Oat oil is obtained, as the name suggests, from oats, scientific name avena sativa from the Poaceae family. This oil is widely used in cosmetics thanks to its soothing, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties, it is easily absorbed and is especially indicated for dry, flaky and sensitive skin. Let us now see in detail its properties and its applications.
Oat oil, properties
Oat oil is composed by about 40% linoleic acid and 35% oleic acid. Thanks to the high linoleic acid content this oil proves to be able to repair the skin barrier (Tzu Kai Lin et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2018). Moreover, oat oil is antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory thanks to vitamin E, flavonoids and to the presence of substances in the class of phenols called avenanthramides. In particular, avenanthramides give to the cosmetic beneficial properties against itching and irritation, making it useful, for example, in case of dermatitis (Sur et al, Arch Dermatol Res, 2008 - Cohn et al, Exp Dermatol, 2015).
Oat oil, applications
Here, thanks to these characteristics, oat oil is applied in case of sensitive skin, which gets red and easily irritated, but also dry skin. After bathing or showering, when the body is still wet, massage little product all over the body until it is absorbed. Oat oil will leave the skin soft and velvety, more elastic and nourished. Oat oil is also a great product to prevent or soothe diaper irritation in children. You can find oat oil in the pure form or included in emollient cosmetics, in this case the oil appears in the INCI with the name Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil.