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Oat Oil: Spotlight on the Best Face Oils

oat oil: spotlight on the best face oils for dry skin


This article about the emollient oat oil is a part of the detailed buyer's guide we have written about face oils. 

Is it worth trying oat oil for skin? We say absolutely yes!

Avena sativa: oats and oatmeal are well-known for their skin-beneficial properties. Many lotions and creams are loaded with oatmeal perks for the skin, including moisturizing and softening. In addition, oat powder, known as colloidal oatmeal, is prized for its soothing properties and is considered an active ingredient in some medicated products for eczema.

So, how about oat carrier oil? Are there specific skin benefits? Is it a good face oil?


What Is Oat Oil?

Colloidal oatmeal is created by grinding the oat grain into a delicate thin powder that can be dissolved in water or added to skincare products. The FDA approves it as a skin protectant ingredient. One of the reasons oats are good for skin and cardiovascular health is because of the anti-inflammatory properties of some of the phytochemicals found in the oat plant, called avenathramides. Since colloidal oatmeal contains the whole oat, it is not gluten-free. 

Unlike other carrier oils, which are often made by cold-pressing or expeller-pressing a seed, oat oil is extracted using a solvent. None of the solvent remains, so it's not an issue for irritation worries. Usually, the solvent is plant-based ethanol. Oats, a cereal grain, are low fat by nature. The free-fatty acid composition is usually around 35% oleic acid and 40% linoleic acid when the oils are extracted. Other components include sterols, phospholipids, palmitic acid, and various soluble antioxidants. Oat oil contains many skin-identical lipids.

Oat oil should have no traces of oat protein, making it gluten-free. If you have celiac disease, you should still discuss this with your physician and ensure the products you use can trace their supply chain back to confirm. 


Some History

Oat provides exceptional skin advantages. Bathing in oats, milk, and honey was a luxury for queens of ancient history. Though oats have been farmed as a food source since 2000 BC, the ancients of the Roman Empire discovered the topical advantages of oats. 

Oats gained popularity in a variety of industries, including beauty and medicine. The FDA later authorized colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant for various over-the-counter products in 2003. Globally, oats play a significant role in food for both animals and humans. Oatmeal is very heart-healthy and helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. 


What Are the Oat Oil Benefits for Skin?

The primary skin benefits of oat carrier oil are its a strong emollient with skin-soothing properties. It contains many skin-identical lipids, anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and leaves your skin feeling silky. Natural squalene levels are high, which helps enhance its ability to support your skin barrier. It also has some innate ability to inhibit fungal growth, which may be helpful if you are prone to acne. 

One of the other favourite things we love about oat oil is its ability to moisturize without clogging pores. If you choose oils on the far end of the spectrum, your moisturization experience will be powerful, but the chance of clogging pores is too high. Oat oil sits very nicely in the middle and would not be expected to clog pores for most people. 

Oat oil is suitable for all skin types. It's one of our favourites for people who are prone to irritation or dryness. This falls into the category of best oils for glowing and radiant skin. 


What Is the Environmental Impact of Oat Oil Production?

There are no specific humanitarian or agricultural concerns about oat production. It is a global food crop that is not known to contribute to deforestation. 



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