The Beauty Glossary: O is for Oats

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The humble oat grain does so much more than fuel your mornings. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is suitable for all skin types, particularly sensitive. If you have ever suffered from a skin disorder such as eczema, you might recognize oat as one of the key ingredients in prescribed skincare. This is because oats have been harnessed for thousands of years as a way to calm and soothe skin.

Oats are super moisturizing, loaded with oils, starches and sugars which deliver emollient benefits and attract water to the skin. Then, they have a cleansing capacity because of their high absorption rate (so long dirt and oil!) Oat grains are also quite exfoliating, helping to ward off daily toxins, reduce visible signs of ageing and keep skin smooth and toned.

Many a beauty blogger has shared the recipe for a homemade oatmeal mask or an oaty cream, but oatmeal is best applied topically when it has been very finely milled – this is known as colloidal oatmeal. The ‘whole’ oatmeal flakes often found in DIY beauty treatments will only provide temporary benefits.

When used in hair care, colloidal oatmeal provides reparative and moisturizing effects to the hair and scalp – alleviating dryness, absorbing oil and dirt and preventing dandruff. Meanwhile oat extracts can help increase the strength and extensibility of hair.

Few ingredients are as gentle and kind as oats – whether in the form of oat kernel extracts or oat milk. It may sometimes be referred to as Avena Sativa.

Browse a selection of our favorite products containing oats:

  1. Archipelago Botanicals Oat Milk Hand and Body Cream
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    Archipelago Botanicals Oat Milk Hand and Body Cream

    Reminiscent of Grandma’s oatmeal bath, the gentle oat grain in this cream is known to soothe the skin. This oat hand creme is blended with dried milk and oat proteins creating a thick, luxurious and moisturizing hand cream.

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  2. Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream
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    Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream

    Indulge in Eve Lom’s Radiance Lift Cream for an intense hit of hydrating, plumping action.

    The power of oat kernel dramatically improves skin’s elasticity and tone, while essential fatty and amino acids do as they say and make your complexion firm and juicy. Enjoy the natural scent of luxe rose otto oil straight from Bulgaria – a fine blend of antioxidants including rosehip, raspberry and carrot oil – protecting skin from oxidative stresses.

    This sumptuous cream provides your skin with an instant dose of radiance as well as leaving it softer.

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  3. Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
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    Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub

    Dive into Soap and Glory’s deliciously Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub – an effective whip of skin-smoothing oat, shea butter, and sugar laced with the scent of maple syrup.

    With added cupuacu scrubs, banana, almond, and honey extracts, nothing will polish, smooth and moisturize your skin quite like it.

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  4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
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    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

    Suitable for all skin types, First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is the perfect antidote for dry or distressed skin. With this 10 minute fix, skin is rehydrated and soothed. This formula blends a duo of protective oats (colloidal oatmeal and oat bran) with botanical antioxidants and skin nourishing ingredients to repair and revive the skin.


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