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Superfood Spotlight: Colloidal Oatmeal

by SCHMEAR Naturals |

After being out in the sun for too long, are you dealing with dry, flaky, and itchy skin? 

Colloidal oatmeal might become your new skincare bestie as it's one of the OG ingredients to soothe dry, sensitive, or irritated skin and is especially great for eczema-prone skin. It's actually been used for centuries to cleanse, moisturize, and protect our skin. Today we are spotlighting what colloidal oatmeal is and its many benefits. 

what is colloidal oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal is made by grinding oat grain into a finely milled powder then boiled to produce a topical anti-inflammatory salve filled with antioxidants, vitamins, proteins, fats, and minerals. Colloidal oatmeal is so versatile that it's found in all sorts of products such as shampoos, cleansers, ointment, etc. 

what are the benefits of colloidal oatmeal

gentle exfoliator & cleanser

The finely milled texture of colloidal oatmeal makes it a great gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. And thanks to saponins, compounds that create a natural foam, it helps deeply cleanse the skin without stripping it from its moisture and disrupting your skin's pH. 

inclusive to all skin types & all ages

Colloidal oatmeal is safe for all skin types but especially great for those with dry skin. However, always make sure to patch tests to see how your skin reacts. Colloidal oatmeal can also be used on babies, such as colloidal oatmeal baths for those who have skin irritations or diaper rashes. 

prevents transepidermal water loss

Transepidermal water loss (TWEL) is when water from your skin's surface is evaporated to the external environment. Hence, the emollient properties of colloidal oatmeal help to hydrate the skin and prevent transepidermal water loss and prevent your skin from feeling dry. 

helps strengthen the skin's barrier function

The skin barrier is a vital layer that protects your skin from environmental factors such as pollutants, UV damage, weather, etc. If you have itchy, dry, or inflamed skin, this can be a sign that your skin barrier needs help. To repair your skin's barrier, you can use products that rebalance the pH or emollients that help your skin barrier seal in moisture. Colloidal oatmeal is an excellent example of a natural emollient.

helps soothe eczema-prone, psoriasis, rosacea, or sunburned skin

Several studies have shown that colloidal oatmeal has improved eczema and psoriasis skin thanks to the cellulose and fibre within colloidal oatmeal. Moreover, colloidal oatmeal contains high levels of vitamin E and phenols, anti-inflammatory agents that help calm the redness, itchiness, inflammation, and pain from eczema-prone, rosacea, or even sunburned skin. Also, the FDA stated that colloidal oatmeal is a skin protectant, meaning it is an effective ingredient in targeting dry, itchy, sensitive skin. 

Unlike clay masks, where they can potentially dry out or irritate sensitive skin, we specifically choose colloidal oatmeal as a base for all of our food masks and our Matcha + Kelp Gentle Cleansing Powder. Our food masks can be used two to three times per week and our cleanser twice a day. And in contrast, it's recommended to be only used once per week for clay masks as overusing them can cause irritations.