Oatmeal has long been revered for being a heart-healthy food – low in cholesterol, high in fiber, filled with amino acids, and a complex carbohydrate, it’s no wonder your grandparents have been telling you to eat your porridge for centuries! I personally love a good old fashioned plain bowl of oatmeal. I love the smell, the texture, and I like to added a teaspoon of local honey (from Beezy Beez Honey), and sometimes I throw in some organic chia seeds for an extra boost of protein and fiber. But even by itself, oatmeal is a super-food, and all of the internal benefits are multiplied when you use oatmeal as a cosmetic.
According to Dr. Joseph F. Fowler, Dermatologist: “Use of oats in skin care has been documented as far back as 2000 BC. Oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients to receive recognition from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 1989 the FDA recognized colloidal oatmeal as a safe and effective ingredient, and in 2003 the FDA approved colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant.” We use colloidal oatmeal in our Salt it Off Shea Body Scrub to especially cater to sensitive skin types. It has been stated that oatmeal may even offer benefits for those who suffer from acne!
The FDA also states that oatmeal “temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to: rashes, eczema, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and insect bites.” With so many options for temporary skin-care irritations, it’s no wonder people have been using oatmeal for millennia.
We also started creating soap using different forms of oatmeal: Our Handwritten Note Vegan Soap uses ground oats within the recipe and our Peace & Serenity Vegan Soap uses colloidal oatmeal. As stated by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): “The many clinical properties of colloidal oatmeal derive from its chemical polymorphism. The high concentration in starches and beta-glucan is responsible for the protective and water-holding functions of oat. The presence of different types of phenols confers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Some of the oat phenols are also strong ultraviolet absorbers. The cleansing activity of oat is mostly due to saponins. Its many functional properties make colloidal oatmeal a cleanser, moisturizer, buffer, as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent.”
With oatmeal producing so many physical as well as internal benefits, it’s no doubt that it should be a product you look for in your daily routine, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin. We will be adding different forms of oatmeal to many more of our future recipes to enhance their skin-loving properties and ensure you are reaping all of the benefits of our natural environment.
What are some of your favorite ways to use and/or eat oatmeal? Please share below!