INCI: Avena sativa
What is Avena sativa?
Oats is a common name for Avena sativa, one of the very well-known ingredients in the cosmetic world. Use of oats topically has been approved by many regulatory authorities for years, as listed as class I, FDA approved the use of colloidal oats as a skin protectant in 2003. Colloidal oatmeal is a sticky mass, mixed with liquid to form a layer over skin. Oats contain polysaccharides- beta glucans and starches. Water absorbing capacity of these constituents makes it suitable as a humectant.
Use & Benefits:
Oats, finely milled, mixed with water forms a viscous solution, which can be applied in an even coat on the skin. It also contains unsaturated fatty acids, which gives oats tremendous moisturizing property. It also prevents water loss. It can be useful as an anti-inflammatory in various skin problems like red, itchy and acne-prone skin. It soothes skin in various skin ailments like atopic dermatitis, pruritus. Oats contain flavonoids that can help to block the damaging UV rays. It also contains some phenolic compounds and vitamin E and acts as an antioxidant.