Skin Superfood: Colloidal Oatmeal

Oatmeal: Moisture Enhancement


Colloidal oatmeal refers to oats that are finely milled and mixed with a liquid to allow easy absorption by the skin while preserving its natural benefits. The Ancient Egyptians were among the first to recognize the skin-soothing properties of oats, dating back to 2000 B.C. Oatmeal baths have long been recommended for people with a variety of sensitive skin conditions. That’s because the special properties of oat give it an enhanced ability to absorb moisture and relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin.


For many with sensitive skin, the skin barrier function gets more easily compromised, leading to redness and irritation. Colloidal Oatmeal acts like a protective, second skin, not only offering superior moisturization, but also helping your skin to retain its natural moisture. Oats are also a rich source of avenanthramides, a unique group of antioxidant compounds not found in other plant sources, known to soothe skin, reducing redness and inflammation, especially from UV exposure.


A steaming bowl of fresh cooked oatmeal is the perfect way to start off your day, but you can also incorporate oats in baked goods (oatcakes, oat cookies and oat bread). Oats are loaded with healthy dietary fiber (containing more than any other grain) as well as minerals (manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc) and vitamin E. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that oats, as part of an overall heart healthy diet, could lower the risk of heart disease.