Today you will discover 5 Colloidal Oatmeal Benefits!
Colloidal oatmeal is an ingredient you may have seen popping up in drugstores and health stores lately. Usually used in creams and lotions, it has insanely skin-soothing properties.
When you see a cosmetic product with nothing much in it besides this colloidal oatmeal, you may not feel too tempted to get it. Why should you, when you have access to so much more fancier creams and serums and such?
I thought so, too. But since lately I tried to develop my knowledge of home remedies and learn more about natural substances and how we can use them, I looked into it further.
I became aware of some amazing colloidal oatmeal benefits for skin care, and I will share them with you today. The information is vetted by this home remedy website which has inspired many of my health and beauty interests, lately.
What Is Colloidal Oatmeal and How It Works
Just like colloidal silver, another ingredient with skin healing properties, colloidal oatmeal sounds fancy, but few of us actually know what it means. How is it different from regular oats?
Well, colloidal oatmeal means that the oats are milled very, very finely and then mixed into purified water or a gel. If the oats are almost powdery, they can disperse into the liquid evenly.
This means that when the solution finally reaches the skin, the oatmeal particles will be easily absorbed. The powerful healing properties of oatmeal have just received an upgrade this way!
Humanity has known for a while that oatmeal heals the skin, but beyond some crude masks, we were never able to harness this healing potential. This is why colloidal oatmeal is such a game-changer.
Some people make their own colloidal oatmeal by grinding the oats in a kitchen appliance and then blending them with water. It’s admirable and quite effective, although professionally-produced colloidal oatmeal still remains a superior ingredient.
5 Colloidal Oatmeal Beauty Home Remedies
Now that we’ve seen what it is, let’s see what colloidal oatmeal can do. More accurately, here is what you can do with this wonderful ingredient.
1. Colloidal Oatmeal Eczema Cream
Whenever you are suffering from a patch of eczema, skin allergy or simply itchy and red skin, this simple eczema cream will turn things around in amazingly little time. Skin irritations will be gone virtually overnight. It’s great for use all over body and on the face, as well, especially in winter time.
Other things you can use this wonderful eczema cream with colloidal oatmeal for:
- Babies’ diaper rash;
- Skin which is over-exfoliating (purging) due to chemical peels
- Skin irritations after shaving or hair removal procedures.
How to Make the Cream:
- Mix the following ingredients in a double-boiler and stir them over low heat: 65 ml purified water, ½ teaspoon colloidal oatmeal, 15 g sunflower oil, 10 g shea butter, and 7 g emulsifying wax.
- When everything is blended together smoothly, remove from the heat and mix in 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil (like lavender).
- Pour into a small jar container and let it cool completely before closing with a lid.
2. Colloidal Oatmeal Soap
If you’ve tried making homemade soap before, this won’t be too difficult. Just add ½ cup of colloidal oatmeal to your favorite natural soap recipe and you will obtain your finest soap yet.
If you haven’t made soap at home before, just get the following ingredients:
- 1 kilogram of shea & glycerin soap base
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
Melt them together over low heat, and when everything is blended well pour it into a soap mold. Wait for it to harden, for about 4-5 hours, then remove from the mold and cut into bars.
This soap is delicate enough for even the most sensitive skin, including babies or people suffering from dermatitis.
3. Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask
For a more intensive pamper-up, you can make your own colloidal oatmeal face mask every now and then.
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of honey with ½ cup of colloidal oatmeal until you obtain an even paste. Spread it over your clean face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and be amazed of how soft and even your skin is now.
4. Colloidal Oatmeal Shampoo
This shampoo is the only thing that can really work for reducing the discomfort of an itchy scalp.
Here is how to make it:
- Create a colloidal oatmeal tea by mixing 2-3 teaspoons colloidal oatmeal in 1 cup purified water. Let it sit and keep missing once in a while.
- Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, for a prettier smell.
- Pour it all into an empty shampoo bottle.
Use it as you would use a regular shampoo. It won’t foam up, but it will leave the hair clean and shiny, and your scalp healthier and non-itchy.
5. Colloidal Oatmeal Bath
When you crave that soothing feeling all over your body, why not prepare an entire bath with colloidal oatmeal? Add 2 cups of milk and ½ cup of colloidal oatmeal in the warm water, right below the faucet, so the water’s running pressure helps the particles diffuse better in the tub.
Then sink in and just enjoy. Your skin will be softer and more even when you finish your bath.