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The Oat Approach

By Cathy Christensen
Posted: March 26, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In the spa


       Oats have been a skin care staple since ancient Egyptian times, where whole or rolled varieties were used in soothing baths. The mess this made led to the development of colloidal oatmeal, which is prepared from dehulled oats and ground into a fine powder. It retains the moisturizing effects of the whole oat, but disperses more easily in water and can be added to creams and lotions for use in topical skin care products.2


       The moisturizing benefits of oats are no secret to leading spas and skin care brands, as well, and although recent research suggests children with skin allergies may be allergic to oat proteins, children older than two years old should be able to enjoy the benefits of oat-based skin care products.3