10 Jan 3 Reasons to Moisturise Your Skin with Colloidal Oat Cream
Colloidal Oat Cream contains biologically active compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Topical treatments containing oats can moisturise, soothe, and cleanse the complexion keeping your skin looking and feeling great.
Oats are a superfood, therefore nourishing the body, lowering cholesterol and providing sustained energy release. However, oats are not just delicious in porridge. We have been using oats for thousands of years to help protect and look after our skin.
Since Roman times, people have used oatmeal to relieve itch, ease irritation, and soothe skin problems. Today, celebrities and social media promote the power of oats. Colloidal oat creams are proving to be so effective that they are available on prescription for some skin conditions. Besides Oatmeal has been used safely for a long time. In 2003, the American FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved colloidal oats as an ingredient in skin preparations.
What is colloidal oatmeal?
Colloidal oatmeal is a prepared type of oatmeal. The whole oats are finely ground to produce a powder. This processing allows the oatmeal to mix better with water, resulting in it being evenly dispersed in creams and lotions.
Historically, people applied oatmeal to the skin or scooped it into the bath. Colloidal Oat Cream contains oats’ active chemical compounds. As a result, you can harness the moisturising, protective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, with a little less stress and mess.
1. Oats, eczema and dry skin
Colloidal oatmeal acts in many ways to reduce the dry skin and distress of eczema and xerosis. Hence why for centuries oatmeal has been a traditional remedy, working to relieve the itch, irritation, and discomfort of atopic dermatitis.
Anti-inflammatory action: Colloidal oatmeal is proven to calm the redness and itching caused by dry, irritated skin. Oats contain naturally occurring compounds that act to relieve itching, reduce inflammation and redness, and ease irritation.
Natural moisturiser: Colloidal oatmeal is a naturally effective emollient and provides great hydration. Colloidal oat creams are rich in fats, sugars that bind water, and chemicals that hold moisture against the skin. Oat preparations are effective and above all safe treatments. They provide successful skin moisturisation that can last for two weeks following use.
Soap substitute: Soaps can strip the skin of natural oils, consequently drying and irritating sensitive skin. Soap products often contain fragrances and colours that can sensitise the skin and result in making your eczema worse. However Colloidal Oat Cream cleans the skin without dehydrating it. Oatmeal contains natural chemicals that have detergent properties. They cling to dirt particles and dead skin cells, so they are easily rinsed away. Cleansing the skin effectively without drying it out.
Skin protection: Colloidal Oat Cream restores the skin’s natural barrier function, helping to prevent moisture loss and protect against irritants. Scientific studies confirm that natural colloidal oatmeal can replenish the skin’s barrier. Regular use can reduce the need for prescription treatments like steroid creams.
2. Colloidal Oat Cream and skin ageing
If the mirror is revealing more and more fine lines and wrinkles, maybe you need to get your oats! Research indicates that oats have a range of anti-ageing properties.
Oats contain a substance called beta-glucan. It is a type of carbohydrate that has potent hydrating, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activity. When taken by mouth, it may help with diabetes, boost the immune system in those with HIV and when injected can help with cancer. However, beta-glucan also has anti-inflammatory effects when applied directly to your skin.
Colloidal oatmeal acts to reduce ultraviolet light absorption and prevent sun damage, one of the critical causes of skin ageing. Beta-glucan also deeply moisturises the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen which improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In one clinical trial, scientists explored the effects of beta-glucan in an oat-based skin preparation. After eight weeks of treatment, digital analysis showed a significant reduction in the depth and height of wrinkles. The skin also felt smoother and less rough to the touch.1
3. Oats and exfoliation
Exfoliation acts to remove dead cells and leave the skin looking fresher, brighter, and more healthy. However, harsh, gritty, or chemical scrubs can leave your face red and sore. Over-exfoliation can dehydrate the skin, compromise its barrier function, and break capillaries.
Colloidal oatmeal acts as a gentle, natural exfoliator. It clings to dead skin cells so that they can be washed away, revealing a refreshed complexion. Colloidal oatmeal also acts as a buffer, maintaining the skin’s healthy pH.
AproDerm® Colloidal Oat Cream is formulated with active colloidal oatmeal, to moisturise, protect and restore the skin’s surface. It is available on our Amazon storefront. Apply it regularly and generously for softer, smoother, and less irritated skin.