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Ingredient of the Week: Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena Sativa)!

Introducing the Ingredient of the Week: Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena Sativa)!

For centuries, Colloidal Oats have been a prized ingredient in skincare treatments, with historical records dating back as far as 2000 BC in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula. Oats have been used in various forms, including food, tea, and baths, to address a wide range of concerns such as insomnia, anxiety, and skin conditions like eczema and burns. In fact, the oldest cultivated oats were discovered in Swiss caves, dating back to the Bronze Age, around 3,000 years ago. It's truly fascinating how this ingredient has stood the test of time! Research has shown that Colloidal Oats offer numerous benefits for the skin, including their anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory effects. They also provide exfoliation, moisturization, rejuvenation, protection, and skin repair. Some studies even indicate that Colloidal Oats can help normalize the skin's pH balance, which is crucial for sebum reproduction, and offer protection against harmful UV rays. Notably, popular brands like Aveeno, L'Oreal Paris, and Cetraban have recognized the incredible potential of colloidal oatmeal, dedicating specific product lines to harness its benefits. Clearly, this ingredient is truly remarkable! Now, you might be wondering if colloidal oats are the same as oat flour. Well, the answer is a bit complicated. While colloidal oats used in cosmetics are not the same as the oat flour found in your kitchen cupboard, it's important to understand the distinction. The oats we consume have had their bran removed to improve taste, usually comprising just one type of oat. On the other hand, colloidal oatmeal is typically processed from a mixture of oats and has a significantly smaller particle size, making it more effective for skincare applications. Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it easier to achieve this fine particle size at home, thanks to cost-effective tools like coffee grinders. As a formulator, I can attest to the usefulness of coffee grinders in achieving the desired results. However, there's a challenge when it comes to grinding your own oats—the type of oats matters. As mentioned earlier, most oats available on the market have had their bran removed, making it difficult to achieve the desired particle size. The bran, which is the active ingredient responsible for creating the protective barrier on the skin, is crucial. To ensure success, look for brands of oat that include oat bran, clearly indicated on the packaging and preferably organic. Oat bran has smaller particles compared to sharp blade oat kernels, making them much easier to grind. So, unfortunately, you can't simply toss a handful of oat flour into your bath and expect the same results. It's just not the same as Avena Sativa, hun! Now, let's dive into the fantastic benefits of using colloidal oatmeal on your skin. Colloidal oats contain molecules such as lipids, beta glucan, and antioxidants, which bind to the skin, forming a soothing and protective barrier. This coating helps prevent the absorption of external toxins, allowing your true glow to shine through. Moreover, colloidal oatmeal is known to combat irritants on the skin that can cause eczema, rashes, and other skin issues. Clearly, colloidal oats offer a plethora of benefits, which is why Tee-Pow natural cosmetics has chosen them as a key ingredient in our Oats and Honey whipped soap. This product is specially formulated for those with delicate or sensitive skin, harnessing the power of colloidal oats to provide gentle and effective care. We're truly passionate about the benefits of colloidal oats, and that's why it's our ingredient of the week! If you're interested in experiencing the wonders of colloidal oatmeal for yourself, you can find it available on our website. In conclusion, colloidal oatmeal is a timeless skincare ingredient with a rich history and an array of incredible benefits. Its anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory, exfoliating, moisturizing, rejuvenating, and protective properties make it a true superstar in the world of skincare. So, why not indulge your skin with the goodness of colloidal oatmeal? Trust us, you won't be disappointed!


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