All oats, whether they are porridge oats, oatmeal or colloidal oats are fantastic in all types of skincare products and have been used for centuries.
They can be used in soaps, lotions, creams, face masks, shampoos, conditioners and bath products.
Benefits of Oats
. Rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and lipids.
. Contains flavonoids which are strong UVA protectors.
. Contains saponins which gently cleansers the skin. Saponins are a group of chemical
compounds found naturally in certain plants that produce an antibacterial soap like
. Helps to keep skin hydrated.
. Moisturisers and improves dryness.
. The anti-oxidants can benefit aging skin by helping to reverse the damage done by UV
rays, pollution and harsh chemicals.
. A gentle exfollient, even suitable for the face and other sensitive areas. It will help
remove dead skin cells.
. Suitable for all skin and hair types, especially sensitive and problem skin like acne,
eczema and psoriasis.
. Can help to absorb excess oils in the skin which could result in an outbreak of acne.
. Soothes skin irritation and sunburn.
. Useful as a quick dry shampoo. Mix colloidal oats with sodium bicarbonate and
sprinkle into the hair, leave for a while and thoroughly brush out.
. Mild and gentle enough to be used on baby skin.
. Inexpensive and very obtainable.
NB - small amounts of people are allergic to oats so if you are unsure do a patch test first. Mix the oats with water to form a paste and rub onto a small area on your arm. Leave for 5 mins and wash off. If you react in any way do not use oats as you might be allergic to them.
. Easy to store and keep.
Using oats in skincare
SOAP - There are various ways in which oats can be used in your soap but the easiest and probably the most popular way is in the form of oatmeal which can be course or fine. Once your soap batter has been made you can just add the oatmeal and stir well into the mixture. This will make a really gentle, exfolliating soap.
SKINCARE - Easy to add to body scrubs, lotions and creams etc. Ideal for adding to face masks.
BATH PRODUCTS - Pour some oatmeal into a small muslin bag and hang on the hot tap. Allow the water to soak through the oatmeal as it goes into your bath.
These are quite simply whole oats that have been finely milled to a powder. You can buy colloidal oats from your health shop or you can easily make them yourself by putting porridge oats into a grinder or blender until the powder is produced.
SOAP - The powder can be added to your soap batter like the oatmeal or you can add it to the water element before you add sodium hyrdroxide.
SKINCARE - If you are making a cream or lotion colloidal oats can be added to the water element of your production.
SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER - Add the colloidal oats to the water element of your production.
BATH PRODUCTS - For bubble or foam bath products add the colloidal oats to the water element. For bath salts or bath soak add the colloidal oats and mix with the other ingredients.