What is it?
Colloidal Oatmeal, created by grinding oats into a fine powder, is an ingredient used for dry, itchy or irritated skin. It is also one of the few ingredients that has stood the test of time; oatmeal was used for skin care as far back as Ancient Egypt! This ingredient can be found in a variety of skin care products, especially those by Aveeno, or may be used as-is in oatmeal baths (like the Egyptians).
What does it do?
Oats contain quite an abundance of enzymes, starches, antioxidants and other ingredients that serve a variety of purposes for the skin! Overall, oatmeal allows for a gentle cleansing of the skin without stripping the skin of moisture while also softening and soothing the skin (anti-inflammatory).
It works best for:
*Eczema – soothes and reduces inflammation
*Sensitive skin – cleanses and moisturizes without irritating skin
*Irritated skin – calms skin that is inflamed by bug bites, poisonous plants, sunburn, diaper rash, etc.