Milky, soft, soothing… Even when they’re exfoliating the skin, oats are incredibly gentle.
What is oat?
Oats are among the many members of the grass family, which together provide a staple diet for most of the world’s population. Wild oat seeds dating back to 2000BC have been found in Egypt. The oat grain in its natural state takes a long time to cook, so they are usually rolled and flattened into flakes, as this makes them easier to prepare.
What are the benefits of oats?
- When soaked in warm water they become soft, and produce a rich, soothing milk.
- They contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water, and leave a protective film on the skin.
- They contain avenanthramides, a type of antibiotic which acts as an antioxidant and may contribute to the soothing effect of the grain.
- Whole or finely ground, they also make a very gentle exfoliant when applied to the skin.
Did you know?
A moisturising and replenishing oil can be extracted from oat kernels. It contains ceramide, a lipid that can be naturally found in the epidermis, creating a barrier on the skin alongside sebum to protect it and maintain moisture. Applying an oil with ceramide, like oat oil, helps restore and strengthen the skin's natural defence.
Where does Lush source oats?
At Lush we purchase different types of oat and oat-derived products depending on the effects we want to obtain. To find out more about each of them and their suppliers, browse your Lush product’s list of ingredients and click on the ones you are interested in. This should take you to a page full of details!