Colloidal Oatmeal – Skin Food

Colloidal Oatmeal – Skin Food

colloidal oatmeal skin food

What Is Colloidal Oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal is derived from finely grinding whole oat grains to a standardised particle size. Colloidal refers to the properties it displays when dispersed in water. The particles do not sink to the bottom. This quality allows the oatmeal to settle evenly on the skin providing a hydrating, protective film. This action reduces trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and can also help normalise skin PH level. This is an added benefit which is especially helpful for dry skin.

How Does Colloidal Oatmeal Work?

Colloidal oatmeal contains active components called Beta Glucans which is a potent moisturiser. It also contains Avenanthramides which have both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. These and other skin friendly components (see Colloidal Oatmeal composition below) combine to provide moisturization, hydration, and skin protection.

Colloidal Oatmeal Benefits

The benefits of colloidal oatmeal are well-established. It is a naturally nourishing skin food that also functions as an anti-irritant. Oats have gentle yet powerful skin conditioning properties which makes them very popular in many skin care products, including moisturizers and baby products.

Colloidal Oatmeal Composition

The key components are polysaccharides (including Beta Glucans), proteins, lipids, saponins, vitamins (including vitamin E ), minerals, antioxidants (including Avenanthramides).

BETA GLUCANS are known to:

  • display hygroscopic (water holding) qualities
  • draw moisture to the superficial layers of the skin, boosting hydration levels
  • reduce the appearance of roughness, flakiness and redness in the skin


  • exert a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect
  • reduce the sensation of itching
  • reduce the appearance of roughness, flakiness and redness in the skin

OAT LIPIDS are known to:

  • contain a higher lipid content than other natural grains
  • deeply moisturize, nourish, and soften the skin texture
  • support rebuilding the skin’s natural barrier, which is especially useful for dry and irritated skin
  • contain a high level of antioxidants 

OAT SAPONINS are known to:

  • have a chemical structure consisting of both a hydrophobic (water-hating) and a hydrophilic (water-loving) component
  • create a foaming effect useful for cleansing 

VITAMIN E is known to:

  • have strong antioxidant properties
  • promote the repair and restoration of damaged skin
  • slow down moisture loss from skin 
  • have anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve the symptoms of dry and scaly skin

The Nature Moon Team