Oats, otherwise knows as avena sativa or colloidal oatmeal, is absolutely my favorite skincare ingredient, as it benefits all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. I knew before launching any other skincare product, that the highest quality cold pressed oat oil was first on my list to launch. Everyone-that means all ages and genders, should have it on their shelf. Now that you can tell how passionate I am about this superstar ingredient, let me explain why I feel the way I do.
If you dealt with chickenpox as a child, you probably soaked in an oatmeal bath at some point to help relieve your itchy, irritated skin. There is a reason for that!
Oatmeal contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat itching due to dry, irritated skin. You may not realize that oats contain a range of ingredients within themselves. They include ceramides, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, proteins and lipids to name a few. The only benefit our S.O.S oil doesn't contain are enzymes, as they are not in ground form.
Oat Oil is rich in biologically active components such as tocopherols, phytosterols, phospholipids, and essential fatty acids such as Omega-6 and Omega-9. These biologically active components have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing benefits which soothe, smooth and nourish even the most sensitive skin.
The only difference between the oats in your kitchen and those in the bathroom is the way they are processed. In skincare products, the oat ingredient provides significant benefits for the skin.
Oats main job for the skin is to soothe and moisturize which everyone can benefit from. That is why the name of our oil, "Soothing Oat Savior", is so perfect because it does exactly what it says. Clinical studies have shown that products making use of oatmeal, can have a positive effect when used to relieve a number of skin conditions including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne and diaper rash.
-Restores moisture to dry skin to improve its appearance and reduce irritation.
-It creates a protective barrier known as the skin microbiome, on the surface of the skin that guards against bad bacteria and UV rays. (But don't think that its a replacement for sunscreen, you still need your daily spf!)
-It will cool and soothe itchiness on your skins outer layer.
-Locks in moisture to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL). TEWL is when water passes through the dermis through the epidermis and evaporates from the skins surface- which you don't want.
-Anti-aging with reparative properties for all skin types, including sensitive.
How Your Skin Type Should Use Our S.O.S Oil
(check out our "How To Know Your Skin Type" blog post to find out which skin type you are)
Oily- Most people with oily skin are afraid of using any moisturizing product when they actually need it most! If you are afraid of facial oils don't be. Applying oil to your skin will actually help balance the natural oil production in your skin, resulting in your skin being less oily. We recommend using S.O.S at night with our white jade tools to massage the skin. In the morning, you can add 1-3 drops into your moisturizer for added hydration and to help glide your tools. Just using it once a day as needed is great.
Combination- Your skin is usually just a bit shiny or oily in targeted areas, not all over. You can use it the exact same way as oily skin, but we also recommend using it by itself in the morning with your tools for proper absorption. If you only want to use it in your moisturizer or just once a day at night that is totally fine!
Normal- Your skin is balanced throughout with no shine or dry areas. We recommend using our S.O.S twice a day with your tools for proper absorption. You can also use it in your moisturizer for added soothing benefits to your skin.
Dry- Your skin is tight and can be flaky with lack of moisture throughout. We definitely recommend using our S.O.S twice a day with your tools for proper absorption. You can also use it in your moisturizer for added soothing benefits to your skin. Apply a drop or two extra on flaky patches for extra lubrication to heal those areas.
Acne Prone- Your skin is inflamed with either papules, pustules, blackheads, or cysts. Can range from grade 1 to grade 4. Acne prone skin is generally oily, but in many cases dry, especially if taking oral or topical medications to dry out the skin. We recommend only using 1-3 drops in your moisturizer once a day. The drops in your moisturizer are to help soothe and reduce irritation on your skin. If you are seeing a dermatologist follow up with them to make sure this is right for your regimen.