Oatmeal isn’t just a healthy breakfast; it’s also a game-changing beauty ingredient used to address multiple skin and hair concerns, including dryness, eczema, minor burns, and sensitivity. People have been using oats in their beauty regimens for thousands of years. But the trend has taken off recently, with many brands adding new oat products to their collections.
One of the most popular oat ingredients is colloidal oatmeal, made by grinding oat grain (Avena sativa) into a fine powder. It is considered an emollient, a substance that softens or soothes the skin by repairing the skin’s barrier and locking in hydration. Its high concentration in starches and beta-glucan is responsible for the protective and water-holding functions, while the presence of different phenols helps with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
Below are some of our favorite products that will help you create an entire oat beauty routine!
Aveeno is a trusted, affordable skincare brand that recently launched its Calm + Restore oat line. The cleanser gently washes away dirt, debris, makeup, and more while calming irritated skin, locking in moisture, and repairing the skin’s barrier. The cleanser is gentle enough to use in the morning and night and is perfect for most skin types, including acne-prone skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, and more.
If you are looking for the ideal moisturizer that won’t be heavy on the skin, look no further! The Oat So Simple Water Cream is a fantastic daily moisturizer that doesn’t feel greasy or creamy. It’s ideal for beginners starting a new routine or those struggling with over-sensitized skin. The product will instantly absorb, leaving you with a natural glow!
If you need to refresh your skin or add a boost of moisture, try First Aid Beauty’s Wild Oat Hydrating Toner, which can be used day or at night. First Aid Beauty recommends applying this product to clean, dry skin and following up with the rest of your serums and moisturizers. Overall, this product adds hydration and creates a base for other products to absorb more easily into the skin.
Your hair and scalp can also deal with issues like dryness and oversensitivity, so why not incorporate a clean oat-based hair product in your routine? Briogeo’s fragrance-free, hypoallergenic oat milk shampoo is also formulated with green tea extract and aloe vera to further soothe and hydrate your scalp and your ends. And the best part? It is suitable for all hair types and textures.
Have you tried any of these or other oat-based beauty products? Share your experience with us in the comments below!