I’m sure you’re familiar with Quaker Oats Oatmeal. It’s been a breakfast staple for generations. However, today I’m here to talk about a different type of oatmeal called colloidal oatmeal. Before I get into this type of oatmeal, I want to make it clear that this is not the type that you eat. In fact, you should never attempt to ingest colloidal oatmeal. It’s completely different from the typical breakfast oatmeal that you’ve been purchasing at the grocery store. Instead, this type of oatmeal is applied to your skin.
What Is Colloidal Oatmeal And How Does It Work?
Oatmeal also known as Avena sativa is a food that’s often used to feed animals. It’s rich in both fiber as well as protein. As for colloidal oatmeal, it’s a different type of oatmeal that’s been created and formulated to help treat your skin. This type of oatmeal has been used to treat skin for centuries. I’m talking literally back to when ancient Romans ruled the earth. Colloidal oatmeal is essentially oats that have been finely milled and suspended in various liquids. It’s very easily absorbed and protects the skin quite well.
This powerful oatmeal does a great job of forming a protective shield or barrier so to speak. Basically, the oatmeal binds to your skin which helps form a shield or protective layer. This protective layer helps fight off the following skin conditions listed below:
- Dry Skin
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Contact Dermatitis
- Poison Ivy
- Insect Bites
As the colloidal oatmeal binds to your skin begins to develop emollient properties that help your body retain moisture within your skin. As a result, dry skin can easily be relieved. Basically, it helps keep your skin moist and well-balanced from a pH perspective.
Colloidal oatmeal can also help reduce inflammation as well as absorb ultraviolet light. So, if you have a condition that has symptoms such as sun damage or inflammation, then you might want to consider using this. In addition to that, colloidal oatmeal has been known to soothe the skin and even cleanse it when properly added to DIY masks and other over the counter products.
The main benefits of using colloidal oatmeal are quite simple. For starters, it is great for protecting your skin due to the barrier that it forms. This type of oatmeal expands once in contact with water and this is one of the reasons that it’s able to soothe your skin when applied. In addition to that, the oatmeal’s nutrients seal the skin, acting as a barrier.
It’s also great for people that need to further hydrate their skin. Due to the protective layer that forms over the surface of your skin, replenishing moisture within the skin is a breeze. Leaving your skin well moisturized and replenished.
If you’re having skin texture issues or uneven tones, then you’ll want to use colloidal oatmeal for sure. The oats within this oatmeal help naturally exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells that have built up over time. As a result, your skin texture will improve as will the tone, mostly due to avenanthramide’s that are present.
Last but not least, this oatmeal is great for those that wish to take a more natural approach to cleansing their skin. The oatmeal contains something known as saponins which can absorb dirt build up easily without damaging the skin barrier too much.
How To Use It
There are a few ways that you can use this type of oatmeal to improve your skin. I’ll start with the most commonly used way, the typical oatmeal bath. This method is likely the most popular of them all and it’s quite easy to reap the benefits of this at home skin treatment.
Start by simply filling a bathtub up with warm water. Add a few cups of colloidal oatmeal close to the running faucet as the tub fills up. Carefully step into the bathtub and sit in it for about 15-20 minutes or less. Carefully step out of the tub and dry your body off. Your skin should feel nice and smooth as a result.
Another type of treatment is the scalp treatment. Cleanse your hair before doing this treatment. Take a jug or pitcher and fill it with warm water and roughly a third to a half of a cup of colloidal oatmeal. Massage the mixture into your hair and then cover your scalp with a shower cap. Rinse the mixture out 10-15 minutes later and let it air dry. Your scalp should feel somewhat relieved immediately.
This next technique is also a household common, the face mask! Making a colloidal oatmeal face mask is pretty simple. You’ll need half a cup of (colloidal) oatmeal, 2 teaspoons of high-quality raw honey and warm water. Mix the ingredients together until it gets to the texture you’re looking for. Apply the mixture to your skin using clean fingertips. Do not attempt to get this close to your eyes. If you have eye bags, use an eye serum instead. Leave the mask on your face for roughly 15 minutes or so. Rinse your face gently with warm water, dry your face and apply your daily moisturizer.
Colloidal oatmeal has been used for centuries and will continue to be used due to its nutrients and minerals. It might be the perfect ingredient for someone with sensitive skin. If you’re looking to make your skin glow at a low cost and within the comfort of your own home, then all you need to do is try it. However, before doing so, it’s best to spot treat certain test areas on your skin. Do this to ensure that you’re not severely allergic to this type of oatmeal.