combat acne and wrinkles.
All in all, oats are bursting with the kind of goodness any type of skin would happily lap up. It does everything you’d expect the ideal skincare product to do: hydrates, heals, protects and soothes. Go ahead and try some today!