Oats and Skin Care
Oats are an excellent moisturizer that relieves itching and dry skin. A combination of ground oats and baking soda makes an excellent dry shampoo.
Oats in Skincare History
Some of the most famous writers in human history discussed the benefit of oats for skin care: Ovid, Pliny the Elder, Hippocrates and Dioscorides. Oats as a food was secondary in ancient times. Its primary use was skin care.
By the 1800s, oats were eaten only in Scotland and Ireland, or by horses. Oats could be found for sale in pharmacies, though, because the benefits to skincare were still recognized.
As late as 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of colloidal oatmeal as "an effective skin protectant."
That Special Oat Ingredient
Avenanthramides are an unique group of polyphenolics in oats. Scientists have been able to demonstrate that Avenanthramides protected "skin from lipid peroxidation, relieve itching, alleviate redness and reduce inflammation and swelling." Supporting research has been published by the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists.